The first time I ever really went on a city break was to Barcelona on a university society trip for 3 days. It was a beautiful city and is one of the only cities in Europe with a beach.
The trip was mainly filled with sight seeking, wandering and relaxing and was really enjoyable. On the first afternoon/evening of the trip we went on a bus tour of the city which was good to get our bearings, we saw a number of monuments some of which we went on to visit. On the tour we stopped off at the harbour which was really pretty and the sun was setting as we walked around. We came across the central street in the city by chance walking back from the harbour which is known as Las Ramblas. The street was really long and was full of shops, bars and restaurants on both sides it was busy with local people selling from stalls but had a nice atmosphere.
On the trip we stayed in St Cristopher’s hostel and it was surprisingly modern and comfy. Close by on the map we found the Sagrada Familia and Park Guelle both of which we visited. The Sagrada Familia was a beautiful cathedral with huge colourful stained glass windows, we went on a tour and walked up to the roof and got a great view of the city! Park Guelle was also beautiful, it was up hill and full of art work and benches, it over looked the city and looked amazing on a sunny day.
The things which stood out to me the most on this trip were the amount of bikes and motorbikes parked on the pavements, tapas which I tried for the first time, the size of the Hard Rock Cafe and the pretty sunsets.