How I combined Travel with Football for a memorable gift

City: Barcelona
Flight Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Airline: Easyjet
Flying From: London Luton
Time of year: February 2017
Duration: 2 nights

Every year I struggle to find a great present for my Dad. He is clearly where I get my expensive taste from.

In November of this year I struck gold and found not only a great priced flight to Barcelona with Easyjet but a great deal on FC Barcelona’s website for tickets for an upcoming football match near his birthday. Combined with a great hotel rate from my friend, I’d just found myself a pretty good deal and for the first time my Dad was speechless! Success!

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We booked a return taxi from the airport with HolidayTaxis

and our hotel was about 30 minutes from the City Centre. We stayed at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel on Plau Claris. ( There are two so be sure which one you select) They have a great bar area and a great roof terrace on the 8th floor where you can spot most of Barcelona’s historic landmarks in close proximity.

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That evening, we walked ten minutes to a restaurant called Toto, they prepare your food in front of you and everything tasted divine. Think fresh fish and seafood with vegetables and other homemade ingredients.

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The next day, we headed down to Barceloneta Beach, first to the W Hotel and then a stroll down the beach towards the One Ocean Club

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The OneOcean Club you either need to be a member or have made a booking in advance. They also don’t serve food for lunch until 1pm, so make sure you ask when making reservations. It is the most beautiful setting when the sun is shining, so have your sunglasses at the ready and perhaps pretend one of the yachts in the background belong to you… ! 

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That night we headed to Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s football ground, for the La Liga game against Leganes, with an 8:45pm kick off. The ground is 20 mins away by taxi or easily accessible by the Metro. The ground is massive by all standards with 99,354 seating capacity. The atmosphere was exhilarating and to see Lionel Messi score two goals and win the match made the trip worthwhile for us two Barca fans!

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The next day we headed back to Camp Nou but for the Tour and Museum of the ground to see the astounding history behind the club, the stars that have played for the team over the years and the great managers they’ve had and of course one of the largest trophy cabinets- ever! 

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After a walk through the city, we met up with a fellow Nomadness Tribe Member, Rachel who lives in Barcelona and we visited Senyor Parellada, which is a traditional Catalan restaurant. 

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We then took a stroll back to our hotel which was a 20 minute walk from Las Rambla.

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It was pretty much time for us to pack up and head to the airport to catch our flight back to London. 

I’d definitely be back, as I didn’t get enough time to explore the cities landmarks but it was great to be somewhere warmer than England in February. 

Have you been to Barcelona? Can you recommend anywhere I must go on my next trip? 


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