Fabulous city break

Juli Hodson on 31 May 2019
Having never been to Barcelona, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a lovely city break. We even took our very own little TC Ted with us for an adventure. We went in April 2019, the weather was warm as long as you were in the sun, the shade of the buildings made it feel a lot cooler.

We actually stayed in Calella which was just up the coast and travelled by train each day into the city. We started our first day in Calella, it was still a little quiet as it was out of season. They have a great promenade along the sea front, which was full of people walking and jogging, it also had great accessibility access.

We sat and watch the world go by at a lovely bar/cafe on the beach which had an amazing children’s play area, this was fenced in, so the little ones were safe.

The train to Barcelona was around €20 for two return tickets and took approximately an hour. We actually got off the train a stop too late and ended up further up the city than we intended to be, the rail system is so easy to use we just didn’t realise it was our stop till too late. Still this meant that we could have a wander around and explore. We bought a little map from the station to help us plan a route to what we wanted to see, we headed towards Magic Fountain, this was a really popular spot for tourists, I think this would have been more spectacular in the evening when it was lit up but was still great to see. We then headed to the Gothic area via La Rambla, this was full of little cafe/bar areas but was a little too busy for my tastes, so we made our way to the quieter side streets.

The gothic area is full of little streets and quaint art galleries and other niche shops, we headed to the Cathedral but unfortunately there were a lot of school parties waiting to gain entry.

We then headed over to the harbour area, wow there were some stunning yachts to be seen here. The area was also full of street sellers where you could find your favourite brand handbag, trainers, sunglasses etc.

The following day we returned for a trip in the cable care, a little bit worried when we set of, I will not lie, I have never been on one before But once it set off I was fine, this took your across the harbour where you could either have a return trip or wander round the park, there is also another cable car a little walk away that takes you around the other side of the hill.

On our last night we stayed in Calella to sample the food and found a fab Indian restaurant, run by an English Indian rather than a Spanish Indian (the owners’ words).

We really enjoyed our few days away and already planning our next one.