I have stayed in the vibrant city of Barcelona on many occasions, usually prior to embarking a cruise ship from its port, however, it is also ideal for a short break. There is always a buzz about this city with great shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets.
It is a great city for people watching while sitting with some excellent tapas and a cool beer or glass of wine. Barcelona is a very “walkable” city, and its Metro system is very user friendly for getting to the main tourist attractions such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and the Montjuic Park.
I have twinned this favourite with another which is just a 30-minute train journey along the coast from Barcelona – the beautiful, picturesque seaside town of Sitges 😊 Sitges is a maze of narrow streets with a myriad of fantastic shops and places to eat. It has a spectacular seafront which is dominated at one end by the pink stone church of Sant Bartolome and which is the scene for a truly epic fireworks display every August. Sitges is a very chic resort and a leisurely stroll the beautiful seafront promenade will take you past some spectacular villas with million-pound price tags – it is nice to dream! The town can be quite busy in the summer months; however, I have also visited around Christmas time and it is very relaxing – another great people watching opportunity.