Our final destination on our Eurotrip (before heading to London for our flight home) was Barcelona! Once we landed in Barcelona, we took a cab to the Mediterranean Youth Hostel, where we stayed during our time in Spain. The hostel offered more amenities than most, was clean, the staff/guests were friendly, and we had awesome roommates. The hostel offered free coffee, tea, water, and breakfast/dinner for a reasonable price of just a few euros.
After checking in, we started exploring and made our way to the Sagrada Familia. As one of Barcelona’s the most well-known sites, it’s impossible to not mention Gaudi’s unfinished creation. It was definitely at the top of my “must-see” list. As we made our way out of the metro station, I looked up to see this incredible structure shadowing over me. The architecture on the Sagrada Familia is so intricate and truly unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. After leaving the Sagrada Familia, we noticed a McDonald’s about a block away. Since we hadn’t eaten much the entire day, we decided to grab a quick lunch. Plus, I love going to McDonald’s in different countries to see the menu variations.
We continued to walk around and explore the city, and of course, I pretended to be a Cheetah Girl everywhere we went. (You gotta strut like you mean it, right?!) We eventually made our way to the Palau de la Musica, one of Barcelona’s concert halls. We didn’t get to go inside, but the exterior was beautiful! Next to the Palau de la Musica, we came across a tapas bar (Tosca), where we filled up on delicious tapas and sangria.
After traveling from city to city, a beach day was much needed! Barcelona is filled with gorgeous beaches: La Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Playa Llevant, Caldetes, and so forth. On our second day in Barcelona, we chose Playa Llevant since it was less crowded than the others, including the more popular La Barceloneta. The beach was gorgeous – clear blue water and clean sand – the perfect place to relax for a bit. On the same day, we also visited Parc de la Ciutadella, where we rented a rowboat on the lake, as well as the famous Park Güell, filled with more of Gaudi’s work.
The next day, we took another Viator day trip to Costa Brava, as well as the medieval towns of Girona and Pals. It was great spending time in all three places and seeing the Catalan countryside along the way; prior to the tour, we had only seen what Barcelona had to offer. After returning from Costa Brava, we shopped a bit and grabbed some paella and sangria in the area. The following day was our last full day in Spain, and was filled with more exploration around Barcelona and the Gothic Quarter.
I’m going back to Spain at the end of this year, but this time, I’m visiting Madrid and Seville. SO EXCITED! I love Spain so much and I can’t wait to finally be back there. If you have any suggestions on what to do in either city, please let me know!