When I say belated, I mean belated.
I actually went to Barcelona almost a year and a half ago, back in September 2014. It was the first abroad holiday that me and my boyfriend James went on together and so will always have a special little corner in our memories. We were so ridiculously excited when we booked it!
We chose Barcelona because we wanted somewhere hot and sunny, that felt like holiday, whilst also having an amazing new city to explore – and the Catalan capital is the perfect combination of the two. From it’s incredible architectural sights to the beautiful sandy beaches, we fell in love with every inch of this incredible Spanish city.
So, I know it’s seriously overdue, but I wanted to share my travels on this blog and seeing as I have all the photos just sitting there…
Here’s the highlights of our week in sunny Barcelona!
The beautiful, unfinished Sagrada Familia
One of Gaudi’s most famous structures, the incredible Sagrada Familia church is renowned for being unfinished, and still under construction – you can even see the cranes and workmen whilst you’re there.
Even with the ongoing work, this building is just extraordinary to look at. Towering on the outside, and overwhelmingly full of light on the inside, there’s so much to explore and admire; huge vertical stained glass windows, the intricately decorated ceiling, and the carved door leading to the outside.
You can even go up in a lift to walk along the balconies near the top of the structure, giving you an amazing view of the city.
Top tip? Book your entry in advance, online. We did, and it meant we were able to walk right past a humongous queue, straight into the church when our time slot arrived. See, organisation makes holidays fun!
A panoramic view from Mount Tipidabo
When looking into what we wanted to actually do whilst in Barcelona, we found loads of stuff online of people making the journey up to Mount Tipidabo to the church near the peak, and enjoying the incredible of the whole city (and even further) from the top.
It does take some planning; we had to get a Metro, then a bus, then a specific little tram that goes up the mountain. From there we got to explore the ornate church on the mountainside, climbing up as far as we could go to soak up the views. There’s also a sort of fairground up there, making a weird juxtaposition with the rest of the landscape.
This was a beautiful day….
A spellbinding Magic Fountain
One of the first things we knew we wanted to see in Barcelona was the Magic Fountain, an absolute spectacle where a huge fountain dances along to a classical soundtrack.
Unfortunately, for some reason, I remember that the music wasn’t playing when we were there! Which was a shame, but it was amazing all the same.
It was tricky to get high quality snaps on my aging iPhone back then, but here’s the best I could do…
Some other shots…
There were so many other highlights to our trip. We stumbled across an incredible flea market, which had so much amazing vintage and retro clothing, and we visited a gorgeous market with stall upon stall of sweets and fresh fruit & veg.
Graffiti lurked in sidewinding streets, and yes, we did partake in the odd cocktail by Barceloneta beach!
If you’re interested, we flew with Jet2 and stayed for a week in the Melondistrict Poble Sec hotel. It was a fantastic hotel, clean and modern, quite a small room but plenty to sleep in at night whilst we spent the days out exploring. It’s located pretty much parallel to Las Ramblas, the main tourist street in the city, and is really close to Metro stations too.
Overall, Barcelona was an incredible trip. Sun, shopping, lots of sangria and plenty of paella. Total bliss.
Are you thinking of heading to Barcelona this summer?