Dave Keystone in Barcelona
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Our favorite funnyman Dave Keystone was the first SnapTraveler to take on the WOW world and he traveled to beautiful Barcelona. Here are some of his highlights, handy travel tips and ... regrets! Over to you, Dave!
MY TOP 10 BARCELONA HIGHLIGHTS
In no particular order:
1. Sagrada FamiliaCathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí. It’s not every day that a piece of architecture can bring you to tears. I’m shy to admit it, but it almost did. How someone can have an idea on such a grand scale and see it to fruition is really something special.
2. Gothic QuarterWhen you fly to Barcelona, be sure to walk through the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic - Map). You'll feel like you’re walking through a vampire film. It feels like you’re walking through medieval times, because you are!
3. Taste La RamblaI was in Barcelona for the first ever Taste La Rambla, a beautiful food and drinks festival at the bottom of La Rambla. If you ever have the opportunity to be in Barcelona during the festival I recommend going. Enjoy an evening walk in the moonlight, eat some tasty food, listen to some Spanish music, all complimented by strings of icicle lights. It was really special.
4. The Duck StoreA store full of uniquely painted rubber duckies. Strange but special.
5. Hotel Praktik BakeryMy hotel was conveniently located, excellent rooms and service, and the best part: it’s above a bakery, so the entire hotel smells like delicious baked goods, and the continental breakfast in the morning was a spread of delicious breads, meats, cheeses, and fruits. It’s arguably one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in.
6. Park GüellAnother Gaudí designed space. Excellent for a walk or to sit and listen to some guitar in the garden. If you’re there in the summer months: bring water, water, water!
7. Cerveceria Catalana RestaurantAmazing tapas & an excellent vibe. The line is long and you can’t make reservations but it’s worth the wait. Especially if you like seafood. Don’t be shy to sit at the bar. I went for dinner every night I was there!
8. Palau NacionalIt is so grand it’s hard not to marvel at the majesty of it. Outdoor escalators help get you there. I took the stairs because I’m that guy :)
9. Placa de Catalunya
If you’re from a city or town that doesn’t have enormous fountains in your city centers, this is an amazing space to walk around, sit around, shop, eat, laugh, and play. It really is quite peaceful (even with the passers by) to watch the fountains dance.
10. La Pedrera
Another one of Gaudí’s designs. It’s hard to describe how wild this house is. You have to see it to appreciate the design elements.
MY TRAVEL TIPS
They say there are a lot of pick-pockets in Barcelona. It’s actually the second thing everyone said to me after telling me how amazing the city is. I said it in my first few snaps of the trip, that I was an easy target. Sure enough, day 2, my phone got pocketed right from my front pocket.
Travel tip 1
The police station at the airport is open 24/7. I had to file a police report to get my insurance to cover losing my phone. The other stations were impossible to get in touch with and busy. The airport was easy as pie. In and out in 20 minutes. If your phone gets stolen, they need the IMEI number, so somehow make it accessible if you don’t have your phone on you, i.e., it’s been stolen :P
Travel Tip 2
Water, water, water! Always have water around. The Spanish sun is serious business.
Travel Tip 3
The helicopter ride over the city is very cool, and the pilot knows a thing or two about making a chopper ride fun. Ask to sit in the front seat.
Travel Tip 4
It was my experience that not many taxi drivers speak English in Barcelona, so make sure you have a map to point where you want to go.
Travel Tip 5
Chupitos is a a bar that boasts hundreds of shots and they like to set shots on fire. Warning: the bar smells terrible.
I'm sad I missed:
- Going to the beach: I visited Barcelona and never went to the beach!
- The W Hotel Lobby: I hear it’s amazing.
- Night out on La Rambla: I didn’t have any friends with me so I didn’t go.
- Maremagnum Mall: If I had more time I would’ve explored this mall on the water
- Restaurants: I’m a brand loyal guy, so I went to the same restaurant every night, but there were lots of restaurants everywhere that looked and smelled delicious.