Barcelona was another stop on our recent European tour. It is home to many works by one of our favourite architects of all time, Antoni Gaudi. Even if monuments aren't normally your thing, his creations are just out of this world and you will marvel at his creations such as the still uncompleted Sagrada Familia and the beautiful Parc Güell. Definitely worth checking out.
For us, food (and drink) is always very high up on the agenda and a trip to Barcelona wouldn't be complete without a visit to La Xampanyeria, a bar serving Cava (the Spanish version of champagne) and tapas where you can feel an atmosphere that we imagine would have been how local bars were back in the old days of Barcelona; rustic, buzzy and truly delicious.
For another eating experience that you won't forget, head to the gritty neighbourhood of Poble Sec, a popular destination for the locals. We spent a whole afternoon on Carrer Blai, a street lined with tapas bars where we hopped from bar to bar eating delicious tapas (for 1 Euro each!). Reserve an afternoon for this activity!
When we visit a city, we love to explore it's surroundings and if a trip to the beach is what you feel like, head to the beach town of Sitges which is about 45 minutes out of Barcelona by train. Wander through the tiny alleys of the town until you finally end up at one of 17 beaches in the area! Also make sure you have a walk around the Eglesia de Sant Bartolomé i Santa Tecla church where you have an awesome view down on Sitges and normally find a local strumming on a guitar.