I went to Barcelona last week with all the good intentions of finally getting to a bar, on the beach and having a good old party. However yet again my body decided that wasn't to be and bestowed me with a horrible cold on the morning of my flight.(I'm also blaming Luke who had the cold before we left and he gave it to the cat too, poor mite). So I wasn't quite in the stay up until 4am kinda mood believe it or not. We'd booked a couple of experiences for some of the evenings whilst we were there luckily so it kept us occupied and allowed fairly early nights (well, midnights) to help the recovery.
1.Food Lover Picoteo Tour
You'll remember my love of the Food Lover tapas tour here, and the team there have just added this tour to their offerings. At 57€ each it's a cheaper way of exploring the culinary side of Barcelona vs the full on tapas tour, and takes you across 5 bars and restaurants to try their pinchos and some tapas dishes. I'll be doing a more in depth post so won't spoil it for now, but it's one of my must do's if you want to explore a bit of the foodie side of Barcelona.
2. Cocktails with a View
My favourite building in Barcelona is La Pedrera. So what better way to start the Barcelona evening than with a frozen cocktail overlooking it!? This was our hotel bar – Alaire at Hotel Condes de Barcelona. With views like this is gets full quite quickly with the after work crowd, or with shoppers looking for a rest break. Cocktails are around the €15 mark but the views are well worth taking that trip.
3. Rooftop Music and Martinis
I was determined to finally visit Casa Battló another of Gaudi's masterpieces, whilst in Barcelona this time. We booked on the Magic Nights Tour which gains you access to the audio visual tour of the house for an hour followed by 2 drinks and live music (€39 each). This varies by night and we saw Monica Green who is a r&b, soul and Motown singer. Right up my street and the rain held off to allow us to enjoy it!
4. Musical Magic Fountains
Again this is something I've always missed as even in peak summer the fountains are only on from 9.30pm to 10.30pm Wednesday's to Sunday's. When we visited last May it was only Thursday to Saturday so never got to see them! It's free and there are different shows throughout the hour to different music, if you get there early, set up a picnic and watch the sun set and the fountains start.
So as you can see we still managed to busy ourselves whilst there and if you're thinking of visiting Barcelona hopefully this has been of some use, let me know, or if you've already been what your fave thing to do in the evening is!