What better reason to pack your bags and head for a long weekend away than to celebrate a friends birthday? A couple of weeks ago, that’s exactly what I was lucky enough to do with four of my closest girlfriends to mark one very special 30th birthday! The destination? Barcelona!
It was a weekend spent indulging in Catalonian cuisine and sipping sangria, with a bit of sightseeing thrown in for good measure! I’ve been to Barcelona once before, so feeling content that I’d ticked off the ‘must do’s’, I was really excited to just enjoy quality time with my girls and make the most of (finally) all being away together!
After getting over the initial shock and then hysteria at the fact our ‘taxi’ the birthday girl ordered was actually a 52 seater coach just for us, we made our way to our air bnb and got ourselves ready to take on the city!
We were so fortunate with the location of our air bnb in that it was located an easy 2 minute walk from Las Ramblas and the main square, Plaça de Catalunya, where the city tour buses congregate – I definitely recommend using these, they’re a great way to see the city as well as being a brilliant taxi service when you don’t fancy walking! Plaça de Catalunya is where you’ll also find an impressively sized Zara, which of course I popped into!
We meandered down Las Ramblas, busy and bustling as ever, and made our way through the famous market, La Boqueria, which if you’re anything like me is just an overwhelming assault on all the senses and makes it impossible to choose anything to eat because there is just far too much deliciousness available! Grab some fresh fruit here and marvel at the incredible selection of meats and seafood.
Escaping the market, we found ourselves in Playa Real, a beautiful square just off Las Ramblas and decided to settle at Les Quinze Nits, nestled right in the corner, for lunch. A beautiful setting, but a word of warning – the food wasn’t as good as I would have liked! I personally would try to avoid eating on Las Ramblas and despite its loveliness, the square too – they’re extremely popular with tourists and you’ll pay a lot more for food that probably isn’t as good as it should be…
I certainly made up for the so-so paella and the fact I was on holiday with a posh post lunch ice cream!
But after an early start and with pretty full bellies it was back to the house for a quick nap before dinner.
And oh my goodness, what a dinner we had! Lolita Taperia was a recommendation I got from Lucy Williams Barcelona roundup. The menu is a modern take on tapas, the staff were incredibly welcoming and the atmosphere was lively and fun; we ended up spending 5 hours here with the sangria flowing and dish after dish being passed around our table! I particularly enjoyed the corn salad and croquettes and everyone went mad for the eggplant in molasses and the crystal bread with vine tomato.
After polishing off some pretty boozy desserts, it was time to roll our way back to the air bnb. If you’re in Barcelona, I definitely recommend paying Lolita Taperia a visit and would definitely book a table if you plan to head here, it was non-stop all night!
Pt. two coming soon…