Current mood: Itching to get on a flight!
So for my first Travel guide I introduce...Barcelona! This city holds a very special place in my heart...It's my hometown.
"We wanted to better understand each other and see what environment shaped us into who we are today."
As some of you may know, I got married in December and before our wedding, my husband Danny and my best friend Fernando decided to take an "Origins Trip". Backstory -- our little trio travels almost everywhere together and we have become very close over the years. I've know Fernando since I was 14! Well...we wanted to take each other back to the place we grew up in; we wanted to better understand each other and see what environment shaped us into who we are today.
We went mid May and the weather was perfect not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket! (get the Miss Congeniality reference? haha)
We flew out of LAX and we scored an INSANE deal with Level Airlines (which is Iberia's budget airline) RT for $430! ...I know.
Pro tip: There is food for purchase, but it is a budget airline so bare that in mind (pack a lot of snacks). Yes, would absolutely fly with them again!
Where we stayed
Ok so, I am a huge fan of Airbnb! We booked our place through the Delta & Airbnb partnership (you earn 1 mile for every $1 spent) and I am totally a Delta snob. You can sign up for the American Express Delta Card, it's seriously the best and I get upgrades all the time #WhatIsEconomy? lol
The AirBnb we stayed in is no longer available but, here is a close second that is located in the same neighborhood. The El Born neighborhood is very central to all the sights in Barcelona without being smack in the middle of all the noise.
What to do
Casa Batllo & Casa Mila
If you're planning on going to any of the sights listed above, I highly suggest you purchase your time slotted tickets in advance at tiquets.com
Explore Las Ramblas
La Boqueria (Famous Farmers Market)
Get lost in the Gothic Quarter (Lot's of great local boutiques, tapas bars and architecture!)
Fountain of Montjuic (check for showtimes )
Personally, I'm not a fan of Barcelona's beach, I prefer Sitges. If you want to explore a little outside of Barcelona head to my favorite coastal town! It's about a 45min train ride from the city, with great beaches, great views and delicious food!
Where to eat
Restaurant 7 Portes
Quimet y Quimet
When it comes to tapas, don't be afraid to wander off the beaten path. It's okay if the place looks like a hole in the wall!
Barcelo Raval Hotel (360 Rooftop bar)
Collage Cocktail Bar
Tandem Cocktail Bar
Paradiso Cocktail Bar
How to get around
Barcelona is a very walkable city, I encourage you walk as much as you can and get lost in it's beautiful streets. Also, the metro is very accessible and goes almost everywhere as well as the bus. You can get a holiday metro pass "Hola Barcelona Travel Card" directly from the Barcelona metro (TMB) website.
Pro tip: Keep your important belongings in front of you at all times (crossbody type bag).
Don't leave important belongings on the table while you're eating (be mindful of pickpockets and use common sense).