I've been back from Barcelona for almost two weeks now and I still can't get over how amazing it was. Me and my mum headed there for 4 days as my graduation present and I couldn't have picked a better place, we had great weather and I just loved the city itself. I would definitely recommend it as there is so much to see, do and it also has pretty great shopping. 

We were there Monday to Friday but it was really the three days in the middle we did the most as we didn't get there until late Monday night and left early Friday. We stayed at a pretty funky hotel, the Acta Mimic, which is designed to be like a theatre and adds something fun to your stay. I would definitely recommend this and although the rooms were pretty basic they were clean and had everything you need. It was also in a great location at the bottom of Las Ramblas and not far from the port.

On the first evening we got there we walked towards the Port, which did turn out to be a bit of a trek but it had some pretty views and the restaurant we went to was lovely. This is where I had my first and only paella as it was the only one that shelled the fish but it was seriously delicious. I also learnt my lesson here and wont be ordering a Margarita again as it was so strong I couldn't even drink it.

Our first full day started good as the sun was shining bright and it probably got a bit too hot at times. We spent the morning exploring Las Ramblas and this is where I stumbled on how amazing the Zara's are over there, I could have spent a fortune in there and luckily on the last day I did pick up some new bits and a dress i'd been on the hunt for for ages. After that we decided to buy one of the two day open top bus tours and it was the best €39 I spent as you literally see everything. This day we did the orange route which took you through the mountains and past some of the Olympic Stadiums, Camp Nou and Arc De Triomf to name a few. This one we stayed on the bus the whole time as you saw everything from there any there wasn't anything I wanted to get off and look around.

We ended the day with a boat trip which showed you all of the sights from the sea, although it was so cold on the top deck we ended up having to inside. I would recommend this but maybe the shorter one as we did it for 1 hour 15 and it dragged a little. Also maybe go in the middle of the day as late afternoon gets a little chilly.

The weather on the second day wasn't as great the first and it was more like english weather. For this day we already had tickets for Park Guell booked so we went on the green bus tour as that dropped you off there. This tour also dropped you off at the Sagrada Familia, which is a must see although we didn't go inside as I thought it was all about seeing the outside. There were also lots of queues so we gave it a miss and went for the most amazing waffles instead. 

The next stop after this on the bus tour for us was Park Guell and although its a bit of a trek from the bus stop to the place (all up hill :() it was probably my favourite place we visited. If you don't know what it is basically it was built to be a housing estate but didn't have great roads so it was opening as a park. It has these amazing mosaic buildings and statues. I would recommend booking before you go as when we got there at half 1ish the next tickets available were for half 6 so I'm glad we booked beforehand. 

We ended our day with a ride on the cable cars, i'd never done it before and after seeing it there I just had to do it. Although I wouldn't say it was my favourite thing but it gave such great views of Barcelona. 

On our final day we were pretty knackered from the two busy days before so we did a bit of shopping in Zara and Sephora of course (read my haul here). Before lunch and lots of drinks on Las Ramblas, where we spotted some performers and just had a nice lunch. This was another hot day so I did manage to catch a bit of a tan. That evening we wanted to go to a rooftop bar, although the one we ended up at didn't really have any views. Our own hotel had a rooftop bar so we ended up back there for the great Mojitos they did, before out flight home the next day.

I hope you enjoyed my post on Barcelona and it's definitely a place I would recommend!



  1. Looks like you had an amazing time! Some great photos too!
    Grace xx

  2. Looks and sounds like you had a lovely time, what a fab graduation gift! I loved Barcelona, definitely want to go back again at some point x

  3. Beautiful pictures, looks like you had a wonderful time! The boat tour sounds lovely, I love the architecture over there everything is so unique and beautiful! x


  4. Barcelona looks gorgeous! Definitely a place I want to visit in the future