I’ve had so much on lately that I’ve not been up to date with my recent travel posts. Soooooo in July 2017 I, my husband, sister and brother in law spent the most perfect weekend in one of my favourite cities. Luckily this is the 2nd time I’ve visited Barcelona I also hosted my hen party there too but most of it was spent either drinking gin, lying on the beach or laughing uncontrollably so I didn’t get to see much of the city.
We travelled on a Friday via Easy Jet. I find the prices are always reasonable especially if you book early. Out flight was slightly delayed but it just gave us extra time to sip on champagne in the departures lounge. Once on board the flight was seamless and immigration was a breeze. We jumped into a taxi to the hotel. Our choice of hotel for the weekend was Hotel Arts. The hotel is situated right on the beach and has the most beautiful views. We had a club class room so we were able to enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks and breakfast.
The next morning I dragged my husband up to visit the Sagrada Familia. We had pre-booked this as recommended by my trusty guide book. We arrived at 9.30 the sun was already soaring and crowds of tourists gathering. I decied to book the audio tour which was fantastic. We wandered around at our own pace and the audio was so informative and it was great learning all about the structure itself. If you get the chance you must stick the Sagrada on your list. It has such a wow factor.
We google mapped our next destination which is Casa Batllo. The walk was great as we got to take in the sights of the beautiful city. Again Casa Battlo was such a pleasure. We had booked the audio tour and they also have you a handy smart device which when you got to checkpoints it would show images of how the house looked like when Gaudi and his family resided day there. The house had a central staircase and at certain points was very crowded with people going in opposite directions. I’d recommend to get there early to beat the crowds.
After all that sight seeing we were in need of a light lunch and a cold drink. We wandered down the Rambles to the La Boqueria Mercat . So much hustle and bustle under one roof. There was fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and delicious meats on offer. We decided to eat inside and enjoyed some delicious fresh seafood.
After filling our bellies we wandered up the rambles and done a spot a shopping. I was treat to a cute pink Louis Vuitton purse. We found the price to be slightly cheaper than the UK. Afterwards we returned to our hotel and enjoyed a spot of sunshine and couple of glasses of bubbles.
Later than evening we had a table booked at Acces the staff were attentive and the espresso martinis were to die for. Following a recommendation by our waiter we ordered the tasting menu which was so delicious. Sadly no photos of our food as we were having too much fun. The restaurant had a chilled out ambience and it was great to eat, drink and share laughter. Following way too many drinks we returned to the hotel.
The next day we had breakfast and took a walk to the Catedral de Barcelona. Mass was taking place so we sadly couldn’t go in but we did appreciate the exterior architecture. We then took a stroll along the beach and soaked in the Vitamin d. Following a swift check out we got a taxi to Park Guell. We didn’t book a tour as we wanted flexibility in our day. Although I wish we now booked a tour as the park had no clear route and I felt I couldn’t appreciate my surroundings. The sun was blasting at this point so we took refuge to Robata and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Again no photos of our delicious food as I was too hungry. The restaurant itself was clean and the staff were great. We decided to walk a little then grabbed a taxi back to the hotel to enjoy a pre-flight drink.
Our journey hope was hassle free and spent appreciating the weekend we’d just had. Barcelona has it all sunshine, culture, architecture, shopping, great food and pristine beaches. If you’re after a city break it’s a must.
My next trip is the Big Apple!!!