We have been on a travel whirlwind these days. With summer fast approaching it’s time to visit some of the places we have been putting off in the name of finding better weather. Barcelona is one of those cities. Walking off the plane, we were both hit with a sensation we haven’t felt in a long time; humidity. Oh, sweet, sweet humidity!
We took the bus from the airport to downtown (so easy and inexpensive) and were in awe. It’s like Europe and Miami had a baby. We felt immediately at home. We stayed at a little hotel in the Gothic Quarter that was within “Berra” walking distance to everything we most wanted to see.
We got to the hotel in the afternoon and made our way down to the water to get what we’ve both wanted for way too long, seafood. Mainly, paella. Stuffed and happy it was time for beer day! First stop, the Ale and Hop bar. Germany has a limited selection of beer types so getting our fill of other options was high on the list. I had to laugh when I saw this Tulsa Twister (for Megan) and the Star Wars beers. It was lots of fun! We didn’t have long because we needed to get over to Edge Brewery for a tour and tasting.
Edge Brewing is a new brewery in Barcelona where they brew American Style craft beer. Since we have a really hard time finding it here in Germany (meaning we usually only find it when guests bring us some bottles in their luggage) we couldn’t miss it. It’s a small brewery with tasty beers and we even ran into one of the international representatives of Founder’s Brewing. It was nice to talk to him about his favorite beers and breweries around the world. It was a short tour but the tasting was informative and the beer was great!
It was after 8:00 when we finished so it was time for wandering and tapas. We loved strolling through the streets and stumbled upon a great little tapas place for jamon, cheese, olives, calamari, peppers, and cava!
On Sunday, we had no plans. First, we went down to the beach (naturally). The weather was perfect. We strolled along and stopped for brunch at a beach bar. It felt like the tiki bar all over again!
We spent the rest of the day walking, eating tapas, drinking cava, eating more taps, visiting the Dow Jones Bar (a bar where the prices change like the stock market). When you order a drink, the stock (and price) goes up! It’s pretty clever and fun. We ended up watching a soccer match and see the Guinness stock rise.
Later that night we walked back down to the beach, just to get our fill, again! We ended up at another beach bar where we had the best cava sangria we have had in our lives. It was a beautiful evening!
Monday was our last day in the city and we had booked tickets ahead of time to see La Sagrada Familia. If you go to Barcelona, please get tickets online before you go so you can make sure you can see the inside! It was breathtaking. Better pictures will be uploaded in our photo gallery later but in the meantime you can enjoy some of them here.
Naturally, when we were finished with our tour (get the audio guide, it was informative and we would have missed quite a bit if we had wandered around ourselves) we went back down to get our last view of the water and our parrot friend. He loved (or hated) the pigeons. We watched for far too long!
Sadly, it was time to make our way back to the bus so we could get to the airport. We left knowing that we will return. Barcelona is such a cool city. The weather is great, the food is unbelievable, and the people are friendly! We had no problem with pushy people trying to tell to tourists like you do in some cities and it’s very easy to navigate. If it’s not on your list already, it might be time to add it!