12 April 2016

PHOTO DIARY: Barcelona

In September last year I went on a short trip to Barcelona... and I realised that I never actually got around to blogging about it. Oops! So, here's a short post about my 5-night stay in the Catalan capital.

Early September is a really great time of year to visit Barcelona, as the weather is still fine... it's warm enough to spend some time on the beach, but not hot enough to prevent you from wanting to go sightseeing.

I enjoyed my trip to Barcelona much more than I thought I would. Of course I was looking forward to taking in all the Gaudi architecture, spending some time by the sea, and enjoying some good food. However, after spending a few days there, I had developed an affection for the city beyond what I had expected. It has a real warmth and charm to it, and the relaxed mediterranean atmosphere is irresistible.

I flew to Barcelona from London with British Airways (as it turned out to be about the same price as Easyjet, once taking into account an item of checked luggage). The return flight cost around £180, but you could definitely fly cheaper if you booked further in advance, or during a sale. The flight is only a couple of hours, making it an ideal weekend getaway if you're located in London.

Below are a selection of photos taken during my stay in Barcelona.

Snake fountain at Park Guell

Salamander Fountain at Park Guell

Gaudi sculpture on the rooftop at La Pedrera

Another stunning Gaudi sculpture at La Pedrera

A selection of pintxos

The botanical gardens of Barcelona

Fish counter at a local market

I also visited The Sagrada Familia (mind-blowing!), The Picasso Museum (comprehensive), Boqueria (tasty) and had some amazing meals at restaurants including Barceloneta and Botafumiero. Spanish food isn't my favourite cuisine usually, but the seafood in Barcelona was incredible.

I hope the above gives you an idea as to why I fell for Barcelona!

Have you been to Barcelona? What's you're favourite destination for a weekend getaway?


  1. I love Barcelona. I still haven't been inside the cathedral. Last time I went we tried to go to the Picasso museum on a free entry Sunday but the queue was so long we didn't bother. Next time for sure.

    1. The inside of the cathedral is amazing, I kind of wanted to just lie down and stare at the ceiling for hours, it was so mesmerizing! The Picasso Museum is worth paying for, so I would recommend pre-ordering your tickets online in advance if you want to go next time.