Little did I know when I trained from Malaga to Barcelona in December 2012 I was about to fall in love with one of Europe's most unsung cities.
|Malaga Railway Station|
|Hotel's cool dryer|
|Great Architecture - opposite hotel|
You might have noticed that we visited in the winter- we usually travel during our Christmas holidays as it is an ideal time to visit Europe. Gone are the summer crowds and the hotel prices are very reasonable. The weather was cool but not too cold (caveat - I love cold weather). The Christmas markets are open we bought a pooping Christmas log - a rather strange Catalan tradition.
Okay the first thing we did when we were there was to visit one the top-rated tapas bars on Trip Advisor - Anem de Tapes. It was expensive and pretty remarkable but what was more fascinating was that it took us
|Hubby and a great mural/|
At night there is the decorative and fun Magic Fountain which has a laser light show. Another great park to visit is Parc de la Ciutadella - with its Cascada -- great to stroll through or to simply sit and watch the world go by. We are boring old folks and so after a day's sightseeing, at night we simply wanted to collapse in bed so we would be up early and out and about. Also remember on Sunday most of the shops will be shut, it is a Catholic country.
One thing you must try is the super large meringues with hazelnuts. I had one everyday they fill a hand - are wonderful because meringue and nuts would have to be one of my favourite ever combinations. Here is a photo taken from another website.
I was dumb enough not to take a photo - this one doesn't give an idea of how big they are...Oh and they're cheap. Holiday is a time you can eat meringues for breakfast, right?
Before you go - make sure to read Carlos Ruiz Zafon's trilogy set in Barcelona and track your way around the city--at least read The Shadow of the Wind. It's a great detective thriller.
I am officially in love with Barcelona and would definitely live there if I could.