The day after Genoa, my ship made an afternoon stop in the Catalan city of Barcelona. As with Genoa, I had previously visited Barcelona in the summer of 2008, during a cruise from the Western Mediterranean to Dover, England.
Because I had already seen major sites such as La Sagrida Familia and La Rambla, I thought it might be a good idea to see parts of the city I hadn’t visited yet. If you want to cover a lot of ground in a city, relatively easily, and in not very much time, you can buy a ticket for a Hop On/Hop Off tourist bus. For around 20 Euros, you can buy a ticket for a bus that will take you to most major points of interest in the city. You can get on and off however many times you like and explore each site, and the ticket will usually be valid for 24 hours. Many European cities have this.
The Port Veil area, HOHO bus visible on the left.
I got one of these bus tickets, and hopped on for a ride. Continue reading »