RubyMoon loves the adjacent areas of Sant Pere, Ribera and El Born and it’s all walkable from San Pere all the way down to the beach- but if you decide to go further, take the 2 day metro pass for €14. Stay at the Hotel Vincci Gala, Rhonda de Sant Pere (Metro Urquinona) or stay with AirBnb in any of the above districts.
See the Arco de Triomphe and walk down to the Parc de la Cuitadella, refresh yourself with a coffee opposite the Cascada fountain.
Admire the view from the top floor restaurant of El Corte Ingles, Plaza Catalunya
Enjoy the sandy beaches at Barceloneta, San Sebastia or Bogatell. RubyMoon sunned herself on all of them!
If you like a flea market, try the undercover one at Glorias metro. An extensive selection of brick a brack, collectibles and new clothing & kitchenware.
The Palau de Musica Catalana has an impressive façade and side entrance as well as interior.
If you are a fan, go to the Museo de Picasso, €11 per person- get there early in the day to miss the queue
Familia Segradia church- don’t miss both the interior and exterior, RubyMoon suggest booking online. Later walk down Passieg de Gracia to see the Pedredia and the Casa Mila, also designed by the great Senor Gaudi
Barcelona has a feast of culinary treats to try-
On the way home from the beach, feast on white fish ceviche €10.90 or a tall burger €8.00 with great chips, at KiriGua, PS Joan de Borbo, 54. RubyMoon recommends a large jug of Sangria for €12.90
Walking back from the beach at San Sebastia take a beer and tapas at Bodega La Punctual at Montcada 22, El Born 08003 which has a lovely, traditional interior
Take a refreshing beer at the marina, at Vitaminas del Mar, Moll de Gregal, 3-4, 08005-with patatas bravas for €3.90 and Margaritas at €5.95
Great tapas at the friendly Casalolea, Carrer Sant Pere Mes Alt,, 49. RubyMoon recommends the Mohana de Atun (Thinly sliced tuna with onion, oranges and nuts accompanied by sparkling white sangria €30-40 for 2)
Take an informal dinner at AL SUR opposite the Palua de Musica, RubyMoon recommends the chicken, orange and nut salad with a glass of raspberry bellini cava
Have a tasty Mexican lunch with great Margaritas and Bloody Marys at La Hacienda C/Rec 69, Borne
A more upmarket venue is La Plassohla., at the Ohla Hotel, Via Laietana,49 where RubyMoon enjoyed the deliscous and spicy patatas bravas, prawn ceviche and mushroom asparagus rice. With cava for €51 for two
At San Pere a bistro on the square with great service is En Aparte, C/Llius el Piados 2, offers carrot quiche €7, Endive salad €6, a bottle of cava for €15 and crème brulee for €4.50
Also at San Pere the great value breakfast (café con leche and great pastries for under €5 for 2) is at 365, on Ronda de San Pere/Plaza Urquinona.
No long weekend break can be complete without some boutique browsing:
La Comercial Rec 77 has an interesting selection of gadgets and presents
Visualpoetry.com C/Rec, off Passeig de Borne. 08003 has soft brushed cotton tees and sweats, all made in Barcelona from €45
Blow Vintage, has a great selection of dresses and accessories
Carlequi Mascares has great masks and paper mache at C/ la Princessa
RubyMoon was impressed by the bespoke sculptural womenswear at Freddygaviria.com at Placeta de Marcus,8, El Born