With only two full days here, our stop in Barcelona has been the shortest of our trip so far, but I definitely feel like I’ve become at least a little bit acquainted with the art, architecture, food and culture of the city. During our visit, we checked out some of the surreal architectural works of Antoni Gaudi like Park Guell and Casa Batllo, wandered through La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter, hit the beach, and ate our weight in tapas — just to name a few highlights! Scroll through the photos below to see some of my favourite photos from this unique city:
Park Guell, a natural wonderland dreamed up by the endlessly imaginative 19th century architect Antoni Gaudi, was so fantastical and inspiring to visit. All the colours, mosaics, organic shapes, and sculptural work reminded me of something from a Tim Burton movie!
Today we walked through La Rambla (the main tourist street in Barcelona), the Gothic Quarter (an area of the city full of narrow pedestrian streets and impressive medieval buildings) and along the waterfront at the beach. I find it so interesting how Barcelona is a massive city with so much history and architecture, while at the same time, it has the vibe of a small beach town somewhere in the Carribbean. I think this qualifies it as one of the most unique cities I’ve ever visited!
And now for my favourite part of Barcelona… The food! For a grazer like me who likes to try little bits of everything, tapas is a dream come true. While I’m supposed to be on a low carb diet, I let loose a little here and ate patatas bravas (fried potatoes with cayenne pepper and aioli sauce) all three nights. Needless to say, it’s my new obsession. A few of my other favourites were the grilled swordfish at Barcelona Milano, the fried beef balls at Balmes Restaurant, and the Spanish Omelette at Cerveceria Catalana. So delish!
Thanks for having us, Barcelona. I’m hoping our next (and final!) destination has fewer carb-loaded dishes to tempt me with!