The sun is out, summer is on its way and all I seem to be doing today is reminiscing about my first ever girls weekend in Barcelona. It was summer 2014, I hadn’t started uni and didn’t have a full time job. Travel wasn’t of particular interest to me and I hadn’t ever been away with friends. Little did I know how much Barcelona would effect me. I had an amazing time in Spain and it inspired me to travel more and more. Looking back, I can’t help but think how perfect a girls weekend in Barcelona is as a first trip abroad for young women.
A little disclaimer before I begin… the pictures I took on this trip are not of amazing quality! I was concentrating too much on food and fun and quality time with my best friend. I did, however, make a vlog which isn’t that awful considering.
FLIGHTS + ACCOMMODATION
If you’re flexible, flights to Barcelona can be really cheap. We managed to get ours for £80 return which is pretty much the middle ground when flying from London. Inexpensive accommodation wasn’t as easy to find plus we had no idea what we were doing. But we were lucky and had a lot to see within walking distance of where we ended up staying, although I wouldn’t recommend the area. For me, the Old Town would be the perfect area to stay in. You can get everywhere easily and feel like you’re in the heart of the city. Barcelona beach is nearby too although it is man made and by no means the nicest beach I’ve ever visited! But who really cares when all you want to do is sunbathe (or shade bathe if you’re super pale like me). The jellyfish warnings were pretty freaky though, you’ve been warned!
WHAT WE DID IN THE CITY
Barcelona is really spread out so you end up using the metro and walking a lot to get from place to place. It is definitely worth getting a metro pass if you are there for more than a weekend because it made life so much easier and will save you money.
We visited the Old Town and Barcelona Cathedral which are must sees, the old city is very beautiful. We also saw the Sagrada Familia which was incredible although we didn’t go in as the queue was really long. These were my favourite parts, I like architecture and Barcelona has such an interesting mixture of it. The food was also great and you can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want. We ate out each evening and stuck to cheaper options for lunch. Tapas and Paella are musts while in Spain, especially if there are a lot of you. With tapas, the more people the better!
WHAT WE DID IN THE CITY PART 2
We also visited Barcelona Zoo and were not very impressed. It was very very hot and some of the animals were obviously uncomfortable. In hindsight we shouldn’t have supported it by going but generally, when zoos promote conservation and breeding programs, I am not against them so didn’t think to object.
We spent a lot of time getting lost and I expect you will too. Barcelona’s grid system is confusing because every corner looks the same! But getting lost always worked out in our favour. We accidentally found the Font Magica which a lovely guy we met on the bus from the airport had told us about, but we had forgotten about. You have to visit the fountain at night when there is a huge show with opera music playing and the fountain changing shape and colour in time to the music (terrible description, see my vlog below for a better explanation!). The atmosphere is incredible. You can look up the times of the shows depending on when you go. Also the views from the Palau Nacional are amazing and best of all there are escalators that take you to the top!
If you’re interested in seeing more than just pictures from my girls weekend in Barcelona check out my vlog. It isn’t a chatty video but more of a montage. Barcelona is a great city and one I definitely want to revisit as there is so much we didn’t get to see. It is a great budget holiday and the perfect destination for a friends trip.