Barcelona – the city of Tapas, Sangria and Gaudi

Back in March, Ollie and I took a little trip to Barcelona to catch some winter (or early spring) sun and a much needed dose of vitamin D!

We had decided on Barcelona because neither of us had been before and friends and family who had been had recommended it as the perfect mini break destination before we moved into our new home.

So we booked some cheap EasyJet flights and a reasonably priced hotel for a few days and headed to the Spanish city of tapas, sangria and Gaudi.

We were not disappointed.

The food was outstanding and the weather beautiful. Exactly what was needed after a long, English winter. Ollie tried Sangria for the first time and I tried Paella for the first time (although I find  seafood with faces a bit unnerving)

What I love about Barcelona is that there is so much variety of things to do, including the beach, the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.

Things we did which I would highly recommend are:

  • Take a walk around the Gothic Quarter and visit the Catedral de Barcelona
  • Buy a sandwich for lunch from a little cafe and eat it on the beach
  • Have a beautifully presented ice-cream from Gelarto Rosa
  • Walk down Las Ramblas and hop into Mercado de La Boqueria (a covered market) – just watch out for your valuables!
  • Take a bus tour around the city to get your bearings
  • Visit Gaudi’s Park Guell – it is well worth buying a monumental zone entry ticket in advance of your trip. At only 10 euros per person it’s a bargain.
  • Visit Sagrada Familia – no trip to Barcelona would be complete without a trip to it’s most famous architecture. I recommend booking  in advance to make the most of the limited 17 euro tickets.

Here are a few snaps of our minibreak.

(Left to right: Barcelona Beach, Barcelona Cathederal, Mercado de La Boqueria, Ice-cream from Gelerto Rosa, Park Guell, City Architecture)

If you decide to visit this fabulous city feel free to contact me for more in depth hints and tips

 

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