48 Hours In Barcelona

Palm Trees in Barcelona
Pretty Pink Spanish Homes in Barcelona

Ola. Kendal and Gigi aren't the only BFF's having a long distance friendship you know! Last weekend I flew to Barcelona to meet up with one of my oldest childhood friends for 48 hours of sightseeing, sangria and a long overdue catch up.

He lives in London these days whereas I'm still bound by my Northern roots, so we planned to bridge the gap and arranged to meet at the airport in Barcelona. Fancy no? Bit like a film no?

We arrived at our AirBnB digs, to find the cleaner making her finishing touches to our apartment. It'll be ready in half an hour, she said. We'll pop back then, we said, loudly, as you do when you're communicating with anyone who speaks another language.

One harbour side meal, one bottle of fizz (we asked for Prosecco but we knew it was Cava), several beach front G&Ts, five or six beers, numerous selfies and two cracked iPhone screens later, we returned to our digs, fully caught up and drunk.

The Beach In Barcelona
Luxury Yachts In Barcelona Port

We spent our second day doing my favourite thing ... leisurely wandering and exploring the sights of the city without any pressing time-scales. We called into whatever bars or restaurants took our fancy.

Making our way to the Gothic quarter, we strolled down it's narrow streets stopping here and there to watch the street performers. Then wandered on, routing through vintage shops and taking time out for obligatory tapas in quirky eateries. It's so nice to explore and stumble on new places!

Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter Barcelona
Street Performers in the Gothic Quarter Barcelona
Vintage Clothes Store Barcelona
To finish the day off we headed to the Barcelona Arena. What was once a bull fighting ring is now the home to shops and a host of rooftop bars and restaurants with killer views of the city. We made time for retail therapy and a G&T the size of our heads before walking the steps up to the National Museum for another killer view of Barcelona.

I've read since getting home, that it's worth a trip up the steps to the Museum later in the evening when fountain displays take place, just fyi! Don't you always find out something amazing once you get back! 



I can see why Barcelona is such a loved holiday destination. You can take time out from the gentle hustle and bustle of city life if you need it and relax on the beach. In fact the whole city has a relaxed pace to it. What's not to love?

48 hours went by mega quickly. We could've easily spent another day exploring. There's so much we didn't get round to seeing, but hey whose complaining? We have a reason to go back!


"Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young"  Mary Schmich

Adios amigos (I know I know, almost fluent)...thanks so much for reading. Back to reality for me and to grill my man on how much he's missed me! Hope you all had the nicest bank holiday weekend. 

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6 comments

  1. I was in Barcelona recently and there's so much to do - I was exactly the same and found more places I wanted to visit once I got home. A good excuse for a return visit!

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    1. Oh it's always the case isn't it! Or friends chirp up with recommendations...after! :)
      I'd definitely like a return visit too, armed with a plan! x

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  2. Gorgeous photos! I loved that you and you BFF met up in Barcelona, I need to go there ASAP!

    Ella xx
    www.ellaselement.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah thank you so much! Yeah it was so nice to meet up away! We need to make it a regular thing now :)
      Thanks for your comment Ella x x

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  3. I would love to travel to Barcelona in the future! It such a beautiful city and I bet there are so much to explore :) Also, glad that you had a great time there and had a little reunion with your friend. It's so important to keep connected with those who you can call best friends. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. It really is beautiful! You're right about keeping connected with friends, it's so easy to drift sometimes. Always worth the effort to look after your real friendships :) x x

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