Travel To | Barcelona

“In The End, We Only Regret The Chances We Didn’t Take”

One Week and I was sold. Having visited for a girls trip back in 2012, I never imagined that that ‘one week’ would lead to having the opportunity to live there for one year as part of my degree at university, and what a year that turned out to be! For anyone given the opportunity during their university life to spend a year abroad – DO IT! These chances don’t come around very often, and what better way to spend a year than exploring a different country, experiencing a new culture and making new friends.

Before I knew it, my bags were packed and off I was trawling the Spanish streets for new places to eat, new spaces to explore and new running paths to venture. Needless to say, Barcelona was the beginning of my brunch obsession – and I’m yet to find somewhere that even compares to Brunch & Cake! It’s a must for any visit to the city and I promise it won’t disappoint.

STAY


1.  The Serras
2. Cotton House Hotel
3. Hotel Neri
4. The W Hotel
5. Soho House Barcelona – Just opened in 2016!

BRUNCH


1.  Brunch & Cake – For the ultimate!
2. Federal Cafe – For the best savoury options in town – think eggs every style!
3. Picnic – For a sharing plate affair.
4. Travel & Cake – For when you can’t get a seat at sister, Brunch & Cake.
5. Milk – For the perfect hangover cure (Bloody Mary’s included)
6. Al Sur Cafe – For the need to satisfy a french toast craving!
7. The Benedict BCN – For the traditional done well!
8. Flax & Kale – For the ultimate healthy feast.

DINNER


1. El Nacional
2. Casa Lolea
3. Cuines de Santa Caterina
4. Tickets
5. Dos Palillos

DO


1. Take a picnic to Parc Guell
2. Pay a visit to the Sagrada Familia
3. Visit Casa Battlo
4. Head to Barceloneta Beach
5. Sip cocktails by the pool at The W Hotel
6. Explore El Borne (the old town)
7. Visit Camp Nou (keeps the men amongst the group happy) – try & get tickets to an FC Barca game too if you have the time!
8. Head to the beach clubs in the summer – Opium & Shoko come highly recommended but don’t head out before 2am or you’ll be the only one on the D Floor.
9. Visit the Magic Fountains

SHOP


1. For smaller hidden treasures head to El Borne and explore the small streets
2. For the best high-street brands in town ramble along Passeig de Gracia (Zara & Oysho)
3. For department store havens check out El Corte Ingles
4. Foodies or not – don’t miss a trip to El Boqueria

The Habit Hunter x

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Travel To | Sotogrande

Since I was a little girl, I have been lucky enough to spend time over the summer months at our family villa in Sotogrande. As one of the largest privately owned resorts in Spain, Sotogrande offers something for everyone. From the beautiful golf courses & polo grounds to local food & craft markets, all set amongst the stunning vistas of the Costa Del Sol. Whilst the majority of visitors tend to opt to stay in private villas, there are a few hotels in the area, making it a great option for a long weekend getaway with its situation less than 20 minutes from Gibraltar Airport.

As one of my favourite holiday destinations, it seemed only right to share my insights into the best places to stay, eat and things to do in the area.

STAY


1. Almenara Golf Club
2. NH Hotel Sotogrande
3. San Roque Suites

EAT


1. Lombardos – local family-run Italian
2. KE – situated right on the Port makes a perfect viewing spot with a wide variety of choices
3. Chambao Beach Bar – fresh fish cooked in a boat on the beach during the summer months
4. Veinteocho – a beautiful golf club restaurant with untainted views of the Almenara golf course

DO


1. Visit Trocadero Beach Club
2. Watch a Polo Match (& stay for post-match cocktails)
3. Play Golf
4. Visit the Sunday Market (10am onwards every Sunday at Puerto de Sotogrande)
5. See & Play with the Monkeys on Gibraltar Rock
6. Take a Day Trip to Tarifa

The Habit Hunter x