- 7am flight to Barcelona which only took 1hr 45mins
- By 10.45am, we arrived at the amazing Royal Ramblas Hotel which had the most incredible, huge, comfy beds and was in the perfect location – I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough!
- As we were quite tired, having woken up at 3.30am to catch our flight, we headed to La Boqueira Market and grabbed some lunch to have back at the hotel
- The croquettas were delish but the empanadas were awful – the pastry was really thick and the filling just wasn’t that tasty.
- Although our plan had been to get to Barcelona early on in the day to make the most of being there, neither of us could keep our eyes open after essentially having had under 4 hours sleep so we napped until 7pm then ordered room service, had a bath and watched Queer Eye before catching more zzz’s to make sure that we were fully recharged for the next day.
- I had pre-booked tickets for us to head to Park Guell at 11am and we enjoyed it, despite it being very touristy and a lot of it being under construction.
- We much preferred the free visit to the Gaudi Garden Complex on Camel Hill – the views were gorgeous, the busker was brilliant and cheery and sunshine always puts me in a good mood!
- Our next destination was a 20 minute walk to the town of Garcia for a spot of lunch but unfortunately most places in the area seemed to be closed on a Sunday so we ended up in one of the only places that was open for some very mediocre tapas.
- We also visited Casa Vicens which is a less well-known Gaudi building, off the beaten track.
- A short train ride away was the much more well-known and rather spectacular Sagrada Familia – it truly takes your breath away!
- As the Sunday market was on, we checked it out before heading back to chill in the hotel room for a couple of hours.
- We had a great dinner at Can Reixes – the steak was incredible and I became obsessed with padron peppers! (PS. You can get 50% off the a la carte menu by booking online)
- James had pre-booked tickets for us to go inside La Sagrada Familia at 11am.
- Rightfully claiming the top spot of every travel guide on Barcelona, La Sagrada Família is absolutely stunning. My photos don’t do it justice but the level of detail, intricacy, the meanings behind the sculptures/building (the audio guides are brill), symmetry, light and beauty of it all is just incredible!
- We wandered around the shops at Passeig de Garcia before a delicious tapas lunch at Lonja de Tapas, which James’ friend had recommended – any excuse for more padron peppers 😉
- After lunch, we walked through El Born and ended up in Ciutadella Park, which was one of the highlights of my trip. That fountain was so beautiful!
- As James fancied a trip to the harbour, we took a 20 minute walk to the port and had a look around the mall that we came across.
- A little rest in the hotel later, we went for ramen at Grasshopper Ramen which we both really enjoyed!
- On my 29th birthday, we walked to Passeig de Gracia to see two more Gaudi buildings: Casa Battlo and Casa Mila. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to go inside but I’d definitely like to in the future!
- After a final wander around the shops on Las Ramblas, we headed to Boqueira Market for lunch where James treated me to a seafood platter which was so fresh and absolutely divine!
- Of course, we couldn’t pass Chok without grabbing a few bits. I bought some gorgeous chocolates for friends and a delicious gooey chocolate cookies for myself which I’d rate a solid 10/10!
- We left the city centre at 3pm for our 6pm flight and even had time for a cheeky Indian and caught up on Strictly when we got home.
Thank you for an amazing 29th birthday trip, Jamon! <3