What to do with teenagers in Barcelona
Traveling with teens can be tricky: they aren’t always interested in the sites and the history of the place, they get quickly bored and complain (even more than younger kids), and they need time to do things teenagers like to do. A vacation is an important family-time, that’s why it’s crucial to plan a variety of special activities that will keep each family member happy and smiling.
The good news is that our city is very teen friendly. That’s why today we are sharing with you what to do with teenagers in Barcelona, so you can offer your children enough options to choose from and they feel like they are part of the trip organization, and that their interests and wishes are also taken into account. That’s so important at such ages!
This is our Barcelona teenage things to do top list:
Gaudi Experiència. You’ve come to Barcelona mostly attracted by the Gaudi sites, and while they are usually quite kid-friendly and attractive for the young ones, since they have so many colors and possibilities to go up and down stairs and elevators (and we know how much they love to do that!), you might want to keep them even a bit more engaged. Fear no more: Gaudi Experiencia is a new 4D ride located right beside Park Guell. Your teens (and you!) will have lots of fun with this giant screen, shaking seats, 4 dimension show based on the Gaudi works but mixed with a touch of fantasy. Plan to do it early on your sightseeing, and rejoice yourself hearing your kids saying “oh, that’s what we saw at the 4D show!” when you go visiting the other Gaudi sites.
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Eat at a Poblenou restaurant: where locals eat
This neighborhood popularity has grown over the time, adapting to the new trends and becoming one of the most creative and genuine areas of Barcelona. What makes it so special is the contrast between the new and the old, a result of its industrial past and its working-class origin combined with recent urban interventions performed by the city council to improve the district after the Olympic Games. Some old factories have been restored to preserve its industrial flare, while other were knocked down and substituted by high-tech buildings, and still other remain in ruins, their walls covered with graffiti… we can take you exploring Poblenou in one of our contemporary architecture tours, or you might just want to do it on your own if you are an independent traveler happy to go off the beaten path. Stroll around its streets and squares, watch the people on their daily business and get away of the tourist crowds for a while, while discovering the real Barcelona.
Yes, exploring this little known neighborhood that combines old factories and hip young businesses can be lots of fun. But it’s not centrally located and you are likely to get hungry by the time you are done with your walk. But no worries: there are plenty of great food options in the area. The restaurants in Poblenou will seduce you for their charm and gastronomic delights. In today’s post we are sharing with you some of our favorite.
These are our favorite restaurants in Poblenou:
Els Pescadors. This Poblenou restaurant is located in the emblematic Prim Square, a secluded plaza close to the sea and protected from the sun with the shade cast by 3 impressive ombu trees. The restaurant still preserves the fishing flare of the origins of the neighborhood before it became an industrial area, with its marble counter and the white table cloths. Here you’ll find both quality and quantity in a menu that changes every day depending on the season, the local products available and especially the fresh fish they get in the fish market. So of course, fish and also rice are their specialties. Let them choose the drinks for you: they have more than 150 references of wine, cava, distillates and spirits. If you come in the summer, make sure to get a table outside.
Bike tours in Barcelona that are compatible with our tours
It has happened again. The other day, one of our tour guides giving a private walking tour, and after having been going for already an hour her guests mentioned they had already seen those sites on a previous bike tour they took with another company. Oh no! Eventually our guide made sure to find out what else they had seen and reorganized their itinerary, but that first hour had already been wasted… I’m so sad when it happens, and it’s such a waste of time for our guests! Specially when could be so easily avoided by letting us know before booking so we could create a custom itinerary that didn’t overlap with what they were visiting on the bike tour.
We don’t do bike tours ourselves because we believe they must be run by bike experts who are specifically trained about bike safety and mechanics and are covered by specific insurances. But we think sightseeing by bike is fun, plus it’s good for your health. And Barcelona is a very bike-friendly city. With over 75 miles of bike lanes, a popular public bike service called Bicing and over 100,000 regular users, our city could be called the “Mediterranean Amsterdam”… if it wasn’t that here it’s not as flat!
The only issue of bike tours is that while their tour guides are bike specialists, most of the time they aren’t licensed guides. They give you some basic information on the sites you pass, but most of the time they aren’t that knowledgeable: book the tour for the fun, not for the information you’ll get out of it. And that’s when combining a bike tour with a walking or chauffeured tour with a licensed guide like ours sounds like the perfect plan! As long as both itineraries don’t overlap, like it happened those guests we had the other day, of course. So if you don’t want this to happen to you, today we are sharing some bike tour itineraries that are usually compatible with other city tours.
These are our favorite bycicle tours in Barcelona:
Beach Bike Tour. The Waterfront is a lovely area to go biking: it’s flat and there are convenient bike lanes and wide sidewalks that guarantee a safe ride. And how nice it is to bike by the Mediterranean sea? Our tours don’t usually cover this area in depth: while some of our chauffeured tours drive past it, they only give you a quick overview of it. So it is a great idea to explore it more in depth, either walking around on your own or taking a bike tour that takes you along the Port Vell marina, the Barceloneta fishermen district, the Olympic Village and the Forum area. We hardly ever take people around the Ciutadella Park either, so if your bycicle tour includes it, go for it!
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Our favorite Spanish style eggs
We love eggs, in Spain! And, no they aren’t considered breakfast food: they have a place with some of the favorite tapas and main courses here. We cook them often, and everyone enjoys them. And no, egg benedict aren’t popular: they are seen as that fancy type of egg you get when you go (as a special thing) out for a brunch (because brunch isn’t common here, either, but a hipster trend).
So today we want to share with you our favorite recipes, so you make sure to order them when you see them at the restaurant or the tapas bar for lunch or dinner during your next trip to Spain. Ready to discover how we make eggs in Spain? Keep reading and good appetite!
This is our Spanish eggs dish selection:
Tortilla Española. The Spanish egg tortilla mustn’t be confused with the Mexican corn tortilla. A Spanish omelette is made with eggs, fried potatoes and caramelized onions. Some people might also add some chorizo or sobrassada (a pork spread from Mallorca), and maybe some green peppers, but that’s not the norm. Picky eaters will skip the onion, but then it’s not as good. No house wife is considered good enough if she can’t make a decent tortilla, and no informal party or meal is complete without one. We probably eat it at least once a week! So make sure to try some during your trip (several times!). We love the one at Xampanyet: it’s the closest thing to my mom’s tortilla – which is, of course, the best in the world.
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Our favorite restaurants with menu of the day
In Spain, there is an interesting tradition in restaurants during weekdays: every restaurant offers a “menú del día” (a “menu of the day”): a set menu consisting of a variety of starters, main dishes and deserts to choose from for a set price. Some restaurants also include coffee and drinks, or let you change desert for coffee, or have two starters instead of one starter and one main dish if you didn’t see any main course that you like. Menú del día is only available for lunch, though (it’s a la carte for dinner), and mostly on weekdays although some restaurants will have a bit more expensive weekend menu del día available as well.
Going for a “menú del día” will get you out of the routine when you go to the same restaurant daily (and that’s something that office workers having to eat close to the office really appreciate). And even if you don’t always go to the same restaurant, trying to go to different places in Barcelona to eat their different menus of the day may be a very fun and tasty way of getting to know the city. Plus it’s way cheaper than eating à la carte, and also much faster because the plates have been pre-prepared that morning so they can be served in less than one hour (again, good thing for the local workers getting one hour break for lunch). Because of all that, today we’ll share with you our favorite restaurants with “menú del día”.
These are the best restaurants with day specials in Barcelona:
Mama Cafè. Mamacafé is a fun restaurant located in the Raval district near the MACBA museum and walking distance from La Rambla. They have a quite nice menu of the day that always includes vegetarian options (and almost always, gluten free as well). The venue is decorated with paintings and photos by local artists (one of the waiters is actually a quite good photographer), and it’s mostly local people working in the area or meeting friends, who eat there. Customers praise how welcoming are the waiters, as well as the quality of the food. We recommend you to make a reservation in advance or arrive early, since it is a very popular place.