Trying to plan a *very* short, cheap, but very special trip to Barcelona later this month. My partner and I aren't great at planning and we're feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities against the limited amount of time we have. Halp!
First, I asked this
question recently, but unfortunately we had to abandon plans to Italy in favour of a cheaper option. Barcelona looks amazing, and has always been on my list, but it does seem a little more fast-paced than the destination we orginally had in mind. Nevertheless--Barcelona!! I've seen this
(wonderful comment, kathryn!), checked out a Lonely Planet from the library, and downloaded Maribel's Guide.
Needless to say, we are now absolutely overwhelmed by all of the magnificent things we'd like to do. Here's the lowdown:
-We get in on a Tuesday evening around 8pm, and leave Thursday at around 1pm--not a whole lot of time.
-We're staying in a hotel near Las Ramblas
-We'd like to bring back some nice wine as gifts
-We'd like to see some neat architecture, and beautiful parks. Art museums eat up a lot of time, so are out. But, we would like to check out Sagrada Familia, if we can swing it.
-Trying to decide between Parc Guell and Montjuic.
-Bike tour of a cool neighborhood sounds right up our alley
-We'd love a romantic dinner, cocktails, and/or stroll somewhere
-I don't eat seafood (except sushi very very rarely), but my partner does. How much of a problem will this be? I love cheese and wine, and non-seafood tapas, though.
I know it's hard to see a real problem here, but that's because it's mostly internal! This is meant to be a romantic break to celebrate the time we've had together and look to the future. We're both okay with picking a couple really great things, and saving the rest for another trip. The problem is I can already feel the tension and stress of trying to squeeze in a bunch of sights and activities, worrying about time and money, and feeling the relaxing, fun, "us time" aspect of the trip get crowded out.
So, I guess I'm just looking for some help devising a loose, realistic itinerary for this sort of trip from more knowledgeable folks. Any advice?
Many many thanks!