One cool city. Great vibe, great architecture, great food, great climate. Add in a beach, an Olympic stadium and a decent football team and its difficult to beat as a perfect city destination.
Where we stayed:
At the Hotel Olivia Plaza, right in the centre of the city, at the top of Las Ramblas with this as the view out of our bedroom window. The rooms were huge, sliding doors separated the rooms and the lobby area had a bar and restaurant should you want to use it. We ate in there the first night and the food was fantastic.
Where we ate:
We ate breakfast at Flax and Kale, on Placa Castella, menu here. Very striking, organic restaurant with a huge selection of healthy and homemade foods. You could easily spend every meal here, I know that Bex would live in here should we ever move to Barcelona!
In proper Spanish tradition we found an authentic tapas restaurant near the beach, La Playa, and definitely well off the tourist path. Full of locals and a menu only in Spanish was a good sign, and the food we ordered after lots of pointing and nods in the direction of the food being eaten by the Spanish family sat next to us was excellent.
What we did:
- Olympic Museum: we had been here before, on our previous visit a few years ago, but with the museum’s displays having been updated since London 2012, we were keen to see the changes. Museums like this are so interactive, with so much to see, that even if you are not a sports fan per se, it is still an interesting place to visit (Olympic Museum)
2. Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona
Kitty wanted to go and see a game, being a Barcelona fan (apparently), and so did I secretly so I had booked tickets in advance for about 40euros each albeit up in the heavens. I was quite underwhelmed by the fact that the crowd do not sing much or get involved in the game and that Barca, after going 1-0 down inside 3 minutes, could not muster much of an attack for the rest of the game. It turned out to be the only home game they would lose all season!!! An experience not to be missed however…
3. Aside from visiting the aforementioned cathedrals of sport, we walked the city, photographed some amazing architecture, relaxed on the beach, even in February, had coffee, had tapas, generally just chilled out and enjoyed being in one of the greatest cities on Earth