Friday started at 2:30am with a conversation between me and Hannah that probably didn't make ANY sort of sense. I don't even remember what was said. Tea was consumed and we hit the road at 3, I was kinda hoping that we'd get to see the sun come up... but it was predictably cloudy! We got breakfast in the airport - did you know that Starbucks do bacon rolls? So. Good. Also, if you're ever in Luton airport and are confused about where to get the plastic bags from for liquids - its the massive orange machine by the stairs. Which took us way longer to spot than it should have done! The flight was good (if you exclude us both feeling like our ears were going to explode) and when we walked off the plane it was warm. WARM! So we were pretty much immediately happy. There was some slight panicking when we couldn't find our hotel transfer, but it turned out that the company just has a different name in Spain. Helpful that!
|Our balcony had the sun all afternoon and evening. Perfect|
We were the last people to be dropped off, it was nice to get an idea of the town we were staying in but we were both a bit impatient to get checked in and get out exploring! We basically booked the cheapest holiday we could find... so the hotel being lovely was an unexpected surprise! We checked in, ditched our bags + headed straight for the beach. After the obligatory ice cream we wandered up to the main streets to have a browse. I've never seen somewhere with so many little shops, especially places to eat! You could literally stay there for months and never eat at the same place twice. Our pre-holiday googling had left us with the impression that there wasn't much to do around the hotel, so, SO wrong. We spent most of Friday afternoon and a good chunk of Sunday just browsing the hundreds of little shops that were about.
|There was SO much food. Everywhere.|
|You have to see this to 'get it' - just isn't the same from a picture.|
We spent a good couple of hours in the afternoon in the Parc de la Ciutadella, chilling out and wandering about. It was pretty surreal to lie in a park, surrounded by palm trees watching bright green parrots fly over. If you're ever in Barcelona its definitely worth checking out - the Cascada is absolutely beautiful! There's also a zoo in the park which some post-trip googling has informed me was the home of the only known albino gorilla! (Just a little fun fact there...) We headed back in the early evening to get dinner in Calella + avoid missing the last train. Maybe we didn't see all of the 'typical' tourist attractions, and maybe we missed some really cool stuff. If I'm honest though? I would much rather wander around a new city getting a feel for the place than charge around at 100 miles an hour just to check things off a sightseeing list. There's tons more to see though, and I most definitely want to go back!
|Chilling under Palm trees. As you do.|
|A random spot of shade.|
|THE best pizza.|
|A candle camera. So cool!|
P.S - Did you see the giveaway?