On any trip to Barcelona, one of the most fun places to visit is the bustling La Rambla, where you'll find everything from colorful flower stands to artists selling their work to entertaining street performers like this guy, who I nicknamed Lemon-Lime Man. La Rambla is an ideal place to spend some time with your camera as there's always something interesting going on, or pick up a snack from one of the many restaurants lining La Rambla and grab a seat on one of the street's benches for some great people watching.
Located a short drive out of Barcelona, Montserrat Monastery is a must see while in Barcelona. Try the honey and fig cakes. There are many tour operators that offer this day trip from Barcelona. Take your time and hike some of the trails. The views are incredible!
This art was in a old industrial section of Barcelona that is being transformed with parks and new businesses. I liked how the artist has these workers with smiley faces painted on paper bags. They are coming from the factory that they work in and are probably not that happy about it.
Barcelona has some amazing street art. Make sure that you walk around when the shops are closed because many of them have art on their roll up doors. A lot of them are even customized for the business. I remember seeing croissants and pastries painted on a bakeries door.
This is my favorite table at my favorite restaurant in Barcelona, Buenas Migas in the Gothic Quarter. I spent my days in Barcelona wandering through the city with my camera while my husband was working and I enjoyed every minute of it. I planned my schedule to end up at this focacceria every day at lunchtime. I loved the giant floor-to-ceiling windows and the amazing view of the Gothic Quarter's cathedral that the table afforded me. I'd sit here and people watch for an hour or two while enjoying an amazing Spanish serrano ham and cheese sandwich. Such a great memory from one of my favorite European cities. And using a stale piece of bread to hold up a table sign - genius!
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, or La Boqueria, is a must-stop for all foodies visiting Barcelona. The covered market consists of more than 200 stalls selling all sorts of seafood, meat, vegetables, and fruits. Those with weak stomachs should avoid the meat section where butchers (many of them women) hawk all sorts of exotic cuts from pig's trotters to tripe. I felt just a tinge of guilt when I ordered a few slices of jamón ibérico and looked down to see these cute piggies starting at me through the glass butcher case.
As you enter Barcelona's famous Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria from La Rambla, one of the first stalls you encounter is Tocineria Marcos, purveyors of Iberico ham (upper left in photo) and a stunning array of other cured, cooked, and fresh meats. It's just one of the dazzling displays of delicacies in this, the most famous of Barcelona's 40 or so food markets. (Another favorite, and slightly less touristed, is the beautifully remodeled Mercat de Santa Caterina, short walk away.) La Boqueria dates back to 1217; a pig market was conducted here starting in 1470; and the current metal roof was built in 1914. There's no better place to shop for a taste of Catalan culture.
La Boqueria Market's fruit juices, on La Rambla in Barcelona, are a must for breakfast. The variety of fresh fruit is unbelievable! Mango-coconut strawberry was my first flavor experience and being that those are my favorite flavors, it was hard to beat. I tried dozens of other combinations including carrot-ginger-lime and a dragon fruit blend as well! Fresh, sweet and satisfying, a to-go cup of fresh juice from La Boqueria will give you the Go-Go juice to start the day right.
Gaudi's work always amazes me. It's hard to believe and remember sometimes that most of his work was actually done in the 1800s! It looks so modern, or what I think of as modern! I was really impressed by the rooftop of La Pedrera! I felt like every and any picture I took there looked incredible. For some reason this building really reminded me of some of the architecture/dwellings in Eastern Turkiye and other parts of the Middle East. These structures almost remind me of the ferry chimneys, and the walls of this building also somewhat remind me of something like the dwellings in Mardin. Gaudi uses so many different elements from different cultures/styles, and from nature. Almost everything he has done is somehow based in nature. This building itself looks incredible, but when touring the museum I was shocked to see how many models Gaudi had made. The models themselve seem impossible,...
This summer, I spent a few days in Barcelona. Of course, any trip of mine is always highlighted by the many restaurants I visit. In Barcelona, I ate at these 6 outstanding tapas bars, each offering a different vibe and a different attitude.
Bar Mut: Must try: The egg yolk carpaccio and the grilled octopus
Tasca el Corral: Must try: Chorizo al diablo (flaming chorizo with agua ardiente), Manchego cheese and cider.
Set del Born: Must try: Pata negra ham and the special way they prepare patatas bravas
Segons Mercat: Must try: Beef filet with port wine and foie sauce
Bubó: Must try: The desserts from Bubó pastry and chocolate shop next door!
Tickets tapas bar: Must try: Everything!