Wednesday 11 May 2016

A Spontaneous Trip to Barcelona

Back in March, Polly and I took our first trip to the beautiful city of Barcelona!  It was a seriously stressful time as we flew out on the day of my uni deadline, but it was the perfect de-stress escape; read on to see what we got up to!

We arrived Friday afternoon and used the time to settle into our Airbnb - we were in an adorable little apartment right in the city centre for £32 per night which is just a crazy deal!  It was nice and modern (you can see it in my vlog) and perfect for a quick city break.

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To celebrate submitting my uni work, we booked dinner at swanky sushi bar CDLC just on the sea front.  We decided to both go for noodle dishes as the sushi was eye-wateringly expensive, then we chilled afterwards with a couple glasses of wine on the Moroccan lounge beds, so chill!


Day 2 consisted of a lot of shopping and exploring the city.  I bought some lovely bits from Pull & Bear and couldn't resist buying sweets from Happy Pills - such a cute lil shop.

The gothic architecture is absolutely breathtaking, such a change from industrial London.  Even if you have no interest in buildings, I guarantee you'll be seriously impressed - Barcelona Cathedral was gorgeous!

For lunch we wanted to go to the Bollocks Rock Bar but to our dismay it was closed!  We had our hearts set on burgers so it was lucky that Georgia recommended Bacoa, and we were not disappointed.  To order, you just tick boxes for what meat and fillings you'd like and it gets made fresh - I got chicken, bacon and avocado and Polly went for a cheeseburger; my mouth is watering at the photos!!

We started off Day 3 with a visit to Casa Batlló, a house designed by Gaudí, and it's seriously cool, the windows are gorgeous!  We'd loved to have gone inside but tour tickets were a bit steep at €22, so we gave it a miss - maybe we'll come back another time!

Flax & Kale was a recommended spot, with a huge menu full of healthy and vegan options, so we went there for brunch - I had my first acai bowl and it was so delicious!  Unfortunately we had to wait for a table for an hour, and although Polly's food arrived super quick, I was waiting for 45 minutes, for a bloody smoothie in a bowl!  Safe to say I was seriously disappointed with the service, which is a real shame as it's a lovely place with great food.

The weather wasn't forecast to be too great as it was March, but luckily it was so sunny and we sat by the beach listening to a busker with a guitar and soaking up the rays.  There are loads of sellers bringing around Mojitos - we couldn't resist!

The whole reason we booked Spain is because we saw Enter Shikari at their UK tour date, and when I saw they were also touring Europe, that's why we booked a trip away - it basically gave us an excuse for a holiday!  Shikari are one of my favourite bands to see live (I must have seen them nearly 10 times now!) and they put on a crazy show - was awesome to see them in a smaller venue as well, you can see their set in my vlog.

Our last day kicked off with a slow start as we had to pack up all our bags.  We then paid a visit to tapas bar La Consentida, which my Mother urged us to go to - apparently it's the best tapas she'd had in Barcelona and we were definitely not disappointed, it was amazing!  If you sit at the bar it's cheaper than a table, and you can pick and choose whichever you'd like.  It was my first tapas experience and I'll definitely have to return when I'm next in the city!

We figured we'd end the holiday with a bang, so booked to see Sagrada Familia as a goodbye to Barcelona.  Despite a crippling hangover we were still blown away by the architecture and designs - by far the most impressive structure I've seen, and probably will ever see.  So happy to tick it off my bucket list, and will definitely have to go back in a good few years when it's complete!

So there it is - my mini-break in Barcelona!  If you're thinking of a visit I'd totally recommend it, such an amazing place and the architecture really is something else.  If you've been and have any recommendations, leave them in the comments below and maybe I'll have to check them out next time I visit - definitely given me a bout of wanderlust!


  1. Your trip to Barcelona looks amazing!
    It looks like you enjoyed yourself without spending loads as well, makes me want to go :)

  2. i would absolutely love to visit barcelona, love your photos and you look awesome as always!

    danielle | avec danielle

  3. All of your outfits look fab, as does your hair, as usual - my faves of the OOTDs are the dress in the first photo and the outfit in the third to last photo. I've never been to Barcelona. The beach and the water there look beautiful, and the architecture is fascinating.

  4. I always love the idea of a spontaneous trip to anywhere and Barcelona is on my wish list. It looks like you had a great time, and your pictures are just beautiful.

    Beka. xo | littleworldofbeka

  5. I love Barcelona! I really miss living there and this has made me want to visit again. Thanks for the air B&B credit too :)

    Hayley-Eszti |

  6. Looks like an amazing trip lovely,
    Love Paige Joanna

  7. ; ; I've lost my opportunity to meet you!!
    I'm so happy you like Barcelona, I recommend you Zaragoza too if you like ancient architecture!

  8. Lovely outfit!

  9. You're so lucky!!! Enter Shikari is one my favourite bands and I never saw them live :'(



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