Off the tourist path and that's not a bad thing!
Posted Feb 8, 2017
We like the hotel location (Montjuic) which is away from the hoards of tourists in La Ramblas. We took the Aerobus from airport to Pl. Espanya and the hotel is a 15 minutes walk along Para.llel. There is a beautiful shopping centre which was formerly a bull fight arena and the 'magic fountain' is nearby. Carrer de Blai is a good place to test out tapas and pinchos. The street is literally lined with tapas bars.
With a reliable map, most tourist places are walkable, all within 20 - 30 minutes, We even walked to Sagrada Familia which is a 'pleasant' 1 hour walk! I don't recommend doing this especially in the summer. All in all we had a great 7 nights. We were fearful of snatch thieves and pickpockets after reading lots of negative reports but sensibly followed good advice like avoiding big crowds, keep valuables concealed, and carrying just what is necessary for the day.