Barcelona Spain

My friend McKenna and I snuck down to Barcelona three weeks ago for the last weekend of summer. It was a quick trip but the perfect getaway before our classes started. We flew out early Saturday morning so we could have the whole day in Barcelona. As soon as we got there, we walked down to the Arc De Triomf and though the Ciutadella Park and then over to the Gothic Quarter to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch.

Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Arc De Triomf
Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Arc De Triomf
Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Arc De Triomf

 The gothic quarter was easily my favorite part of the city because the streets are so tiny and charming, filled with little shops and restaurants. None of the pictures could translate how charming the area was so you will have to take my word for it or plan your own trip out to Barcelona! After lunch, we headed up to the Sagrada Familia, which is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have been in. It is one of Gaudí's works that is not complete. They started construction in the 1880's and is scheduled to be finished in 2026. 

Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Sagrada Familia
Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Sagrada Familia

The exterior of the cathedral was amazing. It is massive and there is so much detail on every inch. We had bought tickets online before so that we could skip the line, which was a good idea since the line wrapped around the cathedral.

 When you first walk into the cathedral, there are so many things that are stunning you don’t know where to look. The ceiling was the most gorgeous. It was so bright and of course detailed. The best part was the stained glass because it goes around the entire cathedral in a rainbow and the way the light shines through is magical. 

Samantha McNeil Blog Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Sagrada Familia Barcelona

After we pulled ourselves away from the Sargada Famila, we walked over to Passeig de Gràcia to see Casa Mila, and Casa Batlló, more of Gaudí's work and to do a little shopping. I picked up this jewelry tray at Zara Home (quickly becoming a new obsession of mine) and this beautiful blouse at Zara. While shopping, we were able to find a Starbucks, and I was so excited to order my favorite drink, an iced green tea, no water, no classic. It's the best. 

Samantha McNeil Blog Casa Mila Barcelona

As we were walking around, we were expecting the Casa Batlló to be further away from Casa Mila, but we turned around to start walking and it was right behind us. The exterior is so colorful and almost look like it should be under water with the coral like mosaic and fish scale like roof. There is such a whimsical feeling in all of Gaudí's work, and I could really feel it in front of Casa Batlló.

Samantha McNeil Blog Casa Batllo Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Casa Batllo Barcelona

After shopping, we headed to dinner at Flax & Kale, a Flexitarian restaurant, whose menu is 80% plant based. I got kale chips and the raw lasagna, and they we both so delicious! It was my favorite meal of the trip. It reminded me of one of my favorite restaurants at home, True Foods Kitchen, which I talk more about here. 

Samantha McNeil Blog Flax & Kale Barcelona

Post dinner, we walked over (lots of walking this trip hahaha) to the Font Màgica (Magic Fountain). They have a light and music show almost every night. It was so impressive. The water looked so magical, and the colors were so vibrant. The water even looked like it was fire when it was orange and red. 

Samantha McNeil Blog Magic Fountain Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Magic Fountain Barcelona

After the show, it started to rain a little so we headed home to get some sleep.

Our second day there, we got a late start to the day so we just grabbed lunch and then walked down past the Arc di Trioumf  again but this time down the Passeig de Colom along the water to the Colom Monument.

Samantha McNeil Blog Colom Monument Barcelona

The monument was at the end of La Rambla, right next to the water, the Port de Barcelona and had a view of the famous sail shaped W Hotel.   

Samantha McNeil Blog Port De Barcelona
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After the monument, we hiked up to Montjuïc to take a cable car to the Montjuic Castle. The views from the cable car were amazing. We could see the entire city from the mountains to the ocean. It was so cool to see everything we had already seen and were going to see from and aerial view. 

Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona

After the cable car ride, we went back to the gothic quarter a wandered around and stumbled upon Barcelona Cathedral.  

Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Cathedral
Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Cathedral
Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Cathedral

After exploring the gothic quarter some more and getting some ice cream, we hiked up to Park Guell. Park Guell was designed by Gaudí in 1900 and finished in 1914, it is up on the Carmel Hill to look over all of Barcelona. 

Samantha McNeil Blog Park Guell Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Park Guell Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Park Guell Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Park Guell Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Park Guell Barcelona
Samantha McNeil Blog Park Guell Barcelona

The park itself was beautiful with Gaudí's architecture covered in beautiful mosaics, but the view of the city was breathtaking. We watched the sun set from the park and then headed to a cute little Mexican restaurant for dinner by the Sagrada Familia.

Samantha McNeil Blog Park Guell Barcelona

On our third and final day, we packed up and spent the day at Barcelona Beach. It was so nice to soak up a little bit more sun before the temps drop.

Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Beach
Samantha McNeil Blog Barcelona Beach

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but wifi here is hard to come by and iffy at best. I will try to get at least one post up a week! 

xx, Samantha