Oh Barcelona! 4 days just was not long enough. If you have been to Barcelona you’ll understand my longing to be back, we managed to do a lot, most of which seemed to be walking but we left so much untouched. We were lucky with the weather, it was bright and hot most days with a wind that managed to sneak up on you, but was most welcome.
Now I know this is a food blog so I don’t want to spend too much of my post bragging about my holiday, but if you ever get the chance to go to Barcelona just go! Right, now to the food. Obviously it is Spain so we ate all of the food you would typically expect. We had tapas, paella and more sangria than I care to remember!
Barcelona is busy, even for a week during term time. Staying closer to the Sagrada Famillia awarded us quieter streets and cheaper food options, yet this didn’t mean the crowds didn’t catch up with us. We visited the Sagrada Famillia early on the Wednesday morning in order to avoid taking in the beauty of the church with every other tourist, which worked perfectly as by the time we came to leave we were shoulder to shoulder.
Our next destination was Park Guell, but we needed refuelling before we could even begin to conquer the walk. We wandered along a street that came diagonally off of the Sagrada Famillia. This was a beautiful pedestrianised road with tables for restaurants lining the road. Word of warning, when I say pedestrianised in Barcelona I mean it very loosely, you must have eyes in the back of your head sometimes! Just always be on the look out for bikes and mopeds, they are a law onto themselves! Anyway, we needed refuelling and decided to stop at a cafe called Pans which served some very nice Neapolitans. I’d never heard of these before but I am definitely going to be making these in the future. What more could you ask for than pastry with a sticky sweet glaze, chocolate, sprinkles and a chocolate filling! J had an apple one and loved it all the same! Coffee, pastry and sunshine, if you don’t think that an amazing combination I’m not sure we can be friends!
Park Guell was amazing, but a bit of a trek. Barcelona offers an amazing metro and bus service if you want to use it, but there is just something about walking and taking in the parts that the tourists don’t usually see that gives you an insight to what the place is really like.
The best meal we had out in Barcelona has to be our mixed seafood Paella! We found a lovely little restaurant in the side street off the Sagrada I mentioned earlier and sat outside for some Paella and a large, strong jug of Sangria. When wanting to eat outside in Barcelona keep in mind that there is sometimes a tax added to the end of your bill. If this is the case it should be advertised. Our restaurant had no tax and offered a wonderful view of the Sagrada lit up at night.
My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it! Take me back!!!
We couldn’t travel all the way to Barcelona without visiting La Bouqueria Market on La Rambla. Oh the colours and smells, it was amazing! We did what any tourist would do, we went a bit mad, bought enough food for our picnic and headed up Montjuic for a picnic. It is a walk, don’t be fooled, get the funicular in the metro station if you still want to feel your legs at the end of the day! The market was full of fresh fruit, meat and fish as well as Spanish sausage, tapas and sweets! I could have spent hours here and most of my holiday money too!
Empanadas, fruit, chorizo and a cheeky Desperado, beautiful picnic in a beautiful park, the perfect way to spend our last day in Barcelona. Sorry to ramble on (there is a joke in there) and share my holiday pics with you, but I hope this inspires you to travel and try some amazing food!