Over the past few years, it has become a tradition of ours to celebrate our birthdays whilst travelling together and exploring a new place. For Michaels 23rd birthday last week, we decided to take a trip to Barcelona!
We had a wonderful time, filled with good food, great weather, interesting architecture and lots of wandering through bustling streets and markets. We arrived on Tuesday afternoon at our Air BnB and headed straight out to grab a picnic and chill out at the Olympic Parc and Magic Fountain in Montjuic, which just so happened to be at the end of our road! It was a perfect but HOT afternoon settling into our new surroundings. We checked out the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catulunya too and loved the roof top view of the whole city.
The next day was Michaels birthday and so of course we had to spend the day doing what he loves most; admiring lots of different types of architecture! We spent the day having our own little Gaudi tour of the city, first stop was the La Sagrada Familia where we grabbed some breakfast and sat in the near by park admiring and learning about the history of the building from our guide book. We decided that we preferred viewing it from a distance due to the sheer amount of people and construction work in progress. We were so silly and did not buy entrance tickets in advance and did not want to spend 2-3 hours of the day queuing in the heat, definitely something we will do in the future!!
We made the trek to Parc Guell for the afternoon, walking around the park and came across a spiralling sculpture with great views on the city, we loved the cool breeze blowing here and I could have stayed in that spot for hours! We wandered down the beautiful streets surrounding the park and had some delicious tapas at La Panxa del Bisbe. Oh my gosh, the tuna steak and shredded lamb was to die for, we are STILL talking about it, it was the melt-in-your-mouth sort of goodness!
We took a stroll in Barcelonetta and along the beach in the evening and had some more delicious, traditional food at a little restaurant, loved by locals, called Cherrif. Known for its fresh sea food, with lobsters swimming in large tanks by the entrance, we knew we had to go for the Cherrif sea food paella!
Michaels birthday was finished off with two huge scoops of chocolate and Ferrero Rocher ice cream, over looking the port and people watching! Despite the four toe blisters I acquired on this day, it was a great day exploring with so much good food.
After such a busy day on Wednesday, we spent the majority of Thursday relaxing, reading and swimming at Bogatell, a quieter beach, a bus ride away from the city centre. We took an evening stroll watching the street entertainment around Moll d’Espanya and Placa de l’Ictineo. On Friday we hit up Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, Catedral de Barcelona and the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona. We really enjoyed wandering the the narrow streets in the Gothic Quarter and managed to enter the Cathedral after a swift change of clothes for me (shoulders and thighs must be covered to enter!).
That evening, we took a very relaxing boat ride from the port down to Forum and back, admiring the city from a new prospective and enjoying being on the sparkling, clear Mediterranean water, spotting jellyfish and sail boats.
Part 2 coming soon!