If you’re considering a city break this summer, I’d highly recommend Barcelona as an option – Why? Because, it’s under two hours from London, cheap to get to, it has a plethora of things to do and see and although it’s a city, it can feel like a beach holiday when you want it to.
Having never been to Barcelona, I headed over for 48 hours with Vueling to check the Catalan city out for myself and discover a few things along the way. Hopefully, if you’re considering visiting Barcelona, this should give you a few pointers on what to do and why it’s so great!
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How to get there
Vueling offers direct flights from £43, flying from London Gatwick & Heathrow, Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh. It’s worth checking out their website, as they have promotions for cheaper seats from time to time. I mean, why spend the holiday money before you’ve even got to your destination!
The journey time from London Gatwick is just under two hours and if you’re someone who requires extra leg room or getting on and off the plane first, it’s worth considering upgrading to Front Rows, XL or Priority for a fraction more.
Where to visit
Barcelona has so many points of interest, that you would almost need a week or more to get around them all. I’d suggest starting with your passion, then going from there. I admire architecture and Barcelona is famous for the works of Gaudí, so I had to pay the iconic Casa Batlló a visit during my stay. The casa is a renowned building located in the centre of Barcelona and is one of Gaudí’s masterpieces in Barcelona, designed in 1904 inspired by a marine fantasy dream world. From the top of the casa, you are rewarded with panoramic city views, as far as the mountains.
Next time I visit, I’m planning on spending the day at Park Güell – An architectural outdoor park, composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill.
Where to Unwind
Located on the large rooftop of the Hilton, Barcelona, PuroBeach Beach Club is the ultimate one-stop destination to unwind in paradise, drink perfect daiquiris (€15), eat fresh & healthy seafood lunches and soak up the sun – it’s ok, PuroBeach provides complimentary after-sun on arrival, just in case you get too much of a good thing. Beds start at €60 per person and can booked out for the day. The vibe is luxe, exclusive and fun, with DJ’s spinning the finest sun-drenched house tunes on the decks into the sunset.
Where to eat
No more, no less than right on the seafront, a place where you can taste the best paellas and fish in Barcelona, while enjoying magnificent views of the Sant Sebastià beach in La Barceloneta. The star ingredients are indisputably the fresh fish from the market and the organic, locally sourced produce. Barraca’s terrace, at the heart of the seafront promenade, is another of its great attractions. It invites you to stay and contemplate the landscape, while you savor the dishes closest to our gastronomic tradition. Unmissable, whichever way you look at it.
Where to stay
Vueling has just opened their first hotel in Barcelona, Hotel Vueling by HC – The hotel is located in the centre of the city, which makes points of interest and restaurants easily walk-able. The 4* hotel offers large rooms with a balcony overlooking the city, a generous breakfast buffet and comfy beds. There are hints of the airline throughout the hotel in the form of its recognisable yellow hue and even a bar that looks like the interior of an airplane! Prices start from €118 per night.
*Please note this is a non-paid collaboration with Vueling, who hosted the flights and hotel stay. All opinions are mine and not those of the brand.