Hotel Barcelo at the main train station Sants in Barcelona

Hotel Barcelo at the main train station Sants in Barcelona

From a week in Barcelona in February 2017

Barcelo Sants Hotel Barcelona

Ahead of an early departure, I checked in to the Barcelo Sants hotel, which is right at the Barcelona Sants train station.

It is a brilliant option if you are travelling by train and leaving early in the morning.

It’s also a great place to book if your train arrives in Barcelona late in the evening.

The high-speed train between Barcelona and Paris departs from here and almost all Metro and Underground lines connect to Barcelona Sants.

Next stop Paris before heading further to Cologne, where I’ll join the festivities at the Cologne Carnival late February 2017.

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My tip for you

When booking a room at the Barcelo Sants Hotel Barcelona, my tip is to ask to stay in a room on the upper floors.

The higher up you are, the better the view!

You can see a large part of Barcelona and it’s a great spot to watch the sun go down (or the sun come up if you are an early riser!).

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Great rooms and beautiful views

Clean, modern, spacious rooms with very comfortable beds – just perfect!

The rooms might be minimalist in style, but they have everything I needed from free WiFi, tea and coffee, to rain showers, and the view was an added bonus.

Standing at the floor to ceiling windows, looking out over Barcelona and drinking in the vista below was a real treat.

You can head down to eat at one of the two restaurants or stay in and order room service for dinner with a view.

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Breakfast and Service

Being so close to my departure point, meant I had time to enjoy a wonderful breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

It’s a big restaurant catering to a large volume which you hardly notice as everything was so well set up and flowed smoothly.

Service was great from the moment I checked in til the moment I checked out.

I’m already looking forward to my next stay!

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A weekend in Barcelona – Sights, Tapas and Football

A weekend in Barcelona – Sights, Tapas and Football

From a visit to Barcelona in February 2017

Winter in Barcelona

Winter in Barcelona is a great time to stroll around this beautiful city just taking in the sights.

Less hectic than in the summer, with pleasant temperatures, winter is an ideal time to visit.

It might be winter, but it feels like a Scandinavian summer.

Even in February the weather can be glorious during the day, especially when the sun shines.

This time it was 17 C and warm enough to just wear a T-shirt.

However, there’s a chill in the air in the evenings where the temperature can fall to between 5 – 9 C.

So if you are off to a football match or heading out at night, it’s best to be prepared by taking a warm jacket with you.

Popular markets in Barcelona

No visit to Barcelona is complete without visiting a local market.

The sights, sounds and aromas will have your mouth watering in no time.

The fresh produce is artistically displayed and, if you are anything like me, you won’t be able to resist picking up some culinary treasures to try out at home.

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Most well known, Mercado de La Boqueria on Las Ramblas.

The oldest one is Mercat de la Concepció.

Tapas and Cocktails

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Walking back from Sagrada Familia to Placa de Catalunya, after 20 minutes I stumbled upon the drink and tapas bar, Bonavida.

A popular bar, it serves great food, beautiful artistic cocktails, and the service was good too.


Bonavida on Google Maps

Plaza Catalunya

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Just 5-minutes walk from Bonavida Tapas and Cocktails, I arrived at Placa de Catalunya.

It is a big and bustling square at the top end of Las Ramblas, the central boulevard stretching 1.2 km through the city centre.

Barcelona’s most famous street is very lively and a shopper’s paradise.

You’ll also find tourist information, Airport buses, Metro stops and trains.

hard rock cafe barcelona

And at the other end of Las Ramblas is the Hard Rock Cafe.

Barcelona Hop-On, Hop-Off

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Barcelona is not a small city so walking around all day can really tire out the legs.

A great way to conserve your energy is to jump on a Hop-on-Hop-off bus.

It stops at all the main sights – La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Cathedral), Park Guell, Plaza Catalunya – to name just a few.

With a flexible schedule and over 30 stops,  it’s a fabulous way to take in all that Barcelona has to offer.

Sagrada Familia

Sagada Familia Barcelona

Sagrada Familia is maybe the most popular and well-known sight in Barcelona.

One of Gaudi’s many masterpieces, this Roman Catholic church is a work in progress.

Building commenced in 1882, and is expected to be completed in 2026.

This extraordinary architectural work is a must-see.

Parc Guell

Parc Guell is well worth a stop. Time flies when you’re here looking at all the beautiful art, buildings and a lovely view over Barcelona.

Every corner you turn there is something new to see and experience.

Read more about Parc Guell here >>

Camp Nou

camp nou barca Barcelona

On Saturday, I went to Camp Nou to watch FC Barcelona, one of the world’s best football (soccer) teams, in action.

One of Europe’s largest, the stadium can seat around 100,000 spectators.

Watching the game was a highlight of my day.

Read more about Camp Nou here >>

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