The Two Best Tapas Places in Barcelona

Our two favourite tapas places during our recent first March Bank Holiday weekend trip there two weeks ago were Bar Celta Pulperia in the Gothic Quarter’s Carrer de la Mercè, where octopus is the meal of the day every day. We were surprised that, being a Pulperia, they only had three variations of octopus that day, one being the usual Pulpo a la Gallega, octopus Galician style, cut into thin slices with lots of paprika and oil on top, another being baby octopus in broth with lots of garlic and parsley, both dishes we ordered, and both dishes we loved. The price of €14 for the Pulpo a la Gallega was unexpectedly high, but the quality of the ingredients, the expertise of the cook who prepared it, and the sheer size of the meal completely justified the expense. We also liked the fact that the bar attracts a large number […]

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#1 Day Trip from Barcelona: Montserrat & Penedes

During our recent visit to Barcelona we did a day trip to Montserrat, 50km west of Barcelona, and the Penedes wine region, approximately 80km to the south west, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our small group of ten travellers and one tour guide left Barcelona at eight thirty in the morning and arrived at Montserrat, the medieval monastery and eponymous mountain, pretty much straight inland from Barcelona, less than an hour later, even though our van was travelling only slowly. The “saw mountain” (that’s what Montserrat means in Catalan) looks beautiful with hundreds of little peaks, as if it was made from plasticine by some crazy giant who had forgotten to take his medicine. The mountain is 1,230m high. Santa Maria de Montserrat, a medieval Benedictine abbey, (the very vast majority of which was destroyed on various occasions over the centuries) sits in the rock wall about half way up […]

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Uma Restaurant, Barcelona

The atmosphere at this tiny restaurant, which, at the time of our visit, is ranked #1 of roughly 7,000 restaurants in Barcelona on the UK version of Tripadvisor, is very pleasant, welcoming, and all-round friendly. It felt more like a supper club than a restaurant.            We were immediately asked to say hi to the chef in the kitchen and it was there that the first three amuse-bouches were served, while the chef explained the tasting menu of the day, a bit about how he will prepare each course, and a warm offer to come back to the kitchen anytime during or after the meal.   We did enjoy the food which consisted of about 15, mostly tiny portions, but we felt that it was a bit too experimental for our liking, with one course featuring ‘stones’, all of which looked very similar, five of which […]

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