Posted: 13/02/2014 at 16:46
mamafox - Great location for the Marathon start. Take it you're flying into Barcelona airport ? ,if so head for the train (RENFE) it's at Terminal 2 so is really easy if you land there. From T1 I think there is a shuttle bus or a long walk!. Buy a T10 ticket from the train station, these are good for the metro as well & give you 10 journeys.
Would advise you to walk up the Avinguda del paralel to get a feel for the last mile of the marathon (uphill but not that bad). Obvious stuff to do Sagrada, Ramblas (market is great), park guell & the Gaudi stuff...depends on your interests, we've never been inside any. Tibidabo we missed the first time but well worth going up, & can use the T10 to get all the way there (metro/Funicular/Bus) there's a church at the top which you can go up the lift to the top, need a nice day for it really. If you like footy then Camp Nou is amazing, even the Mrs enjoyed it and she doesn't do footy (depends if a game lands on the weekend you are there)
Tripadvisor app is really useful for finding stuff. The marina/beach is a nice walk round. Bike hire not a bad idea (never done it though) if you want to save your legs!.
Cava bar is here http://goo.gl/maps/887dm (Can Paixano), a bit mad and gets very busy, no seating and only serves Cava. Bottle of cava is ~5euros and you have to buy food with it (can have a glass without food), but sandwich/cheese/meat is very cheap and tasty. Don't think it's open on Sundays. Great atmosphere.
Want to go now! ,could write a whole bunch more.
Glad I was indoors playing footy last night!, interesting drive home. No house/garden damage though so all good. Out tonight for 5 or 6.