Barcelona has to be one of my most favourite European cities to visit on a weekend. The journey is short and it can be made on a cheap airline to save on costs.
I have visited Barcelona a few years ago and I knew from my previous trip that we should stay as close to La Rambla as we can in order to enjoy people watching whilst having a lovely meal on the avenue. La Rambla has numerous little restaurants serving fantastic Spanish tapas.
There is also an amazing market selling fruits and cooked food all laid out in their wonderful and colourful array. It is truly a feast to your eyes and will surely prompt your saliva glands to go on overdrive.
And off La Rambla are many side streets, with shop signs poking out and hints of interesting shop fronts tempting you to explore further onwards. Out hotel for the weekend was located on such a side street. The cobble stone street was narrow and inaccessible to cars. The frontage of the hotel was unremarkable but once you have enter the reception, the area expands out and there is even an indoor courtyard. I loved our room with the French window opening out to the small balcony overlooking the street below.