At the start of summer i travelled to Barcelona with my lovely boyfriend for a little trip away. As we had both visited Barcelona before we made no real plans as such other than to explore Barcelona's endless beauty by foot, eat plenty of tapas and enjoy the sunset whilst sipping sangria.
Mercat de la Boqueria is definitely a must see whilst in Barcelona and especially on warm summer days. The food market is unmissable along La Rambla but be aware of pickpockets as this area is particularly prone to them. Each stall is filled with fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and rainbow coloured fruit juices freshly prepared to take away. I opted for a strawberry and mango one while my boyfriend tried the dragon fruit one (which was an oddly bright pink colour).
OHLA Hotel is an absolutely amazing boutique hotel in the heart of Barcelona. I read about the hotel on Mr and Mrs Smith and am delighted to say the hotel was every bit as wonderful as the pictures and reviews said. If you decide to stay elsewhere perhaps you could be tempted to have a drink on the roof top terrace overlooking Barcelona one evening or indulge in (in my opinion) the best breakfast in Barcelona.
Park Güell situated on the hill of El Carmel is definitely worth the climb! My boyfried and i went up at dusk to catch the sun setting over the city whilst enjoying a champagne picnic. We strolled around the park after our picnic enjoying the lovely atmosphere created by a musician singing and playing guitar on a warm summer night. I would recommend this to anyone as it is certainly one of my most memorable experiences.
Finally i must tell you about two absolutely amazing restaurants which you MUST try and i promise you will not be disappointed! Firstly Rosa Negra offers authentic Mexican food and the best mojitios (strawberry ones were so good i had 3!). As you will see from clicking on the tripadvisor link this restaurant is hugely popular so a booking is definitely recommended. It is located almost directly opposite OHLA hotel so i suggest having a drink on the roof top terrace first. Secondly Bun Bo (owned by the same people) is a Vietnamese restaurant right in the centre of Barcelona so ideal for lunch or dinner. They have a lovely fairylight covered courtyard which is always popular among the locals and tourists.
Barcelona has an endless list of noteworthy tourist spots to explore so be sure to remember your camera and flat sandals. Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi's extensive collection of work is displayed across the city and cannot be missed. If you are visiting Barcelona for the first time i would recommend the open top buses to truely capture the beautiful buildings and to see as much of Barcelona in a short timeframe.
Photos by Michelle