Spain is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Each day I would walk along the streets of Barcelona and I’d find myself staring up at each building and the beautiful architecture that entailed them. The beaches were filled with locals and tourists exercising, enjoying a great meal, swimming in the sea and playing beach games. The restaurants were amazing and I was absolutely in love with their culture.
My first stop in Barcelona was the Gothic Quarter. It was so amazing that I wanted to go there everyday during my stay. What amazed me the most is how old the Quarter is but they fit so many restaurants and stores there. Every little turn that you make, there’s something else to see there. My absolute favorite restaurants in the Quarter were La Bona Sort, Milk, and The Benedict Barcelona. It’s definitely a must visit!
I had this great idea on day 2 that we would do the “touristy things.” I was a little upset that when we took a cab up to Park Güell, I was told that you have to pre-purchase tickets in order to go into the park. So if you plan on visiting there, be sure to visit the website to get your tickets first! We were able to walk around the park and it was beautiful with great views of the city.
For an Instagram worthy photo, visit the Arco de Triunfo. This arc was built in 1888 as the gate for the Barcelona World Fair. Also, worth visiting is the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. It’s a group of beautiful buildings that has closed as a running hospital and is now a museum with great history.
Arguably one of the most famous people to have lived and worked in Spain was Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi is famous for many of his architectural works throughout the city. The most famous in Barcelona is Sagrada Familia. Gaudi began working on the cathedral in 1883. He worked on it until he died in 1926. The cathedral is still under construction to this day. Gaudi lived in the Casa Battlo. He remodeled this home and considered it one of his masterpieces. You can buy tickets at the door to explore this home or purchase in advance on the website. There may be a bit of a line depending on when you visit, but it’s a guided tour and the line moves quickly. Across the street from Casa Battlo is another unique work of art built by Gaudi, La Pedrera. There is beautiful rooftop sculptures and on the weekends, live jazz music. You must also purchase tickets at the door in order to explore this building as well.
We stayed at the W Hotel in Barcelona and I highly recommend it. It sits right on the beach with private beach access, two pools , one of them being an infinity rooftop pool and many bars and restaurants located throughout. Its walking distance to many of the sights to see in Barcelona.
Some great restaurants you will love are Patagonia Beef & Wine, Benzina Restaurant and El Foro Restaurant.