Settle down comfortably guys, it’s going to be a long one today. I’m typing this very sleepily after a hectic Barcelona city break.
My friend Rachael and I flew out on Wednesday morning and back on Friday afternoon so we were on a mission to cram as much as possible into a day and a half!
On arrival, we hopped on the airport bus to Plaza de Catalunya in central Barcelona. Our hotel, H10 Universitat, was just a few minutes walk from here and considering the brilliant location, we were really impressed with the value. The room was basic but decent with a city view balcony and some pretty darn comfy beds.
We enjoyed our complimentary drinks on arrival – Rachael went all out with champagne and I had a gorgeous peach juice – while hearing about the hotel amenities, the main one we had to check out straight away. The cutest rooftop bar had lovely views: if you’re visiting on a chillier evening, you’ll find plenty of blankets around to snuggle into. Bliss.
We hadn’t booked food for our stay as a huge part of travelling is discovering what great food options are on offer! Luckily, there was the most gorgeous cafe across the road called the Food Market Cafe with four different counters for coffee and cake, ice cream, crepes and pasta. If you’re looking for some pretty cheap eats in the city centre, I’d definitely recommend it!
There was also a performance artist blowing the most massive bubbles so we couldn’t help passing a good fifteen minutes watching in awe!
Seeing orange trees was also pretty special – I could never get used to that. In the cafe I mentioned earlier, they actually squeeze the orange juice right in front of you and it’s honestly the nicest I’ve ever tasted. Going back to Tesco’s own is a bit of a wrench if I’m honest.
We’d met a couple of Rachael’s friends on our first night and got some recommendations on places we could enjoy some local delicacies. One of those places was Granja Las Pallares on one of the side streets off Las Ramblas. The road is Carrer de Petritxol so keep a lookout and hopefully you’ll find it too – it’s filled with locals enjoying churros with the thickest dipping chocolate. We actually ended up ordering two portions….
We ended up eating dinner in Bracafe where we ordered four tapas, a paella and two drinks each for 20 euro. Possibly the nicest meal I’ve had in a long time – you can see the photos on my Instagram. I’d highly recommend a visit as it’s a couple of minutes from the Plaza de Catalunya on Ronda de la Universitat where our hotel was!
For now, I’ll leave it there but don’t forget to check back for my post on La Sagrada Familia: it’s so stunning, you can’t miss it!