A weekend away with the girls makes my heart happy. This year we decided to explore beautiful Barcelona! 3 girls, 3 nights … and plenty of Sangria!
Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona
After dropping our stuff off at our AirBnB, just off the Avenue Paral-lel, we headed straight to Barceloneta Beach. Not the most amazing beach I had ever seen – but definitely worth a visit. I love a city with a beach – especially when you are tired after an early morning flight! We sat near the sea and people watched and snoozed for a couple of hours. Feeling refreshed we walked along the beach and stumbled on a great little bar called Blue Beach Bar where we enjoyed a drink and some sunshine!
In the evening we came across a fantastic street, called Carrer de Blai, close to our apartment – full of little restaurants to enjoy an evening of Tapas and Sangria! The atmosphere was fantastic – and the prices were cheap. We enjoyed some delicious food – a fantastic area if your after yummy tapas and drinks! I was already a big fan of Barcelona!
Day 2: The Gothic Quarter
We started day 2 off with breakfast in Placa Reial – a very picturesque square, full of markets, restaurants and the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. It was a great spot – we enjoyed a cup of coffee and an omelette, whilst enjoying a spot of people watching!
It was then time to embark on a free walking tour with Sandeman’s Walking Tours – a two hour tour around the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area, and showed us some amazing sites including Barcelona Cathedral and the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar. If your new to Barcelona – this walking tour is a great starting point.
We enjoyed a long lunch in Placa de Santa Maria – Paella and Sangria! It was great to sit and soak up the atmosphere, catch up properly with each other and start to feel the effects of our second litre of Sangria!
The evening was spent exploring Sants-Montjuic – a lovely area, which makes you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. We explored the the Olympic Stadium and then walked down to Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – a stunning site! We sat on the steps in front of the magnificent building, opened a bottle of rose and enjoyed the evening atmosphere – clearly a popular evening spot. The views of the city were amazing! We then stumbled back to Carrer de Blai – to enjoy some late night tapas!
Day 3: Gaudi
Today was all about Gaudi.
We started our day by visiting Park Guell, an UNESCO listed park, where Guadi turned his hand to landscape gardening. Make sure you book your tickets online, especially if you decide to visit during weekends and other busy periods – as you are given a time slot, and will make planning your trip easier! The park is a wonderfully enchanting place filled with interesting gardens and unique buildings. Take a picnic, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy this fascinating place!
Our afternoon was filled with the sights of La Sagrada Familia – Wow. What an incredible sight! This truly breathtaking building is Spain’s most visited monument, and it’s easy to see why. It is still under construction, but this doesn’t take away any of it’s sheer magnificence. The size is unbelievable and its detail is second to non. Then you walk inside, and become speechless once again! In busy periods make sure you buy your ticket online a few days before. This is a must see sight in Barcelona!
Day 4: Views from the sea.
We enjoyed breakfast at Federal Cafe in the Gothic Quarter – a great little find! The foot was fantastic – I highly recommend the huevos rancheros!
We then wandered down to the harbour – and spent our last morning in Barcelona enjoying the city views from the sea. Our boat trip was provided by Las Golondrinas. We enjoyed 1hr 30min trip around the Barcelona port. Without any commentary, It wasn’t the most exciting boat trip I’ve ever been on, but the views of the city were nice, and the company of my girls made it all worthwhile!
We then wandered up the vibrant Las Ramblas – the famous tree lined street, and iconic landmark of Barcelona. After taking in the busy Las Ramblas atmosphere we visited Mercat de la Boqueria – a fantastic market full of colour and energy. Hosting a wide range of fresh food, it was the perfect place to enjoy some lunch. You can’t visit Barcelona without experiencing this fun market!
It was then time to say farewell to Barcelona, and board our flight back to Liverpool. We had a fantastic time here – and Barcelona has managed to make it’s way into my top five European cities! I will definitely be back to explore this fantastic city further…