City breaks have become my favourite kind of holidays, so of-course it was about time I ticked Barcelona of my long list. In Barcelona there’s something for everyone, you have the beach, the beautiful weather (most of the time) and of-course the city to explore/ shop in! Here’s what I got up to in the 48 hours I had…
First of all, get the metro after your flight to your accommodation rather than a taxi/ bus – fees are pretty high and the metro is quick and easy to use. For that you’ll need a separate airport ticket that costs around 5 euros. If you plan on doing a lot of sight seeing I would also recommend getting the T-10 metro ticket aswel, this will allow you 10 metro journeys for €10, we walked a lot but there were a few occasions it came in handy.
SANDALS (old – River Island)
We started off at Park Guell, an absolute must to walk around. We went early in the morning which I would recommend otherwise it can get pretty crowded. There is an area that you can pay to go into but we decided against that, although I have heard that it is worth it. Next stop was Barceloneta beach, if we were staying for longer perhaps we would have spent half a day there, but we did a quick pitstop then walked along. We went back to the beach on our last night to watch the sunset with a take out pizza, a lovely way to finish our short break!
After the beach we spotted a cable car which went from Barceloneta Beach up to Montjuic Castle, there is a mid way point that we decided to stop off at and have lunch and missed going up to the castle. The issue with the cable car is the waiting times, we waited over an hour and it wasn’t at it’s busiest! We purchased a return ticket but the que to get back would have meant a 2 hour wait so we walked down to Maremagnum shopping centre, there was a Mango that I could have easily spent a fortune in.
That evening we dined at El Cercle (The Circle). I’ll be honest, the service wasn’t quite up to the standard we hoped (but it seemed to be similar in a lot of places in Barcelona) but the food and terrace setting definitely made up for it. Perfect if you like seafood or Japanese dishes.
JEANS (cut off the bottoms)
After all the walking on day one I needed to start day two with a decent coffee, after a quick google I discovered a little spot tucked away out of the hustle and bustle – Onna Cafe. Filled with locals and incredible coffee it made the perfect spot for breakfast (surprisingly affordable too). We had really nice weather so walked down to Sagrada Familia and sat in the park over looking it, another typical tourist attraction but it really is a beautiful church that you would be crazy to miss!
From there we headed to La Ramblas, definitely worth a visit but we had some advice not to eat there and to keep an eye on our belongings. I couldn’t resist picking up a flower ice cream from Amorino Gelato, tasted and looked amazing. We also wandered into the Boqueria indoor market. I didn’t really enjoy seeing all of the meat hung up, that was pretty disturbing. However they had lots of lovely fresh juices which were only €1.50, based on this we thought the chocolates would be affordable too, oh how wrong we were! We picked 1 one small chocolate each and it came to €7, lets just say I felt robbed!
Our last stop of the day before our last evening at the beach was Ciutadella Park next to Barcelona Zoo. Again another great spot to escape the hustle and bustle, we found ourselves having a little pit stop and enjoying the view of the lake. The next morning it was straight to the airport. we crammed quite a lot in, but I’m already itching to go back, it was perfect! We decided to use Airbnb for our stay, so my next post will be all about our fabulous apartment…
What’s your favourite city break location?