I went to Barcelona last weekend. Casual. Just jetted off for a couple of days.
We booked a very last minute trip to celebrate boyfriend and I’s 3 years (nawww) with two nights in Barcelona. We didn’t have that much time, so I thought Barcelona would be a great place to head as it’s quite a small city and we’d be able to do everything we needed in three days.
Arriving on the Saturday morning we checked into our hotel then trotted swiftly off to Nou Camp (the Barcelona FC football stadium). It’s the biggest stadium in Europe and has one of the biggest capacities in the world. Expecting this just to be a boy thing, I really enjoyed it! It was amazing seeing the real life press rooms, the changing rooms, not to mention the pitch and the trophy room.
After a rest up at the hotel and a bath (cor, I do love a good hotel bath) we rambled down La Rambla (see what I did there?!). It was so beautiful with all the Christmas lights, and a perfect temperature of about 12 degrees C. Not so cold you had to lug a duffle around! We checked out a market then had a wonderful meal at a traditional Catalan restaurant before heading home, drinking wine and playing cards.
On the Sunday we were up bright and early to visit Parc Guell, the park the architect Gaudi designed which was just absolutely incredible. I’ve found my new kitchen tiles there! The weather was beautiful (I even got a little bit red on my nose!) and the views stretching across Barcelona to the sea were gorgeous.
We next headed to the Sangrada Familia, another Gaudi work of art towering over the city. Managing to escape the crowds, we found a lovely local park where we just sat and marveled at it without the hubbub of ipads and audio guides.
After a winding walk through the old town, we had a spot of lunch then a rest, before heading out on the town. We ate at a lovely back street local tapas bar (also go on the back streets for cheaper food!) then bar hopped our way back to the hotel sampling lots of traditional Catalan delicacies …!
On our last morning, we stumbled across a very new and modern flea market, that we gathered had been built due to the tradespeople’s old site being demolished. It felt rather an odd juxtaposition, the old style flea market and the postmodern architecture. Nevertheless, we had a great saunter round and I picked up some very cheap vintage jewellery.
I had a wonderful weekend and Barcelona is a city that I would most definitely recommend. We did the whole thing very last minute, and very cheaply so it just goes to show you can jet off for the weekend with just a couple of hours planning – a great trip!