As some of you surely already know, we will be increasing the number of frequencies flown between Basel and Barcelona and Hamburg and adding Copenhagen and Rome as new destinations from Basel. This operational change prompted us to ask our Cabin Crew colleagues to send us a few travel tips off the beaten path and away from the familiar sights. In this way we hope to help you feel informed and inspired ahead of your next trip to one of the four cities mentioned.
Fascinating Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain after Madrid the capital. Located directly on the Mediterranean, Barcelona can be easily explored on two wheels. Bicycles can be rented from Budgetbikes (www.bugdetbikes.eu) at various locations in the city (6€ for 2 hours, 16€ for 24 hours). One really enjoyable route takes you along the harbour to the city’s beach. Cycle routes are also found in the downtown core, which makes cycling a good alternative to getting around the city by bus.
If you would like to enjoy a beautiful view of the city, the place to go is Mariblau, a bar located in the hills of Tibidabo. A particularly magic moment occurs as the sun begins to set over the sea and the lights of the city begin to sparkle in the twilight. Mirablau consists of a bar, tapas bar and a small disco.
Another restaurant well worth visiting is Els 4 Gats (picture on the right-hand side) near Placa de Catalunya. It is more than 100 years old and was regularly frequented by none other than Pablo Picasso. In fact, it was here that the first exhibition of Picasso’s work was held. Today Els 4 Gats is famous not only for its wonderful interior design but also its Catalan deli.
If you’re a keen market-goer, be sure to check out the Mercat dels Encants at Placa de les Glories C. Dos de Maig. It is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 08:30. This is one of Barcelona’s biggest and most popular flea markets, where goods range in age from brand new to vintage. You can find absolutely everything here, from comics to electrical goods and cosmetics. Bargain seekers are advised to get there as early as possible.
Here’s hoping these ideas put you in the mood to visit Barcelona as soon as possible. How about aboard one of our three daily flights from Basel?