The beauty of Barcelona was apparent from the moment I landed. The pure blue skies and cool breeze welcomed me so lovingly and I couldn’t wait to explore! I was initially worried about the weather when visiting a European city in November but the sun didn’t stop shining all weekend!
What I loved most about Barcelona was the architecture, every building was so pretty! All the delicate balcony’s looking out into the narrow streets looked so gorgeous I just wanted to move in myself! The first place I visited was ‘La Rambla’ a main tourist strip in Barcelona which connects the Placa de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. It’s a gorgeous strip full of small bakeries, tapas bars and the odd flower stall.
I settled down for lunch at a small bakery which was set back from La Rambla on a quiet street and I was completely spoilt for choice with what to order! The whole counter was full of a variety of sandwiches, pastries and cakes – I just wanted them all! When I received my lunch I found it was spread with tomato seeds and pulp instead of butter, this is traditionally called Pan Cot Tomate and is made of olive oil, tomatoes and garlic and it tasted delicious!
Being the typical shopaholic that I am, shamefully the first thing I thought was to go shopping! Barcelona’s Maremagnum shopping centre is a beautiful modern glass building with incredible views of the harbour.
After shopping till I was literally about to drop and having a wonder around Barcelona’s amazing aquarium I headed to the Hard Rock Café for some well-deserved dinner! Thinking with my stomach instead of my head, myself and my boyfriend ordered a huge portion of nachos for a starter that could have easily fed a family of four! I followed that with a giant BBQ pulled chicken burger accompanied by chips, cowboy beans and coleslaw! I’ve never felt so stuffed, but it was soo worth it!
The next day, I focused on sight-seeing, I hadn’t come to this beautiful city just for the shopping! As the tourist I was trying so hard not to be, I jumped on an open top bus tour to get the best view of the city’s landmarks that I just couldn’t miss! I managed to see the beautiful La Segrada Familia, which impressively after 133 years is still being built! It’s a stunning building with so much character, I cannot wait to see it when it’s completed…however this is estimated to be another 11 years!
I also managed to see the amazing Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera) which was the last work designed by Antoni Gaudi. The building is so amazing and stands out completely in the street where it’s situated. The bus tour was amazing and allowed me to see a whole number of landmarks and sights including Barcelona’s record breaking beach and the Gothic Quarter, but I won’t bore you with all the details!
I think Barcelona is a beautiful city and definitely one of the most interesting places I have ever visited, it offers everything you could want from a city break! Shopping, great food and plenty of culture!