3 Days in Barcelona
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
A tour of Barcelona must start with la Sagrada Familia. With its breathtaking presence, a trip to Barcelona wouldn't be complete without seeing it, even in it's unfinished glory. Over 130 years ago, work began on this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and continues today. Much of the design is due to Antoni Goudi, who's other unique projects can be found throughout Barcelona as well: Casa Batlló, Park Güell, Casa Milà, and more.
The unfinished nature of this unique building only adds to my fascination and offers the perfect excuse to return to Barcelona for a second look. Though tourists may be tempted to think they've seen it all from the outside and move on to other sites, stepping inside offers a completely different experience that should not be missed.
As light streams through the stained glass windows, it feels as though the air is soaked in vibrant colors that change with the movement of the sun.
In the past, I'd never been that impressed with stained glass. La Sagrada Familia completely changed that for me.
I was in awe.
Make sure to take the early tour though, this beauty gets jam packed with tourists by mid-day, making it feel a bit less magical.
If you're all about unique architecture and beautiful stained glass, make sure to tour Palau de la Música Catalana, too. This gorgeous concert hall, built over 100 years ago, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains an overwhelming amount of detail to take in. A guided tour to learn about all the details is a must. If you can get tickets to a concert here too, even better!
But that's not all there is to do in Barcelona. This lively city is full of incredible food. Try all of the paella and tapas! There are also fun beach bars and restaurants that not only have good eats and drinks, but sit on the edge of the beach so that customers can wiggle their toes in the sand while watching the waves crash in and drinking some bubbly Cava. This was the perfect spot to catch up with my best friend Valerie, who happened to be in Barcelona at the same time as us!
Speaking of Cava (delicious Spanish sparkling wine), be sure to take a quick trip outside of the city and visit some of the Cava wineries. The easiest way to get there is to rent a car or scooter for the day. We just showed up and were able to hop on tours at both Freixenet and Codorniu, and we had so much fun and learned a ton!
Both were huge properties! And both tours included tastings. We'd never had Cava before this trip, but we're fans of bubbly, so we were excited to try it and liked it so much we bought a couple bottles for later. They were actually very reasonably priced and we love a good deal on wine!
We even met a really nice couple on one of the tours that took our picture in the vineyard! We rarely get pictures of the two of us traveling that aren't selfies, so that was really nice of them and made for a great holiday card from abroad.
After eating, drinking, and seeing the unique sites Barcelona has to offer, we were off to see more of Spain, tummies full of tapas and Lonely Planet guidebook in hand. Barcelona was just our first stop on our road trip down the coast.
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