We arrived in Barcelona a day after (fortunately or unfortunately?) the big parade that followed Barcelona FC’s victory in the Champions League Final.
Football aside, we’re in Spain! Tapas, sangria, paella and… hot chocolate ? Not ’til 10pm though, if you can get there without starving!
We had excellent tapas at Nou Candanchu – pa amb tomaquet (a Catalan specialty – bread topped with crushed tomato and olive oil), grilled mushrooms, fried whitebait, garlic prawns, croquettes and fried potatoes with hot sauce.
Of course no visit to Barcelona would be complete without some Gaudí. In fact, you probably can’t avoid it unless you walk around with your eyes closed. The Sagrada Família church is one place we expected to see scaffolding! It is a massive construction project that began in 1882 and due for completion (yeah, right) in 2026. Our admission fees went towards the €18m required to fund the work (that’s just 2009’s budget!)
So apart from being the most intricate, extravagent, over-the-top, ridiculous church you’ve ever seen, it is quite amazing to see the construction process in action from the floor up to the spires (we caught the lift up and walked down one of them).
Parc Güell is also home to more of Gaudí’s work.