Julie Spain 30 Comments

Hola!! Greetings from Barcelona! It’s been a very busy week for Tim and I. The two of us have been visiting sights around the city, taking day trips into other parts of Spain, and sampling as many tapas as possible. This leads us to the end of our trip, Ironman Barcelona, less than 24 hours away. Here is how we spent our time in Barcelona.

Tapas, Cava, Vermouth, and Rooftop Bars

Barcelona operates on a different schedule than many other cities we have visited. Breakfast is served until 12:30 pm, lunch does not start until 1 pm, and many restaurants do not open for dinner until 7 pm or later. And of course, you have to throw in that midday siesta!! Let me tell you, once you start drinking wine and cava at lunch, that siesta is almost a necessity.

Tim and I love tapas. These small plates allow you to sample more types of food than ordering one big dish. And these small plates fill you up fast!! Our favorites are the patatas bravas, anchovies, shrimp, and fresh fish.

Patatas Bravas

Tapas Barcelona Spain

Bodega Biarritz


Vermouth is popular here, as is cava, Spain’s sparkling white wine. Tim and I love the rooftop bars with views over Barcelona.

Cava Barcelona

Julie Rivenbark in Barcelona

Barcelona Rooftop Bar

Can’t Miss Gaudí While in Barcelona!

Gaudí and his quirky, beautiful, whimsical, and very creative architectural designs are a must-see while in Barcelona.

Pedrera Barcelona

La Pedrera


Sagrada Familia Ceiling

Ceiling of the Sagrada Familia


Park Guell

Park Güell


Casa Batllo Barcelona

Our favorite, Casa Batlló


Casa Batllo

The View from Tibidabo

One of the highlights for us were the views from Tibidabo, a small amusement park perched on a hillside overlooking Barcelona. This is Sagrat Cor, the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Tibidabo Barcelona


Wandering the Gothic Quarter

A visit to Barcelona would not be complete without a stroll through the Gothic Quarter. Or, you could spend all day here, like we did. More tapas, some shopping, and exploring some of Barcelona’s most interesting streets.

Gothic Quarter Barcelona

Barcelona Plaza

Barcelona Gothic Quarter Street

Barcelona City Street

Barcelona old and new

Passeig de Gràcia

There are modern areas in Barcelona, as well. At least once a day, Tim and I would walk Passeig de Gràcia, on our way to a Gaudí house or tapas restaurant. This street reminds us of the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Passeig de Gracia

Day Trip to Montserrat

A visit to Montserrat is the most popular day trip from Barcelona. Located about an hour and 20 minutes north of the city by train, this small range of mountains is home to a monastery. Yes, seeing the monastery was nice, but we loved the views over the countryside.

Montserrat Spain

Girona, Spain

We loved Girona. This is another day trip, but with a high speed train to get you there, it’s a comfortable journey. This is great for anyone who loves exploring small European towns. While we were there, we learned that it is a filming site for season 6 of Game of Thrones!! What do you think we will be posting about in the future?

Girona Spain

Arya steps Game of Thrones Girona

Next Adventure: Ironman Barcelona

On October 2, Tim raced Ironman Barcelona. For those of you not familiar with the distances of this triathlon, Tim swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and then ran a marathon. Sound crazy? The distances seem even longer in kilometers (it’s 180 km on the bike…yikes!).

Read all about his race in this post: Racing Ironman Barcelona

More Information for Your Trip to Spain

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Start with our guide to the best things to do in Barcelona. Plan your visit with our 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary, our guide on Where to Stay in Barcelona, and get recommendations on where to eat in Barcelona.

BARCELONA DAY TRIPS: From Barcelona, spend the day in Girona or day trip to Montserrat to visit the Monastery and hike to spectacular viewpoints.

SEVILLE: Take a look at our article Best Things to do in Seville for 20 great experiences to have in the city.

EUROPE TRAVEL INSPIRATION: For more great ideas on where to go in Europe, check out our article 30 Beautiful Places to Visit in Europe and the 20 Best Hikes in Europe. You can also get more travel ideas in our 10 Days in Europe itinerary guide, which has 10 great itineraries for your next trip to Europe.

Planning a trip to Spain? Read all of our articles in our Spain Travel Guide.


All rights reserved © Earth Trekkers. Republishing this article and/or any of its contents (text, photography, etc.), in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited.

Comments 30

  1. Avatar for Tammy
    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      There are 2 rooftop bars in this post. The first photos were taken at Alaire Terrace and the second one was taken at 360 Terrace.

  2. Avatar for Elizabeth

    Hi Julie – love your website! Did you all feel safe when you were there wandering around Barcelona and the Gothic Quarter? Did you have any issues while you were there? We are traveling to Spain (starting with Barcelona) this spring. Thanks!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Elizabeth. Yes, we felt very safe walking through the Gothic Quarter and other parts of Barcelona. Have a great time on your trip! Cheers, Julie

  3. Avatar for ZR
    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      No, I don’t. To go that far you might want to see if there is a bus that travels between Barcelona and Andorra. Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Cali

    I love your blog but, sincerely, recommending only Barcelona when traveling to Spain is like recommending Mc Donald’s when traveling Tuscany or France.
    Anyway good job!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Thanks Cali. So far, we have only been to Barcelona (with day trips), so that’s all I have written about. There’s a lot on our list to come back and see. Cheers, Julie

  5. Avatar for Laurie

    First time visit to Spain. If you only had one and 1/2 days in Barcelona (1/2 day Saturday and full day and evening on Sunday) what do you recommned seeing our 1/2 day on Saturday and then Sunday. This would be the end of November. We like to see some art, but don’t want to spend hours in a museum with such short time. We are traveling with my 18 year old son. We are staying very near the square. Thank you for your advice.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Laurie. Take a look at our Barcelona itinerary. I recommend doing Day #1 on your full day. On your half day, you could visit the Sagrada Familia (book your tickets in advance!). Maybe you could squeeze in Park Guell afterwards, or take the trip up to Mt. Tibidabo for great views over the city. If you want to visit an art museum, you could substitute the MNAC Museum for one of Gaudi’s houses. Cheers, Julie

Load More Comments

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *