As we mentioned in our last post, Stacey and I had a crazy start to September, with a few days at work before we jumped on a flight to Spain to spend 4 days in Barcelona. It was perfect timing for us both, as it meant we escaped some of the horrible Scottish weather that came at the beginning of September, as well as having a bit of time to ourselves to relax and explore somewhere new!
We grabbed a Ryanair flight to Barcelona from Edinburgh on Sunday evening, and managed to just about get through the 2 hour flight – honestly, flying on budget airlines stresses us both out! Once we arrived in Barcelona, we managed to get a bus into the city centre, and it was then literally a two minute walk to our hotel. When researching our trip, I found a newly-opened hotel which is part of a growing Spanish chain, called Room Mate Pau. Each Room Mate hotel is designed around the idea of a person who lives in the city – what they like to do, their style etc – and we adored the Room Mate Pau. As well as being ridiculously central (just off of the Plaça de Catalunya), we managed to nab an upgrade at check-in, and got some fab recommendations of places to eat and the best ways to travel across the city. HIGHLY recommended.
By the time we arrived at the hotel, unpacked and got changed, we just about managed to head for some tapas and beer before heading back to the hotel and falling into bed. On Monday morning, we managed to get ourselves out of bed in order to see one of the most well known sights of Barcelona – Park Guell, which was designed by the amazing Spanish artist, Antonio Gaudí. At the Park we managed to have a picnic lunch and take LOTS of photos. The weather was brilliant, but by mid-afternoon we were feeling a bit warm and headed back to the hotel for a siesta.
Monday evening we decided to go out for dinner, and came upon the most amazing tapas at a restaurant called ‘Qu Qu’. From super-expensive spanish ham (jamon iberico) through to fresh prawns, patatas bravas and deep fried brie, it was wonderful. We also managed to grab a few more photos!
On Tuesday, we managed to fit in SO MUCH! From visiting the traditional Spanish Market to seeing the Arc de Triomf, going to la Sagrada Familia and then onto Nou Camp, the Barcelona Football Club Stadium and then to McDonalds before heading to see Los Campesinos! play – it was pretty action-packed.