Last weekend, I headed off to Barcelona for my first time. I know – unexpected right? Most people I speak to have been before, and to say I have travelled to far away places such as Australia, Bali and Singapore, it’s quite bizarre to think I had never experienced Barcelona. Anyway, the reason behind my weekend in the Spanish city was to celebrate a hen weekend for one of my good friends, therefore today’s post is a little round-up of my thoughts and findings about spending just two short nights in Barcelona, in a type of ‘visual’ photo post.
As the nature of the trip was a quick little hen weekend, we obviously weren’t there to explore the historical side of the city or uncover it’s beautiful tourist spots, but we did manage to cover the following:
Las Ramblas: Most of you will possibly have heard of La Rambla (Las Ramblas as it is known as locally), which is the main road which cuts through the heart of the city centre, and is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best. We did quite a lot of shopping on this strip, along with eating and drinking too, so there is pretty much something for everyone. If you are into picking up cheap-ish and touristy souvenirs and gifts for friends back home, then you can guarantee to be spoilt for choice on this strip. It’s also the place where you will find all the metro stops (the public transport system) therefore is a really handy road to venture down when in Barcelona.
Museu De L’Erotica: OK so please remember I was visiting on a hen party weekend, hence why this was booked into the activities! The Museu De L’Erotica is exactly what is says on the tin – an erotic museum- which is heaps of fun for a group of girls in Barcelona on a hen weekend. We spent a couple of hours being toured around the ancient years of ‘all things erotic’ (without going into too much detail!) by a Spanish Marilyn Monroe, who gave us a tour of art work, sculptures, video footage and retro props which were used ‘sexually’ through the eras. It was a giggle for sure, and after the tour we were taken into the erotic garden to watch the strangest cartoons, sip champagne, and watch the hen play some rather naughty games with props. Completely hilarious for a fun girly visit!
Outdoor Food Markets: After we visited the museum, our next activity was a little bit of a change from the previous, and much more ‘normal’ I suppose! As a bunch of dedicated foodies, we toured around the Boqueria – an undercover outdoor market with stalls retailing so many different types of foods. This was the place where I experienced Avocado ice cream, and it was so delicious. You don’t find this stuff in the UK for sure. The market stalls boasted a range of the most amazing pastries, cakes, fruits, smoothies, burritos, chips… pretty much every type of cuisine you can think of. The smells were delicious – just make sure you come here on an empty stomach to make the absolute most of it!
Short Stay Group Apartments: If you are going to be staying in a busy city but want to make sure your in the thick of the action and close to all transport links, then it’s a good idea to plan accommodation carefully. For our group of 12, it worked out brilliant to arrange two apartments each sleeping up to 6, so that we were just split across the two rooms. This idea is the best kind of set up for a hen party, as we took part in lots of apartment gathering games, pre-drinks, dancing and general hen party fun before heading out on the town. Apartments let you control your budget by stocking up on breakfast foods and drinks that you can cook in the kitchen too, keeping eating out costs down. We booked ours through the Short Stay Apartment Group, which was a super affordable option, with lovely, comfortable rooms.
Placa Reial: Whether it’s a morning coffee or a full on evening meal, take a visit to Placa Reial for your food and drink at some point of your Barcelona trip. We headed to this pretty square on the Friday evening, and indulged in so much Tapas food, it was incredible! Tapas and Sangria at affordable prices, in a lovely restaurant, with a fantastic atmosphere. The square is packed with so many different eateries that are all equally as busy and popular, and I do really recommend checking this out if you are slightly unsure where to head for food.
So there is my little round-up feature about whatemmadid.com heading to Barca! If you have been yourself, do let me know your favourite places to visit for food, drink, shopping and sight-seeing…