(Closed) Headed to Barcelona, Seville and Lisbon – Any recs?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

No recs, but have a great time! That is my dream honeymoon/vacation. 😉

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ve stayed in the Hotel Arts in Barcelona several times. It’s fantastic. (I imagine you already have hotel stuff though :p) There are so many fabulous tapas places around it. There’s one actually called Tapas Bar, which may sound super cheesy, but it was actually one of our favorites just for lunch/afternoon bite. I need to look up what the names of my other favorite places were– I suck at remembering names of restaurants!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hey my brother just went to Barcelona for his honeymoon for a few days before going on his cruise.  Don’t get caught up in the hype about the Albino Ape.  My brother said there are signs and brouchures everywhere about the Ape.  So they went over there paid the entry fee at the Zoo and come to find out the Ape has been dead for years now.  But yet the huge signs would make you think otherwise.  It is really funny… but they were really disappointed. 

They went to Sagrada Church was really cool sounding.  They took lots of pictures there.

My Fiance went to Spain 2 years ago and said to be careful about pick-pockets.  He said the little kids will run up to you and bump into you and you turn to see if they are okay and the other one gets your wallet from behind. He didn’t stay but a couple hours in Barcelona.  So no advise from him

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I totally recommend Hotel OMM Barcelona (the restaurant/lounge there is very good) or the B Hotel. Obviously, don’t forget to walk down “Las Ramblas” and to visit all the Gaudi sights!!! The Picasso museum is also very good!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sagrada Familia is AMAZING. There aren’t even words for how beautiful and HUGE it is. Go to the top, I didn’t (but my family did) and they said it was incredible. The tour of the apartment building he designed is pretty cool too. Also, there’s a market (I forget what it’s called but its really famous) that is worth seeing, but not worth ALL hype that surrounds it!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

HI! I’ve been to Barcelona and Lisbon – Lisbon was one of my favorite places in Europe! The people there are so nice and friendly!  I am a bit of a picky eater, so no food recommendations, but you should definately go visit these places in

Lisbon:

Castelo de Sao Jorge

Palacio Pena

Castelo de Mouros

Barcelona:

Check out the Gaudi architecture – I don’t remember exactly where it is, but there are some really neat buildings that are wonderful pieces of art in the city.

La Segrada Familia – a giant cathedral, still being worked on, another Antoni Gaudi designed piece.

I have pics of all of these places, if you want to see them, PM me! =)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We took a day trip out of Barcelona to Monsterratte, Torres Winery and Sitges, it was incredible and I am SO happy we did it.  I second the Tapas Bar rec that place was great.  I also second the pickpokets, be SUPER careful along the Las Ramblas, there are tons of street performers and pickpockets target you while you are watching/mesmerized.  There is an awesome open food air market off Las Ramblas thats super cool def check that out.  Its a very fun chill city.  OOH and have some Dulce de Leche Gelata, OMG sooooo delish, best thing I had there by far (and thats even over the Sangria so its saying a lot!)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Barcelona is amazing.  You’re going to have a wonderful honeymoon.

I second all of the suggestions about La Sagrada Familia.  I also enjoyed La Pedrera (an apartment complex designed by Gaudi’)–go up to the attic and you’ll get to see some amazing architectural plans.  Parc Guell is fun (it’s a trek, but worth it.  Take a bus).  If you like art, yes, the Picasso museum is wonderful, and also Casa Miro’ if you like Joan Miro”s art (you must take a funicular railway up one of the mountains on the outskirts of the city, and it’s there).  Check out Sfera and Zara and TopShop for fun shopping (right on Las Ramblas).  There’s a huge department store worth checking out, too. The old, ornate Catedral down by the water is pretty fabulous, too. 

I really really enjoyed one of those tour buses that takes you all the way around the city.  It sounds cheesy, but you get no better lay of the land than by taking one.  It’s neat to see neighborhoods, too. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ Ada – no problem! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as i did!  My friends and I went on a very short trip, so I’m sure there is much more to see in Lisbon – we went without any plans or any idea what to go see, we meandered into a Hard Rock Cafe (of all places) for lunch and our waitress who was Portuguese was so friendly and after our lunch, practically wrote down a list of things to go see, directions on how to get there, nights where clubs were offering live salsa music, etc.  So definately, don’t be afraid to ask someone – even if you have to hop into the “touristy” Hard Rock Cafe to do it! =)

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi! I studied abroad in Seville last year (and visited Barcelona and Lisbon).  Seville is an absolutely wonderful city, you are going to adore it! My reccomendations would be:

The Cathedral, its the 5th largest in the world and is absolutely gorgeous. The cathedral also has La Giralda which is basically a gaint famous bell tower.  But you can walk up to the top of La Giralda and see panoramic views of the city, the hills and el Guadalquivir (the river).

El Alcazár, this is the royal palace of Sevilla.  The royal family stays here when they are in the city still today.  It has a mixture of different architecture, and in the back there is a GIANT garden that has a labyrinth, as well as the queens baths (bath house under the actual building)

El Torre del Oro, it used to be a watchtower (13th century) and now its open for tours. I didn’t actually go inside it when I was there, but I heard good things about it.  Also its right on the river so you can’t really miss it.

Metropol Parasol, this is a tri-layer crazy building that looks (to me) like a giant mushroom.  It was being built while I was there, and we got to watch its progress and the final product is amazing! the bottom floor has excavations so you can see ruins from the old city below you, the second floor is a market, and if you go to the top there is a long walkway and you can see the whole city.  I didn’t get the chance to to up to the top or the market because it opened right before I left, but I did see in the bottom floor and its amazing!

Plaza de España, this giant plaza is a big half circle right next to the Parque de María Louisa (also amazing) that features little alcoves with colorful painted tile representing differnt cities in Spain (hence the name Plaza de España) It also has a small moat(?) type deal that runs through it with boats that you can ride on, and a giant fountain in the middle. In the summer, this is where lots of the street vendors set up shop with hand painted spanish fans and other trinkets

Parque de María Louisa which is right next to La Plaza de España is an amazing place to be.  It is full of different buildings, sculptures, art, there is a muesum or two, I highly recommend spending an afternoon wandering through here.

Triana/Los Remedios: These are the two main neighborhoods in the center of the city. They are right across the Guadalquivir river and are worth a look. I would reccomend walking across La Puente de Isabel II/Puente de Triana (the bridge with the circles on it) and visit San Jacinto.  San Jacinto is a street with different shops and places to look at, but while you’re on that side of the river it is a must to check out the pottery of Triana.  If you go over the bridge and turn right, you will end up in some windey streets that are full of pottery places which Triana is known for.

Plaza del Toro: The bull fighting ring, although its a very controversial sport in Spain, its still cool to go on the tour of the ring

Universidad de Sevilla, I don’t know if you know anything about Carmen, but this is where the newest movie was filmed.  Mostly I love it because its an amazing building that was transformed from a tobacco factory into a university, and its where I took my classes (well half of them)

Food: Tapas all the way! Some of the good places I ate at were:

Rayas: this is an ice cream shop, and I know it sounds silly but it has the BEST and I mean the best ice cream. If you’re in Sevilla its definitely worth a stop

T de Triana (best Tapas AND flamenco)

El Giradillo (tapas)

Flamenco:

T de Triana (tapas and flamenco, what more could you want?!)

La Carbonería (kind of hard to find but TOTALLY worth it)

 

FINALLY! Since you’re going on your honeymoon to Sevilla, it is only natural to put your lock on the bridge.  What I mean is, when people (especially couples) go to visit Sevilla, they buy (or bring) a padlock with them to write their names and the date on and then lock it to the bridge to represent your love.  When I studied there, a lot of the students (including myself) put our locks on the bridge to show our love for the city :), basically just a fun little thing to do before you leave.

Sorry if this is a ton of information, I’m just really passionate about Sevilla. I spent about 6 months there and I would love to go back. I figured since you got so much information about Barcelona, I would chime in with some Sevilla info! Have fun! You’re going to love it.

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