This is our favorite European port and although we have been before, we wanted to see many of the same places. I booked a tour for I think 16 of us with Barcelona Day Tours, flat rate for everyone of €99 + admissions which was less than €20 total. We went to Montserrat and spent about 1 hour there, then Barcelona where we had a skip-the-line access to Gaudi’s masterpiece cathedral La Sagrada Familia, an enchanting visit to Parc Guell and drive bys of Las Ramblas, the Gaudi houses and other Barcelona sights. Our wonderful guide, Christian Aguliera, is a pro Team Barcelona Football (soccer) player, and couldn’t have given us a better experience. He effortlessly took us to every destination with grace and lots of information. Unforgettable! I also want to advocate for generously tipping guides that provide a quality experience like this. Look at my Monte Carlo experience on my own - a disaster. Handing the reins over to any of the guides that we employed on this cruise was a great choice, they got us front row access to every sight we wished to take in, picked us up and brought us back to the ship with time to spare. I highly recommend each one, but Christian was the best of all!
Visited: Apr 12, 2014
We arrived in Barcelona a few days earlier to see the city so we had more time to explore it. Such an interesting place! The Gothic Quarter is a neighborhood you must visit. Picasso's Museum is close to it. The waterfront is beautiful. You will get this amazing panaramic view of the city from Catalonia National Art Museum next to Plaça d'espanya. We also visited Gaudi's Casa Batllo which is located in a quite central area. Beautifully designed. His other design, La Sagrada Familia, the Basilica that has been under construction forever, is of course another site that you shouldn't miss.
Visited: Jul 21, 2019
We stayed a few nights in Barcelona before getting onboard. Well worth it. Must sees are La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Mila. Many more things are possible and the people watching is fantastic.
Visited: May 27, 2017
Absolutely loved Barcelona, stayed there two nights before the ship left port. So much to see and do.
Visited: Apr 12, 2019
Ten times better than any city we ever visited including New York!
Visited: Jun 23, 2019
This is our favorite port in Europe. We did a "free" walking tour and learned so much about the city. Have the pallella and sangria on La Rambla, visit the Gaudi properties (especially La Sagrada Familia), but they are all fantastic. The midevil part of the city is fascinating, we saw Flamenco dancing there and it was incredible and intense. So much to do so little time. Plan ahead 😎
We stayed at the H10 Metropolitan hotel pre-cruise and the Olivia Balmes hotel post-cruise. Both hotels were phenomenal! The service at both hotels was unmatched and exceptionally clean! The H10 Metropolitan hotel was a little more centrally located for us. We also did the Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour of Barcelona. Great value and a lot of fun!
Visited: Jun 04, 2017
We were in Barcelona for three days before our cruise. It was amazing. We did the hop on hop off bus tour our second day there and enjoyed the East and West route. The third day we went to Sagrada Familia in the morning-beautiful. La Boqueria was a large market with lots of fresh goodies. There was delicious food and sangria all over. I’d love to go back!
Very cool city, definitely want to come back! Barceloneta beach is huge and sandy. Sagrada Familia is beautiful. Magic Fountain is cool but a far uphill walk from anywhere, so take a cab there at night. Take a stroll through the narrow alleyways of the Gothic quarter, and stop in Dr. Stravinski for phenomenal craft cocktails.
We arrived in Barcelona a few days before our cruise. Very happy we bought our tickets to Sagrada Familia in advance and had no wait, it’s stunning! We also pre purchased the Barcelona Pass, which gave us the Hop on hop off bus for a day, bus and metro for two days as well as free admission to a few places like the FC Barcelona arena. We were there on a game day so only got to view the museum and see the stadium (before the game) but was really cool to see. So many great options for food, I admit my favorite was Cheese’s Art a little fondue place. Melted cheese in a bread bowl with jamon and a pitcher of sangria ! Made our way up to Tibidabo, the views from the Ferris wheel are breathtaking. Made our way to Park Guell, the magic fountains and more. The pass included a 90 minute boat tour, which was a nice break in the feet and a great way to see the waterfront. For great cocktails we went to Tandem a few times and it’s on the list to go back to! Enjoyed wandering Las Ramblas and hitting up Chok for amazing donuts! City was clean, people friendly, felt very safe. Of course we were observant and have heard the stories of pickpockets, but we had a great time. Can not wait to go back!
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