We took our 2nd long train journey late Saturday, arriving in Barcelona Saturday night with only the energy to check-in and get straight to bed.
We awoke Sunday morning feeling refreshed and ready to check out what Barcelona had to offer. I like to be pretty organised on holiday so had written up a detailed itiniery of everything we wanted to see. First up had to be the Sagrada Familia.
The photographs do not really do it justice. The detail that has gone into the building is extraordinary, you can appreciate why it has yet to be completed.
We then wandered along to Europe’s second oldest hospital, that’s still in use, Hospital de la Santa Creu I de Sant Peu.
The weather was quite unbearable in Barcelona, reaching sometimes over 30° and muggy. I usually like to walk around the city, taking in every detail that’s not always on the maps but in Barcelona you just couldn’t. We made use of the subway to decrease the chance of melting before we reached anywhere.
Next up was La Pedrera. The subway took us to the top of Passeig de Gracia, the street in which you’ll find some of the top designer shops. We continued down to the Casa Mila, which unfortunately was covered up with scaffolding. We moved onto the next significant Gaudi building, Casa Batllo and it’s neighbour Casa Amatller.
We finally reached the top of the Ramblas, making our way to the Columbus monument down near the port. Not before stopping for lunch at an Italian restaurant.
We eventually made it down to the seafront where there’s a great buzzing atmosphere. Plenty of restaurants, a beautiful beach and some street entertainers. We only wished we’d brought our bathers with us that day.
After a tiring first day we returned to our hotel to have a nap and refresh for the evenings festivities. We’d taken a bottle of champers from the drinks package at the villa, so as I was finally feeling better we decided to crack it open before heading out.
Once we’d finished the champers we went in search of dinner. Unfortunately, we ended up at one of Spain’s chain restaurants, Tapas Tapas and experienced some overpriced and not very nice Tapas. It may have been the champagne talking but the Sangria went down well!
We ended the evening with a spectacular sound and light show at the Magic Fountain. It runs at different times of the evening depending on the time of year so make sure to double-check before you make the visit.
I took so many photographs I won’t bore you with any more. An amazing welcome to Barcelona!