HOLA! So I’ve never been to Barcelona before (I’ve always wanted to go) and my amazing husband took all of us away for four days for a special birthday treat and I did not realise just how beautiful this city is. I mean I’ve seen it on TV but seeing it in person allowed me to see it was even prettier than I first thought and it totally beat all my expectations! There’s so much to see and do and we had amazing weather to top it off! So as this is the first of my city breaks for this year I’ve included a Travel section on my site to share with you guys what we got up to.
What To Do
There’s so much to do and so much to see in Barcelona. We only had three days and tried to fit everything we could in such a short space of time, but we just about did it!
My favourite street corner!
When it comes to packing for a city break (previous post on city break packing here) ensure you check the weather prior to leaving. When I decided what to bring to Barcelona (bearing in mind I only had a carry on!) I wanted to look chic but super comfortable as I know I’ll be walking round all day (and if my husband has anything to do with it, all night too!). I opted for this leather khaki pleated skirt (here) from ASOS which was perfect for the day teamed with a tee and trainers, then in the evening I styled it with my White Linen Utility Shirt (here) and Lace up sandals (here and similar here and here). I’m obsessing over anything khaki at the moment and this skirt was the perfect skirt for me to take away. It is a little bit on the pricey side, but it’s real leather so I couldn’t say no. I would definitely recommend a pair of block heeled sandals for comfort; I could have walked in mine all day!
I wore my GANNI shirt dress (here) and styled it with my lace up sandals and Marks and Spencer Bag (here) for a late night meal with the family. I’m totally digging shirt dresses at the moment. They are so easy to throw on, but still ensures you look pulled together.
I’m obsessed with these new Levis dungarees (here) and I pretty much wore this every day whilst in Barcelona. I styled them with my Converses and Gaze Loafers from Dune (here) and it pretty much goes with anything, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong if I bought a pair. I also saw The Frugality in a pair, so I had to get my hands on it! Notice I have a khaki and white theme going on during this city break?!
Where To Eat
Barcelona is well known for its food and coffee! There is quite literally a place for you to sit down on every corner of the street, eat as much tapas as you want and drink as much sangria as you please and just sit down and watch the world go by. I’ve listed where we went below and would highly recommend a visit to each place.
A beautiful organic cafe shop that does the best salad (it was ahh-mazing) and would highly recommend a little visit here. It had the most beautiful interior, that is worthy of a visit alone. The service was lovely and they encouraged a real feel good vibe and I couldn’t fault anything in here.
Rambla De Catalunya
Rambla De Catalunya was the perfect place to head for some tapas. There were plenty of restaurants to choose from and many of them had covered tables outside where you could sit and watch the world go by. We ate at Piscolabis for lunch on the first day, where we enjoyed several very tasty tapas dishes and a nice cold jug of sangria. The food here was lovely and reasonably priced. We also tried Ciudad Condal for dinner and the food was also very good, but you will need to get there early as it gets very busy!
A beautifully decorated coffee place, filled with the most beautiful plants and an all round good vibe, not to mention a bad ass cup of coffee!
Located in the heart of Barcelona down La Ramblas, this is one of the most famous food markets in the world! It’s full of colourful food and culture, with lots of places to stop and eat whilst you take your time (or if you are like me and annoy everyone by taking multiple photos!) to walk through the most beautiful food market I have been to. We had some lovely tapas here and it was super yummy! Also try one of the fruit smoothies on offer!
My favourite thing to do wherever we go is to admire the architecture of buildings, it’s a little hobby of mine and Barcelona did not disappoint. There were buildings after buildings, where the architecture was just insanely beautiful and full of history. I would highly recommend that before you go on a city break or holiday to do your research first and find out where to go, as this will help with planning your itinerary. There are also pretty doors after pretty doors!
I would love to hear your tips and comments if you have been to Barcelona, or if you just want to drop a comment and say hi!
I’m off to pick up my new “It” bag which I’m too excited to share with you guys, but until next time, adios Barcelona!
Please note all pictures and comments are my own and taken with a Nikon DSLR.