Last week my wife and I visited Barcelona for a few days of sunshine.
Our hotel was the Melia Sky and as our room was on the 29th (top) floor, we enjoyed stunning views of the city.
Watching Suarez, Neymar and Messi was an amazing experience
We like to cram in as much as we can on our short breaks, so we hired a scooter to nip around the city.
With a population of over 1.5 million, Barcelona is a sprawling metropolis. But essentially it’s laid out on a grid and is fairly easy to navigate.
Many roads alternate with a one-way traffic system and with seemingly endless sets of traffic lights, it became apparent that Barcelona is a very safe place to drive or ride a scooter.
It is a must for any tourist to visit Sagrada Familia, the fairytale church designed by Antoni Guadi.
Though classed as Neo-Gothic, Gaudi’s style is very much in tune with Art Nouveau.
Barcelona were playing Valencia at home on the Saturday and our hotel concierge managed to get us tickets, which was a coup as this was a big game with the teams placed 1st and 4th in La Liga.
As we neared the ground on our scooter, the noise of the fans singing could be heard from several blocks away.
With a seating capacity of over 99,000 Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Spain and Europe and there was hardly an empty seat in the house.
The fans were very vocal, but I must say that the acoustic qualities of the ground, an open bowl, do them no justice.
The Fratton Park faithful could definitely rival them for noise and atmosphere!
That said, watching Suarez, Neymar and Messi was an amazing experience, especially as Messi scored his 400th goal for Barcelona.
We had just enough time to ride from the ground to our hotel, change and catch a taxi to Via Veneto, a Michelin-starred family-owned restaurant.
They make the most amazing crepe suzette and boast a cellar of over 10,000 bottles of wine – enough even for Mrs Cameron!
Our last day was one of relaxation, catching some rays on the sandy beach.
Would you believe my luck, a ladies’ beach volleyball team set up and started playing right next to me!
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Antiques expert John appears on TV shows including Cash In The Attic and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and also runs Nesbits auction house in Southsea. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (023) 9229 5568.