Barcelona is definitely one of the cities I enjoyed the most during our European summer trip. For some reason, it felt closer to home. I love that there is actually a beach (Barceloneta) amidst the city! I guess I am really an island girl at heart. Another reason why I enjoyed Barcelona so much is because the gastronomy there is just AMAZING. We were having Paella and Sangria every.single.day!!! In addition to all of that, there are so much picturesque sites to see there! The architecture, especially by Gaudi, is beyond amazing! There are just so many things to love about Barcelona!
We were worried when we arrived because the airline left our baggage in Paris, but we did not let that dampen our traveling spirits! When we arrived at our hotel, we asked the concierge to lead us to a good place for lunch, and he suggested this restaurant called 7portes! They serve really delicious Paella!! Look at our table – my husband and I had one pallera each, probably good for 4-6 people! lol!
The next day we booked a segway tour from viator.com. Segway tour is a great way to explore the city! It is easy and fun to ride. Also, you are less tired because you get to reach farther places as compared to exploring on foot!
After our fun segway tour, we ate at El Ray De La Gamba! We really enjoyed eating here!!!
The next day, our Filipino tour guide residing in Barcelona took us to Tibidabo – there is a church and small amusement park in that mountain. We climbed to the top of the sacred heart church and reached the highest point of Barcelona. What a fantastic view from the top!
After that, we went to Park Guell, one of Antoni Gaudi’s works here.
The following day, being the tropical dwellers that we are, we decided to spend some time at the beach.
After chilling at the beach, our tour guide led us to Sagrada Familia. It is the most beautiful church I have ever seen. Construction started in 1882, and is projected to be finished by 2026. Even if it is still unfinished, it is already a UNESCO world heritage site.
The next morning, we started our day by ordering churros at Granja M Viader. It is an old school cafe established in 1870. Aside from the churros, the cafe is also famous for their Cacaolat, hot chocolate, and other pasties. It is tucked in an alley near the La Boqueria market.
I wiped out the churros in the car while we were on our way to the beautiful Montserrat! It is a Benedictine monk mountain retreat with breathtaking views. Visiting this place is one of the highlights of our Barcelona trip. We got to pray, reflect, and enjoy the picturesque mountain views in Barcelona.
After visiting the basilica, we decided to walk to the Santa Cova Holy Grotto, the holy place where the image of the Virgin Mary was discovered.
What an incredible experience visiting Barcelona! It is a place I can see myself living.. i mean, eating in, everyday. lol! But seriously, it was a real beauty! See you next time! Adios!!!