Biking it in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the European cities that I've always wanted to visit and grabbed the chance to book a surprise getaway for my boyfriend's birthday during the Easter bank holiday. It took months of planning and keeping it under wraps, but I was so glad that I kept this one quiet.

We stayed at SB Plaza, a cute hotel just outside of the city, just close enough so that we can be in the heart of Barcelona within 20 minutes, but far enough out that we are not caught up in the midst of the craziness. Next time however, I would certainly opt to stay closer to the city, just as there is so much to do and travelling back to the hotel by cab every night takes its toll on the old wallet.

In my opinion, the best way to get around Barcelona is by bike. Yes, you heard me, by bike. You would never guess that I would ever get on a bike, let alone ride one on the busy roads, however, the narrow cobbly streets in the Gothic Quarter and the gorgeous beach front, there is no better way to experience the city than on two wheels.

The famous W Barcelona hotel

Gaudi's influence is everywhere, from buildings to lampposts, you can definitely see where the Catalan Modernism comes to play.

Parc de la Ciutadella

One of my favourite points in the city. The area was originally a fort, reworked throughout the 19th century to create a space right in the city. Explore a little longer and you will stumble across the Cacsada, a dramatic fountain by Joseph Fortsere, with the hep of Gaudi of course.

Arc de Triomf 

There is always a buzz going on here, from street performers to vendors selling candyfloss and balloons. Cycling through the Arc is one of my fondest memories of Barcelona, as this is where I felt truly at the heart of the city, so full of life and vibrancy.

Montjuic Fountains

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the famous Montjuic fountain. In the summer months, you will find that the area is packed full of couples, families and tourists, watching the sunset against one of Barcelona's most spectacular backdrops. So get there early, grab some beers, find a spot on the grass and chill out until the magic light show starts.

Don't sit too close to the fountain though - unless you want a free shower that is!

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