BARCELONA, Spain: Our Barcelona Low Season Experience

Barcelona: Our Barcelona Low Season Experience

Barcelona is a major destination for tourism. It is up there with a well oiled industry which caters to many of the different interests of holiday makers and population which Barcelona hosts.

We wanted to experience Barcelona in a different light apart from the crowds. We noticed a large foreign worker population and were fascinated by the stories they shared with us as they tried to make their dream come true. During the low season we felt we had more attention given to us.

Our Hotel Welcome drink. Mamadou from Senegal was the man at the bar.

After a long flight, we always enjoy staying at hotels which have a swimming pool, a hot tub, and if possible, breakfast in the morning. I also am discovering though that it is fun go to outside of the hotel and try local breakfast as well.

The man who checked us in at the hotel we are staying in gave us a complimentary upgrade in our room, to a large balcony which overlooked the quiet courtyard below. At night I enjoyed sitting there with a glass of wine and watched the local activities happening in the windows of the buildings across and around the courtyard.

The hotel pool was located in the spa section, surrounded by a glass room. The pool was reminiscing of those posh spa types which one looks at in the pretty brochures. It definitely had that "Zen" feel when entering it.

We did see many of the iconic locations which Barcelona is famous for. We walked from our hotel along quieter back streets, stopping into local cafes for a coffee and pastries before reaching the sites. The "on and off tourist bus" costed 40 Euro each person, which we felt we  much rather wanted to spend our money elsewhere.

Hard working servers ( from the Philippines) who lived in Barcelona  for many years. We enjoyed conversation at an honest and down to Earth restaurant off the tourist path.

We enjoyed our time in Barcelona, and if there were a special event or a friend's occasion happening in that city, we would return with them.


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