Having enjoyed our last visit to Barcelona a couple of years ago, we decided to visit again.

We arrived around 3pm at our appartment, a few blocks north of the Sagrada Familia near the restored Sant Pau hospital. The appartment was nice, and we even had a view, just, of the Sagrada Familia from our Balcony.

Having checked in, we walked around town for a few hours, before having dinner and returning to the appartment. They haven't yet completed the Sagrada Familia, but I like to think they progressed since our last visit, given all the scaffolding around parts of the church.

The next day we strolled around town a little more. We visited the Joan Miro park...

...followed by the Barcelona Arena shopping centre which has a viewing platform all the way around its roof. From there we got a good view of the Place d'Espanya and the National Palace on the Montjiuc hill.

On the third day we visited the wonderfully restored hospital at Sant Pau, which is now a museum. They don't build hospitals like that anymore!

We finished the day watching a piano concert by Khatia Buniatishvili at the Palau de la Musica

On our final full day we intended to visit Tibidabo castle, so headed for the funicular. Unforuntately it was out of order, so we spent the rest of the day ambling around the area, having a lovely lunch at La Tegliatlla restaurant. Then we enjoyed some lovely views of the city from Park del Turo del Putxet a bit further along.

The next day we were off to Madrid on a high speed train.