24 hour Escape from Reality to Barcelona

plane - bus - bag drop - bike

When you step off your plane & walk out of the baggage claim terminal, you feel the warm wind blowing, the sun hitting your face, and you find yourself on a short escape from reality. What a great feeling! Hop on Aerobús bus that takes you directly to the city center, which only costs 8.50 euros. Get off at Plaça Catalunya.

Take in a deep breath and realise where you are. Nowadays, we can travel so quickly to a completely different world. Enjoy your stay in this incredibly interesting, diverse, historical city which is steeped in culture. 



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DROP OFF YOUR BAG AT "LOCKER BARCELONA" located on Carrer D'estruc 36. For only 4 euros you can drop off your cabin sized suitcase for the whole day. 

--Rent a bike right next door--it's called Budget Bikes CHEAP & PRACTICAL 

Bike to your Coffee

Bike less than 5 minutes until you stumble onto Cosmo, located in the Eixample neighbourhood. It is unique, has great vibes & well, of course, it has really good coffee! My advice is to go in, check out the place, order a coffee to go and bring it outside where you can sit down on a public bench on that same street. Or if you bike 10 seconds up that street you'll find a small green space.

You can people watch, enjoy the hipster, student vibe & make everyone jealous of your food & beverage pairing ;) 

bike to the beach

20 min bike ride along the beach to poblenou

for an incredible vegetarian lunch @ aguaribay

4 min bike ride to your afternoon coffee/dessert @ Espai Joliu



it's time to see the city from above!

sunset, red wine & tapas

Skybar -- Ohla hotel -- Monument hotel -- Yurbban passage hotel & The W

Bike to peregrina vinoteca before you put your salsa shoes on!

enjoy a lovely glass of local red wine with a complimentary small plate of tapas

a 30 second bike ride to the best salsa place in Barcelona: Antilla

antilla awaits you to show off your salsa & bachata  moves

still have energy left?

go to the beach to workout under the full moon :)

good morning!

BRUNCH after your niGHT OUT?

where you find tasty healthy food & good coffee

flax & kale, honest greens, Teatre

Other great Addresses

Organic Food Shops/Markets

1) BioBarri

2) Market Cuina Fresca

3) Bionostas

4) La Boqueria food market


Breakfast/Brunch/Healthy Meals

1) Bohl: wholesome kitchen

2) Suís y Bowls

3) Ferment 9 

4) Como Allá, Acá (Great Empanadas) 

5) Mama Lina (Best Pizza) (vegan options)

6) Vinci Gelato (vegan Gelato)

 7) All you eat is Love

8) Gaby's


Great Tapas & Bars

1) Porteńo Bar (It is in a great neighbourhood) 

2) The Boca Chica   Best Bathroom I've ever been in my life :) It's a must to check out this restaurant, bar & rooftop

3) Gourmet Sensi AMAZING TAPAS!

4) Bar Brutal & The box (number 3&4 are all in the Gothic Quarter) 

5) Paco Meralgo 


Salsa Shoes & Clothes Shop

1) Danzarina: Zapatpos para el baile 


Coworking/Movement Space Rentals

1) Espacio Centro de la Tierra


your short trip has come to an end

drop off your bike -- fetch your bags

& fly back to your destination

no one will ever know you took this  great escape

hastá luego

More time than just one day & one night?

Poblenou is a must

My favourite neighbourhood

Poblenou is a northern neighbourhood in Barcelona and in the early 19th century it was an industrial zone During the industrial revolution, Poblenou had the highest concentration of industries in the whole of Spain. Today, it is becoming alive with lots of new start ups, local artists and is becoming a hub for technology & innovation. 


I will give you a great plan of what to do, where to eat and where to stay :) 


I find this neighbourhood very special. Very vibrant with young, local artists, startups, markets where you'll find many local crafts and incredible cafe, bars & restaurants. 


Ready?? ok, lets go!

Breakfast at Little Fern

Really incredible Specialty coffee, lunch is made Fresh & using only in season & local produce. You can have breakfast or lunch there :) Very cozy vibe & a great place to start your day.


Take a walk down LA Rambla De Poblenou

Stroll through the small market & make sure to look for Origamwear

The lady who started Origamwear is a very kind and talented artist. She makes clothes that are multifunctional, and made with ecological textiles. 

Check out this Optimist organic store

Hit the beach

Mar Bella or Bogatell beach

Enjoy the warm sand, tan, swim, play some volleyball & find the Beach Tennis School on Bogatell beach

p.s ashley is wearing origam clothing ;)


MinYam Bar & Restaurant is waiting for you

Minyam is a very fun bar, Latin Music, Bustling with hungry clients & very passionate owners and managers serving your table. You must try the Burrata, it just melts in your mouth, and pair it with tomato & garlic toast. WOW that crunchy toast combined with the soft creamy burrata is to die for. The Scallops are so fresh & topped with their own made reduction sauce, so incredible, thinking back I can still taste the ginger and lime notes.

Feel like getting a tattoo?

check out feos tattoos & clothes

Dinner at cata Croquet

famous for their croquets--but anything you order is so good

Sleep at ZT the Golden Hotel

wake up & start your roadtrip

Rent a car at SIXT and take a trip up the Costa Brava 

check out the coastal towns

end in Begur

Eat Dinner & Stay at hostal ses Negres

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Ashley Loft


Hi! My name is Ashley Loft. I'm a dual citizen of Switzerland and the USA. I'm currently residing in Switzerland. I love cooking and eating homemade food, healing people through sport massages and keeping my readers inspired by sharing recipes on my food blog. Check out my website and don't hesitate to contact me.