Hey all! I’m writing from our flight to Lisbon. The past couple days in Barcelona have been great! The first day our flight from Budapest got in early in the morning so we had the entire day to explore the city. We started by checking out Parc Guell, which was right near our Airbnb. The park had a whole bunch of different parts to it, including viaducts, a small hike to a point with a great view of the city and mosaics by Gaudi.
After the park, we grabbed some lunch and went back to the Airbnb for a short siesta, since we were pretty exhausted from our early flight, not to mention we wanted to fully embrace Spanish culture. In the evening we decided to head down to Port Olympic for happy hour and dinner. The port was a pretty cool spot for drinks and food, especially due to the fact that all of the restaurants had outdoor seating.
The next day we attempted to start the day with the Sagrada Familia. However, by the time we got there, there were only tickets for entry at 7pm, so we bought the tickets and went to check out the Arc de Triompf, Parc de la Ciutadella and the Santa Maria del Mar church.
After that we found ourselves in the gothic quarter, so we walked around for a while until we stumbled upon a flea market, which Zeke absolutely loved. After the market we went to check out the Picasso museum, which was really cool because it mostly focused on the early parts of his career.
After the museum, we decided to kill time until it was time to go to the Sagrada Familia by getting some tapas and drinks. Finally it was time to enter and it was pretty incredible. This project was started in the late 1800’s by Gaudi and has essentially been an ongoing work since then. There was a part of it destroyed in the 1930’s and since then they’ve been fixing it and building more. It’s predicted to be fully completed in 2026.
The next day we started off the morning by hiking to Parc Monjuïc to see the Montjuïc Castle. The castle was really cool to walk around, especially since there was a section on the grounds where people were doing archery. There was a gorgeous view of the city and the ocean as well.
After the castle we got lunch and then decided to spend the rest of the day at the beach. It was really nice to have a few hours to just lay down and relax after the insane amount of walking we’ve been doing in each city. Unfortunately the water was pretty cold, so we didn’t go swimming at all.