RTW Trip: San Sebastian to Barcelona Day 11
We caught a bus using Monbus at 7:10am, and arrived in Barcelona at around 3pm. We arrived to our AirBNB which was located in Le Poble Sec, closest to Parallel station. While our AirBNB was a bit on the old side, I felt that it was one of our best experiences with AirBNB thus far because it really felt like a homestay. The shower was crazy small, but our room had a lot of space, with a fridge and a TV. Best of all, we had small chats with our non-English speaking hosts, learning Spanish words such as orno, the word for oven.
Le Poble Sec felt like a hip little place that hasn’t been too overrun by tourists….just yet. I kind of imagined it as the Brooklyn of Barcelona – a bit cheaper but still close to all the action, with a bunch of bars and restaurants to go to. When speaking to locals, people said that Le Poble Sec was a cool working class neighborhood, that is definitely cheaper than other areas to stay in.
I looked up a bunch of places to grab some pintxos and beer on Yelp, and found one that serves tapas for one euro, and canas (small glasses of beer) for one euro as well. If you are in the area, I definitely do not think you need to Yelp places. A majority of the places in Poble Sec have one euro tapas and one euro bottles of beer!
We decided to stay out of the main streets of La Rambla in the Gothic Quarter and headed up a huge hill towards all of the 1992 Olympic sites.
Our first dose of real cheese started today when we walked to the Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Think fountain shows accompanied by dated techno music and pop “hits” from Celine Dion. These shows are free and occur only on weekends between 9 and 11:30pm.
Bus tickets from San Sebastian to Barcelona $90.52
T-10 Barcelona train travel tickets €10.30
Pintxos and beer €13.20
Total costs: $159.93 / 2 = $79.97 per person
What I learned: Figure out how you will get around Barcelona. Vicing bike rental is only available for those living in Barcelona. We opted on getting the T-10 Barcelona train ticket pack, which calculates to less than one euro per ticket (pack of 10). The T-10 card can be shared. You just have to make sure to swipe the card for each person.