A Short Break In Barcelona
As I am sat here with a cup of coffee to warm me up on this cold November morning, I am reminiscing about my short break in sunny Barcelona.
Oh how I miss that beautiful city.
After finishing our A-Levels, my friend, Emma, and I wanted to celebrate by going on a trip somewhere abroad. When doing a bit of research we stumbled upon Barcelona, and that was it. A four-day trip was planned.
Having barely any experience with travelling outside the UK (I had only been on a plane once before… 10 years ago!) this was a big thing for me. So naturally, I was very excited, tinged with a little bit of nerves. I know, I know. It’s only a two-hour flight. But still. I was nervous!
However, as soon as we arrived my nerves were gone, and I knew four days in this city wasn’t going to be enough! We planned what we wanted to do before hand, and I would definitely recommend doing this. The city is so vast, it’s probably impossible to see it all in just a few days, but we gave it a bloody good try!
The first place we visited was Barceloneta. Or as we called it… the beach bit. We managed to find our way there via the metro. I thought this would be very confusing, but it was actually so easy and I found it quite enjoyable zipping around the different stations. Trains came every four minutes too, so you’d never have a long wait.
When we got off at Barceloneta we discovered a lovely little ice cream shop called ‘eyescream & friends’. Basically it is shredded ice cream that they shape to look a monstery kinda thing with edible eyes on top. What’s not to love?
After enjoying our ice cream we went to sus out the beach. Oh my god. It was so chill. So beautiful. Perfect. As it was late afternoon going into the evening, it was so relaxing strolling along the beach (whilst taking too many photographs) until we found our selves sitting in a cool botanical looking bar right next to the beach drinking mojitos. It was pricey, but we didn’t care! We were on holiday, right?
For the following two days we booked tickets for an open top bus tour. The company we used was Hop on Hop Off Bus Tours. I would recommend looking into this as it is transport for two whole days and you get to see A LOT of the city whilst travelling to your desired destination.
As you can see, we were being full on tourists to say the least!
If you are going to Barcelona, la Sagrada Família is an absolute must! You’ll read about it everywhere when you research the city, but I promise you, you will understand what all the hype is about when you see it for yourself. No pictures do it justice. It’s such a breath taking building and it isn’t even finished yet!
Top tip: book your tickets to the Segrada in advance to avoid standing in the MAHUSIVE queue. It gets very busy!!
Another must see, in my opinion, is Park Guell. I LOVED it here. So much colourful architecture surrounded by natural beauty, I was in my absolute element. But, be warned… there is A LOT of walking. And in 30+ degree heat… sweaty Betty springs to mind! But it’s so worth it. You can walk to a really high point where you have a panoramic view of the whole city, and it’s just amazing!
I could ramble on about Barcelona all day long. It totally and utterly exceeded my expectations. I would go back in a heartbeat and recommend anyone to go.
As a picture speaks a thousand words and all that, I’ll leave you here with a handful of the many photographs I took. I was snap happy to say the least… but it was impossible not to be!
Lots of love,