Barcelona, Spain

I visited Barcelona two times before I moved here. I took many tours, found some vegetarian/vegan favorites, and stayed at a few different hotels. So, it’s with a lot of embarrassment that I realize although I’ve posted photos on Instagram, I’ve never written a post about visiting Barcelona! Which is ridiculous and usually something we only do for our hometowns.

Which, although I have lived here for over 5 years and assume I will live here longer, I still view this wonderful city as a tourist. With outsider’s eyes, still marveling at its beautiful streets, international flavor, and decadent architecture.

I think as well, Catalonia as a region is a little slice of heaven. There are some but not many places in this world where you ski in the mountains and drive to the beach in a matter of hours, discover castles and aqueducts from different centuries and see some of the most creative artwork from famous artists like Antoni Gaudi, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso to name just a few.

Not to mention Catalonia has some thermal springs for soaking, amazing national parks, and trails perfect for mountain biking and hiking.

There is a lot going on here, and I have been lucky enough to spend the last few years discovering so many wonderful areas in the region that I forgot to mention its busy metropolis Capital.

So, this is my version of the perfect Barcelona holiday. Without leaving the city, without getting carried away and trying to fit 5 years of living into one blog post, these are my recommendations for the must-sees of Barcelona.

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