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Recommended Chowhound Itinerary For 4 Days In Barcelona?


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Recommended Chowhound Itinerary For 4 Days In Barcelona?

Hoc | | Jun 16, 2008 10:45 PM

We will be in Barcelona from the evening of July 26 through the morning of July 30. I've been reading a bit here, and there are a lot of recommended threads. But most of them seem fixated on seafood. While my girlfriend loves it, I can only tolerate it with no "fishy" taste. She, on the other hand, can't tolerate anything too salty.

A lot of the recommendations I've read involve salt cod. If that is salty, she'll hate it, and if it's fishy tasting, so will I. I'm willing to go into a tapas bar where she can order things like Percebes and mussels/clams while I get gambas ajillo, tortilla espanola and patatas bravas and the like. Also, we both love churros con chocolate, and I've read a few recommendations here that I will be trying.

The other thing is that we are not looking for high-end, expensive restaurants. It's easy to get good food when you pay a fortune. I don't consider that anything special. It's the great food in the inexpensive hole-in-the-wall places that I consider real treasures.

I think that Cal Pep is on our agenda, as are Caelum and Cacao Sampaka. I'm figuring that breakfast will be mostly bakeries with coffee and pastries, or Churros con Chocolate, though a larger breakfast one day is doable. As a general rule, lunch will probably be our big meal, with tapas for dinner.

We are staying in Diagonal Mar, and I see that we will have to get away from there for most or all of our meals. Also, we have no problems walking long distances or traveling across town for amazing food.

It's our first time in Barcelona (but I went to College in Spain, so I know the Spanish -- not the Catalan -- food and culture), so I'm assuming that we'll see the Dali Museum, Picasso Museum, La Sagrada Familia and the Gaudi Park, as well as walking Las Ramblas. Probably also take in a show. Are Flamenco shows as big and worthwhile in Barcelona as in other parts of Spain? Any such shows with great food, or should we eat elsewhere and then see the show?

So, that's my preliminary thinking. Any recommendations? Great food at great prices? Recommendations near the attractions we are likely to visit? "Don't miss" places with good pricing?

Thanks all for your help.

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