We had three holidays this year. First, we spent Easter in London. This was an interesting experience of the city as tourists after having lived there for ten years. Then, taking advantage of the additional Bank Holiday for the Jubilee and Royal Wedding we spent a very varied week in Barcelona. Finally, as a surprise for my 40th birthday we spent a couple of weeks travelling around Denmark. I also had a nice long weekend walking in the Yorkshire Dales. Now we are looking forward to a week ski-ing in Italy. It’s not such a hard life!
After the success of our autumn half term trip to Berlin and Easter in London we decided to spend the summer half term in Barcelona. City breaks seem to be relatively immune to the typical ramping up of prices that you get in seaside resorts during school holidays and also provide a greater variety of things to do to keep both adults and children entertained. Barcelona managed to live up to this and more.
We stayed in a great villa around 15 minutes by FGC train to the centre of Barcelona in the hillside village of Les Planes. Staying in a villa or apartment is always more comfortable than standard hotel rooms and can work out somewhat cheaper even if you don’t need all the space offered. The villa we rented for the week was a serendipitous find on Trip Advisor but the details at this link are better. The owner, Cristina, was very helpful in answering email queries before our trip and in arranging taxis to pick us up from the airport. It was an excellent base for exploring the city while giving us somewhere peaceful to go back to at the end of the day (apart from a small drama when a couple of Wild Boar piglets got stuck on the terrace below the villa and had to be let out without letting their distressed mother come rampaging in!).