The highlight of our short stay in Barcelona was the Flamenco dinner show.
We had a little trouble finding the place – tucked away in El Poble Espanyol de Barcelona – a delightful Spanish display village built for an exhibition in 1929, which, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, was never meant to be permanent – but proved so popular that it remained.
Running late (what, us?) we were grateful for the help of a kindly gentleman who not only pointed out the village entrance, but actually escorted us to the venue, and we were quickly shown to our table.
Stage-side seating put us right in the action, and the Tapas meal was delicious and plentiful.
I liken Flamenco dancing to fireworks – lots of noise and energy and excitement.
The passion and intensity were electric and I enjoyed every minute.
The encouragement of clapping, shouts and singing from the rest of the crew as each dancer took their turn was infectious.
It’s the sort of memory that makes you smile when you think about it.
Afterwards, we took the opportunity to explore a little of the village…
and browse around some of the fascinating shops and their vast array of arts and crafts.
On the way back to the car we stopped for a hilltop view of Barcelona.
And heading off we drove past the nearby Magic Fountain of Montjuic – obviously a very popular tourist spot.
In fact this whole area of Montjuic and the Plaça d’Espanya would be well worth adding to your Barcelona itinerary.
With no maps in the car and no GPS either (when the iPhone battery died), we got a little lost heading back to the hotel. But when we passed some familiar landmarks (thanks to our trekking around on foot earlier that day) which confirmed that we were in the general vicinity we nabbed a rare parking spot and walked the rest of the way back to the hotel.
All in all, a great night – and I think you can probably tell by the volume of posts I have done on Spain that we loved it. I guess it doesn’t get as big a rap as France, but Spain certainly has a lot to offer and I have a feeling it won’t be the last time we visit – especially when we can simply drive down from our house in central France! Love it!