Ahhh, Barcelona! My boyfriend and I decided to take our first trip together out of the good ol’ USA and landed on the coast in Barcelona. There were SO many things to see and do, I wish our vacation could have been longer.
We stayed at the W Hotel. A bit on the pricey side, but we’ve been working really hard lately and have kept a sharp eye on our budget, so we went for it. (Treat yoself.) The rooms were spacious and the whole place is brightly coloured. We spent as much time as we could in their GORGEOUS infinity pool, and although I had my eye on more treatments than I could afford in their spa, my beaux convinced me that we should get out and see the city. He was right. (But don’t tell him that I said that.)
It was Tuesday. We got up fairly early, had a little breakfast, and then ventured out of our cozy cocoon. The quarter near the W is packed with restaurants and sightseeing opportunities. We stopped for coffee and then took quite a walk, ending up at the Museu d’Història de Catalunya. Both voracious learners, we soaked up all we could about the Catalan history and culture. We spent a solid two hours here, and even got to enjoy a killer view from the rooftop.
We spent the rest of the day walking, and relaxing on the sprawling beach. When evening came, we figured what better way to spend the night than enjoying sangria…in Spain. Sangria’s a mutual favourite of ours, but we keep a wary eye on the authenticity of the offerings back home. After a brief scan of TripAdvisor, we decided on Bar Celoneta. It has good ratings, they specialize in sangria, and it was walking distance from our hotel. Winning. Even better – and I totally overlooked this on TripAdvisor – it’s a vegetarian restaurant. Yes!
Museum visits at the Museu d’Història de Catalunya are free on the last Tuesday of the month, from October to June