Join me for a weekend away from the stormy weather London has received and take a trip to Barcelona. Excited? Me too.
With a cup of hot tea and a trench to brace the last of those stormy showers it was time to board a flight to Barcelona. With only a few days away, I needed some much deserved sunshine and relaxation. Look no further than Hotel America. Set within the centre of Barcelona and no distance to the main hustle and bustle of the city, it's ideal for a city break. Just look at the views...
The most exciting thing about travelling to the Mediterranean is the breath of yummy food that is conjured up from tasty tapas to fresh Spanish seafood. Once landed and checked into the hotel it was the perfect excuse to fill our stomachs with Barcelona's culinary delights.
We sat down outside just in time before the siesta at Costa Gallega restaurant on the Passeig De Gracia for a light lunch. In Spain this means a large squid salad with tonnes of oil, a bottle of cava and a bloody mary. If you're wondering what to go for on the many menus in Spain stick to the seafood as it's mainly fresh with plenty of salt and crunchy sides to compliment the salty soft textures. Filled up for the afternoon, it was time to explore something new that i hadn't seen before back in England.....
Some things never change.
So it was time to hop on the Metro, a much smellier and confusing version of the Tube and do some proper tourist sightseeing. First stop the Sagrada Familia.
The infamous Gaudi masterpiece stood tall over the city and was truly spectacular. Feeling fit? Why not climb to the top for some stunning views. However with very little time on our hands and getting impatient for our next Spanish dish it was time to head up into the hills for more of Barcelona. Not before snapping this little man being carried by his owner.
Or dreaming of living in a castle like this one day.
Several outdoor escalators and a steep incline later, we arrived at Parc Guell. A must visit for anyone who visits Barcelona and well worth the calorie busting journey to get there. Just look at the views.
The Parc is free to walk around but to see the exhibitions and the famous architecture draws large crowds so be sure to get there early. With our sightseeing over for the day, we were craving a poolside afternoon. So we slipped into our bikinis and got in the hot tub to rest tired tootsies.
I went for an itsy bitsy teenie weenie blue polka dot bikini from Princesse Tam Tam's new Summer collection and fell in love with it. Just as much as I fell for the rooftop pool.
With a pool and a bubbling hot tub and cocktails on the go it was bliss. but there was one thing missing. Food!
Ah there it is. Courtesy of Can Costa, moments from the sandy beaches of the city, they conjured up fresh grilled hake with crispy salad and yes you've guessed it, more oil. Although very tasty, I much preferred their anchovies and crispy squid which they couldn't have fried any more perfectly.
Filled up with plenty of seafood it was time to explore the beach's nightlife with an evening at Shoko. So we put our best dresses on and danced the night away.
With sore heads and feet the next morning there was only one thing for it. More food. We came across this cute little place called Cup & Cake. My favourite find of the whole trip.
Filled with pastries and a mix of locals and tourists refuelling over pancakes and bloody mary's it was a slice of heaven in a quiet corner of the city.
I started off with a chai tea latte.
Followed by the yummiest brunch i have ever tasted, eggs benedict on waffles
Feeling heavenly and satisfied it was time to do one more round of exploring before home time. And what's a post without an outfit
Top and skirt: H&M, Necklace: Zara, Sunglasses: Ray Ban and flip flops: Haviana
With plenty more exploring to do there were plenty more photo opportunities like this one...
Ooo Barcelona you cheeky devil
So long Barcelona until next time.