Barcelona and Madrid

November 10, 2017

While living in Valencia, I had a special visitor for a week and we planned a romantic road trip to Barcelona and Madrid. I had previously visited both cities while I was in college and was excited to see how they’ve changed over the last decade.

Boasting as one of the most attractive cities in Europe, Barcelona celebrates its role as the capital of Catalonia. Hands down, my favorite part of the city is exploring Gaudí’s architecture. The spectacular Sagrada Familia is his most famous legacy, but sites around the city include Parc Guell, Casa Mila, and Casa Batilo are also worth a visit. Every time I walk into Sagrada Familia, I notice more details that I hadn’t seen before because the structure is ever evolving and still under construction. It will take your breath away! I recommend booking all your tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

I stayed in the Gothic Quarter which a lovely area in Barca that has a range of attractions including the wonderful Picasso Museum and the Placa Reia. It also has my favorite old-school tapas restaurants in the whole country, CAL Pep.

We booked a sunset sailing excursion that turned out to be a bit underwhelming in the turbulent waters, but still an adventure in itself.

And it wouldn’t be a vacation without some churros!

After a few nights in Barcelona, we went on to Madrid, the capital of Spain. We didn’t have an itinerary at all which made every day feel spontaneous.

Some highlights were visiting the Prado Museum for contemporary art and the National Museum for the classics, wandering around Parque del Buen Retiro, and eating our hearts out at Mercado de San Miguel.

Other than that, we spent our days and nights meandering the streets searching for tapas, drinking G+Ts, and soaking in the beautiful architecture.

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