Or maybe I'm just a massive hipster in the closet (ha) who knows?
Barcelona, I am pleased to say, did not live up to my cynical expectations. In fact, it well and truly shot them out of the water. Maybe it was because we were visiting out of season or maybe it was because we could speak Spanish, which is by no means a guarantee as there are a lot of Catalan loyalists but Barcelona is a city that deservingly holds the tourist accolade for a great weekend trip. So, why is Barcelona a brilliant destination for weekend trips?
Tourist attractions aside, eating out, drinking in bars, taking taxis amongst other typical expenses are fairly priced even, in general, in touristy areas. This is particularly great for those on a modest budget such as myself which means you can afford to go a bit wild without breaking the budget. We managed to find a great deal for accommodation which I would highly recommend if you're looking for a good-value, no-frills and centrally located hotel: Hotel Barcelona Go. It even worked out cheaper than a hostel!
Not pictured: The extortionate amount of La Vila's tasty tapas that was yet to come
One of the best finds of our trip: La Mary
Oh my days, where do I even start?! All the tapas: crunchy patatas bravas with the best hot sauce, big juicy gambas al ajillo, tortilla, all the cured meats, all the cheeses, we went to town with ordering. On our last night, we stumbled upon La Mary which did amazing, amazing food with great wine. We had 3 courses and a bottle of wine and it was still under €30. Then, there was La Boqueria with the refreshing €1 juices that quenched your thirst, the pintxos kiosks and I was even able to satisfy my incessant craving for Colombian arepas there. La Boqueria will have its own separate post because it is a contender for being one of my favourite markets ever.
The city is walkable
We would not have seen Plaza Real nor Casa Battlo if we hadn't have walked
Some of them were probably a little bit too friendly especially as we were two blonde foreign girls but I could not get over how warm people were when we had to ask for directions, recommendations or when ordering in restaurants. We even managed to have a free night out, apart from the taxi, due to various people's generosity! Again it was a big surprise, considering Barcelona attracts so many tourists.
The weekend went far too quickly but I'm pretty sure I have unfinished business with Barcelona. I can see a cheeky short summer trip on the cards...
Have you been to Barcelona? Where are your favourite places to visit/eat/drink there?