I think I deleted my opening sentences like 10 times because there aren’t actual words to describe the beauty and culture that comes with a trip to Barcelona. Bear with me here y’all…
During our Eurotrip, my friend and I just HAD to hit up Spain and Barcelona was on both of our bucket lists, so it was a no-brainer to basically plan our trip around this city! From the food to the culture to the architecture, Barcelona had it all, and I came back with a million tips and recommendations. Check out the highlights from our three-day getaway:
You absolutely cannot visit Barcelona without visiting Sagrada Familia, the unfinished church designed by Gaudi himself. This stunning building offers tours and you’ll be able to roam inside and take as many photos as you desire. Pro tip: make sure to book a time slot to be let in! They will not let you in a minute sooner – but don’t worry, if you’re early to Sagrada, there are plenty of restaurants nearby to grab some cava or a snack!
If you are wanting some great people watching, head to Las Ramblas, a booming neighborhood that boasts restaurants, shops, markets, and of course – gorgeous architecture. You can easily spend a few hours here and it’s a fantastic Insta spot.
You HAVE to check out La Boqueria, Barcelona’s largest market located in Las Ramblas. They have everything from seafood, to meats, to candies, to alcohol – you will be pleasantly overwhelmed and leave completely stuffed.
Catedral de Barcelona
As you might have guessed, Barcelona is home to some of the most impressive architecture in the world. The centuries-old Catedral de Barcelona is no different. These photos don’t do it justice.
Take a stroll in Park Güell if you’re looking for a relaxing, yet beautiful, adventure. From gorgeous foliage, to amazing architecture designed by Gaudi, Park Güell is truly a place to take in the culture and beauty that Barcelona offers. You can purchase tickets to enter some of the buildings, but we opted not to and had an amazing time.
Head to the Sea
Barcelona sits right on the Mediterranean Sea and you’d be remiss to skip out on seeing the beautiful beaches! We went on a fairly dreary evening and still were able to enjoy the views.
Arc de Triomf
Again – more beautiful architecture. Arc de Trimof is a stunning structure that is over 120 years old and was built as a main entrance to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. You’ll cross under it to enter into Ciutadella Park.
Make sure to read the placards that discuss the fascinating history of the arch – you’ll be impressed!
Where to eat (besides EVERYWHERE):
Brunch and Cake by the Sea
Guys. Just go here. It’s still one of the best brunches I’ve ever had.
Oh, and they serve everything on weird “plates.” You seriously cannot go wrong.
Looking for something sweet while you’re wandering around? Head to La Escribe, an adorable and DELISH pastry shop in Las Ramblas.
Cava and cheese – what more can you ask for? El Chigre is a super cute wine bar perfect for late night sips.
Sit at the bar and make friends – it’s a perfect place to chat with locals.
If you are looking for delicious tapas and impeccable service, look no further than Caputxes in El Born. Fresh veggies, grilled seafood, and incredible meats make up the massive tapas menu – and everything is phenomenal.
Oh…and cava for days.