I am sure if you have been following me online you will know i visited Barcelona three weeks ago where i celebrated both the release of my brand new fitness book Build Your Own Body and also turning 27. It’s been a long year of work and years of dreaming about the things that have finally happened and what better way to celebrate than a trip to a new city. Barcelona has been on my wishlist for a very long time both for its art culture and because of its long spoken reputation. I’ll be honest and say the typical holiday to Spain taken by most isn’t something that takes my fancy, id rather be exploring and discovering the real essence of a city. Known as the city of love and renowned for it delicious tapas. Ill be honest and say i spent two of the three day trip in Barcelona lost and confused, but looking back it was the perfect thing that could have happened. Isn’t that the very reason we go away? To explore a new city and to find bliss in discovering new places. I’m excited to share this three day city break with you and i hope it gives you some inspiration and help when you visit this wonderful city.
Getting from the Airport / AEROBUS BARCELONA is the most common means of getting from the airport to the main city, i highly recommend taking it all the way into Placa de Catalunya. I made the foolish mistake of getting off the Aerobus without knowing exactly where the nearest metro station was and also not knowing which metro station would get me to my hotel, a bad start i guess you could say. If i could go back and change one thing about this trip i would go back and plan the transport around the city a lot better, instead of just winging it. With only three full days to take in as much of Barcelona as possible consider time a precious commodity, so plan your metro destinations ahead of time.
I was really fortunate to link with the wonderful Primero Primera hotel in Barcelona for two of my three nights in the city. The Hotel is located about 20 minutes from the city center which you can travel to via the metro line
, the nearest metro stop is called Les Tres Torres. The hotel was really lovely and had everything one could hope to find in a hotel and more. The biggest memory of the hotel will be the invigorating smell of potpourri that permeated throughout the hotel and even outside. Other highlights included the monstrous sized bedroom and bed to match. Not to forget the delicious breakfast enjoyed in their stunning outdoor area surrounded by ceramic pots and beautiful plants. I almost felt like i was in the secret garden where i ate my favourite lemon cake for breakfast (yes on holidays you can eat cake for breakfast). The staff were really helpful and even left me a lovely little birthday present, four mini brownie birthday cakes to mark my big day. The hotel offers free beverages from coffee to pineapple juice and most importantly free wifi. I enjoyed every second that i spent in the uniquely designed and edgy Primero Primera hotel and would be more than happy to pay a visit anytime.
For more information on Primero Primero check out their website www.primeroprimera.com
Gaudi Park also known by the locals as Park Guell and is a must for any city visitors, the park is filled with all kinds of plants, flowers, mosaic sculptures and man made delights. It really is a true hybrid and marriage between the natural and structural, and you don’t need to be a fan of art to appreciate this park. Be careful what time you plan to visit this sight as you may find yourself being roasted to death in the dead heat and sharing the park with hundreds of other eager travelers. Be smart if you want to enjoy Park Guell and bring along sunscreen, a cap and as much water as possible.
Montesquieu restaurant wasn’t one that was planned more like stumbled upon, located very near to Primero Primera Hotel and offering a seriously tasty selection of wines and the BEST patatas bravas that i tasted across the three days in Barcelona .. and believe me i had my fill. It was exactly what we needed after our first day of being lost in the city and the added convenience of being a stone’s throw away from out hotel. A great spot to enjoy both a glass of cava and some typical local cuisine.
Unfortunately i couldn’t find a website for this little spot but here is the address if your interested in checking it out:
Carrer de Mandri, 56, 08022 Barcelona, Spain.
Birthday celebrations / Turning 27 in Barcelona was a real treat and i couldn’t help but feel grateful both for my surroundings and that i am fortunate to say i can turn 27 and to have my health. I didn’t waste anytime celebrating my special day pulling the blinds at first light to reveal a gloriously sunny day. Im sure im not the only person who loves hotel breakfasts, ok depends on the hotel but at Primero Primera you were certain of a serious feed. I was determined to make my second day productive but unfortunately found myself lost AGAIN, but still managed to it in laughs and fun.
Carmel Bunkers was one of the major sights planned ahead of leaving for Barcelona as i was really focused on doing the unusual. It’s a little complicated to find but is situated pretty close to Gaudi Park and can be reached by bus. It’s literally a 360 view of the entire city in an old aircraft hangar built during the Spanish civil war and you won’t find brigades of tourists. This was one of my highlights and really recommend making the effort to visit this gem. You will see from the photos below how special this sight is and how it’s the perfect location for photos.
Horta Labyrinth was also another really cool place i visited on day two, i would suggest bringing along a little
le picnic basket as it’s a bit of a mission to get too and worth spending some time there. You will see from the photos how epic Horta Labyrinth is and why its worth visiting, and also another location which you can reach on the metro line. Also has open wifi for those keen to get a sneaky social media post up on Facebook or Instagram, so no need to freight.
Petit Pot. This was a real treat on my special day and one of the major highlights of the trip, i’m still dreaming about this meal and would visit again ANY time and recommend you to do the same if you’re in Barcelona. A really modern cafe style bistro serving casual dishes made with amazing quality food and inspired by the city. Believe me when i say the mojito’s went down well along with my first time to try the delectable platanitos (fried savoury banana). I’m usually not a fan of banana but this local dish was AMAZING and one plate wasn’t enough. If you’re looking for an infectious atmosphere, amazing customer service and delicious food then Petit Pot Bistro is for you.
Check out more information here – Petit Pot Cafe Website
I stayed at the Generator Hostel Barcelona for one short night UNFORTUNATELY, as i absolutely loved my stay there. For what is lacks in luxury within the bedrooms it makes up for in personality and facilities within the hostel, even though the room was very simple it was MORE than enough and even had a huge stylish balcony as you can see below. The hostel everywhere else was UBER stylish with hang out lobbies, stylish bar and resteraunt and a hang out area with pool tables. If you are in your 20s or 30s and looking for somewhere lively, fun and stylish then this is the place for you and i cant wait for my next stay in a Generator Hostel. A wonderful experience and sell yummy food for great prices.
Day three was a busy one and i did my very best to cram as much sight seeing in before my late flight at 10pm. I started my day at Boqueria Market which i actually would advise visitors to stay well clear of, over crowded, over priced and a stressful hour for me. After that i took the underground all the way from The Generator Hostel to Montjuic Park, we took the exciting cable lift all the way up to the wonderful Montjuic Castle with beautiful views all the way overlooking the sea and the city, a real treat. The castle was equally as beautiful with local artwork that i shared in the opening of my Barcelona Travel vlog.
Sagrada Familia was my next visit on day three and its an absolute must for anyone who loves churches, Gaudi is the absolute hero of Barcelona and you will bask in the essence of his talent at The Sagrada Familia church. I have never seen anything quite like it in my life from the natural design and sheer size of the outside to the complex design of the interior and colourful mosaics throughout. Be sure to book in advance because you could end up queuing for five hours for the next opening, as there is typically only three sessions per day to view the Sagrada Familia.
Barceloneta Beach was the last visit of the day an hour spent in the sun and unwinding after a hectic day absorbing the glorious city of Barcelona. Its quite unusual as its a city beach and you will literally be surrounded by buildings and the presence of the bustling city. Be warned you will be harassed every second to buy something from mojitos to to rugs ANNOYING, regardless a beautiful beach for relaxing.
On the last day food was the last thing on my mind but i did however find two EPIC places which i really want to share with you. Firstly the infamous Xurreria Churros which is a MUST for anyone visiting Barcelona, there is a couple of them around the city and there is also one directly across from The Generator Hostel. I also enjoyed the coolest lunch beside Barceloneta Beach called Brunch & Cake, which sell healthy juices, salads and the most creative dishes in a cool environment. Check out the photos below for both, yummy 🙂
Hope you enjoyed my post all about Barcelona, couldn’t have wished for a better place to spend my 27th birthday. Check out the Barcelona Youtube vlog here – Barcelona Vlog
Stay tuned for more on my recent trip to Istria