Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Spanish Road Trip. Valencia - Barcelona

So I got the incredible opportunity to go to Barcelona and Valencia last month.. and what a trip it was. 

Starting off in Valencia we went to the Las Fallas festival which is a celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, in Spain. Here each neighbourhood of the city has an organized group of people, the Casal faller, that works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners. Each casal faller produces a construction known as a falla which is eventually burnt.We went along for the lead up which is basically a continuous party, street parties, sangria and tapas! The perfect combination! 

The midday fireworks display

With daily fireworks displays and then follow ups in the evening it was an amazing experience to see! Also we stayed in an amazing flat overlooking one of the falla - all courtesy of Air BnB

Once the party was over in Valencia we headed to Barcelona to party a little more!

A scenic train journey
Staying at the St Christophers Hostel just off Placa de Cataluyna was great, a central location and a great set up with a bar and 'break out' room which was very chic and fun!

We got to sample some amazing food and drink the first night, heading to one of the best kept secrets in Barcelona - in the nighlife borough of Barceloneta lies an incredible Cava bar where glasses were only one euro! The ChampaƱeria (www.canpaixano.com) is a tiny unmarked bar in Carrer de la Reina Cristina - you think you've entered a kebab shop - its not... more like an intense tapas bar with cava on tap. It closes at 10pm so get there early - and be sure you know a few phrases. English is not something they speak there!

Can Paixano

We then headed to to the Borne district for further Sangria before bed!

The following day was filled with tourist spots such as Park Guila and Sagrada Familia but I was still swayed by food. In the evening we went to such an incredible place - Ciutat Comtal another tapas restaurant. 

Here we had to queue for around an hour for a table... but was it worth it. Amazing service, amazing food, amazing place. With tapas lining the room as you enter you may want to take a nosedive into the bar. Please don't. We waited and got ourselves an incredible for dinner for £20 a head with wine. 

So as a whole Spain was good to me - I'm off again in September to enjoy more of its tapas delights and cannot wait!

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