barcelona, spain city guide
Here we go, my first city guide and today I’m talking all things Barcelona. I shared with y’all an overview of my vacation itinerary a few weeks ago. Now, I want to get into the details of the trip my hubby and I took including where we stayed, where we ate and what we did in Barcelona.
Starting from the beginning… We flew from Atlanta to Barcelona on Friday, landing in Barcelona Saturday morning around 9am. We decided that for our first day in Barcelona we wouldn’t make any plans, but instead just wander the city and see what we find. I’m so glad that is what we did after that nearly 9 hour flight.
Day 1 in Barcelona //
travel look – merci tee | black leggings | white converse | pixie mood leather tote | delsey luggage
day (ashley) – white dress (similar) | oversized sunglasses | red shift dress | tan sandals | YSL bag // day (andrew) – khaki chino shorts | black jersey tee
First stop was our hotel, the Room Mate Anna hotel. This place was sensational! From the adorably named toiletries to the extremely helpful staff, every detail of this hotel was designed to make guests feel special. Our room had a balcony that overlooked the popular street, Passeig de Gràcia and specifically the Casa Batllo. I would highly recommend this hotel to any future Barcelona travelers.
After dropping off our luggage, we wandered through the streets and alleyways. On a mission to get something to eat, we stumbled upon Restaurant El Cercle. Atop the outdoor shaded terrace, we sipped sangria and watched the people below us leisurely stroll through the streets. After feeling like we got our second wind, we continued exploring.
One of the first things we wanted to do when we arrived was visit Las Ramblas and pay our respects. Las Ramblas is a tree-lined street in the center of town, busy with tourists and locals shopping at the many outdoor markets or shops that line the promenade. However, 8 days before we arrived in Barcelona, this street was the target of a terrorist attack. A van drove through this pedestrian only walkway, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. Being that this horrible attack happened and so recently, we both felt it necessary to go and pray for all affected.
When we arrived, we could see and feel the emotions all around us, grief, sadness, mourning. However, something I almost wasn’t expecting was the emotion and outpouring of love. On the day we were there, they were holding a peace rally. Almost a half a million people took to the streets of Barcelona, holding roses and banners that read “No Tinc Por,” which means “I’m not afraid”. To be present for this kind of demonstration of peace, love, and strength, truly exemplified the power of the human race to overcome evil and persevere and the ability to support each other in times of crisis.
Day 2 in Barcelona //
The next day we set out to explore more of Barcelona. Starting the day with the Sagrada Familia, which is a truly stunning cathedral overlooking Barcelona. We explored more of Antoni Gaudi’s beautiful designs, including Casa Batllo and Casa Milà. After a full day of exploring, we stopped at the highly recommended, Cerveceria Catalana for lunch. The tapas here are worth stopping in for; I think we each ordered like 5 of them. The rest of the afternoon consisted of drinking far too much wine at the perfect little wine bar, La Vinoteca Torres. The bartender showed us the best of the regions’ tempranillos and garnachas, after which we took an extra long siesta.
That evening, we dined at Telefèric Barcelona, a recommendation of our hotel. This was my favorite meal in Barcelona. The restaurant is not very large, not very fancy, but the experience was exceptional. The food was authentic and fresh. Everything was delicious and the wine wasn’t too bad either!
Day 3 in Barcelona //
day (ashley) – white long romper | straw boater hat | blue steve madden sandals (similar) | oversized sunglasses | iWatch
day (andrew) – gingham short sleeve shirt | ray-ban sunglasses | khaki chino shorts | grey andrew marc sneakers | iWatch | pacsafe backpack
night (ashley) – navy wrap dress (similar) // night (andrew) – yellow oxford shirt
For our last day in Barcelona, we got an early start and went to Barcelona Cathedral. We had passed this cathedral all weekend and every time it was a mad house. So, we knew if we wanted some good pictures, we’d have to be early birds. After taking some pictures and sipping through another cappuccino, we headed to Park Güell.
Park Güell, one of the major works of Gaudí, is located in the upper part of Barcelona with wonderful views of the city. This place in person is amazing! The whole place gave me major Dr. Seuss vibes. After walking through the endless beauty in Park Güell, we grabbed a quick bite and headed for the hotel.
That evening was the end to our stay in Barcelona, so we wanted to save the best for last. We took a two-hour wine and sailing tour out of the Barcelona Marina. Seeing the city by sea at sunset was the perfect end to our amazing stay in Barcelona. Once the tour was over, we had drinks at La Mar de Bo, located along the water of the marina, before heading to dinner at Torre d’Alta Mar.
Torre d’Alta Mar is a Michelin starred restaurant located at the top of the 75 meters high cable-car tower. Seriously, views for days here. If I’m being 100% honest, the view was better than the food. Nothing wrong with the food, but for the price, it was nothing to write home about. However, I would say it is definitely worth getting a drink to experience the breathtaking view.
So, that concludes my Barcelona city guide. I hope y’all enjoyed my trip recap and found some inspiration for your next trip! I love to hear your feedback, so please comment below.
Coming very soon to the blog, my travel guide for…IBIZA!
with love and happiness,