My initial trip to Spain was underwhelming to say the least. Pamplona and Zaragoza were not impressive in my eyes and while the food in Barcelona was incredible, it felt like too much of a party town for my liking (yes, I’m old). But I have since returned to Barcelona and the food won me over once again, not to mention Gaudi’s stunning art work and architecture, and Madrid’s history and museums are fascinating. So my view of Spain is changing and I will return with an open mind in the near future.
- 5 Great Day Trips from Barcelona
- A Sunny Afternoon in Banyoles
- Visiting Cadaques on the Costa Brava
- An Egyptian Temple in Madrid
- A Weekend in Madrid
Where to Stay
On my 3 visits to Barcelona I stayed at the Ibis Meridiana. It’s not right in the centre of Barcelona but it’s close to the metro and is in a safe, quiet area plus there is free on-street parking. Being located next to factory outlet shops for Desiguel and Diesel shoes doesn’t hurt either. Yes, the Ibis is basic but the Meridiana is cheap and newly renovated so I definitely recommend staying there. You can book this or other Accor hotels here.
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