Before heading on board the Carnival Horizon two weeks ago we managed to sneak in an overnight stay in Barcelona. I’d never been to Barcelona before, I’ve booked so many fly cruises from here and talked about ‘Las Ramblas’ for years, I almost felt like I knew it like the back of my hand.
When we arrived on the Saturday the heavens opened and it continued to rain all day. We had no other option than to head into a restaurant for Tapas and then prop up the bar in the ‘Hard Rock cafe’ and drink cocktails willing for the rain to stop……if you’re a music lover like myself you can’t beat a ‘Hard Rock cafe’ guessing who all the memorabilia belonged to.
On the evening we headed off the main ‘Las Ramblas’ strip down the side streets to find a more reasonable Tapas bar and sample the local Sangria which was perfect, we even found ‘The Betty Ford’ bar which was full off life and visitors from every corner of the globe enjoying the Spanish hospitality.
The following morning we had fabulous weather so we managed to grab a few hours to explore the Gothic quarter and see the sights. The cathedral was spectacular, I could have spent hours heading down all the side streets and alleyways checking out the local produce and traditional gifts. The buskers were out in force with a Spanish guitarist sat outside the main Cathedral square, this was the perfect ending for our last few hours.
I’d definitely head back to Barcelona for a long weekend, there’s so much to explore and the atmosphere is great. If you are looking to cruise from Barcelona definitely tag on a night or two pre-cruise, you will not be disappointed. It’s worth paying the extra to get a central hotel too as you could literally walk you legs off, so it’s handy to know your beds not too far away………