It’s hard to believe that this time last week I was at Camp Nou, looking over the pitch and remembering what it felt like to feel the sun shine down on my face and warm my cheeks. That’s the life isn’t it? I feel like winter is taking over in England and to bring me back to reality with an almighty thud, it was snowing when I arrived home. It’s crazy how much the weather can change in the space of a 2 and a half hour flight. Today I’m sharing what I got up to in Barcelona and some fun things you can do yourself if you’re visiting anytime soon.
I absolutely loved this street located in the central of Barcelona. La Rambla stretches for 1.2 kilometres and connects the bustling square of Catalunya to the harbour. The street is lined with trees, with cafes and market stalls dotted along the path. There are some beautiful stalls selling souvenirs, flowers and homemade gifts.
Hard Rock Cafe
As I’ve mentioned before, visiting a Hard Rock Cafe when you visit a new city is a must. This one was located in the square of Catalunya so after a long stroll up and down La Ramblas, you can grab a bite to eat and a cocktail from the famous rock bar. This time we got a massive 3 courses and washed it down with some cocktails; it’s fair to say we were in a food coma afterwards!
We decided to make a quick visit to Camp Nou, the Barcelona football ground. The tour experience of Camp Nou is a must for football fanatics as you get to see everything from the trophy room and commentary box to the locker rooms and conference room. It was amazing to see the seats empty as it put emphasis on the real size of the stadium which can seat almost 100,000 people! Learn about the history of the team and have fun with the interactive parts of the tour.
Me and Ross love a good aquarium so we decided to go to the one in Barcelona which is located by the harbour. It’s not the best or biggest aquarium we’ve ever been to but it did have a big selection of fish, a few sharks and penguins. The conveyor belt tunnel was the best part about our visit however the aquarium seemed a bit dated. There is a great little play area for children at the end too.
If you want to take in some of the real tourist sights, Sagrada Familia should be at the top of your list. The construction of the beautiful, highly-detailed Roman Catholic church began in 1882 and is still being built today, that’s 134 years so far! Sagrada Familia is expected to be finished between 2026-2028. The structure is stunning to see in real life and you can also take a tour inside for a fee which goes towards paying for the construction of the church.
The foodies out there will know how exciting it is to visit a new place to sample the local cuisine. We tried tapas for the first time which is a series of appetisers that can be enjoyed hot or cold. We ordered three dishes each and shared a portion of cheesy potatoes. Everything was really tasty but my favourite was the pork, cheese and bacon dish. We then ordered a couple of desserts each which was my favourite part of the tapas experience. We got sorbet, chocolate cake and a berry pastry dish and they all tasted beautiful!
Boats are a big part of my family’s lifestyle so when there’s a harbour nearby, ogling the yachts is always a fun thing to do. There are some huge yachts at the harbour of Barcelona and it’s lovely to just wander around looking at them all whilst enjoying an ice cream.
Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to do everything we would have liked. There was Park Gruell which I would have loved to have a wander around but it was quite far way from where we were staying to get there. I would also have liked to have visited the Olympic swimming pools up the Montjuic hill and take the cable car over the harbour to view the sights of Barcelona from above. Maybe next time!
Where do you plan on visiting for your next adventure? Have you been to Barcelona before?