Completing my Bucket List

A weekend in Catalonia

My new favourite way for picking where to go on my next trip is by using Skyscanner.com.   I pick a weekend that I’m free, enter Scottish airports in the “flying from” section, and leave “flying to” as empty.

I’ll then search through the cheapest destinations and pick somewhere I’ve never been before.  This time the best option was Girona airport.    At £52 for a return flight from Edinburgh it was great for a cheap weekend away.

The plan was 2 nights in Girona, with 2 days and 1 night in Barcelona.

Where to stay in Girona:

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The Hilton DoubleTree is just a 10 minute walk away from the old town.  As always with DoubleTree service you are greeted with your warm cookie! Some of the rooms here come with a balcony, perfect for enjoying the warm weather I’m not used to at home.

What to do:

Game of Thrones Walking Tour – Game of Thrones used many places in the city of Girona for filming.  Most of these are free with only the baths costing for entry.  But at 2 euros it won’t be breaking the bank.

Enjoy crepes and ice cream from Gelateria Labombonera – The number 1 rated desert place in Girona.

Barcelona is just a 90 minute train journey from Girona with tickets around 11 euros each way.

Where to stay in Barcelona:

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Occidental Atenea Mar Adults only is right on the beach.  I’ve previously stayed in a Barcelo hotel and love the adults only atmosphere.  Occidental Atenea Mar – Adults Only offers bright, functional rooms, many with views of the city or sea. They include a minibar, a free safe and a private bathroom with amenities.

What to do:

Hop on hop off bus tour with Grayline.  As you can tell with previous posts I’m a huge fan of the Grayline tours.  Without much time in a city they’re the perfect way to take in as much as possible.

Explore Barcelona from the double-decker bus. You can get on and off as many times as you wish to discover Barcelona’s charms at your own pace

  • The Barcelona Cathedral represents the beauty of the Gothic Catalan art and has a magnificent Cloister in which thirteen white geese are kept.
  • La Rambla is the most known city’s promenade that takes from Canaletes to Monument a Colom passing through the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Mercat de la Boqueria.
  • Sagrada FamíliaPark GüellLa Pedrera and Casa Batlló are the jewels of the Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí.
  • Tibidabo shows off about being the best lookout of Barcelona. The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor and the Theme Park add their appeal to this mountain’s charm.

Ice Barcelona

Icebarcelona has become an absolute must see of the Catalan capital ever since it opened in November of 2007.

The bar is the first ice bar in the world to be located right on the beach! This exceptional locale consists of an ice lounge, complete with elaborate ice sculptures and a terrace, perfect for an al fresco cocktail in front of the Mediterranean Sea.

The average visit lasts 45 minutes and includes a jacket, gloves and a cocktail, which comes served in a glass, sculpted from ice, of course. Once you’re shivering (with fun) you can warm up and relax on the terrace.

My visit to the cities was very quick and I’m sure I’ve missed out on much to see.  Do you have any recommendations on things to see in Catalonia?

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