GUIDE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN

GUIDE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN

At the end of March/beginning of April, I was fortunate to be able to travel to Barcelona, Spain with my boyfriend. We had the most amazing time and honestly fell in love with this amazing city.

I wanted to create a short guide of everything that I feel are top musts when going. If you want a more in-depth look at each day I have created posts for each one– day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5– just click on the day you want to read about!

WHERE I STAYED

I love a good hotel, but when it came down to finding lodging for Barcelona, I wanted something with a great view and close to transportation. I ultimately found a great Airbnb two blocks away from the Sagrada Familia. We had a whole apartment to ourselves, and a view of the cathedral from our balcony.

HOW I GOT AROUND

The transportation in Barcelona is amazing! You can literally get anywhere by bus or metro. Before you start thinking “eww dirty”, let me be the first to put those thoughts at ease. Barcelona is an extremely clean city, including the public transportation. I never once felt like I was sitting in a can of germs while being on the bus or metro.

I did a lot of research about the public transportation in Barcelona and I found that the Hola Barcelona Card was the best option. It was super affordable and gives you access to all public transportation systems.

WHAT I DID

We were in Barcelona for five days (not including two travel days). I planned pretty much the entire trip on my own with the help of Google and YouTube. Here are some things that I think are a must when you are in Barcelona:

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Sagrada Familia– make sure you do a tour. We did a guided tour in the morning and it was really nice being able to ask questions and hear stories from the perspective of someone who lives in Barcelona.

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Palau de la Musica– This place was stunning! We did an audio tour and were very lucky to be there while someone was warming up on the organ inside. This is the type of place that could only exist in Spain and it definitely should not be missed. There is also a great little cafe downstairs for an afternoon espresso and sandwich.

Parc Guell– This is probably one of the most iconic places in Barcelona. I never realized how big this park actually is, so I would allow for a few hours here to explore and see all the amazing pieces that make up this park.

Parc de laberint d’horta– This park is like a hidden gem that I never really came across in any of my research before the trip. I happened to just see it on a map and Googled it. It is only a few euros to get into and it is well worth it. There is a full hedge maze in the center which was fun to wander around with several locals. There are also numerous reflecting pools, statutes, fountains, and gardens surrounding the maze.

Casa Batlló– This house was so unique and beautiful. I highly recommend taking the audio tour. It was such an interesting experience because the tour is from the perspective of the house talking about the family who lived there and the architect, Gaudi. I loved all the blues and the intricate details of this house. It was such a fun few hours feeling what it would be like living in the city of Barcelona.

The Gothic Quarter– One of the best free things you can do is explore the gothic quarter. If you go to Spain and expect ancient, historical, fairytale vibes– this is your place to experience that. We loved walking around all the small streets and shops in the gothic quarter, and we will probably forever reminisce about it until the day we can go back.

WHERE I ATE

My boyfriend was mostly in charge of the dinners on this trip and we ended up mostly at tapas bars (which honestly was so fun). Here are the places that were stand outs to me.

Dulcinea– You have to go experience a Swiss drinking chocolate with melindros. They are *chef’s kiss*. This was my favorite thing I had in the city and if/when I go back, I will be enjoying this treat daily.

Bodega La Palma– This tapas bar had the best bravas and croquets I had the entire trip. I really regret not going back a second time to get some.

Can Ramonet– This paella was EVERYTHING! We shared the vegetable paella, and I’m not ashamed to admit I ate almost the whole thing by myself.

La Cova Furmada– I have two words of advice for this place: be early and order the bombas. Seriously, get there early because they close around 2pm and they will turn a giant line of people away. The bombas are the most delicious things ever; I recommend ordering at least 1 per person. The sangria was also very delicious.

Hofmann Bakery– For all my pastry lovers out there, do yourself a favor and go to Hofmann’s. They have the most delicious croissant filled with mascarpone cheese and is covered in a glaze. It’s so good you won’t want to share, trust me on this one. Like really though, get one to have all to yourself!

BARCELONA DAY 5 | PARK HOPPING, FOOD + SHOPPING

BARCELONA DAY 5 | PARK HOPPING, FOOD + SHOPPING

I am sad to say that this was my last day in Barcelona. This was also one of my favorite days in the city. It was a beautiful Saturday and the sun finally decided to brace us with her presence. I honestly couldn’t have ask for a better day.

We started off by going to Hoffmann Bakery and grabbing the most delicious croissant I have ever had in my life. We sat in the little street behind the bakery and just ate our pastries while watching the people go about their day. It was such a good start to the day.

From Hoffman we walked to the Parc de la Ciutadella.

We walked around this gorgeous park while families and puppies played in the grass around us. We came upon the most gorgeous fountain at the end of the park and decided to stop and take pictures and overall just soak in the magic. It was like stepping back in time.

From the park, we headed to the Arc de Triomf. It was so large and so so pretty. Unfortunately it was blocked off for some event so I had to make lemonade out of lemons to get a cute picture. I literally climbed up a giant lamppost, but it is my favorite picture and I have zero regrets.

We then headed out for lunch. If I haven’t mentioned this before, my boyfriend was in chard go 90% of the food places. We did a lot of tapas bars and I feel like it was such a fun experience hopping around them. There was only one time when we had some trouble getting into one and it was on this day.

We wanted to get La Cova Furmada for lunch after seeing them on a YouTube video during our research. We did not expect to wait about an hour to get in and be one of the last parties that were let in before they closed down. We felt very lucky to have made it through the threshold and get to taste the deliciousness that are bombas. I had the pan con tomato, bombas (little potato balls with seasoned beef), and sangria. All delicious!

After Lunch we did some shopping in the streets of Barcelona. We found some souvenirs for family and friends, we visited a very old nougat shop, and we bought some treats from Casa Gispert.

We stopped by our Airbnb to drop off our goodies and headed to our last destination for the day– Parc del Laberint d’Horta.

This park was something out of a fairytale. It was a labyrinth park built for some princess forever ago and was just STUNNING. We spent all afternoon wandering the maze and exploring all the little secret gardens. I honestly felt like I was in Bridgerton and needed to be in a dress holding an old book with a parasol.

We decided to get dinner to-go and head back to our Airbnb very early because we had to wake up at 4am to get to the airport.

And just like that our Barcelona trip was over. I hope you enjoyed my day recaps of my trip and I will be creating a Barcelona guide in the next week or so.

-Lyndsay

BARCELONA DAY 4 | PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

BARCELONA DAY 4 | PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

We were very lucky the sun decided to come out, but it was still freezing. I am definitely glad that I packed layer able pieces on this trip. We started our morning off by exploring Parc Guell. It is probably THE most famous park in Barcelona and I now fully understand why. Not only is this park beautiful, but its also massive which I didn’t realize until I was trying to find the famous mosaic bench and got lost.

This park has so may perfect spots for pictures that my boyfriend and I got a little carried away with taking pictures (no regrets though).

After Parc Guell we decided to grab a coffee and then we were off to our next destination.

We took an audio tour of Sant Pau Hospital and were literally blown away. First of all, this hospital seems more like a palace and was gorgeous. Secondly, this hospital was gigantic with something like 13 different buildings not including the newer still functioning hospital.

Once we finished with our tour, we headed back to our Airbnb to rest a little. Later on we headed back to the gothic quarter to do some shopping where I picked up a pair of handmade espadrilles to take home. I also convinced my boyfriend to get Melindros and Swiss chocolate before dinner.

We headed to the beach to get some paella for dinner. This was probably my favorite meal and I honestly wish I had it one more time before we left.

We had an early night in because we were so exhausted from walking so much and it was in the 40’s by the time we finished dinner. I had absolutely no objections to turning in early for a warm shower and a cozy bed.

BARCELONA DAY 3 | SAGRADA FAMILIA, CASA BATLLO + FLAMENCO

BARCELONA DAY 3 | SAGRADA FAMILIA, CASA BATLLO + FLAMENCO

We spent most of the morning walking around the Sagrada Familia, and we took a guided tour there as well. The parks outside were gorgeous and we definitely got there early before our tour to walk around and take some pictures. Luckily we were staying a block away, and we were actually able to sleep in which was nice.

After Sagrada Familia we headed over to Casa Batlló.

This beautiful house was designed by Gaudi and it was honestly one of my favorite places we toured. We did a self guided audio tour which was really nice because we were able to take our time in the rooms and take pictures. This whole house was inspired by the Mediterranean ocean and I absolutely loved all the blues.

After Casa Batlló we headed over to Pueblo Espanyol to see a Flamenco show.

We got there about an hour early and we took the opportunity to walk around this little city. It was so cool because it essentially is all of Spain in one city block and each area represented a different area of Spain.

Once it was time to check in for our show, we headed inside and sat down for our tapas.

The show was amazing and there was actually a massive thunderstorm while it happened and it added to the intensity of the show.

After the show we headed out to a bar for a nightcap and then went straight to our Airbnb for a good night of sleep.

BARCELONA DAY 2 | MUSEU NACIONAL D’ART + MONSERRAT MONASTERY

BARCELONA DAY 2 | MUSEU NACIONAL D’ART + MONSERRAT MONASTERY

The second day of my trip it was very cold a rainy. Luckily, the morning was spent looking through the beautiful Museu Nacional d’Art while it rained. I honestly love a good rainy day spent inside of a museum. This one was beyond beautiful…literally like walking through a castle.

By the time we were done wandering around the different wings, and had some lunch, the rain had stopped.

We then headed out of the city on the metro to go up to the Monserrat Monestary. We took the cable cars up the mountain and I honestly wouldn’t have wanted to go up any other way. The views were breathtaking!

We walked around the museum and then headed over to the basilica. This was a such a cool experience and I am so glad we decided to do it.

After we walked around all the buildings, we ended up exploring the outside areas a bit. There are a lot of hiking trails, but we didn’t do them as we went later in the afternoon and it was very cold.

The views from everywhere you went were so pretty. I definitely feel like if you are scared of heights this might not be for you.

We caught the last cable car down the mountain and headed back into the city. We ended the night with an early dinner and passed out from exhaustion.

BARCELONA DAY 1 | PALAU DE LA MUSICA, GOTHIC QUARTER + TAPAS

BARCELONA DAY 1 | PALAU DE LA MUSICA, GOTHIC QUARTER + TAPAS

I did so much when I was in Spain that I have decided to break it down and do it by day. I will also create a guide to Barcelona for those of you who want just a highlighted version of the favorite things I did!

The first full day in Barcelona might have been one of my favorites of the trip. There is nothing like wandering around a new place and getting lost in the streets.

We started our day off with an early tour of the Palau de la Musica.

This beautiful concert hall was absolutely beautiful. I loved the architecture inside and it has my favorite ceiling of all time inside. I also love the mosaic pillars on the balcony outside the second floor.

After our tour we wandered around the gothic quarter where we stumbled upon the Barcelona Cathedral. We didn’t go inside but we did spend a good amount of time looking at every Ince of the building from the outside. We then just walked around the narrow streets and alleys looking at all the amazing architecture.

We ended out the day with a trip to Dulcinea for Swiss drinking chocolate and melindros. This is one of my favorite things I ate on my trip and I am still daydreaming about them now. After having these, we went onto dinner at Bodega La Palma where I enjoyed my fist bravas and ham croquets.

The jet lag was very evident to us on our first day and we were exhausted by the end of it. So we had an early night and got lots of rest because the rest of our days were jam packed with activities.

OUTFIT ROUNDUP | BARCELONA, SPAIN

OUTFIT ROUNDUP | BARCELONA, SPAIN

I can’t believe I have been home for almost a week. Barcelona was a dream trip and it went by way too fast.

I am still fighting some jet lag and trying to get back on California time, so while I wait for my body to re-adjust I wanted to show you some of my outfits from Spain. There will be more posts to come, but I need more time to get my thoughts together for them.

So, I hope you enjoy my outfit roundup from my week exploring Barcelona, Spain!

Because the weather was so cold, and windy, I ended up wearing more repeats that I had intended to. I will say that having pieces that mix and match well together makes traveling, and getting ready, SO much easier. I am very grateful I brought the layers I did or I probably would have froze.

LONG HAUL FLIGHT ESSENTIALS | WEDNESDAY WISHLIST

LONG HAUL FLIGHT ESSENTIALS | WEDNESDAY WISHLIST

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In about one month I leave for Spain!

I have so much to do before then– I have to figure out what to wear, figure out transportation, and figure out what I need to buy for a 23 hour travel day. Here are some of the things I have bought and want to buy for my long-haul flight.

I recently bought this neck pillow and I am honestly so excited to use it. This pillow can conform to pretty much any position you need for sleeping. I also need to buy an eye mask like this one for my flight. I tend to have trouble sleeping so I plan on buying some liquid IV sleep to help me out. My goal is to try and make the longest leg of my trip as comfortable as possible, so I plan on buying this foot hammock to help keep my blood circulating. The longest stretch I have on a plane is about 14 hours long. I bought these deodorant wipes to help keep me smelling fresh.

If you have any items you love when you travel please let me know! I am still searching for some gems.

-Lyndsay

I’M GOING ON A TRIP!

I’M GOING ON A TRIP!

Even typing this out is so surreal…I am going to BARCELONA!

This trip was very unexpected, and is coming up very soon. I will be going at the end of March into early April (which is about two months from now). It has been a long time since I have traveled overseas and I am so excited. I also am slightly nervous to travel so far during COVID and I am also nervous that this trip could be canceled like all my trips in 2020. You can read about that in this post and this post.

I’m sure you are wondering how this trip came about because I stated it was unexpected. Long story short, my boyfriend recently had COVID. While he was confined to his room, I think he got a little bit of cabin fever and it amplified his travel bug. So, he randomly booked us flights to Barcelona for his spring break when he saw a flight deal come through to his email. I had no idea he was doing this; I just got a call one day on my way to work and he told me he bought flights.

I can’t wait to take you along on this trip with me! I will of course be sharing everything we do and see on our adventure. What types of things would like to see on this blog? I would love to share the things I want to get for the trip, but would love to know if there is anything you want to know so leave me a comment down below!

-Lyndsay

FRIDAY’S FIVE | LAS VEGAS AND HAPPY MAIL

FRIDAY’S FIVE | LAS VEGAS AND HAPPY MAIL

{Spending some quality time with my niece and reading poolside}

{Using my Stoney Clover Lane tote bag for the first time}

{Drinking out of this coconut while packing to come home}

{My first order from the Common Room- how gorgeous is this packaging?!}

{Perfecting an at-home pumpkin cream cold brew}

I started off my week with four days in Vegas babysitting my niece. We spent most our time sleeping in, drinking coffee and reading books– it was great! It also was the very first time I got to use this gorgeous Stoney Clover Lane tote bag which holds way more than I expected it to. Some highlights from my trip include drinking a Pina colada by the pool and drinking a stamped coconut while packing to go home. It felt like the official end to summer.

When I came home there was a lot of happy mail waiting for me! I got my first order from The Common Room. I have definitely been getting into the fall swing-of-things lately, especially when it comes to clothes and fun accessories. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t started decorating yet. Speaking of Fall things, I also perfected the pumpkin cream cold brew at home and could not be more excited.

I hope you lovelies have had a good week; it was definitely hard going back to work after a few days off. I am so excited for all the fun things coming up and for my favorite time of year. What is your favorite time of year?

-Lyndsay