A little over a week ago I took part in a whirlwind visit to Spain’s second biggest city Barcelona, along with Capital FM, Leeds Bradford Airport, Monarch Airlines and a plane full of lucky Capital winners for 24 Hours in the Sun.
After an early start I arrived at LBA and met up with the rest of the hosts who seemed equally sleepy until the lively JoJo from Capital FM came bounding in! Her infectious energy soon got us all raring to go. After a quick pit-stop in the private departure lounge and several cups of coffee we were soon onto the plane and jetting off into the sun.
As soon as we’d arrived in Barcelona we were quickly off to the first stop on our tour of the city; the iconic Nou Camp stadium. Being a bit clueless about football, most of the memorabilia in the stadium’s museum was lost on me, but as the largest in Europe, I was blown away by the sheer scale of the stadium and the impressive facilities at the home of F.C. Barcelona. We got to spy on the Away Team’s changing rooms which featured a cosy looking team bath tub!
The next stop on our tour was at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games were held. The stadium had a bit of an eerie feel in its empty state, but it was easy to imagine it full of excitable sports fans. Further round in Montjuïc we stopped off to take in the stunning views of Barcelona city below. It was amazing to see the Sagrada Familia in the distance and all of the boats docked in the port.
After admiring the city from above, our next stop was in the heart of action; on the legendary Las Ramblas. This bustling avenue is renowned for being a melting pot of colourful stalls and street performers, and as we ambled our way up from the port end towards the Plaça de Catalunya we enjoyed taking in the sights of the flower sellers, souvenirs and ice cream in every flavour imaginable.
From the lively square at the top of the Ramblas, we were whisked off to the H10 Marina Barcelona Hotel, where we were met with a crisp glass of champagne and a selection of tempting canapés. After checking into my room which was clean, bright and modern with the biggest bed I’ve ever seen in a hotel, we headed up to the rooftop pool terrace for a cooling cocktail. It was great to see all of the winners of the Capital FM competition chilling out and getting to know one another while taking in the views of the port in the distance.
A delicious piña colada and a quick outfit change later it was time to head out for the evening. Our group was treated to a sunset catamaran cruise complete with a delectable tapas feast. The Spanish omelette was my personal highlight (but the mini chorizo burgers came pretty close!). As the sun set against an atmospheric Barcelona skyline the party was soon in full swing.
Back on dry land it was time for Team SuperBreak and all our new friends to take over a bar in the lively Port Olimpic marina. We spent the rest of the evening boogying to a brilliant live band until we all admitted defeat and sleepily shuffled back to our hotel, reluctant for our perfect day in the sun to come to an end.
The following morning after an early start and a bleary eyed breakfast it was time to get back on the coach to the airport. Rather more subdued than the morning before we were all sad it was over but after a sing along to ‘now we’ve come to the end of the road’, we were soon looking forward to next year’s adventure in the sun – wherever it will take us!
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