Well well well, back to reality, holiday blues are already kicking in! Just come back from a 4 day stay in Barcelona. I didn’t really know what to expect from this city break but everyone who’s been to Barcelona seemed to enjoy it and boy were they right. One word.. AMAZING!
After a 2 hour flight we were greeted by blue skies and sunshine, which was a pleasant surprise after a week of ‘ Beast From The East’! After a quick met ride to our hotel we checked in and began exploring the sites. First stop La Rambla, a busy street connecting Catalunya centre and the Port filled with restaurants, shops and markets. Don’t miss La Boqueria Market, packed with fresh fruit, meats, cheese and sweets, there’s something to please everyone, believe me, I’m a fussy eater! We then had a wander around the port and finished off our first day at the beach before heading back to the comforts of our 4* hotel, Senator Barcelona Spa Hotel. A brilliant hotel that I could not fault, friendly staff, clean rooms, a 5 minute walk from the met stop, a lovely spa and located next to a supermarket which was ideal.
Wide awake at 8am we decided to head into Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona since 1957, with a seating capacity of 99,354 it’s the second largest stadium in the world, so is a must see attraction, even if you’re not a big footy fan. After breakfast (a quick croissant from Mercadona) we headed up Montjunic on the cable car, only costing 8 euros one way i thought this was a bargain and I say one way because I recommend walking down the hill. Once at the top you can pay 5 euros to enter the castle or just have a stroll around the castle grounds which over looks Barcelona port. Half way down the hill is a local bar selling snacks and most importantly sangria, for that pit stop refreshment in the sunshine. We also found a little restaurant overlooking Barcelona where we ordered tapas and enjoyed the afternoon sun before heading back into the hustle and bustle of city life. Next stop Sagrada Familia, the largest unfinished Catholic Church in the world, designed by the one and only Antoni Gaudi. Construction started in 1883 and is expected to finish in 2026, which is another excuse to come back and visit this magical city! We didn’t pay to go inside the church, however it is advised to book beforehand to avoid disappointment due to its popularity with tourists. After Sagrada Familia it was a quick bus ride to Park Guell, which is a public park located on Carmel Hill that’s filled with Gaudis work. I wasn’t expecting much on arrival, however this is a definite must when visiting Barcelona due to the magnificent views from the top. After watching the sun set over Barcelona we headed back to Catalunya square and grabbed some tea at El Corte Ingles Centre, a 9 storey shopping mall with a café on top that overlooks the city, a fabulous view whilst enjoying some delicious food! After 13 miles of walking, it was time to head back to our hotel for an early night ready to explore more of the city in the morning.
We decided to take a trip to Barcelona’s Zoo, costing 22 euros, I thought this was reasonable considering the size of the zoo and the animals inside and its right in the city centre. After the zoo we found a café on the beach front and soaked up some of the afternoon sun with cocktails and headed to the beach for a mid afternoon snooze! Refreshed from our siesta we had a walk along the promenade and bought some ciders from the local shop and sat on the beach watching the sunset. A perfect way to end a perfect day! We then headed back to La Ramble for some tea and a quick stop at the waffle shop for dessert. I would describe myself as a foodie and I know a good waffle when I see one, Barcelona’s waffles are top of my list for now! The hot chocolates are amazing too, basically melted chocolate with a dash of hot milk, calorific but who cares ey! Calories don’t count on holiday do they?!
We had a well-deserved lie in then headed back to the airport via the met, such an easy service, nothing compared to Northern Rail back home! Once at the airport we made the most of our last 2 hours and ate our way to the gate. These past 4 days have gone in a blink of an eye, but we’ve had the best time and can’t wait to return, adios for now..
- Buy an city card – unlimited travel of the met, train and buses (definitely saved us money in the long run)
- Watch for pick pockets (don’t put your phone or wallet in your back pocket)
- Try the local cuisine, paella, tapas, sangria
- Make the most of every minute!