Exploring Barcelona in a Day

¡Los fines de semana… vamos a España! The sunny, enchanting city of Barcelona was the perfect escape from the cloudy and cold weather in Geneva. Sunshine, palm trees, and beaches? Yes please!

Though I took Spanish for eight years, I’ve never been to a Spanish-speaking city before, so it was exciting for me to actually get to use the language. I was able to interact with locals and navigate the subway, which really gave me a feel of the city and allowed me to see it from a different perspective. Barcelona has chill, young, and artsy vibe to it but at the same time it feels historical, elegant, and charming. There’s also a good mix of locals and tourists, so it’s very diverse and cosmopolitan. I have to say, Barcelona is probably my favorite city I’ve been to yet.

Our first stop of the day: Parc Güell! The park is located on top of a hill, where we had a beautiful view of the city.

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Next stop: La Sagrada Familia! I don’t know what to say except that Gaudí is an architectural genius. The church is still a work in progress but is expected to be finished in 2026 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. Almost there!

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We then made our way over to the Gothic Quarter via the Arc de Triomf, where we stopped for an afternoon snack at a nearby bakery and got… cupcakes!!!

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Vanilla cupcake with strawberry frosting from Lolita Bakery. Yum!

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And of course, no trip to Barcelona would be complete without a walk down Las Ramblas, tapas, and more tapas. 😉 There’s something special about this city that keeps you wanting more. One day was definitely not enough, and I absolutely plan on going back again in the future if I can. Barcelona, you were a blast. ¡Me encanta mucho!

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