Hola amigos! My final stop on my fall break vacation was Barcelona, Spain (or should I say Barcelona, Catalonia???). I only had two full days in this beautiful city but I feel like I really made the most of my time there. I did everything from sightsee to eat amazing food to lay out on the beach. Barcelona is definitely one of the most interesting cities I have ever been to. It has the all the big city vibes while still being a beach-front spot. It’s definitely a great compromise between a kick-back and relax vacation and a busy sightseeing vacation!
My friends and I split the major sights between the two days so we wouldn’t be seeing everything at once. On our first day we went to Sagrada Familia first thing in the morning. Sagrada Familia is hands down the most beautiful church I have ever seen in my life. Though it is still under construction, the church is absolutely stunning. The main focus inside the church is the stained glass which lights up the space in the most brilliant colors. The intricate designs outside the church make it unlike any other church I have ever seen. It’s definitely not your traditional church, but that’s what makes it so beautiful. For lunch, we took a taxi over to La Boqueria, which is basically a giant food market in Barcelona. I have a serious obsession with food markets (ex: the Chelsea Market in Manhattan, the Central Market in Florence) so La Boqueria was right up my alley. There’s a ton of different food stands inside which means a little something for everyone! After lunch, my friends and I made our way over to the beach. We laid out a tapestry that I had purchased and spent the afternoon soaking up the warm sun (which was much needed after spending the week in the super cold northern part of Europe!). For dinner, we grabbed burgers right along the beach and, of course, shared a pitcher of sangria!
Our second day was very relaxed too. We woke up early and headed over to Park Guell. I am completely obsessed with Gaudi’s architecture!! Everything he’s designed is so stunning and unique. I love the abstract shapes of everything and the bright colors he uses. If you’re looking to see a very unique European city then I highly recommend checking out Barcelona. The architecture is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The city honestly looks like something out of a wild dream!
For lunch, we went to a very popular spot among American study abroad students: Brunch & Cake. This cute little restaurant has a few locations scattered throughout the city. The menu is filled with healthy yet unique foods that are to die for. I got an acai bowl that came in a pineapple and a bagel with scrambled eggs, avocado, and this absolutely relish beet sauce. Though we had to wait a while to be seated, it was totally worth it because the food was SO GOOD! I think it should be illegal to visit Barcelona without going to Brunch & Cake.
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