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.
|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?