Plaça Reial - Barcelona Spain

Barcelona, Spain

On July 2, 2013 a friend and I traveled to Europe for two weeks. Six countries, five languages, seven flights, five buses, four trains, multiple boats and two taxis, one bag. Too see my gear please visit How to Travel Light. On this trip we stopped in Barcelona Spain for one day.

We arrived in Barcelona Spain after a six hour bus ride from Pamplona Spain on July 9, 2013. This was my first time on a Double-Decker bus. We arrived in Barcelona at the bus terminal Barcelona-Sants. Once we got off the bus we went to McDonald’s which was located in Barcelona-Sants. Best McDonald’s I’ve ever been too. It was actually called McCafé. They had free wi-fi and you could order your food and drinks from a touch screen monitor. I always go to McDonald’s and order something that we do not have here in the United States. I ordered the 1955 and my friend ordered the CBO (chicken, bacon, onion). I know, McDonald’s in Spain, I’m stupid right? We had to eat, and eat fast, this was our only option. This was the only time in the entire trip where we didn’t eat at local traditional restaurants.

From McDonald’s we walked to our hotel, AC Hotel Victoria Suites. It was about a two mile walk from Barcelona-Sants to AC Hotel Victoria Suites, which isn’t far, if you aren’t carrying a twenty pound backpack. Once we got settled into the hotel, recharged phones, unpack our clothes, we took a proper shower and headed to Las Ramblas.


In order to get to Las Ramblas, we decided to take the subway. We bought a one way pass. While in the subway, we saw the biggest vending machine ever called Yatoo Supermercado Rapido. It can be seen in the pictures above.

When we arrived at Las Ramblas we first saw Columbus Monument. The Columbus Monument is located in the center of the Plaça de la Porta de Pau (Square of the Gate of Peace). The monument is made of a cast iron column set on a stone pedestal and topped by a statue of Christopher Columbus. This statue was completed in 1888. We then walked down the pier and had dinner at Tapa Tapa. We had Hamburger Cooked in Duck Fat, Cheese Fries with Eggs, Tomato and Olive Oil Bread, Fried Cheese Balls, Muscles and French Fries, Pasta Salad and a pitcher of sangria.

By this time, it had been a long day. We bought a few beers on the street on Las Ramblas. On Las Ramblas, you can buy anything you want, literally. We got a taxi back to the hotel and called it a night. We had to catch a flight early the next morning. The next morning we got up at 8:00 am, took a 30 minute bus ride to the Barcelona-El Prat airport.

Next Stop

To see the next leg of the journey, please see, Venice Italy.

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