A Winter Break in Barcelona

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see from my stories I was recently whisked away to sunny Barcelona for a couple of days. The trip was a complete surprise, I knew we were going away but not where we were going to! I was told to pack for ‘march’ weather and to bring my passport. Obviously, I was guessing for weeks before but Gary never waived, refusing to give any more clues. It was SO much fun to have kept the location a secret! I found out at security where we had to present boarding passes and I was SO excited. I’ve visited a few European cities but never done Barcelona properly and my first thought was all the friends I knew that had been and had a great time.

So off we went. We stayed at the Grupotel Gran Via which was just a stones throw from the bustling streets and restaurants of La Ramblas, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location.

After a quick bag drop it was straight onto the vino and olives at a nearby outside cafe because well, Europe.

The first nights meal was only ok, I chose a carbonara that had blue cheese in it and Gary had paella. I didn’t get the name of the restaurant, it was hella cheap but nothing amazing to write home about tbh.

Breakfast the next day was simply amazing. We found this little cafe just near the hotel called Citizen. It was so quirky and quaint with fresh juices and amazing brunch menu. I had the eggs benedict and they were honestly the best eggs benedict I’ve ever eaten. Served on very crispy salty bacon, the hollandaise was thick and silky and with ever such a slight hint of chilli.

We spent the next day at Sagrada Familia, before the weather changed to crazy heavy rain and hailstones! Luckily there was a wine bar near by for shelter (and wine).

That night we ate at Ultramarinos on Las Ramblas, a really modern tapas restaurant with gorgeous cocktails best albondigas we’ve ever had! I’m used to having them in a spicy tomato sauce but these came in a rich, thick brown gravy served with a tiny handful of chips on the top. Absolutely delicious and so savoury we ordered a second round!

The rest of this night is a little blurry, we ended up in an underground jazz bar for a whole before calling it a night in a cheesy Rn’B club.

The final day we spent at the National Art Gallery which was really zen and peaceful, and then because the sun was out we decided to visit the beach. Barcelona has a fair few beaches, we chose Nova Icaria because it had the most going on in terms of cafes and bars. After spying a table in the sun we settled into La Barca Del Salamanca, a huge fish restaurant right on the marina. We enjoyed sangria (obvs) and a plate of patatas bravas and calamari.

That evening we ate at La Poma at the top of Las Ramblas, conscious that it was a Friday night and we were unable to book anywhere else. It was only ok and felt quite chain-y in atmosphere, but we both got pretty good pizzas.

It was back on the plane Saturday morning and back to reality now. A wonderful trip in a really beautiful city, and a great surprise!

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