...I am always discovering something new in Barceloneta, and El Nou Ramonet is one delicious discovery. In one of the little backstreets of the barrio, this cosy restaurant serves a fusion of modern Catalan seafood dishes away from the maddening crowds of Paseo Joan de Borbo.
...beautiful Begur on the Costa Brava, an hour and half north of Barcelona. It is stunningly picturesque, with its old medieval castle overlooking the town, its medieval streets and 16th century towers and the majestic Pyrenees as its backdrop. And just down the hill are the beaches with their crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Summer bliss.
...la Noche de Sant Juan on the 23rd June. A night that celebrates the start of summer and the summer solstice with all night firecrackers and bonfires! A night of fun and fiesta when the whole city celebrates. A night to cleanse the soul (by jumping over a fire) and wash of the sins (by taking a midnight swim)! (Although I love the night, I haven't embraced the celebrations that much!) FUN - but keep and eye out not to lose an eye from a wayward flying firecracker! UN BESO: Firecrackers of Sant Juan, X
Baluard bakery, a Barceloneta institution that bakes the best bread in the barrio (neighbourhood) - as seen by the queue that it always has! Artesinal bread, pastries and bocadillos that are worth the wait! UN BESO: Baluard, Carrer del Baluart, 38, X Also at Carrer de Provença, 279.
...a new discovery but an old and enchanting gem. This little friendly, family run tapas and vermut bar is located close to the busy centre but yet tucked away in a quiet side street nearby. It has vermut on tap, a delicious selection of fresh tapas and some charming Costa Brava wall murals which all make for a unique and recomendable tapas experience.
UN BESO: Cala de Vermut, Carrer de les Magdalenes, 6