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BARCELONA STYLE DIARY | WHAT I PACKED FOR A SUMMER CITY BREAK

BEACH LIFE...

‘Ola’ Espania the things I love most, the weather and vermouth fueled lunch’s, the late dinners, the Spanish Tomato Bread and Catalonia way of life! I haven’t been to Spain since last July and I was so excited to explore the city, culture and nightlife scene!

DAY 1

Siesta Summer of Love, Sun & Sangria

Wearing my favourite Topman swimsuit and a few of my favourite summer accessories:

such as my favourite shorts from Uniqlo

Scroll along into the Siesta mood & Summer Style gazing.

Men's Resort Wear

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

My favourite Men’s Watch – I have been wearing it both on the Beach and at Sporting Events this Summer

at Henley Royal Regatta and on the beach. Here are some Mid-range & high street pieces:

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Floral Printed Swimshorts: Topman / Nato Strap Army Field Men’s Watch: Henley Boutique / Oversized Acetate Frame Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

DAY 2

2nd day in Barcelona started with -29 degrees C

My outfit was all about smart casual, comfortable soft shirting and statement pants.

Please, take a moment and admire the scenery: “Siesta Dream” – let’s all imagine this is the ideal summer situation

The day ended with a sumptuous dinner and cocktails at W Hotel Eclipse Bar

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Oxford buttoned down Shirt & Pants by Polo Ralph Lauren

DAY 3

Next day my Style Influencer buddy for the day Nadeshda coordinated for a Resort Vacation Look

Today I wore a full High Street Look with my signature favourite Prada Sunglasses

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Men's Resort Wear Ideas

Faded printed T-shirt: River Island / Tailored fit Seersucker Shorts: Uniqlo / Rectangular Acetate Frame Sunglasses: Prada Eyewear

Hope you enjoyed my Barcelona Vacation Style Lookbook

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STREET STYLE IN BARCELONA

The chic seaside capital has never been so influential. Colour this summer season played a integral role in the outfits of the Catalonia Street Style Stars along with ample prints. From flounced maxi skirts to pastel hues are made for clashing with interesting prints. Check out this simple elegant ensemble worn by the locals and follow the example of it’s BCN residents.

A CITY GUIDE TO BARCELONA | TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE CATALONIA CAPITAL IN SUMMER

Discover the best tourist attractions, where to stay to local culinary cuisine and culture scene.

Things to do in Barcelona

Feel like a local and experience vermouth fuelled lunches, late dinners that extend into late night evening drinks til the early hours – take in the picturesque views of the Gaudi trail

Welcome to Barcelona the cosmopolitan capital situated in the Catalonia region of Spain renowned of its fabled architecture to impressive art scene. It’s laid back culture by the seaside makes it one of Europe’s coolest destinations to visit during the summer months from Trendy hotels, tourist attractions to restaurants.

Each year Barcelona attracts millions of visitors making its Europe’s top destination for holiday makers and international tourism for fantastic weather to rich cultural heritage. It’s also home to Barcelona F.C for those fans interested in Football.

Upon visiting the city you will find many attractions, sites to landmarks in and around Barcelona, but where should you start. I’ve put together a guide of the best things to do including must see tourist attraction’s and other places to make the most of your summer vacation.

WELCOME TO BARCELONA

I decided to head out town for some last minute sun. Care to join me for a short city break to catch some rays and do a bit of sightseeing. Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan city in Spain with fantastic shopping, tourist attractions to a thriving nightlife scene. It’s unique architecture, culture and history is definitely a must see to explore all this city has to offer including its landscape and beautiful scenery. During my visit I share with you some of my favourite places in this cosmopolitan city.

Things to do in Barcelona

Here are my local insider tips on where to eat, stay and drink for Top Things to do in Barcelona this Summer. If you enjoy warm weather, amazing food and cultural diversity this is the place for you to live the real Catalan lifestyle, leisure sports and fine cuisine. Head to Barcelona’s Chiringuito bars to experience some of the best beach parties in the city.

Things to do in Barcelona

Live the real Catalan lifestyle, leisure sports on the beach and taste local culinary cuisine

Things to do in Barcelona

Things to do in Barcelona

Things to do in Barcelona

Take a picturesque walk along to the highest point of the city on the Gaudi trail to experience the best panoramic views of the city is the most exhilarating experience once you reach the top – take a moment to appreciate the Barcelona skyline on a warm sunny afternoon

Things to do in Barcelona

Things to do in Barcelona


Check out the nightlife scene at the W HOTEL’S Eclipse Bar on the Top Floor


The infamous W Hotel is situated along the city’s main coastline stretch of beach and host pool parties in the evenings especially on weekends catering to an international discerning clientele is the best place for people watching and a late night rendezvous at The Eclipse Bar in the top floor of the hotel.

Things to do in Barcelona

Check out the Designer Boutiques in the Gothic quarter of El Borne.

For designer shopping this is your one stop destination to finding all the style you need under one neighborhood where you can find most of the mainstream stores with no shortage of designer outlets..

PARK GUELL

To experience the highest point of the city’s altitude in Barcelona I highly recommend taking a hike up to Park Guell and take in the views of the vast landscape. Once you reach the top expect to find allot of souvenir market stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to costume jewelry which make great gifts. The Gaudi Building is also found here and is open to the public as a Museum celebrating the Architects life and home.

Things to do in Barcelona

PARC DE LIBERINTO DE HORTA

The Labyrinth Park in Barcelona is the most intriguing place to visit just North of Barcelona on the Metro line which houses The Torre Soberana an old 14th century country estate with beautiful Tudor gardens..

Get lost in the maze if you fancied taking a wonder exploring the city’s historic culture. It’s Barcelona’s oldest garden by Architect Elies Rogent. Although I did come across a high fashion editorial shoot which was happening during my visit to this famous historical landmark.

Things to do in Barcelona

BARCELONETA BEACH

The beach is where all the action happens similar to that of Venice Beach Los Angeles where the beautiful people flock as Barcelona has a community of working fashion models in the city working out in the beach gym. A range of leisure sports are available including paddle boarding and places to eat and drink along the promenade known as the Chiringuito Bars such as Moma and Budha Beach is a great dining experience on the sand.

SARGADA FAMILIA

The beautiful church in the heart of the city is something very special to admire Sargada Familia’s Gothic architecture and stained glassed windows is truly a remarkable experience to appreciate Barcelona’s rich cultural history. It reminds of the Duomo Cathedral in Milan also very beautiful inside.

Things to do in Barcelona

Discover a taste of culture through cuisine

JOANET BAR RESTUARANT

This charming little restaurant found in the Old Town of Barcelona known as the El Born quarter is within 5 mins walk of the Arc Monument where you can sample the best authentic local Spanish Cuisine. The fresh Sea Bass is my favorite and they have a selection of great wine too. It’s great value for money and I visited this place quite frequently if I ever happened to drop by the neighborhood to meet friends.

 

Things to do in Barcelona

The food here at Joanet is by far one of my favoutrite spots to dine alfresco outside during the summer with a glass of Sangria or Rioja to watch the day go by. Ever heard of Spanish Tomato Bread? then try this Catalonia delicacy is often used as a starter with main meals is created with the following ingredients of garlic cloves, fresh ripened tomatoes seasoned with sea salt and extra virgin olive. This in same ways can be compared to the Italian tomato bruschetta.

Things to do in Barcelona

Make Joanet your first stop to sample local cusine in Barcelona.

I will definitely be back on my next visit to Barcelona because I really enjoyed the freshly prepared seafood here and the atmosphere is great here I can’t recommend it enough, so please check it out next time you’re in town and let me know what you think?

Things to do in Barcelona

THE EL BORNE QUARTER FOR ITS RESTAURANTS AND LATE NIGHT BAR LOUNGES

A variety of trendy bars on the corner of El Born with delicious food and great vibes has the most amazing selection of cocktails including some venues that have live music some nights and open til late.

I just found out that the city host Barcelona Fashion Week known as 080 Barcelona where international designers Desigual and Custo Barcelona showcase their new fashion collections on the runway. I hope you enjoyed reading about my recommendations for top things to do in Barcelona. What do you think so far?

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in.  I was on vacation in Barcelona so this a personal review only and not sponsored trip. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.