Written by our special guest-writer Norma Ricaldone
It’s finally springtime: the days are longer, the sun is warmer, and the colours of nature are more fresh and vivid. Thanks to all this, it’s actually more pleasant to spend time outdoors, leaving the gloomy everyday routine locked inside your houses, offices and bedrooms.
If you temporarily want to run away from your chaotic lifestyle, and experience something outdoors, but still in the city; you should definitely go for a weekend in Barcelona, in Spain!
This city is absolutely incredible, and it offers so many things and places to go see. Indeed, between sightseeing and actual local experiences, this city is always lively and active, despite the winter season! However, spring in Barcelona is definitely something that everyone should see and live, not just for the colours and the blossoms, but for the whole atmosphere that the town offers in this specific time of the year: which is as relaxing as authentic.
During the summer period, the warm days are framed with happiness and loud screams coming from the beach; during spring, on the other hand, the air is much fresher and the seaside is almost empty. Beach-chiringuitos are still closed, but there are many other bars to go to! Honestly, would you prefer to be on an excessively crowded beach and have a bar close-by, or you’d rather have the beach all for yourself and no open bars around?
In this time of the year you can also find some pretty good deals to go to Barcelona: flights and hotel can be both relatively cheap. So what I suggest is to organise a weekend getaway in this beautiful Spanish city, and stay in a luxury hotel like the beautiful Silken Diagonal.
The position of this hotel is perfect: right next to the Torre Agbar, from which you can have an amazing view of the town. The hotel is very peaceful and quite, it’s note too close to the seaside, nor it’s too close to the centre, but if you take the underground following the red line, or even the tram, line 1, you will be in all the most popular local and touristy places in just few minutes!
Lights and sweet flavours accompany you to the entrance of the hotel. The bar and the lobby also present an explosion of colours that blend electric blue with gold and copper-shade all together.
Silken Diagonal offers different kinds of accommodation depending on the price range, the size and position of the room. Indeed, a bedroom facing Torre Agbar is more expensive than a standard room.
If you are lucky enough, you could also get a high floor, from which you will be able to admire the gigantic tower of the Sagrada Familia. Besides, the hotel doesn’t have windows, just glass walls, so the view will be spectacular.
The most fascinating thing about Silken Diagonal is the amazing rooftop terrace that allows you to have a total view of Barcelona, starting from the sea and ending on the surrounding mountains.
When you stay at the Silken Diagonal, you definitely have a drink at the bar on the rooftop terrace whilst waiting to go for dinner in one of the many traditional Spanish restaurants in town.
Besides, during the summer period it’s also possible to go for a swim in the beautiful pool positioned on the top floor of the hotel, right next to the bar.
There are many things you can do and experience in Barcelona during the springtime; in particular you could go for a romantic walk on the beach, which will probably be half deserted.
While walking on the fine sand, you can let yourself go to the soft marine breeze and to the bright colours of the sea, which tend to blend with the sky.
What else to do when in Barcelona?
Go see a concert at Palau de la Musica Catalana! This building was first built at the beginning of the 1990s, and it follows an Art Nouveau style, featuring marble columns decorated with carved flower. This place is definitely a must-visit as it’s unique, magical and wonderful.
Another interesting place you should go visit is the Boqueria market. This market is perfect for food-lovers as it sells any kind of Spanish ingredient you could think of: from Pata Negra (the most expensive ham in the world), to vegetables to fruit…
Other things to do?
Definitely go on a walk on the world famous Rambla, the main road located in the pulsating heart of the city, where all the artists gather to showcase their skills to locals and tourists.
I could actually go on for hours giving you tips on where to go, where to eat and what to see; but the best way to discover the beauty and fascination of this city is to go there and experience the atmosphere of Barcelona on first hand.
(pictures by Norma Ricaldone)