Oh Barcelona… Where do I start? Barcelona stole my heart. The city, the atmosphere, the architecture, the people, everything.
I’ve always wanted to go to Barcelona, and one day when begging Dave to go on holiday, we spontaneously decided that we were going to go on a 4 day get-away to the beautiful city of Barcelona, and honestly, it is a decision I will NEVER regret.
July 6th 2018.
The day has come. The day we fly out to Barcelona. Usually I would be extremely anxious about flying, but I didn’t have a care in the world that I was going to be in a metal tin can, thousands of feet above the ground, because I was going to the most beautiful city.
When we arrived, we got off that plane and got that sudden hit of hot atmosphere, and a rush of excitement that rushed through you.
We eventually got to the hotel, and that itself was a mind-blowing… and we hadn’t even started exploring yet. Our hotel had a roof-top pool, with a bar where they bring you drinks in the pool. It was the best thing.
Once we got settled, the was pretty much the evening, so we decided to just have a nice dinner, and get an early-ish night so we were fully rested to start exploring on our short time there
We found a cute little restaurant that served the best pizza. I mean it’s no Italy, but it was goddamn close. What I would do to have that pizza again.
After dinner, we took an evening stole through the small streets around our hotel, and ended the evening with a couple of drinks at the hotel.
July 7th 2018.
Day 1 of exploring. We didn’t have a set plan on what we wanted to do, but Dave’s one thing he had as a must do, was to go to the Hard Rock Cafe. So we decided to do things that was around the area of Hard Rock. We took a long walk through a high street, saw all the market stands and made our way to the cafe. We went and saw the local fountains and some street performers, until we realised we were way too hot and decided sitting in the pool was the best ideas.
After a couple of hours we went on an evening stroll down to the marina and the beach. Bloody hell, it was stunning. One of the prettiest beaches and marinas I’ve seen (especially compared to Portsmouth and Southampton, where we are from!). I managed to get a lot of photography pictures which I am so excited to edit… look out for those on my photography Instagram! Eventually we decided it was time to head back to the hotel, but neither of us wanted to do the walk, so we got a tuk-tuk back and honestly this guy was the funniest guy I have ever met, even though I felt like I was going to die with his driving(?)!
July 8th 2018.
Day 2 of exploring. We quickly realised that there was so much we wanted to do, but really didn’t have the time to do it all, so we had to make a game plan! We started the day by going to see La Sagrada Familia. This temple is probably one of the most amazing structures I have ever seen. You walk out and as soon as you see it, you are just taken away. We didn’t go inside, but I forever wish we did. We sat in a park near-by, eating an ice cream, taking in the beauty that was right in front of us. We then traveled back to the hotel and chilled in the sun, planning for the evening. In the evening we go the train up to Montjuïc Cable Cars. This was one of my favourite experiences. Though I am petrified of cable cars (or more the thought of them getting stuck or breaking), the view of the city from above was breath-taking. We went at a time where the sun was starting to set so everything was a golden purple colour. From the cable cars, we viewed Montjuïc Castle, before making our way back to the hotel.
July 9th 2018.
Today was all about Park Güell. The journey to Park Güell really takes it out of you. From the heat to the steep hill, you are exhausted by the time you reach the top. But believe me when I say this, it was all worth it. The work of Gaudi is absolutely stunning. Through walking through the different paths, to seeing the marble structures. It is an experience you won’t regret (even if you are on the verge of getting heat stroke). We had an entrance ticket for 1pm, so we had hours to exploring before we went into the main part. They really set the scene while exploring, with people playing beautiful music and the view to be one of the nicest things you’ve seen. Learning about the history of the place is fascinating as well.
This takes us to the evening where we had our date night. Can you really top date night than it being in Barcelona? I don’t think so. We got all dressed up, and headed to a fancy restaurant and enjoyed our last night in Barcelona.
July 10th 2018.
Our last morning here. We had a flight at around 4pm, so we had to head to the airport around midday. But we had 1 more stop to make. So we got up early, packed up our stuff and checked out of the hotel, and made our way to Museu Nacional D’art de Catalunya. Though we didn’t have enough time to go inside, the outside was more than enough to end our amazing trip. The fountains, the architecture, the atmosphere, everything. It was perfect. I wanted to freeze time in that moment. But sadly, I couldn’t so we made our way to the hotel and got on our flight home.
There’s so much that we managed to do in 4 days, but there’s so much more that I wanted to do. I cannot wait until the day that I go back. Barcelona is a place that everyone must visit. It was absolutely beautiful. And I promise you, as Ed Sheehan said, You will be dancing in the streets, in Barcelona.
I also made a video on our trip to Barcelona, showing a lot more than I have here if you want to check it out!