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Barcelona, Spain 

In June of 2016 I took a trip to Spain with a close friend of mine where we spent 3 days in Barcelona. To say I fell in love with the city is an understatement. Everything about it was beautiful. The weather, the food, the people and the architecture are what make it this amazing city everyone craves to see. I already can’t wait to go back again.

We arrived at nighttime and checked into the Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya. Our room was incredible with fabulous views all around, and a perfect central location.

Day one, we were straight out there exploring the ever famous boulevard that is La Ramblas. This street is around 1.2 kilometres long and travels through central Barcelona. It is beautifully tree lined and is filled with restaurants, shops and market stalls. We even stopped to get our caricature done, funny experience!

In the afternoon we saw our first Gaudi masterpiece, Casa Battlo. This is visually stunning! The art and detail that has gone into this is any architects dream. I would definitely recommend you stop by and take it in. 

When we finally made it to the end of La Ramblas we explored Barceloneta Beach which is sheer bliss. The sound of the sea and the sunshine beaming down is one of my favourite parts of any holiday and Barcelona doesn’t disappoint with our highest temperature being 28oc! After a full day of exploring and getting to know the city we sat down for a well earned dinner and drinks.

On day two we decided to get up nice and early and check out the hotel spa. Best idea ever! We had the whole thing to ourselves and really relaxed before our busy day ahead. 

For today we had bought tour bus tickets to get around the city and see a little bit more so we chose to travel with Barcelona Bus Turistic were we mainly stayed on the red and blue routes and they started and ended right outside our hotel. Our ticket was about €25.00 each and we could use it as often as we wanted that day, really handy. 

On our travels what really stood out were more architectural works of Gaudi; Park Guell – a public park built between 1900 and 1914, La Sagrada Familia – a gothic Roman Catholic Church built in 1882 and Cascada Fountain – built in 1881 with its inspiration being the Trevi fountain in Rome. 

To end our day, we watched a show at the Font Magica. It’s very first performance was in 1929. The display incorporates colours, lights, motion, music and water. It is truly spectacular and a MUST SEE! Make sure you check the schedule before hand so you don’t miss out. Lastly, we headed back to La Ramblas for some more great food. 

So I come to our last day, I was sad then and I’m sad now reflecting on it. After three days I wasn’t ready to leave and wanted to extend our stay so bad! We had another morning at the spa and then headed over to our hotels sister hotel next door to enjoy some sunbathing on their rooftop pool. Fancy! You just can’t beat that Spanish sun.

Once again, I hope you found this post useful if you are planning any future trips to Barcelona. I can’t wait to go back myself. Until next time, Adiós. 

Katie x 🇪🇸

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