Barcelona is a 7-hour direct flight from Dubai, so it’s a win for us as we wanted to visit Spain this Summer without having to do a layover. Having never been to Barcelona before we armed ourselves with tourist information and spent a few hours on google researching some of the best travel blogs we could find.
Any type of travel with a toddler needs preparation and planning. We needed an apartment instead of a hotel so that we could cook meals for a fussy 20-month-old. We also needed to be situated centrally so that we didn’t have to take long cab rides.
Thankfully we found the perfect accommodation at the C211 Apartments which are situated in the heart of Barcelona on Casanova Street, right next to one of the city’s main streets, La Diagonal. The fully serviced 2 bedroom apartment was modern, light, immaculately clean and had everything we could possibly need. Cassanova street is lined with bars and restaurants and to my sheer delight, a Zara clothing store is just a few yards from the apartment block entrance.
Once the little one was fed and watered we ventured on our first evening in Barcelona and found a fab tapas restaurant called Vivo.
The tapas tasted delicious and Lola had the Spanish version of egg and chips where they mixed a fried egg into chunky homemade chips. I’ve never seen her devour a meal so quickly!
We then took a leisurely walk around and Lola spotted what I can only describe as a donut on steroids! Full of sugar, goo and all things naughty! So of course, Lola had to have one.. Don’t worry we were healthy on the other days of our trip..honest!
As we only had three days it was impossible to fit everything in, but we managed our first full day completely on foot. I always find walking the best way to really explore a place as it gives the chance to investigate all the nooks and crannies, there were most definitely plenty of those in Barcelona!
The Sagrada Familia
The famous albeit unfinished Roman Catholic cathedral – Designed by Antonio Gaudi. It’s quite a spectacle of a building to view as we approached it walking along the streets.
An enchanting park with amazing views of Barcelona. The captivating architecture is designed once again by Antonio Gaudi. It was brimming with tourists and hundreds of Instagrammers striving for the perfect shot…including me! We arrived around midday so I imagine the early mornings to be much less hectic if you’re heading there with your camera!
Another Gaudi gem. Otherwise known as the house of bones-its easy to see why. We walked for miles to find this place and got lost on the way. We could have paid to go inside, but by this point, we were all tired, hungry and toddlers and museums aren’t always the best combination!
After a good sleep, we did the Barça stadium tour at Camp Nou, totally for the husband of course as he’s a huge football fanatic!
Its safe to say we loved Barcelona for the sights the food, shopping, and laidback vibes! Thankfully for us, a city break with a toddler wasn’t as painful as we thought it would be!
Until next time…