Our recent city break was to Barcelona. I had visited for the day on a family holiday when I was younger but have been keen to visit it for a while now!
(As always) we booked last minute. We flew from Bristol to Barcelona with easyJet. Inspiration came from recommendations from friends or travel sites. Reiss’ cousin has lived in Barcelona so she was able to give us some recommendations more from a locals perspective.
I feel anything and anywhere in Barcelona suits and you do not really need to over plan.
To get around:
We hadn’t even thought about airport transfers until we arrived. Luckily, we discovered travel passes at the airport and bought a 72-hour pass and got on the metro. I know there were 2-5 day passes available to purchase. The metro map is pretty straightforward to get your head around and you do not get any zone restrictions with these like you do in London. An Uber from the airport to our hotel would have been the same price as two 3- day passes!
There are also bicycles and scooters to hire which are pretty popular in Barcelona.
We stayed at Sb Hotels which was a short walk from the Olympica metro. It was inbetween the zoo and the beach. Check-in wasn’t until 3 but the hotel kindly let us check in earlier which was great. The hotel had a lovely pool, sauna, hot tub and gym which would be perfect in the warmer weather.
As our life pretty much (definitely) revolves around rugby, it was good to watch a football game for a nice change and at Camp Nou. There is a lovely tapas (Taller de Tapas) next to the stadium where we went before the game. I was worried incase it was going to be a pretty average game in terms of action but there ended up being seven goals throughout which made for a great atmosphere!
The bunkers were definitely a must. We went at sunset. If you are feeling keen, I can imagine it would be just as picturesque for sunrise. We got the metro to Alfons x and walked up via Park Guell (warning- there is quite the incline!). There are bus routes available. We did not book Park Guell and wanted to get to bunkers for sunset instead so if you do plan on going here, book in advance.
Of course, Sagrada familia is a must see and definitely book in advance for this. I would recommend just taking a walk along the beach, harbourside and to the shops. We also had some impromptu retail therapy, I discovered Oysho which is my new favourite place! For $ sake, it is certainly a bonus I only had space for hand luggage. Something on our list for next time is to visit the Olympic park and to go up Mont Juic.
I think I went on about the hot chocolates in Venice too but I loved the ones in Barcelona too! Definitely check out Cacao Sampaka if you are a chocolate fan.
Carrer Blai is a street of bars and restaurants that have Pinxos which we loved (the set up is kind of like Yo Sushi- except you pay with how many sticks you took rather than bowls!).
I loved trying lots of different Tapas places but if you do fancy trying different cusines, we liked La Tagliatella for Italian and Dionisos for Greek.
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