Travel | Barcelona, Spain

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

So, for the first week of August, I went on holiday to Barcelona, Spain with my family (mum, dad and one of my brothers) and one of my childhood friends who lives down our road. I thought today I would run through what we got up to in Barcelona and my recommendations for you guys!

Where to Stay

We stayed in an apartment that we found on AirBnB that was situated in the Vallcarca neighbourhood which is a little bit outside the centre of Barcelona. It was a really nice apartment in a nice area, although it wasn't very central which I do prefer when I'm staying somewhere. The lady we rented it from, Carmen, was lovely and very knowledgable about Barcelona and the surrounding areas and, as our flight was delayed on the way out, she stayed up until midnight waiting for us to get there! It was a lovely apartment and definitely exactly what we needed for our stay!

Where to Eat

We did a combination of eating meals out in local restaurants and we did a little bit of cooking in our apartment. A place that I would definitely recommend would be Gelaaati Di Marco for amazing ice cream in the gothic part of the town! My brother is vegan so we were looking for vegan places and found this amazing ice cream place which was incredible!! The ice cream isn't all vegan but they have an amazing dark chocolate ice cream with no dairy in whatsoever and it was still so creamy and delicious! We also ate in an amazing vegan restaurant near there too but I unfortunately have no idea what it was called!

Where to Go/What to Do

There is literally so much to do in Barcelona, we didn't even scratch the surface and we packed a lot in! We of course did all the typical tourist bits in Barcelona such as Park Guell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, we also went to Montserrat, took a day trip to Castelldefells to go the beach and went up Mount Tibidabo to see Sagrat Cor one morning! We didn't really go to the beach in Barcelona, (Barceloneta Beach) that much as we found it far too busy and crowded although we did go down a couple of times at night when it was much quieter and had a cocktail by the sea!

Barcelona should definitely be on your list of places to see in Europe! I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a city break, especially art lovers as the city is brimming with inspiring architecture and art history!

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