We have been to Barcelona many times as a family and as a couple. We have cruised from the port, enjoyed weekend breaks and visited for the day. It is no exaggeration to say we love Barcelona. The vibrancy, the atmosphere, the food! I can’t think of anything I don’t love about this wonderful city.
Yet we haven’t scratched the surface. There is so much we haven’t done. So much we want to do. And yes there are also places we would like to revisit. I don’t think we will ever tire of it as every single time we visit it feels somehow different.
And now as we look at our air miles collecting up and are wondering where to jet off too for a little break in the summer, thoughts of hot days in Barcelona are creeping into my mind.
No matter when we decide to visit, I have started a little wish list. As when we do I want to try out new and exciting areas and experiences. So here goes, our Barcelona wish list 2017.
Watch a Barcelona match
We have visited Camp Nou several times; the boys were blown away by it. But what they would really love is to watch a match. And as much as I may not the biggest football fan, I have to say that the atmosphere would be incredible. Just seeing the joy on the boy’s faces is worth 90 minutes of football. As of course is the promise of visiting the champagne bar at half time.
Visit Tibidabo amusement park
I never even knew this existed; it was built in 1889 and is a little way out of the city. My reasons for wanting to visit are purely selfish as I would love to take my camera and get shots of the views and beautiful vintage rides. Whilst I just know the boys would love experiencing all the incredible rides. There is something special about a real vintage fun fair isn’t there? And Tibidabo Amusement Park looks to be a real treat; I will be adding this to my fun things to do in Barcelona list for sure.
Have a lazy day on the beach
Every time we visit, we get so embroiled in city life and forget about the beach. A day at the beach would be perfect. Time to people watch and catch a few rays, which I must say will feel quite odd and very novel. And as we have never visited the beach in Barcelona I am thinking it is about time we did.
Spend a whole day wandering and eating street food
We never get time to do this; yes we make time to eat. But spending time wandering, eating street food, taking the time to stop for tapas with a cold beer, and maybe later try out some of the best churros in Barcelona as we watch street entertainers. A day without rushing, needing to be anywhere just absorbing the atmosphere of Barcelona sounds just about perfect.
Book a cruise
I know it is not strictly in Barcelona, but cruising is my fave way to travel. Barcelona is my absolute favourite port to cruise from. And the perfect way to start a cruise holiday is spending a couple of days ticking off our Barcelona wish list before stepping on to a floating world to explore the rest of Europe’s shores.
And there is it, my little wish list that has reminded me just how much we love the buzz of Barcelona, the beautiful architecture, glorious hazy mornings and hot sunny afternoons. The happy memories we have already made. And the anticipation of memories I know we will make in the future. Because Barcelona is a place that just keeps you going back for more.