I am originally born and raised in Southern Spain, Málaga. Currently live in Brighton but I still try to visit Spain as much as I can as it has a lot to offer, it’s close flight to UK, cheaper for eating/drinking out and usually much better weather!
This was November ’16. Reason for our trip? Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert, but of course, add on a couple of days and make a weekend in Barcelona!
Barcelona is a HUGE city with lots to do; art, music, food, sightseeing, shopping, beach, culture, fun! You will NOT get to do it all in a weekend, but it’s a great place to do as much or as little as possible.
Where to stay?
Although we had a wonderful airbnb flat hosted by Antonio, it wasn’t right in the centre, but in front of Sagrada Familia. The flat was excellent, would highly recommend it, but maybe we would want to stay in El Born next time.
What to do/Where to go?
El Born – My favourite quarter, has an artistic edge and ties it with the old city.
Spain, due to the weather, has a LOT of outside life, and all the walking around calls for a nice coffee/juice at L’espai Mescladis. Great friendly place.
Shop shop shop! El Born is probably one of my favourite areas for this also. Small streets with local artists and quirky shops. I found the coolest sneaker shop with the nicest staff > Uolker and simply had to get a pair, and believe it or not, I’ve still to date not seen this colour combination in any other shop!
Music! Had fancied seeing the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for some time and found the tickets in Barcelona to be much cheaper than in UK so this was kind of the start to our journey. Had some fab dinner first in a random tapas bar and then took taxi up to the Palau Sant Jordi where the concert was. Show was amazing, turned out to have another couple from Brighton sat next to us!
Sightseeing. The next morning we had tickets to the Sagrada Familia. As mentioned, I had been before to this city, but had never managed to enter. All I can say is WOW. It really is worth seeing for yourself and one of the most impressive pieces of architecture and is finally in it’s last stages of construction.
Casa Batllo and Casa Mila..another of Gaudis creations.
If I had remembered well from my last time here, one of my favourite parts of Barcelona city is Parc Guell. And I was right, it still was, with one exception; last time I was here it was a free park to go round as much as you liked. They had now cornered off one section, and I hadn’t researched this as it would have never crossed my mind they would gate an area inside a park. So I was a little disappointed about this as it was sold out and wasn’t able to go the main “famous bench”, but you could see it from a side angle anyway. So.. note for future travellers, book tickets before hand!
Mercat St Josep – Another top sight in Barcelona. Very touristic but you just HAVE to go (and preferable when not too hungry!).
Barri Gotic / The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the Old City of Barcelona and includes the famous Ramblas.
And the seafront. To have a city with a coastline is amazing. We had walked round here for some beautiful food and completely forgot we were in a busy city, a good place to relax and enjoy a bit of sun even in October!
So, all in all, what is Barcelona?
An easy place to fly to from UK, short and regular well-priced flights.
An excellent weekend away with fun in the sun for all.
Good food, culture, art, and shops!
Until next time 🙂