Our Barcelona adventure and other travel stories

Monthly Archives: October 2017

Gilda, Calle Ample, 34 Barcelona 08002 This cozy restaurant is situated in the Gotico area close to the old harbour. We have been coming here for many years as we know the cooks very well. They serve excellent tapas and main dishes – a fusion of Belgian and Spanish cuisine. If you like scallops it is your place. Also the Carne Estofado it is definitely worth trying! Check out the app “THE… Read More

Yesterday afternoon we spontaneously decided to go for a quick in Hike in the natural park of the Sierra de Collserola. The great thing is that it only takes you 30 minutes from downtown Barcelona up to the mountain with public transport. From Plaza Catalunya you can take the S1 to Peu del Funicular and take the cable car up to Vallvidrera Superior which is our favorite spot to start walking. The whole trip… Read More

We finished our weekend in Tarragona with spending the Sunday on the beach. Playa Llarga is a good choice. It has a long sand beach that also invites for a nice walk along the water. If you are willing to walk for even 30 minutes you can also reach a small natural bay where we went last year already. However, this day we were lazy and just enjoyed the short distance from… Read More

On Saturday we went to visit to the lovely town of Altafulla. Very quiet and very picturesque. It has a well preserved old quarter crowned by the Castle of Altafulla. Another medieval castle is situated on a small promontory overlooking the sea and an old fishing quarter dating back to the 18th century by the beach. We strolled through the town… …and found our new home 🙂 Unfortunately not for sale 🙂… Read More

During our weekend in the Tarragona region we could stay at the lovely summer house of our friends´ family some driving minutes away from the beach – an oasis of tranquility with a wonderful garden. Tarragona city was only a 15 minutes drive away. The city has been founded before the 5th century BC and became capital of the Roman province that comprised nearly all of the area of modern Spain. It… Read More

Catalonia as a wine region is especially famous for its Cava. In Germany Freixenet has become one of the most famous foreign brands for this sparkling wine. Other well known wineries are Codorníu or Torres. Our Catalan friend Bernat actually recommended us a different winery and brought us there: Adernats – Vinicola de Nulles. In the early 20th century – after that the phylloxera plague had devastated many grapevines – the wine… Read More

While Michael and I will be leaving tonight to Amsterdam and afterwards for a visit of our parents in Germany, a show down is expected to take place tonight here in Barcelona. The Catalan government has announced to declare its independence tonight at 18.00 CET based on the will of the Catalan people who have voted in the referendum of October 1st. The Spanish government certainly has not done a good job… Read More

Time is passing quickly having a structured day. My Spanish is already improving again with four hours of classes per day. In the meantime we have celebrated La Mercé – the cities major festivities. Also we have discovered new restaurants and bars that are definitely to be recommended: Platja Ca La Nuri, Pg.Marítim de la Barceloneta (platja del Somorrostro) This is the perfect spot to have lunch or dinner on the beach…. Read More

The Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola forms one of the natural borders of Barcelona. Most famous is the Tibidabo from where you have an amazing view over the city towards the sea. Quite often we already went up the mountain and then walked back to Barcelona, however, two weeks ago Michael and I finally walked to the other side as we had talked about so many times before. On a good… Read More

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