Earlier this month I packed a small case and flew off to Barcelona with my sidekick and best friend, Viks. After our first trip away in Amsterdam last year I was eager to get on the plane and in the air, but Manchester airport had other plans....
Over 2 and half hours later we finally made it through security, just in time for last boarding calls, not what you need at 5.30 in the morning! But travel drama aside, we landed safely ready for our next adventure.
Similar to our time in Amsterdam we decided to stay a little outside the city centre, this proves the cheaper option and is more relaxed away from the city buzz. Our hotel, New Hotel Colon, was in Mataro just 30mins train ride from Barcelona centre and was absolutely stunning! Our room had a lovely little balcony which was great vantage point for watching the sunsets.
And our hotel got even better when we discovered the nearby beach, just 2mins walk away! Our first afternoon was spent lazying around, people watching and paddling on the sand, a perfect start to our holiday!
Day 2, we headed for Barcelona centre for purchase pre-booked yacht ride. Before boarding the boat we stopped off for some grub at a local Irish bar and bought some factor 50 suncream (I'm ginger and was burning despite wearing factor 30!). Our yacht ride lasted for 2 hours and was so beautiful! Our captain, despite a lack of good spoken English, did his best to explain the stand out views in the city skyline and also provided beer or pop.
After our yacht we headed to the nearby aquarium and used some €3 off vouchers we'd picked up earlier that day. I'm glad we got money off, it really wasn't a great aquarium and only took 10 minutes to walk around. A plus to our visit was the welcome break from the sun!
Day 3, on the recommendation of everyone who has ever visited Barcelona we decided to call by the Sagrada Familia and was sadly disappointed. The majority of Gaudi's masterpiece was covered head to toe with scaffolding so we took a (really bad) photo and called it quits. Next up we decided to try out the sightseeing tour bus and spent the majority of the day taking in the views, enjoying the breeze and resting our feet. We got off the bus in the Gothic Quarter and wandered up Las Ramblas, discovering street markets, sweet stalls and the most amazing burger bar for dinner!
Day 4, our last day and my favourite. We headed up town (vertically) to Park Guell where the ground as well as Gaudi's work were stunning! Although it was really too hot for my pasty, English skin I sucked it up and kept the ice lollies flowing which helped make the day even more enjoyable. A particular highlight was being swarmed by bright, colourful birds, something I won't forget anytime soon!
Other highlights of our trip included the beautiful street art, the best cocktails I've ever drank, evening beach chills, beach-side swimming pools and the world's freshest apple juice!
What are your favourite Barcelona mist do's?