Lloret De Mar

On Sunday morning we drove about 40-50 minutes away to Lloret De Mar, a beachtown in Costa Brava. We had booked a hotel for a night there to have a miniholiday from the city. The hotel was just located by the beach (a 4star with halfboard included), and it looked really nice and fresh and new on the photos when we booked it, but when we went there, it was really over my expectations! It was just so cute! Nice decorations, very modern with navyblue and white colours, and the pool and the roofpool was amazing.

We stayed by the pool and in the sunbeds all afternoon and we were very lucky with the weather (as they had promised it would rain) but it was sunny most of the time and just a few clouds now and then. We walked around in Lloret de Mar by the beach and had dinner at the hotel in the evening, supernice buffet with too much to choose from and not to talk about the desserts 🙂 We ended the night with a drink by the pool and had a little walk in the centre and it was so much people out. It’s so nice to feel like a tourist for a day and re-charge your batteries for the week coming 🙂 (And the breakfast buffet was off course amazing!)

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Castelldefels

Sunday was such a nice afternoon spent in Castelldefels at the beach. My second day at the beach so far this year and even with sunfactor 30 I got a bit sunburned so I had to “cover” it with make-up 🙂 We had lunch with some friends in a beachbar and just relaxed and talked, had icecream and got tanned, really nice day 🙂

My salad was so good; goatcheese with honeyoil and it was served with blueberries and raspberries, so yummie and fresh. It gave me an idea to start make salads with berries, (not just strawberries) but blueberries really fit good with honey and salad, and not to mention raspberries and goatcheese. The others had paella which looked amazing and my boyfriend had fried squids which was supertasty with lemon..Castelldefels beach is so beautiful and so calm compared to Barcelona, I think maybe due to there is much more “space” as the sand is “wider” and with the mountain in the background it just looks very exotic.

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Playa

Yesterday was a supernice day, not to talk about the weather 🙂 I had a big dose of D-vitamin at the beach which was necessary after the past week we had with the most cold-crazy weather. My friend thought there was a little “too much” people at the beach, well, but it truly was, and it’s gonna be even more crowded in a month when the real season starts. We spent some hours in the sand talking and then we went to have some nice food at the organic wok market just beside the beach. I love their wok with rice noodles, chicken and green curry with coconutmilk, spicy and supertasty.

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In the evening me and my boyfriend went to Feria de Abril, a big event in Forum that they celebrate once a year with a lot of flamenco dancing, lots of food and activities. We just walked around eating some churros listening to the nice flamenco music 🙂

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Saturday

Yesterday we had a second tapas night and we went to Gracia which is a cute and hipp area in BCN. First we did a little tour as all shops close at 22 so I showed my favourite little “rasberryplaces” from when I used to live there but a lot has also changed so we discovered a lot of new things. We found a pinchos bar in Calle Verdi that was supercrowded but we were lucky and found 3 seats in the bar. The place was really simple with loud cuban music but with good tapas and nice service. I tried chicken skewers with guacamole and yoghurt sauce, hot shrimp with tahini sauce and grilled artichoke, patatas bravas with superspicy sauce and smoked salmon with peppers, it was all supergood. We sat there a few hours eating and had the idea to go for a icrecream as dessert but we just couldn’t eat anything else so we just walked back to the centre and had a walk to El Nacional, but it was soo crowded so we didn’t stay there. I was so sleepy so I took a taxi home and watched some TV 🙂

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Tapas night

Yesterday evening my sister and her boyfriend came to visit us in lovely Barcelona so we decided to go out and have tapas at their favourite tapas place; Cerveceria Catalana. Our meeting point was Gaudis house-Casa Batllo (easy to find) and as it is Sant Jordi on Sunday they had decorated the building with lots of red roses, it was really beautiful and lots of people around taking pictures.

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We used to eat in this tapas place a lot in the past, my family really loves the tapas they have, (I also have one of my favourite tapas in there: fried camembert on a stick covered in peanuts and marmelade), but even though it is a big place, the waiting time to get a table is always one hour (at least), so you can imagine how touristic the place really is. The lady told us it will take one hour to get a table, but in the end it almost took two hours! We were just waiting and waiting and even though I thought time went really fast it was relieving when they finally gave us a table as we were starving 🙂 We had fried chocos, patatas bravas, camembert, escalivada with goatcheese, montaditos with crab and some other salads. I think it’s a good place to try a little bit of everything without spending too much and the atmosphere is cozy. Also a plus is that they close 01.30 so as we started eating around 23 we didn’t had to eat in a hurry 🙂

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