Barcelona is one of those cities that everyone seems to have visited as one point or another and when I received a Ryanair flight sale email back in March I decided to snap up flights for Darren and I in August.
We weren’t too sure what to expect. I mean we’d read up on the must see sights and how the city is split into neighbours and then by block, but we decided not to plan too much and go with the flow. We’re not exactly sightseeing kinda people but did want to tick a couple of points of interest whilst enjoying the sun and their city.
So what did we do with 4 days in Barcelona?
Well, whilst we chose a city break as our summer holiday we also wanted to relax and take it easy so we combined the two. Mornings were spent seeing some of the sights whilst during the hot afternoons we lazed by the pool.
Wanting to tick a couple of the must-see sights of the list and experience some of Gaudi’s artwork first hand we took the short walk from our hotel in the Example district to Passeig de Gracia.
The main shopping avenue is home to two buildings designed by Gaudi, as well as the top designer shops. Naturally it would have been rude not to window-shop (and drag one reluctant bf into) Gucci, Dior and Chanel.
The street also is home to huge Mango and Zara stores, which we obvs had to have a nosey around…
The food was amazing and due to us staying in a smaller district, where a lot of the locals live was great as it meant we didn’t experience one bad meal. Seafood, paella, tapas and lots of Aperol was welcomed every night. Example was filled with bakeries too which became our lunchtime pit stop.
Before we went, La Ramblas was recommended to us for different reasons. A must-see place to experience it, but not exactly the kinda place to spend too much time. And tbh, this was exactly how we saw it. We took a mid-morning walk down the infamous road to visit the Gothic Quarter and La Boqueria – the huge local food market. La Boqueria was amazing and great to see the mass of seafood, cheeses, cuts of meat and fruit on offer.
And, the last must-see on the list was Sagrada Familia – the yet-to-be-finished cathedral. This was a 25 minute walk from our hotel so we visited mid morning before it got too busy and hot, thanks to the 34 degree heatwave!
Whilst we didn’t do Barcelona according to the tourist guides, we did it our way at our own pace. 4 days was plenty in the city and we really felt like we had a break and got to enjoy the sun with afternoons spent on the rooftop pool terrace of our hotel. I’m really glad we opted for this kind of holiday and got the best of both worlds.
Now, where to visit next year…