We started off our Sunday morning with breakfast at a cafe we’d spotted the day before right by the water, called Brunch & Cake. A perfectly suited name for our leisurely morning!
The weather was on our side once again, and although the temperature was a bit chillier the sun was out and it was a lovely crisp Autumn morning.
All of the choices on offer at the cafe sounded really interesting, and the presentation of the dishes was just as pretty. Somehow they’d even managed to make the poached egg pink!
After breakfast we hopped on the metro to take us to Park Güell. The park was designed by Antoni Gaudí, built between 1900 and 1914 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our AirBnB hosts advised booking our tickets online beforehand, as there are usually large queues. Luckily we arrived right on time, although it is quite a walk uphill (fortunately there are some strategically placed escalators!) from the metro station.
The view over the city is lovely, and although the entrance fee actually only covers a small area of the park, I would say it’s worth paying the €7 to get in.
I have actually visited Park Güell previously, when I worked in a hotel in a nearby town for 3 months a good few years ago! However it was Lucy’s first time, and I didn’t mind at all checking out the beautiful mosaics and plants and flowers again.
And I suppose it was my lucky day as while we were waiting to have a look inside one of the Gaudi buildings, a bird pooed on my head! Lovely!
There’s a lovely terrace with mosaic seating all around the edge, which offers a lovely place to sit and enjoy the view. Along with all the other tourists, of course! 😉
After our walk through the park and surrounding area, we decided to sample another delicious Spanish delicacy – churros! We’d spotted a small cafe just before the entrance to the park but when we saw they were just being re-heated in an oven, rather than made fresh to order, we knew exactly where to head.
Our guide on the free walking tour had taken us through Carrer Petritxol the day before, also known as the Chocolate Street! As we got out from the metro, we spotted some more lovely buildings lining the streets.
Since it was Sunday quite a few of the small boutiques and shops that we’d seen the day before were shut, but luckily we found the gorgeous “Petritxol Xocoa”, serving up freshly made churros with the thickest hot chocolate sauce you’ve ever tried. Highly recommended – we devoured them in no time!
And of course being British we had to accompany them with a pot of tea each 😉
There were all sorts of other sweet treats inside the cafe, but we decided that was enough sugar for the day! I do wish I’d taken some of the delicious-looking chocolates with me though.
After a lot of walking we decided to pop back to the apartment to rest our feet for a bit – after all, we were on holiday! 😉
For dinner we walked back towards the same area, to a bar serving up “Pintxos”, the Basque version of tapas. All of the dishes come served on a slice of crusty baguette, and have a large toothpick holding them together. You keep all of the toothpicks and at the end the waiters count how many you’ve had to get your bill.
The restaurant was named “El Pintxo de Petritxol” and not only was the food delicious, the wine was only about €3 a glass, bargain!
Our final night in Barcelona was coming to an end, and the next morning there was just time to squeeze in a quick breakfast of a flaky croissant and freshly squeezed orange juice before it was back to the airport to catch our flights home.
Hopefully see you soon Barcelona, and thanks for a lovely holiday Lucy!