Back in September, I took my boyfriend to Barcelona for his 21st birthday. Barcelona is a city we’ve both wanted to visit (for very different reasons). I’ve always wanted to visit because I’ve heard it is such a amazing city, with lots of culture, a great vibe, and lovely food. However Barcelona to my boyfriend, is the home of one of the best football stadiums in the world along with Europes only NBA Cafe.
We only had a short time in Barcelona, so wanted to fit in as much as possible in the 48 hours we were there. We stayed in a hotel called TRYP Apollo Hotel which was close to Las Ramblas which is where a lot of the main shops and restaurants are. We did this as it meant most places were in walking distance of the hotel.
Once we got to the hotel, we went to the room, got changed and freshened up before heading out. We walked all the way along Las Ramblas, stopping in shops and looking at the sights. At the top of Las Ramblas is Plaça de Catalunya which is a beautiful square, filled with sculptures, trees and fountains – a great place for photo opportunities!
After this we carried on walking up a bit further and discovered Casa Lleó Morera which is a beautiful family home built by Domènech i Montaner in the early 1900s. We also saw Casa Batlló which is an incredible, curving dragon-roofed apartment block, which is now a museum, created by architect Antoni Gaudi.
One of the places I really wanted to visit in Barcelona was the Aquarium Barcelona. This is definitely a experience worth having. It was very impressive and magical from the various tanks of the different regions, to the escalator-type circular ride of the big tank.
Finally we headed back towards Las Ramblas, and went to my boyfriends choice of restaurant for dinner… The NBA Cafe. This actually turned out to be one of my favourite places on the trip, and is definitely one to see, especially if you’re a sports fan! It’s three floors, and you can get food, cocktails and watch a bit of basketball as well as see all of the memorabilia that they have on show.
After this we headed back to the hotel and got some sleep for another packed day.
Day two was a trip to the famous Camp Nou home of FC Barcelona. My boyfriend was very excited about this as he is a huge football fan, I myself wasn’t too fussed, however it was actually really good! I recommend doing the guided tour, as you have someone go round with you and you find out lots of information, much more than you would going round on your own.
If your a football fan (or not like me) it is a must see. It is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since 1957 and is the largest stadium Europe, and the third largest football stadium in the world, with the it’s 100,000 capacity. Not only is is a tour of the stadium, but there is also a museum there too with memorabilia going back hundreds of years.
After going on the tour around Camp Nou, we stopped for our first bit of tapas, in a bar near the stadium. Of course we ordered wayyyyyy too much food, but luckily we planned on jumping on an open top bus and seeing some of the main sights.
If you’re only in Barcelona for a short amount of time, like we were, I would really recommend getting a bus tour ticket to see as many sights as possible. We bought Hop-On Hop-Off Barcelona tickets, which has three different routes, and you can get on and off as many times as you like throughout the day.We took the blue and the red route, as they were the two that had the most sights we wanted to see.
The main points of interest on the blue route are;
- Plaça de Catalunya
- Casa Batlló
- Passeig de Gràcia
- Sagrada Família
- Park Güell
- Camp Nou
The main points of interest on the red route are;
- Plaça d’Espanya
- Poble Espanyol
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
- Anella Olímpica
- World Trade Center
- Pla de Palau – Parc de la Ciutadella
However, if you only choose to get off the bus at a couple of places, then I definitely recommend seeing the Sagrada Família and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture that I have ever seen in my life. If you go to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya of an evening you will get to see the spectacular fountain display which is in front of the museum. The water is illuminated in bright colours and the jets’ move in sync with the music. And the best part of all, its completely free to watch!
I also made a short montage video of our trip which you can check out here!
Thanks for reading!