Barcelona is our happy place. It was mine and the husband’s first holiday away together, and also the place where he asked me to marry him – at the very top of the Sagrada Familia no less! That unforgettable proposal was 11 years ago now, and though we haven’t made it back since we are always dreaming of Barcelona.
When I saw Clickstay’s competition to “Blog Your Way To Spain”, where you can win vouchers towards a dream Spanish holiday I thought this would be the perfect chance to try and get back to our favourite city.
Clickstay is a website with over 1,500 villas in some amazing holiday locations including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, USA and Thailand, and they have properties to suit everyone. I got a bit carried away looking through some fantastic villas and daydreaming of the perfect holiday!
So here’s how it would go…
Next year is our 10th wedding anniversary and we’ve recently been talking about trying to save up so that we can go back to Barcelona on our own, to both celebrate making it 10 years without killing each other, and to reminisce about when we used to be able to holiday just as a couple! We haven’t actually been away on our own since becoming parents 5 years ago.
Where we would stay
Previously we stayed in a lovely seaside town a little bit further down the Costa Brava called Sitges, as it was quite a bit cheaper than staying in Barcelona itself. Sitges is a really lovely place and not too much of a trek from the city (about 45 mins by train), but it was a shame not staying right in the centre of it all.
On our dream holiday we’d stay right in the city, and Clickstay has some great options. I think this apartment Victoria Diagonal Mar would be just perfect for us!
It’s an ultra modern, two level apartment that sleeps 8 (a bit greedy with just the 2 of us but never mind!) with all the mod-cons that you could need. Whilst you won’t be short of restaurants in the area, if you did fancy eating in after a busy day this apartment has a fully equipped kitchen to cook up an evening meal.
The best feature if you ask me is the balcony which runs from the lounge to one of the bedrooms, and has an amazing view across the city.
What a fabulous view to wake up to!
I could just picture myself relaxing in this beautiful bath after a long day spent sightseeing. And look – not a child’s plastic bath toy in sight!
Diagonal Mar is pretty central, there are lots of bars, cafes and shops in the area and it’s only a 15 minute walk down to the beach. The Metro takes you to the city centre in about 10 minutes, so staying here you really would be close to everything you need.
What we would do
First on our list to visit would have to be the Sagrada Familia, a sentimental place to us but also really interesting. Building on this cathedral was started in 1882 by Antoni Gaudi and it won’t be finished until around 2026-2030, so every time you visit it looks different. It just fascinates me!
Staying on the Gaudi theme – which is most of Barcelona – we’d also visit Park Güell with it’s colourful mosaics and gingerbread houses, and the intriguing Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. The architecture in Barcelona is like nothing you’ll see anywhere else in the world and just walking around the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas is brilliant fun.
After being a bit cultural there would definitely be some shopping in one of the many malls, a trip to FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium for the husband, and a trip in the Funicular de Montjuïc.
After all that I’m sure we would be absolutely shattered with very sore feet, so toward the end of our stay we’d have to head down to the beach for a rest, followed by a drink down at one of the many bars at the Port of Barcelona.
After all that I think that bath in the Diagonal Mar apartment will be very much needed in the evenings!
Win your own dream Spanish holiday!
If that’s got you in the mood for a holiday then you need to head over to Clickstay’s website where you can enter this great competition. You’ll be in with the chance of winning a £500 voucher towards the villa of your choice, as well as a camera to snap those holiday memories.
Be quick though, the competition closes on Sunday 12th June. Good luck!
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