Barcelona; a beautiful summer destination worthy of a long weekend stay. Three days in Barcelona may be the perfect amount of time to explore the main sights, enjoy the delicious food and wine, and get yourself adjusted to the new time zone before exploring other locations in Europe. For us, it was the perfect launching point for our Mediterranean Cruise.
When landing in Europe after a long flight, my first priorities are always 1) get an early check-in at the hotel, 2) take a shower, and 3) find a delicious spot for lunch. Contact the hotel staff approximately one week before your arrival and request an early check-in. When you arrive, put a smile on your face and be pleasant with the staff. Kindness goes a long way to successfully getting your room early. Then you can settle in before your adventures begin. That strategy worked at the Marriott Renaissance Barcelona and we were off to a good start!
A note on Paella...
While Valencia is the undisputed home of Paella, Barcelona is a fantastic place to experience this delicious dish. At it's most authentic, paella is made with ingredients fresh from the garden plus rabbit, duck, or chicken. Saffron is the ingredient that adds the great color and flavor. There are so many different options, but foodie beware! Since paella takes at least 30 minutes to cook from scratch, a lot of restaurants freeze their batches and simply reheat to serve. Do your research to find a restaurant that is known for fresh to-order paella, and be willing to wait for the amazing deliciousness! When we arrived, we asked the hotel concierge for their best recommendation and headed off!