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Adventures in Spain – Part Two – Barcelona

Adventures in Spain – Part Two – Barcelona

The second leg of our trip to Spain was a visit to Barcelona. Barcelona is an amazing city. We were thoroughly impressed. In my opinion, the two most incredible things to do in Barcelona were the Sagrada Familia and The Palau de la Música Catalana. You will see many pictures of both here. I also really enjoyed the cable car ride from Barceloneta to Montjuïc as it showcased an incredible view of the city.

As a side note, the first leg of our trip was to Mallorca. You can read all about our trip to Mallorca here.

If you are considering planning a trip to Barcelona (or any European city for that matter), I would HIGHLY recommend utilizing Rick Steves’ book:

Rick Steves things to do in Barcelona

We utilized his other books for Athens, Rome, and Florence…and he didn’t let us down in Barcelona either. Side note: make sure to get the most updated version as prices, hours, etc. of attractions are constantly changing. We have already purchased his “Paris” book for our upcoming trip in April. His books are a great way to figure out an appropriate length of time to spend in each city as he rates the attractions, creates “walks” to link them together and even proposes itineraries. Obviously, no amount of time is enough, but if you aren’t planning on moving to Europe, his book will certainly be worth the price!

Walking along the streets of the Old City
Walking along the streets of the Old City

We stayed at the Hotel Catalonia Square which was very close to the Plaça de Catalunya – the main hub area for the city. The hotel in particular was fabulous as it had a daily “snack” available from 2-11pm that was basically a meal. I would definitely stay there again.

Placa de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya
Placa de Catalunya
Austin in the Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya

Now onto the sights… On the first day we did some venturing around Barcelona and checked out the The Palau de la Música Catalana. This was beautiful. If we go back to Barcelona, we will definitely look into going to a concert there. Here are some pictures.

things to do in Barcelona

things to do in Barcelona

things to do in Barcelona

things to do in Barcelona

things to do in Barcelona
Austin enjoying a beer at The Palau de la Música Catalana

Next on the list of things to do in Barcelona was to visit Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece the Sagrada Familia. This was one of THE COOLEST places I have ever visited, although it is not actually completed yet. A lot of churches start to look the same after a while, but not this one! Wow. The goal completion for the Sagrada Familia is in the year 2026, but they seem to have a ways to go… definitely means Barcelona will be back on the list to finish when they do though.

Here are some still shots from this incredible basilica.

Sagrada Familia

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Here is some additional fascinating architecture from walking around Barcelona.

Church of Santa Maria del Mar
Church of Santa Maria del Mar
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Casa Amatller (left) by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Casa Batlló (right) by Antoni Gaudí in the Block of Discord on Passeig de Gràcia. Side note – this photo does these houses absolutely no justice. Please google for more incredible pictures.
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Casa Lleó Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the Block of Discord on Passeig de Gràcia.
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La Pedrera. Another Antoni Gaudí feature on the Passeig de Gràcia.
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Columbus Monument

No trip overview of things to do in Barcelona would be complete without some mention of food and drink. Our favorite stop was Tapas 24 – we actually went there twice. The sangria there was made with Lemon Fanta instead of the typical orange juice. We each had about 6 haha – yum!

Some of the drinks we tried from a bar located across from the Church of Santa Maria del Mar to get out of the rain!
Some of the drinks we tried from a bar located across from the Church of Santa Maria del Mar to get out of the rain!
I absolutely loved the gelato in Barcelona.
I absolutely loved the gelato in Barcelona.

The last full day we were in Barcelona we took a cable car from Barceloneta (the beach area) to Montjuïc. The views from the cable car were absolutely incredible.

Marina near Barceloneta
Marina near Barceloneta
View from the cable car
View from the cable car
View from the cable car
View from the cable car
View from the cable car
View from the cable car
View from the cable car
View from the cable car

Once we made it to Montjuïc, the views were incredible there as well.

View from Montjuïc
View from Montjuïc
View from Montjuïc
View from Montjuïc

We also visited Antoni Gaudí’s outdoor masterpiece – Park Güell. It was a bit of a taxi ride away (we went from one side of Barcelona to the complete opposite)… but totally worth it!

Park Güell
Park Güell
Park Güell
Park Güell

Overall, if you are looking for things to do in Barcelona – there are plenty! It was an awesome place to visit for sure. I am looking forward to going back eventually, especially to see the completed Sagrada Familia. Remember – if you are planning your own trip, you should definitely do it it with the help of Rick Steves’ book. Grab it here. Happy travels!

 

Currently reading: “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne

Currently listening to: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Adventures in Spain – Part One – Mallorca

Adventures in Spain – Part One – Mallorca

If you have read any of the recent posts, you know that we have really been looking forward to our trip to Spain. We snagged some awesome flight deals from Delta and got roundtrip tickets for < $500. We decided we wanted to not spend too much time traveling around and so we split the trip between just two places, Mallorca and Barcelona (read all about the Barcelona here). We had a slight hiccup on the way out with an emergency landing in Detroit causing a missed connection, a reroute to Mallorca, and delayed luggage arrival of ~30 hours.

Awaiting takeoff
Awaiting takeoff

Those things did cause a change in plans but it didn’t keep us from having a blast.

Mallorca is an island off of the coast of Spain and it is part of Spain. If you are planning to visit, it seems like a fantastic place to bring children, renting a car was a great way to see a significant part of the island in not much time, and it was rather inexpensive since it was off-season. This is definitely a place we plan to return to in the summer and maybe with kids… (do not expect an announcement any time soon).

Mallorca is circled in red
Mallorca is circled in red

Our plans for our first day originally included hiking in the Serra de Tramuntana but we decided to drive around instead and probably saw a lot more than we would have otherwise. So oh well, we can hike at home, right? We spent the second day wine tasting at two different vineyards and touring around some other areas we hadn’t visited the first day. Here are some pictures from this leg of the trip.

Picture of Port de Pollença from Alcúdia, Mallorca
Picture of Port de Pollença from Alcúdia, Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
View from our drive through Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
View of our drive through Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Sunset in Palma de Mallorca
Sunset in Palma de Mallorca

 

Sunset in Palma de Mallorca
Sunset in Palma de Mallorca

 

Windy sunset in Palma de Mallorca
Windy sunset in Palma de Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

 

Port de Sóller, Mallorca
Port de Sóller, Mallorca

 

Port de Sóller, Mallorca
Port de Sóller, Mallorca

 

Port de Sóller, Mallorca
Port de Sóller, Mallorca

 

Port de Sóller, Mallorca
Port de Sóller, Mallorca

 

Port de Sóller, Mallorca
Port de Sóller, Mallorca

 

Port de Sóller, Mallorca
Port de Sóller, Mallorca

 

Port de Sóller, Mallorca
Port de Sóller, Mallorca

 

Sóller, Mallorca
Sóller, Mallorca

 

Sóller, Mallorca
Sóller, Mallorca

Thinking about visiting Mallorca yourself? I would absolutely be happy to provide more suggestions! Reach out to me at andrea@beautahfulworld.com !

 

Currently reading: “Happy Pocket Full of Money” by David Cameron Gikandi and “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne

Currently listening to: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie