As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband and I recently took an amazing trip to the vibrant and beautiful city of Barcelona with two of our good friends. We had a wonderful time eating and site seeing in Spain. The following is my Best of the Best list for the city that we all loved so much.
Best of the Best-Barcelona
- Antoni Gaudi- We devoted an entire day to this Catalan master. Though his work is all over the city, it was interesting to view the progression of his work in one day. I am fascinated by Gaudi's innovative style, especially that nearly 100 years since his death his work retains an air of freshness and innovation. I especially loved Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. When visiting Sagrada Familia, take the time to visit the museum in the crypt and go up to the top of a bell tower, you won't be disappointed.
- La Boqueria- This is an absolute must for foodies! My husband was delighted with the opportunity to eat hard to find Iberico ham and we all enjoyed the freshly squeezed juice stalls and beautiful array of vegetables, fruit and fish. I recommend going early and going hungry.
- Montserrat- Dramatically perched high on top of a mountain outside of Barcelona, a trip to Montserrat is a true treat. We were able to see the icon that is the patron virgin of Catalonia and hear the monks sing their 6:00 hymn. Simply amazing.
- Take a walk through the Gothic Quarter- Take the time to stroll through the preserved Gothic Quarter. Stop for a drink and some tapas along the way and meander through the eclectic stores. If you are an art lover like me, be sure to go to The Picasso Museum.
- Eat some tapas- We especially liked Cerveceria Catalana, El Xampanyet, Inopia and El Quim de la Boqueria. Barcelona is a wonderful place to eat, the places I suggested are truly great but good food abounds in this fascinating city.
* First image courtesey of uah.edu.- my compliments to the photographer!