Barcelona. The second largest city in Spain and one of the most popular destinations in the country. It is the capital of the Catalonia region, an autonomous community in the northeastern corner of Spain. The city’s cosmopolitan vibe makes it a favorite city for many people and is also known for its architecture and art. We hold Barcelona very close to our hearts because this is where we got ENGAGED! If you’d like to read more about our engagement story, head on over to the About Us section of our website!
We loved our visit here. The city has a beautiful beach, many different neighborhoods to explore, and some of the most amazing food we have ever eaten! It is a very walk-able city, although it might take you a while to walk from one end to the next. We rented bicycles and had a lot of fun riding around the city and stuffing our faces with delicious food.
What To Do
We spent four days in Barcelona and tried as hard as we could to cram everything into those four days. We definitely wished we had more time to spend in this city as there is soo much to do. Here are some of the places and things we saw on our visit:
Explore the city
With all of the different neighborhoods, museums, markets, and restaurants that make up Barcelona, we spent a lot of our time just exploring. We highly recommend renting a bicycle because you’ll be able to get around much faster which means you’ll be able to see more of Barcelona! Check out Las Ramblas, a street that runs through the center of the city with lots of shops and restaurants, La Boqueria market, Parc Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Batilo, and La Sagrada Familia.
Take a tour of La Sagrada Familia
The main focal-point of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, is a large Roman Catholic basilica that was designed by the famous architect Gaudi. It still remains unfinished to this date. You have to buy tickets to get into the basilica. We highly recommend you book tickets in advance as it is always crowded. We decided against joining a tour and just walked around ourselves. It’s a very beautiful church and worth visiting. We probably spent about an hour inside just walking around.
Attend a FC Barcelona futbol game at Camp Nou
Watching a futbol game in Barcelona was one of the main things that Stephen had wanted to do for a long time. We even planned our trip around their schedule to make sure they were in town when we were visiting! FC Barcelona is one of the top clubs in Europe and they have one of the best players in the world, Lionel Messi, on their team. We bought tickets to the match before our trip as we knew they always sell out. It was soo much fun! Camp Nou can hold up to 99,000 people. It was an insane experience to see that many people cheering for their team! You can also do tours of the stadium if the team is out of town.
Spend a day at the beach in Barceloneta
Barceloneta, the lively beach town right outside of Barcelona, was also one of our favorite places we visited. I mean how can you complain when you get to relax at the beach?! This beach town has tons of bars and restaurants right on the boardwalk. It is also home to W Barcelona, an upscale hotel that has an incredible rooftop bar. We rode our bikes around everywhere. It was a very nice day and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Where To Eat
The food in Barcelona is out of this world. Quite possibly our favorite thing to do on our trip to Spain was eat! You can’t walk more than a couple hundred feet without passing a restaurant that smells delicious. We stopped in at soo many different places to grab a snack of jamon iberico (cured ham cut in thin strips), patatas bravas (home fries with tomato aioli), paella, sangria, etc. The food is soo good here that we even went on a food & wine tasting tour that we highly recommend! We did our tour with Devour Tours. Here’s a short list of some of our favorite restaurants we went to during our stay in Barcelona:
- Pla Restaurant
- El Nacional (multiple restaurants in one building, very beautiful setting)
- Brunch & Cake by the sea
- La Alcoba Azul
- La Boqueria Market
Where To Stay
We wanted a hotel that was in the middle of the city so we could walk everywhere. We stayed at Hotel Gotico, a beautiful hotel in the Gothic Quarter of downtown Barcelona. We were within walking distance to many restaurants, bars, museums, shopping, and even the beach! It was a nice hotel and we definitely recommend staying in this area. Link to their website is here: Hotel Gotico.
We can’t recommend a trip to Barcelona enough. From the food, art, shopping, and even the nice people who live there, every part of our trip was perfect! It is a very romantic city and you will never want to leave if you visit here!