As a child I dreamed of going to Barcelona because my dad traveled there a ton for business and it was his favorite city in the world. He would would being home fun gifts and show us pictures of all the cool buildings and architecture. So when Brad told me Barcelona was a city we could get to with points, I jumped for joy! We loved it there. I am a big fan of ALL of Antoni Gaudí’s work, and I especially love his use of natural light in his buildings. I try to keep our home in San Diego as bright as possible and love having our windows open at all times. So I really loved the creativity he used to bring light into his buildings; most of the cool buildings from these photos are his.
Our travel details for Barcelona are at the end of the post!
Spain is a place I would love to go again. These are very different cities and I’m happy we got a flavor of two different parts of Spain while there!
If you’re going to Barcelona, you have to see Gaudi. Make sure to go visit La Sagrada Familia; it’s a masterpiece and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Whether you like his style or not, Gaudi was an absolute genius. One heads up for this: while the other parts of our trip were budget friendly, Barcelona architectural tours were not. So make sure to budget for that before hand!
While in Barcelona, we stayed near La Rambla, which I would recommend to anyone. It’s a very central location to most everything you’ll want to see and has a lot going on (thanks Caitlin)! We stayed at an Airbnb. I would definitely recommend staying in that area and would definitely recommend an Airbnb, because that’s a lot cheaper than a hotel. It’s pretty easy to get around Barcelona on public transit, though we mostly walked. There’s an airport bus that takes you to and from La Rambla that is super easy and costs ~1 Euro.
There’s a lot to see in Madrid! Including a lot of cool museums. You can get into the Prado museum for free late in the day, but watch out, there can be a long line!
One thing that we luckily stumbled upon was the best gathering of street performers I’ve ever seen. There’s a plaza near Plaza Mayor in Madrid called Puerta del Sol that gets packed at night. We were there for two hours watching dancers, roller bladers, and other entertainers putting on great shows. I got suckered into being a prop for the roller bladers and got jumped over by them while laying next to six other poor unfortunate souls. It was a little scary, haha.
One final Spain tip:
If you’re ever in Spain, make sure to get tapas! Get the papas fritas with the spicy sauce and the bacon wrapped dates. They are really tasty! (thanks to our friend Randilyn!)