Barcelona, Spain

April was full of numerous adventures, each one better than the next! Barcelona, Spain is one of my most memorable. It was a fun, casual weekend, and a perfect way to begin my last month abroad.

Barcelona has so much to offer when it comes to food. From the best brunch spots and amazing seafood to the best sangria in the world. We began our weekend at Brunch and Cake. It is one of the most popular brunch places in Barcelona, and was well worth the wait. My roommate, Kristen, got the Supersandwich with chicken, nachos, guacamole, and chipotle yogurt/mayo. I ate the shrimp, poached eggs, lobster hollandaise, and salad Supersandwich on their housemade black bun. Wow, that’s a mouthful, but it was delicious!

Next on our list was Guell Park. It was a beautiful day to go as the sun was shining and the weather was beautiful. We definitely couldn’t miss it. During the busy season, you have to book the park tickets pretty early. We booked our tickets a day or two before. The views of the city, along with the beautiful mosaics around every corner, at the park did not disappoint.

Unfortunately, we were a little pressed for time while in the park because we had booked a yellow car tour. This little car, basically a scooter, allowed us to go all over Barcelona in a unique way. We were able to see all of the sites and stop along the way. We totally forgot pics, though, because if you can imagine a tiny scooter driving alongside all of the regular vehicles of the road, you’d probably forget your pics, too. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

We couldn’t finish the day without some delicious tapas though!

The next day we got up bright and early to head over to Federal Café in the Gothic Quarter. Avocado toast and a breakfast hamburger with freshly squeezed orange juice was the perfect way to start our day in this beautiful part of town.

The small quaint streets made for the perfect setting for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we began to make our way through the Gothic Quarter to the beach. When it is another beautiful sunny day and you are on the Mediterranean Sea, some Vitamin C is just what you need.

Before we made it to the beach, we stopped along the way for a few pictures in front of the Arc di Triumph and the beautiful park in front. It’s always a great day when you have time to leisurely explore a beautiful city. DSC_0715

Just before we made it to the beach, we decided to stop for lunch and sangria at Carabella Café, right in front of the port. This was a Mexican-style restaurant, and our buffalo chicken burrito with queso was to die for.

We finally made it to the beach, and oh how the water was beautiful. It was crystal clear blue water as far as the eye could see…that is until one of the 1,000 people trying to sell you something stops right in front. DSC_0866We didn’t let that bother us, though. We sat on our beach blanket, bought from one of those thousand sellers, put our toes in the sand, and soaked up some rays. After a few hours on the beach, we headed back to Airbnb to get ready for dinner.

We met one of Kristen’s friends at her favorite taco place just around the corner before heading to the Bunkers. We got chicken and pork tacos along with some delicious loaded down nachos. 17758647_1267080576672351_4908648496521659766_o Once we finished, we headed straight for the Bunkers to catch the sunset over Barcelona. The Bunkers are an abandoned anti-aircraft defense, and the perfect hangout if you want to catch the sunset over the Mediterranean.DSC_0923 2

Our last day in Barcelona was dedicated to shopping the most famous shopping street in Barcelona, La Rambla, and visiting the Sagrada Familia. We started our day with a small breakfast in a cute café on La Rambla. I got a small quiche and coffee before we headed to the market down the street. At the market, there were a multitude of booths selling fresh juices. We couldn’t leave without one. They were so good that we came back for a second, too! IMG_1372

Before we headed to the Sagrada Familia, we stopped at the Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter. It was beautiful, and, believe it or not, there were geese inside.

The Sagrada Familia – there is really no way to describe how beautiful this church is, even if it isn’t finished yet. Guadi started something that will be unlike anything else anyone has ever seen, and the details he put into the design to be carried out after his death are incredible. This is a must see if you are ever in Barcelona, but I think everyone should make a point to visit it anyway. IMG_1403

We couldn’t leave Barcelona without trying one of the famous Paella dishes. So, after visiting the cathedral, we headed back to the Gothic Quarter for one of the best and some more tapas at Colom. Paella was the perfect way to end a great weekend in Barcelona. It definitely left us wanting to come back for more!17834906_1267080873338988_1205739498825321975_o

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