I live in Barcelona and I love it, but sometimes your routine does not let you enjoy the city as you do not realise the places you pass by. I love to take the time at the weekends and on vacation to visit my city, go around and discover new places.
I am in love with travel guides, books about destinations routes and itineraries. I discovered a book called Barcelona at a different pace: Slow Barcelona, the guide to discover Barcelona made for locals. I was amazed on how true it was that is writen by locals for locals. All those places that you heard about and some that you might know are all mentioned in there: restaurants, shops, cultural spots to visit...All done in different routes through some neighbourhoods in Barcelona.
We started for a route through the Gothic area and the city center and it was the perfect excuse to go for tapas and some great fishy dishes. Check out our route:
You can check out the map in this link for info on restaurants (links) and itinerary: Barcelona as a local
Passeig de Gràcia
Is the main street that begins in Plaça Catalunya de city center, lively street to go around, take a beer and have a look at the modernist buildings: Casa Batlló, Casa Ametller and La Pedrera.
1st stop tapas at Txapela
It is a great place in Passeig de Gràcia to stop for a beer and some tapas. They have them all displayed in the counter so you can have a look before ordering.
Portal de l'àngel
Very famous for the shops and being the street takes you to the Cathedral. There are also artisan shops for ice creams and turrones.
Plaça de la catedral
Beautiful place to sit on the stairs and watch people pass by. On Saturdays they dance sardanes –typical dance from Catalonia- in front of the cathedral.
This is lust for chocolate lovers, amazing cakes and pastries. If you are into chocolate this is your place, but if you are not it is your place too as the pastries are amazing, try out the butter croissants.
Botifarreria de Santa Maria
This shop has been opened for a long time, called a botifarreria (the place where they sell botifarres –sausages-). They have sausages of all kind, with mushrooms, with cheese, with onion, with pepper, anything you can imagine. They have also a good selection of ham and cheeses, I totally recommend you to stop.
Santa Maria del mar and el fosar de les moreres
It is a beautiful gothic churchl from 14th century, one of the most visited in town, it is located in the Born area. The church has become very popular due to some books: La Catedral del Mar and El Juego del Ángel.
2nd Stop Cal pep: fideuà and fish tapas
Cal Pep is one of this must go places in Barcelona, it used to be a very familiar business that everyone in the area used to go at the weekends for some good fish. Now this place appears in most of the tourist guides and it is well-known around. It is a great place for fishy tapas, fideuà and paella.
Arc de triomf
The arch is located between Passeig de Lluís Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, at the end of a promenade connecting with the Park of the Ciutadella. Very nice place to go for a walk or rent some bicycles to go around.