Barcelona; the city where tapas, paella and sangria are a-plenty and who’s complaining?
After what had been a dull and dreary four months in the London cold (love the city, hate the weather) my girlfriends and I packed our bags and headed for four days of bliss in one of Spain’s most gorgeous cities, Barcelona. I had had the pleasure of visiting Barcelona 3 years ago and it was just as I had remembered it. The chilled vibes of the city left me feeling the most relaxed I had felt since moving to London and it may have had a little something to do with the warm weather that greeted us.
Granted, it only reached a mere 21 degrees Celsius but compared to the mild London spring that I had been experiencing I was grateful for the slight rise in temperature! I kid you not, my friends and I were so excited by the possibility of 21 degree weather that we changed into bathers and sun dresses before looking out the window only to discover that people were wearing jeans and jumpers. We came to the realisation that perhaps we may have been slightly optimistic and should calm down a notch.
Being your typical tourists we decided that the best way to see the city would be to buy a pass on the hop on hop off bus tours. It sounds dorky but trust me when I say that if the city is spread out enough like Barcelona is, these buses are well worth the money. You can see all the major sites the city has to offer and hop on and off the bus at your own pace!
Our first stop was the incredibly impressive Sagrada Familia. We’ve probably all seen pictures of it but to actually see it in the flesh is something else. After over a century since building first started it is still under construction. Crazy stuff huh.
After a cheeky Subway sandwhich (because culture) we continued our exploration of Barcelona and visited Park Guell. If you don’t mind walking slightly on an uphill slant then this has to be on your to-do list. The park boasts magnificent views of Barcelona and the relaxed atmosphere elevated our already high spirits.
By this stage it had become warm enough to take off our jackets and this could only mean one thing: ice cream. We stopped at a local ice creamery and I decided upon a strawberry flavoured icy pole to cool me down.
After going back to our accommodation for a quick rest we headed off to dinner at Tallers 76 and let me tell you something for nothing, the chicken paella was TO DIE FOR. Unfortunately I was ravenous and devoured my paella before taking a photo of it, oops!
They say a picture can speak a thousand words and this one speaks volumes. Rain! We couldn’t believe it. We had escaped the cold in London only to be bombarded with more rain! We decided to try and stay indoors as much as possible so we continued our venture on the hop on hop off bus (except this time there was no hopping off) but all we could see was, well, rain.
Still not paella-ed out, I decided upon a mixed paella for dinner again. So flavoursome!
Day 3 got off to a shaky start (two words: wine hangover) but we managed to pull ourselves together for the sunny weather and head down to the beach. If you only have a few days in Barcelona, this is an absolute must! The broadwalk has a fantastic atmosphere and even though it wasn’t swelteringly hot, people came in hoards to check out street performers, bask in the sunlight and people watch.
Our last day was a lazy one but it was a fabulous one all the same. Sometimes all a girl needs is sun and a cocktail, am I right?!
Stay tuned for some more travel diaries coming up as I head off to Lisbon. Make sure to follow me on instagram @therunawaydiaries to keep up with my travels! I’ve got plenty more where this came from.
Until next time,