Barcelona is a beautiful city in Spain, in the Catalonia region, rich with culture and fun things to do. It is a really big city, but very walkable, and the highlights are easy to access with the subway system or on foot.  The weather is also fantastic, my friend and I went in January and it was a pleasant 50 degrees each day, which was like going to the tropics after being in the Minnesota cold

What to See and DO! 

Sagrada Familia: Meaning “sacred family” in English, this church is an architectural wonder. Designed and constructed by Anton Gaudí. Construction of this massive cathedral began in 1882 and is still an unfinished work, and isn’t expected to be completed for at least 20 more years.


Parc Güell
Located in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Parc Güell is another Gaudí site to see as well as a great location to get a panoramic view of the city.  The subway station is a bit of a walk away from the sloping hills that lead you up to the park, but hiking up to the park makes the view so much more worth it.  Beautiful mosaics compose concrete benches and decorative walls throughout the park

 The Entrance to the Park
 Mosaic benches that wind throughout the Park

La Boqueria Market
A fun stop on Las Ramblas, La Boqueria Market is a bustling outdoor shopping excursion.  No shortage of produce, fresh fish (beware, it the fishies create quite the odor in the crammed marketplace) candies and other goods here.

Casa Batlló
Another architectural creation of Gaudi, Casa Batlló is a unique and interesting museum to walk through as a Barcelona experience. Located in the heart of Barcelona on Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batllo is definitely worth touring if you have a cloudy or rainy day in the city and want to spend some time indoors.

Restaurant: Cervecería Catalana
Located at Carrer de Mallorca, 236, Barcelona
Ensalada Griega – spanish style greek salad, big soft cubes of delicious goat cheese, fresh diced tomatoes and a basil vinagrette dressing

Calamares Romanes – big fried calamari served with a lemon wedge, yum!

Sangria! Sangria in Barcelona is less boozy and more fruity, my favorite type of Sangria preparation!

Patatas Bravas – traditional and delicious fried potato dish served with a cream and spicy tomato sauce
Stuffed Olives – goat cheese, sardines, anchovies, salmon and ham

The hostel we stayed in “Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel” was absolutely fantastic.  Clean rooms, great breakfast provided, super helpful and kind staff to give you pointers on things to do as well as advice on how to get from place to place.

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