A Weekend in Barcelona, Spain
April is a month full of travel for us! I have always wanted to go to Barcelona so after talking Daniel into it we were off! We were super excited even though the trip started off on the wrong foot. First, I forgot to print our parking ticket, then I lost my phone going through security, and finally, I flew us into the wrong stinking airport! Gah! Eventually, we made it the beautiful city of Barcelona. Our Airbnb was right off the famous La Rambla which is a huge walking street with beautiful old buildings, tons of stores, and restaurants lining it.
Saturday: A Weekend in Barcelona, Spain
Our first full day we woke up super early and rode the subway across town to Park Guell. In true European fashion, Barcelona operates on a late morning, late night schedule. So I’m almost positive we were the only humans up and going at 8 am! We basically had the entire park to ourselves. It was a cloudy day with off and on drizzles so that wasn’t fun, but we still enjoyed everything.
Park Guell is basically a garden park with interesting architecture from Gaudi. I loved the designs as they were so different from anything else we have seen in Europe so far. I also loved loved loved the tile mosaics!
Next, we took a cab to the Temple of the Sacred Heat– also known as Temple of Tibidabo. Due to our early bird nature, the dang place wasn’t even open yet! While we didn’t get to go in, we still had the place to ourselves and enjoyed the views over the entire city of Barcelona.
Next, we headed back down the mountain and headed to the hauntingly beautiful Sagrada Familia.
This is my favorite church I have ever seen. My biggest regret is that we didn’t go in! I’m not sure why we didn’t book tickets ahead of time and once we got there the crowds where INSANE. We decided to just get food and stare up at it instead. The people watching was also quite enjoyable.
We spent the rest of the day wandering up and down the La Rambla and weaving our way through the Gothic quarter.
The Gothic Quarter is a beautiful maze of allies filled with shops, bars, and restaurants.
For dinner, we enjoyed paella, tapas, and sangria. We totally fell into a tourist trap, but I’m not mad about it! I mean…who could be mad with that amount of sangria and a cool straw like that?
After a nap, we hit the streets again so that we could explore some of the local bars. First, we went to Sub Rosa Cocktail Bar then, L’Asendor which was very cool because you have to enter through an old elevator (hints the name). The drinks, food, service, and atmosphere were all very cool. I recommend both bars to anyone planning their trip!
Sunday: A Weekend in Barcelona, Spain
Our next day in Barcellona we soaked up the sun at the beautiful stretches of beach front! Aside from dodging the nude beaches, we enjoyed hours of just sitting, eating, and napping!
Our last adventure of the day included a visit to Montjuic Castle! We got lucky because we arrived on Sunday after 3 so it was totally free!
Our first experience in Spain was a great one and I have already booked another flight back to the gorgeous country!
Did you miss the recap of our last trip? Click here!