This past weekend was spent in Barcelona (hence lack of posts for a couple of days!) and since I totally fell for the city I thought it would be nice to do a little post on it and why I am already planning a return trip! I was there for the hen-do (part two!) for my wonderful friend (and bridesmaid) LW, who will be dropping the ‘W’ for ‘R’ in just three weeks time. The whole thing was organised by her lovely younger sister who did an absolutely amazing job and the whole thing worked so perfectly – with enough of a plan we were organised (not easy with 13 girls…) but not regimented.
We flew there with British Airways which was absolutely flawless on the way there and back – we went from Heathrow so also got to check out the shopping on offer at the new(ish) Terminal Five – it’s impressive, almost to the point of being overwhelming at 5am… but British Airways were great – a great flight and the simple things like having complimentary food and drink just make it feel that bit more luxe than a budget airline equivalent.
We stayed at the Four Rooms Guest House Barcelona – which worked perfectly for what we wanted. It was basic, but spacious and clean and gave us exactly what we needed for the weekend. Quite a few of the rooms had pretty balconies overlooking the gorgeous tree-lined streets. Most rooms had one or two doubles, so we were set for sharing and the showers were large and clean. What more did we need?! Oh, the best bit – the huge sunny roof terrace where we spent quite a lot of time chilling out and chatting before heading out for the evenings. Or having picnic type of foods as the sun set.
The Guest House is very close to the Arc De Triopf – which also made getting home in taxis easy – as that’s all you really needed to remember! If you’re heading to Barcelona with a large group and want to save your money for doing stuff instead of staying anywhere fancy – then I would totally recommend this (and this is coming from someone who usually leans towards the fancy option…). The one thing I would say is maybe if you’re heading as couple for a quiet weekend then be aware it could be a little noisy if filled with large groups!
You can read more on the Four Rooms Guest House listing on Trip Advisor
Food wise, we had so many delicious meals when we were there – it does help that the boyfriend of LW’s sister is from the city so gave us a few insider tips to check out… on the day we arrived we headed for lunch in a quiet little square a short walk from our Guest House at a place called La Candela – I had a (huge) bowl of Gazpacho to start then opted for the Spaghetti as a main. Others had a Hake dish that looked amazing, or a salad. The meal was only around 11euros and included a glass of wine or beer… happy days. Sitting in the sun, chatting and watching the world go buy was a lovely way to kick off the weekend.
That night we headed to a place called Picnic, where again we went for a set menu – and again was delicious. We had a couple of tapas dishes to start, followed by either a burger option (which looked amazing) or Pork Tacos, which I opted for. The tacos were amazing – filling, but not so much that I wasn’t ready to head to Razzmatazz for a night of dancing until the early hours!
Razzmatazz is a well known and massive club in Barcelona – one with loads of different rooms playing different music. We mostly opted for a room playing pretty typical cheesy music and had an amazing time just dancing like idiots until 5am… I will spare you the photos of that though. Some things that happen on a hen-do just have to stay on a hen-do!
The next day we were all feeling rather ropey so didn’t get up until around midday, and then took a walk to the beach where we had yet another delicious meal – a simple Paella with the perfect hangover cure of a bottle or two off full-fat coke in a glass bottle. Yes. I was feeling ship-shape again. But did opt to stay under an umbrella rather than bake in the sun. The weather really was gorgeous – around 25 degrees and sunny most days (slightly overcast on the Sunday AM). So the afternoon was spent chilling before a few of us headed to a local supermarket to collect food supplies (cheese, meat, melon, bread etc) for a picky dinner on the roof terrace where we proceeded to grill the bride to be on Mr & Mrs questions and challenge the girls to see who knows her the best… before heading out for another night of dancing and giggles. Lots of fun was had. This night we headed to a bar called Mix – which was fairly small but plenty of space for us and fun music so we stayed there for the majority of the night.
On the final day, Sunday we had a big wander around the city with a brunch for champions in mind as our destination. We were not left disappointed when we arrived at Marmalade – fairly close to La Rambla. The brunch/breakfast was undoubtedly one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Granted – it may very well be partly down to tiredness/hangover but I went for the eggs Benedict (with bacon instead of ham and served with a portion of ‘home style’ potatoes… perfection). I also had the amazing Virgin Mary in the pic above…with messy hair/don’t care. It was delicious and the combination was absolute perfection. Following our brunch we did head towards the shopping areas with a Sephora visit in mind – only to be left devastated to see that it doesn’t open on Sundays. So a bit of a fail on the shopping front! Probably for the best for my bank account.
So we took a leisurely stroll back to the Guest House, exploring a few back streets and me basically being fascinated by every building I saw – the city is simply stunning. I don’t think they have a single basic building there. They’re all gorgeous and quirky and each looks like it has a bit of a story from either the building itself or the people that live there. The city does have a bad reputation for pick-pockets, but besides holding on to my bag closely at all times I felt very safe.
The combination of city/beach/food/sunshine in Barcelona really does make for a perfect getaway – I will be back. Until then, this little tune will be playing on a loop in my head!