A very trendy, sophisticated boutique hotel in the city. It is just about 10mins walk from the main shopping area and a lot of attractions are within walking distance. There are also a lot of restaurants in the area. Very clean rooms, helpful & friendly staff Very stylish lounge area… Unfortunately, we didn’t have much chance to spend time here. Lift to the rooms
Park Guell is up on the hill (though not very high) and the hop-on-off tourist buses only get you to the foot of the hill. To walk up it is about 5-10mins. Buying tickets online is recommended because if you buy on the day, you may be allocated with an entry time that is 1 or 2hrs later on a busy day.
Montserrat is very easy to get to from Barcelona by train. There are also day/half day bus tours available we love our sleep and the cable car up to Montserrat looks fun. Take the R5 train at Plaza Espanya. At the station, you could buy the combo ticket of train + cable car or train + funicular tram (there are also various options of getting museum tickets, meal voucher, etc.). The ride up was about 5mins, there are only two cars.
The famous “black Madonna”. The queue to get close and touch the statue was extremely long. It took us 2hrs! If you don’t have enough time, you can still see it from far inside the cathedral.
We then took funicular tram to go higher up the mountain. There are a number of walking trails around the mountain.
We took the 10.40 train from Barcelona and returned with the 16.30 train. Still have plenty of time for other things until sunset!
Our first fine dining in Barcelona … our reservation was 8.30pm, for us it is already quite late but apparently people still walked in passed 10pm! We chose the tasting menu and it took approx 3 hours. Butter in various flavours
3 dishes of appetizers
All dishes were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Overall the tasting menu portion was a bit too much for me but I managed to try everything. Flavours are strong but mostly in the garnish so the freshness of the meat or seafood was not compromised. Service was good too, very attentive yet not overdoing it.