I had such huge expectations about Barcelona as I have heard so many great things from various people so it had a lot of live up to but it most certainly delivered. Barcelona is a bustling city filled with colours, flavours, smells and people. As soon as I stepped off the plane and headed for Las Ramblas I knew I had arrived in a very special city.
We stayed in the old gothic town of Barcelona which I felt was the best place to base ourselves as everywhere was easily accessible via metro or walking. The gothic quarter was an area with winding streets that you get easily lost in, full of various restaurants, bars, tourist shops and gelato bars. I found this place fascinating, full of life and history and I would recommend staying in this area if you visit Barcelona.
Another highlight was spending time at Barceloneta (Barcelona beach), I was surprised how close it was to the centre of town (walking distance) and how nicely it was spread out from the port to the high rise hotels. There were plenty of beach side bars and restaurants to have a pit stop and the beach was generally clean. The only (very) annoying thing was the same old people you find all over the world selling junk, beer, mojitos, massages and hair braids. It was difficult to relax in the sun with people literally every 10 seconds shouting something at you down the beach, it’s a shame really without all that it’s near perfection.
Alot of time was spent chasing Gaudi’s work which you can read about here, eating tapas and sipping Sangria so all in all a very relaxing break. Our favourite place to bask in the sun in Barcelona was Place del Rei in the gothic quarter. The sun was also an added bonus having not seen it for 7 months in London. I loved Barcelona and I would most definitely return to this vibrant city.
Have you been to Barcelona? Did you love or loathe it?