Next Stop: Barcelona

I am

very

excited to announce that I have booked flights and a hotel for a trip to Barcelona. My boyfriend and I will be heading there for 4 days at the beginning of September and I am already finding it hard to contain my excitement.

As we are flying with a budget airline and only taking hand luggage (if this is a BIG mistake can somebody please tell me

now

), I can't afford to waste valuable space. Therefore, instead of investing in a guide book, I'm hoping that I can find all the information that I will need from the internet and from you, my wonderful readers and fellow bloggers.

There are some things that I 100% know that I will want to do when in Barcelona.

1. Experience

Gaudi's Barcelona

. I'm probably most excited about seeing La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo and La Padrera.

2.

Las Ramblas

.

3.

La Boqueria Market

.

4. Explore the

Gothic Quarter

.

5. Hit the

beach

.

The above are, I think, pretty straight forward.

However, there are some other things I definitely want to enjoy but will need a bit of guidance...

1.

Sipping cocktails

. Are there any specific bars that should not be missed? Perhaps somewhere has a must-try signature cocktail or an amazing view?

2.

Eating amazing food

. I will probably be filling my tummy mostly with Tapas and fresh seafood and while I know that there will be an abundance of restaurant and cafes everywhere, are there any that really stand out in terms of quality/service/value for money?

3.

A spot of shopping

. Other than an inevitable trip to Zara, I would like to find some lovely shops and markets.

4.

Salvador Dali Museum

. I have heard that this is quite a way out of Barcelona but perhaps you have been there or know someone that has and can let me know if it's worth the trip?

5.

Exploring

. Are there any areas/streets that should not (or perhaps should!) be avoided?

6.

Nightlife

. Any suggestions of where to head after dinner would be much appreciated.

If anyone can answer any of my queries or recommend any blogs that feature a trip to Barcelona, I would love to read them!

Thank you lovelies!