Last month, Ed and I went back to Barcelona for a little winter weekend — my third trip there in less than a year. Even in the rain (it pretty much drizzled non-stop on this trip — rare for Barcelona!), it’s still easily one of my favourite European cities. It’s just so…charming. I love the tapas, the cava, and the architecture; Ed loves the skating; and we love that there’s a beach. It’s got it all, and it’s one of those lovely cities that you admire the most by just pottering down and around backstreets, stopping here and there for drinks and snacks.
That’s exactly what we did this time round. The rain meant the beach wasn’t all that and sadly, Ed couldn’t skate as much as he’d hoped, but he got a quick session in at MACBA, and we enjoyed meandering around the Gothic Quarter, El Born and El Raval. We stayed at two different hotels: Hotel Barcelona Cathedral, a contemporary hotel which couldn’t be better located as a central base for exploring; and Mercer Hotel, a more sumptuous and serene boutique hotel that I’ve written more about here.
We had an amazing 13-course dining experience at the Mercer restaurant, and besides that, we ate the best tapas at Bar Del Pla and El Chigre — both worth checking out. We didn’t hit up enough places on this trip to merit a full new city guide (I’ll save that as an excuse for another trip!) so instead, a visual diary…