How to Spend 72 Hours in Barcelona

Barcelona Weekend Guide

When was the last time you travelled somewhere new? Until recently it had been quite a while for me, as I’d fallen into the trap of visiting beloved destinations (New York and Menorca) on repeat. But Booking.com are encouraging globetrotters to broaden their horizons this summer, by planning a first time travel experience. And, as a result, they challenged me to explore a new city…

According to Booking.com’s research, 45% of people believe travel makes them more successful in both life and career. And 53% also revealed they find first time travel more exciting than a first date.

Honestly, I have to agree with this research. Because I just spent a long weekend in Barcelona, and it was far better than any first date I’ve ever experienced. I completely fell in love with the city, and cannot wait to return in the future!

If you’ve never been to Barcelona I urge you to book a trip ASAP. It’s easy to explore in a long weekend, or soak up leisurely over an entire week, and I’ve compiled a handy little Barcelona travel guide to help with your planning. So here’s a look at where I recommend staying, eating and shopping.


WHERE TO STAY

Apartments SixtyFour Barcelona

I visited Barcelona with my Let’s Discuss co-host and long-time travel buddy, Monica Welburn, and we stayed at the beautiful Apartments SixtyFour on Passeig de Gràcia. There are so many incredible places to stay in Barcelona, but these apartments stood out on Booking.com because of their fabulous location and stylish decor. And we knew we’d made the right decision as soon as we checked in!

The team on the front desk were so helpful and welcoming, and our two-bedroom apartment had everything we needed and more (including free WiFi, a large kitchen and a balcony overlooking the boulevard).

At Apartments SixtyFour we were in walking distance of every restaurant, museum or store we wanted to visit. Plus, Gaudí’s Casa Batlló is literally a 30-second walk down the street, so we got to enjoy that beautiful sight whenever we were coming or going. If I were to return to Barcelona I would re-book Apartments SixtyFour without a moments hesitation. It was honestly truly lovely!

Where to Stay in Barcelona
Barcelona Apartments Booking.com

Apartments SixtyFour Barcelona Review


WHERE TO SHOP

Admittedly Monica and I didn’t do a great deal of shopping in Barcelona (we were far too busy eating – see below). But we both fell in love with OYSHO, a Spanish high street brand specialising in swimwear, beachwear, underwear and accessories. They had multiple stores scattered throughout the city, and you can also shop their collection online from the UK.

Mango is also worth a visit, because the stock in the Barcelona stores was 10x more exciting than what you can find in the UK. And Friday’s Project (La Rambla, 68, 08002 Barcelona) offered a beautifully curated collection of womenswear. 


WHERE TO EAT

Tropico Barcelona

Where do I even begin when it comes to restaurant recommendations? Out of every city I’ve ever visited, Barcelona definitely has the best food. Seriously, we ate sooo well throughout our stay! And here are four places you absolutely must visit if you’re planning your own trip…

Flax and Kale

BEST FOR HEALTHY MEALS

Monica and I loved Flax & Kale (Carrer dels Tallers, 74B, 08001 Barcelona) so much that we ate there twice in 72 hours. Once for dinner, and a second time for weekend brunch. The mainly-vegetarian menu is super-healthy and there are many dishes that cater to lactose and gluten intolerances.

Order the fish tacos, salad bowls and watermelon with goats cheese if you visit. And, if you can, get a table on the roof terrace – it’s absolutely beautiful!

BEST FOR BRUNCH

Tropico (Carrer del Marquès de Barberà, 24, 08001) came highly recommended by photographer Victoria Metaxas, who visited Barcelona a few weeks before our trip. And Monica and I also fell in love with the restaurant. It’s incredibly Instagram-friendly, with stylish decor and beautifully presented food.

Their fresh smoothies and juices are delicious (I’d suggest the pineapple and papaya) and they do a fantastic variety of brunch foods. I had the most amazing stack of avocado, chicken and potato topped with an olive and boiled egg [pictured above], which sounds weird but tasted heavenly.

Where to Eat in Barcelona

Cerveceria Catalana

BEST FOR TAPAS

You can’t visit Barcelona without going out for tapas, and we enjoyed two fantastic feasts. Our good friend Anneli Bush recommended Cerveceria Catalana (Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008) which did insanely good patatas bravas [pictured].

And we also visited Tapas 24 (Carrer de la Diputació, 269, 08007) which has the most incredible atmosphere. The basement restaurant is very popular with locals, so expect to wait for a table. But it’s well worth it! Order the chicken croquettes and the chips with smashed eggs. You won’t regret it…


THINGS TO NOTE…

Barcelona Travel Guide

Uber don’t operate in Barcelona, but a taxi from the airport to the centre of the city costs about €30.

Monica and I each took out €200, and this covered all of our food, drinks and taxi fares for the duration of the trip. We were quite surprised at the great value, because we ate a LOT.

Barcelona is a really walkable city. So pack trainers and download the CityMapper App before you arrive.

The Picasso Museum offers free admission after 3pm on Sundays. But be sure to pre-book your tickets online to avoid queues.

Are you planning a weekend city break to Barcelona, this summer? And which first time travel destinations are on your bucket list for 2017? Leave a comment below to have your say…

{Style Note: The pink dress I’m wearing is by Millie Mackintosh, available here}

~ This Barcelona travel guide was created in collaboration with Booking.com. Thank you for continuing to support the sponsors that make Coco’s Tea Party possible. ~

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  • Chloe

    I’m thinking of visiting Barcelona in the summer as I’ve heard so many good things about it! Sounds like you had a great weekend 🙂 x

    • cocos_tea_party

      Oh you must! It’s such a great city, and I imagine it’s amazing in the summer.

  • I loove Barcelona. I could so see myself living there, giving the right circumstances 🙂

    • cocos_tea_party

      Me too!

  • cocos_tea_party

    It’s great, isn’t it? I can’t wait to go back!

  • cocos_tea_party

    The food was SO SO good. Maybe squeeze in a little weekend break this summer if you can…

  • Looks like a fabulous trip! That apartment is gorgeous, and all the food looks amazing. Barcelona is definitely on my list 🙂 xxx

  • monicawelburn

    Ah this is taking me back! Fantastic round up gorgeous, what a brilliant trip it was!

    Monica x

  • Lourdes Martin

    love it!! That apartment is so cute! Oh, how I miss barcelona – need to go back soon.

    xoxo

    Lourdes
    http://plsdotell.com/2017/05/14/pack-weekend-escape/

    • cocos_tea_party

      It’s such a fantastic city. I’m already daydreaming about another trip this year…