Date: 15th – 18th April, 2017.
We decided on a short break to Barcelona for the Easter weekend.
Flew from Edinburgh, direct to Barcelona El Prat airport with Ryanair. The flights were good and without any major issues. we had booked priority boarding and the extra leg-room seats for a bit of luxury on our budget flight. Unlike some previous journeys, the priority boarding did make all the difference and the extra leg-room also made the flight easier on the old joints. Had no issues at all and would give the airline 5/5.
Despite leaving a tad late, the flight arrived only a few minutes behind schedule. We had already ordered ‘Hola’ transport tickets, which allow you unlimited travel throughout the TMB transport system, including the journey to and from the airport. The collection of these was painless at the Metro station and we were on our way within minutes to the centre of Barcelona, with only one change of line required. We travelled right into Placa Catalunya, smack bang in the centre of the city and two minutes from our hotel.
We had booked into the Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, which was two minutes off the square and a prime site to explore the city centre. The hotel was lovely with great staff, who were happy to assist in any way we asked. The rooms were medium sized, but had all the amenities expected of a hotel within its price bracket. Throughout our stay, we found the hotel perfect for our needs and would recommend it to anyone going to Barcelona.
We spent the next three days relaxing around the city of Barcelona, doing all the usual tourist stuff; walks down Las Ramblas; visiting the ‘Maremagnum’ mall in the harbour area; Park Guell and La Sagrada de la Familia. As we always have, we found the Spanish people warm and welcoming and only too happy to pander to the whims of we tourists. We enjoyed many meals, including our traditional “PaellaD’ora” chicken paella and more than a few glasses of the local wines. We found the transport system great and would recommend the “Hola” travel tickets to anyone visiting the city and happy to use public transport.
We revisited the ‘magic’ fountains at Montjuic, we had been there 25 years ago and Louise had not enjoyed them and spent the whole performance crying and this was one of the highlights of the visit, despite the absence of the expected Freddie Mercury / Monserrat Caballe rendition of ‘Barcelona’ finale.
We headed back home rested and refreshed by our visit and we would recommend Barcelona to anyone wanting a short break in what is a beautiful, exciting, yet relaxing city!