AT#501 – Travel to Barcelona, Spain

What to do, eat and see in Barcelona, Spain. Travel to Barcelona Spain - Amateur Traveler Episode 501


Hear about travel to Barcelona, Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lauren Aloise from about traveling to this capital of the region of Catalan.

Lauren says “Barcelona is a fantastic city any time of year which I don’t think most places can claim. The climate, to start with, is fantastic so you’re almost guaranteed sunlight and lots of nice warm Mediterranean weather. The food, the culture, the history, it’s one of those cities that mixes all of these different elements. You can go for two days or you could go for two months and you will still have things to do every day.”

The history of Barcelona goes back over 2,000 years when it was founded either by Hercules or more likely by the father of Hannibal. Lauren takes us on a tour of some of the older and some of the newer hipper neighborhoods of Spain’s second largest city. We talk about Gracia, Barceloneta, the Gothic quarter, El Poblenou, El Raval and Montjuïc & Poble-sec.

We talk about some of Lauren’s favorite museums in Barcelona: Barcelona History Museum, Picasso Museum Barcelona and a Chocolate Museum. Lauren also points out some of the works of the architect Antoni Gaudí whose masterpiece, the cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, is still being built more than 100 years after his death.

And since Lauren started a food tour company, we of course talk about some of her favorite dishes, tapas bars and bodegas where you can sit, sip vermouth and eat seafood.

Lauren says, “if you must leave there are so many fantastic day trips to take”. We talk about a day trip to Cadaqués to see the house of Salvador Dalí as well as exploring the Costa Brava starting in the beautiful city of Gerona.

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Show Notes

Travel to Barcelona, Spain – Amateur Traveler Episode 122


Mercat de L’Abaceria Central

L’Anxoveta Tapas Bar in Gracia

Casa Vicens by Gaudi

Antoni Gaudí

Santa Maria del Mar

Hamilcar Barca

Barcelona History Museum

Chocolat Museum – Museu de la Xocolata

Picasso Museum Barcelona

La Barceloneta, Barcelona

La Cova Fumada Restaurant in Barceloneta

cal papi Restaurant in Barceloneta

Bar Bodega l’Electricitat in Barceloneta

El Poblenou neighborhood

El Raval neighborhood

Barcelona: Neighborhoods

Montjuïc & Poble-sec

Travel to Costa Brava, Spain – Episode 339


Salvador Dalí House – Portlligat

Festivals in Barcelona

Chris’s Photos of Barcelona



Congratulations!! It’s been a long and interesting road to get you here. As you, I’ve been a listener from almost the very beginning (I think I started with episode 10!)

It was truly a pleasure to meet you, Joan, Gary and Jen at TBEX in Vancouver. I appreciate and admire your easy, gentle interview style, your sincerity and continued attention to providing the best quality travel podcast available. I know it takes a significant amount of time to arrange, conduct, edit and finalize each podcast, update the web site and keep this going. Thank you, so very much. For those of us who are generally unable to make it around the globe to visit the various places discussed and shared on the podcast, we appreciate the opportunity to virtually travel through this medium.

Best wishes on the future of Amateur Traveler and your other endeavours; may they continue to support this venture. Blessings.


on Travel to the Maldives – Episode 500, Nir wrote:

Dear Chris,

I really enjoyed the Maldives episode. I think that you both did great, managing to talk so much about a place where there is nothing to do.

Keep up the great podcast,


What to do, eat and see in Barcelona, Spain. Travel to Barcelona Spain - Amateur Traveler Episode 501

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