A great favourite with the Cruises and a great favourite with us.
I didn't get too excited when we first went there on
a Cruise. I should have! The organised trips from Costa Brava Resorts
did not give us enough time in La Rambla (a LONG Avenue with a pedestrianised
centre full of stalls, cafes and human statues which seem to proliferate
each time we go there, stretching from the Columbus Statue to Catalunya
Square, which is also impressive). I don't remember seeing a lot of
Gaudi architecture on the early trips (Gaudi is like Marmite, love it
or hate it. I love Gaudi, hate Marmite!). We did the organised City
tours from the Cruises (which are better because you don't have the
long journey to the City) and the open top bus tours (more than one,
it's a big City) and loved them. The last couple of cruises we've just
done La Rambla (for the bustle and the shopping) and the Cathedral (for
the sheer Majesty).
We didn't get off the Black Watch in 2016 (are we getting lazy?) but I took what I think is rather a nice photo from the ship:
2018 Barcelona &
the Western Med.
2018 Musical Mediterannean: Overnight. Didn't arrive until midday and it was very hot (30+) so stayed on board and did a bit of sunbathing (Edna did shadebathing!). We went to the show in the evening, Duo Esencias. A male violinist (brilliant) and a female flamenco type dancer (also excellent) introduced by Cruise Director John Parton (THE number one Saga Cruise Director) dressed as a Spanish Matador (although the Spanish would have laughed at his portrayal - as did we)! I moan about the quality of Saga Cruises entertainment (compared with "the old days") but this evening was quality entertainment.
and a few pics around Catalonia Square but, unless we are here for several days, there doesn't seem to be any point going ashore (except on a tour).