Barcelona Holiday 06/15

It already seems ages ago, but at the start of June I went to Barcelona for 4 nights with one of my best friends. We had a wonderful time and it was over too quickly, as holidays always are. There was lots to see and do and we could definitely have stayed longer and not got bored. Our days were pretty jam packed, it wasn’t a relaxing holiday as such, but the most stressful thing we had to worry about the whole time was what we wanted to eat that night/morning, and whether our transfer would arrive to take us to the airport on the last day (it did!)

To get around we walked a lot, or got the metro. I put my tube queen hat on and got us safely and fairly efficiently from A-B, a few mistakes but we did well, as my friend is a tube virgin. As with most tube/metro systems, once you know it, they’re all the same and you’re sorted. It is much smaller than London’s network so a lot quicker and easier to navigate! We got a T10 ticket which was available on the self-service machines in the stations, which was perfect as it is basically 10 single journeys, which was perfect for our 4 night stay.
The hotel we stayed in was Hotel Vilamari, and it was pretty perfect. Good location near the Plaza d’Espanya metro station, and right near the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, which was beautiful and definitely worth seeing! There was also a shopping centre nearby called Las Arenas which is in an old bullfighting arena which is pretty cool.

Some of the places/landmarks we saw throughout the trip included La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Zoo, Arc de Triomf, Parc Guell and Parc de la Ciutadella. We also spent what turned into basically a day, at the beach. There are men who walk around selling Mojitos on the beach which was funny, one came over and asked us if we wanted one about 4 times but personally we’re not fans of mojitos but if you are 😉 We didn’t experience any of the nightlife, but it was obvious it would be pretty cool in the coastal area as there were lots of clubs and bars.

The whole trip went so smoothly, as our first holiday independently without parents, we were very proud of ourselves! The language was not really an issue, most people we came across spoke English well enough that we could understand eachother. As for pickpocketing, we’d heard it was rife in the city, but no problems with that at all, you’ve just got to be vigilant I guess, as you should be in any city even in the UK.

Love Nicole

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