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48 hours in Barcelona & Madrid

Saturday, 8AM: Rise and shine! My weekend started a little earlier than usual, but I have no problem waking up early if it means I’m off on a little adventure. This weekend was all about having a good time in Barcelona and Madrid with cava brand Anna de Codorníu. Bubbles, food, fashion and beautiful Spanish cities – what more can a girl want? I was ready to leave the cold Belgian weather behind and go look for some much needed sunshine.

After arriving at Barcelona airport and waiting for the rest of the blogger pack from Finland and Sweden to arrive, our first stop was Codorníu’s Cavas (read more about that visit here). This beautiful vineyard was basically a Pinterest dream come true, and luckily the weather was more than on our side that day. We enjoyed a tour of the property, devoured all the food, and enjoyed our bubbly drinks in the sun. Of course, it also served as the perfect backdrop for plenty of pretty pictures!

After a final cocktail class at the vineyard, we headed back to Barcelona to check in at our hotel Enrique Granados 83 and had some time to explore a bit of this lovely, lovely city. Time was short, so I opted to walk to Plaça de Catalunya and see what came across my path. Luckily, Barcelona is full of beautiful buildings so I spotted plenty of lovely architecture on my walk. Before getting ready for dinner later that night, I took some time to relax at the hotel and enjoyed soaking in the tub for a bit.

8.30PM: Time to eat at one of Barcelona’s new hotspots – El Bellavista del Jardin del Norte! Those who are into soccer perhaps will know that this is Messi’s new restaurant, but alas the man himself wasn’t present at the time. Besides being pretty good at that whole soccer thing, he doesn’t suck at picking his food either! Every one of the tapas that showed up on our table (and there were a lot of them) were super delicious – so of course I ate way too much, but what else is new?

Sunday, 7.30AM: Time for another early wake-up call, because we were off to Madrid that day! You can travel easily from Barcelona to Madrid by train (it takes about three hours), so we used that time to eat, sleep and take some time to get blog work done.

1PM: Hello again, beautiful Madrid! We arrived at the urban jungle that is Atocha railway station, and I was quite happy to be back here after my previous trip in October (check out my Madrid city guide if you’re planning a visit yourself). Next on our planning? More food of course! They took us for lunch at the hotel NH collection Eurobuilding, which was crazy good – we spent about three hours there, eating course after course after course. I guess this is what they call the Spanish lifestyle, ’cause we were definitely ready for a siesta afterwards. Luckily, our hotel Melià Galgos had a sunny rooftop (with no people) so yours truly took a little nap there to get ready for the next event – but not before shooting some outfit pictures first with blogger colleague Elien!

6PM: After resting up and curling my locks, it was time for Madrid Fashion Week! Anna de Codorníu is an official sponsor for this event, which means we got access to the different shows (between the extravagant Maria Ke Fisherman and a more “blingy” Custo Barcelona, the latter was definitely my favorite) and could relax and have a drink in the “Kissing Area” afterwards.

Monday, 7AM: Sadly, we were heading to the airport in a couple of hours but I wanted to get the most out of my day and do some mini-Madrid-exploring while I was there so I decided to get up bright and early. During my previous visit, I didn’t make it to Palacio Longoria – and when I saw it wasn’t too far from our hotel I immediatly knew what to do. I walked over there, took in all its beauty (or well, just the outside and the staircase since it’s not actually accessible to the public) and explored some new neighborhoods along the way. After that, it was time to head back to (rainy) Belgium – until next time Madrid!

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