Travel: Barcelona

My boyfriend and I went for a short break in Barcelona at the beginning of July and it was honestly one of the best trips I have ever been on & I cannot wait to go back!

Unfortunately being a student meant that I couldn’t afford a lovely week long break away so I searched to find a happy medium of relaxing on the beach and a city break… Something Barcelona is perfect for.

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The Hotel

We stayed in B Hotel, in Placa d’Espanya, which was beautiful! The location was a slight compromise (you had to walk at least 25 minutes to get to typical tourist locations) but I took this with a pinch of salt when it meant we had a rooftop pool and bar (a bool???) and a lovely room.

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Right next door to the hotel was a huge shopping centre (Arenas Centro Comercial Barcelona) which had amazing restaurants on the top, giving you a beautiful view of the city. We actually ended up eating there every single night because there were so many options to choose from. One vital bit of advice that I would mention is eating times at night are crazy different to the UK. We were so busy on the second night that we didn’t get round to dinner until 1o:30pm…When everyone actually turns up to eat?! If you arrive at about 7 or 8pm it’s likely to be deadly silent so (depending what atmosphere you’re after) I would pick your time wisely.

First Day Exploring

On the first day we went exploring down Placa Reial and La Boqueria, a fantastic market with amazing fresh fruit. It is a typical tourist location but it would be wrong to dismiss it as an amazing place to go. Plaça Catalunya is nearby, surrounded by great places to eat and go clothes shopping. This was ideal for me as I managed to get strawberries all down my lovely white top in the market, oops.

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We also took the long walk to see Sagrada Familia. It is honestly absolutely incredible and I love the fact that it’s likely to be different every time you see it due to its constant construction. We decided not to go inside but at about 5pm there were limited crowds, probably making it an ideal time to visit.

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Casa Batllo

My absolute favourite part of the trip was visiting Casa Batllo. This was something that I decided to pay for (around 19 euros each or so) in advance, skipping the queues. We spent several hours inside the building and LOVED it. You get a complimentary headphone guide that comes with an iPhone type screen which is interactive – fantastic really! I have a new found appreciation for Gaudi and his creations that’s for sure.

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The Picasso Museum

We also paid a visit to the Picasso Museum later in the day which was great too as it was only a few euros each (again I prepaid and we skipped almost 20 minutes of queues). However, the audio guides are an absolute must and unfortunately you had to pay an extra 10 euros each for them.

There was an exhibition on at the time of some of Picasso’s sketches. Adam and I couldn’t help laughing like children as there were over 200 odd drawings of prostitutes with their bits flying about everywhere. Their very up-front names added to our fun as they just said things like ‘Prostitute relaxing’.. which somehow we found hilarious at the time (probably heat stroke!)

Visiting Barcelona was one of the most amazing little trips I have ever been on and one of the few cities that I would book an instant flight to now if I could.

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It’s safe to say that if you haven’t put Barcelona on your wish list yet, why not?!

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17 Comments

  1. August 30, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Looks beautiful, pleased you enjoyed yourselves 🙂 My oldest son went to Madrid…intended to get to Barcelona but never made it..lol! I never asked why…suspect his friends may have had something to do with it…!

    • August 30, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      I have never been to Madrid, I really want to go!

      • August 30, 2016 / 6:07 pm

        My son enjoyed it-perhaps you could go there on your next mini-break 🙂

  2. August 31, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Barcelona is such a wonderful city! If you go back, book tickets for La Sagrada Familia in advance as it saves you time queuing (although it will still probably be v busy!)

    • August 31, 2016 / 12:54 pm

      Is it worth going in? I booked Casa Batllo instead as we could only afford one or the other and loved it!!

  3. August 31, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Barcelona is by far my favourite city – glad you had a lovely time! Sagrada Familia is absolutely stunning inside, would definitely recommend going in next time! xx

    • August 31, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Well you have just given me a valid reason to go back!! I wish I had gone inside now, I will definitely have to next time 🙂 xx

    • August 31, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      It is such a great city, isn’t it!
      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂
      I have given you a follow too x

  4. September 1, 2016 / 1:28 pm

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  5. October 9, 2016 / 5:18 am

    Such a nice post! I’ve always loved the idea of going to Barcelona and it is definitely on my bucket list!

    • October 9, 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thank you for reading!! I hope you check it out sometime – amazing place 🙂 x

      • October 9, 2016 / 6:36 pm

        Thank you! I really hope so too, I can really imagine it being like that 🙂

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