5 Of The Best Things To Do In Barcelona

A peek into my great trip to Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has been on my bucket list for ages now. Fortunately for me, it was on my husband’s too. When my Darling Hubs had a milestone birthday this year, I thought: “It’s now or never. Let’s take the guy to Spain.” And just like that, we were boarding our flight.

Ryan was excited about Spain’s history (he’s a major history buff), the sights and the food. I was excited for the fashion, of course!! To see the flagship Zara firsthand (simple pleasures), and take in the easy, casual chic of Barcelona’s natives was Goal #1.

Firstly, we flew into London to visit family and spend a few days with our close friends Jen and Marty. All four of us then packed up and headed to Barcelona. This one was a trip for the record books – we had so much fun!

This trip was so incredible, I decided to round up a few of my favourite sights and restaurants that you must visit when you get to Barcelona. One more thing – not only did we go to Barcelona, we hit up Malaga, Marbella, Sotogrande and Estepona during our month away. This is the first of a series of blog posts highlighting our whirlwind trip!

La Sagradra Família

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Wrap Dress – Shein | Espadrilles – L’Intervalle (similar) | Trio Bag – Céline Paris

The Sagrada Familia is a sight to behold. Seriously. The manicness of its design is impressive. This large, unfinished cathedral is the brainchild of the brilliant Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

Construction of the cathedral started in 1882 and it’s still not finished. In fact, the cost of this building is now astronomical, and ticket sales from visitors now fund its construction.

This building is very “love it or hate it”. There isn’t too much rhyme or reason to the cathedral, with its mosaics, spires, animal figures protruding out of its walls, thousands of statues, and soaring colourful, stained glass windows and ceilings. I love it. George Orwell did not, calling it “one of the most hideous buildings in the world.” HARSH!

Either way – it’s an incredible sight. You owe it to yourself to visit.

Park Guëll

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Situated on Carmel Hill, Park Guëll is a beautiful public park designed also by Antoni Gaudí. There are lovely gardens of aloe, olive trees, wisteria, bougainvillea, etc. Take in the beautiful mosaic walls, the two stately homes – one of which Gaudi lived in with his family.

Park Guëll is the perfect place for a picnic of Iberico ham, fine cheeses and cava as you enjoy the expansive views of Barcelona. Don’t want to pack food? Stop off at the awesome sandwich shop at the entrance to the park!

Where To Eat

Sensi Tapas

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We arrived in Barcelona in the early evening and decided to go for a walk along the lively marina. We worked up an appetite and wandered through the alleyways until we stumbled upon Sensi. Sensi was packed, which was a good sign, so we entered, hoping for the best that we’d get a table. None left, so we sat at the bar, which was ultimately the right choice.

A peek into my great trip to Barcelona, Spain

Padrón Peppers

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Grilled octopus in the center

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More grilled octopus – it was so, so good!

Sitting at the bar allowed us a great view of Charlie, Sensi’s bartender and his awesome mixology skills. That guy makes the best sangrias I have ever, EVER tried. Go easy on them though. They go down a little too smoothly and pack a punch. #drunkos

A peek into my great trip to Barcelona, Spain

So glad I wore this oversized sweater and slip dress. Hid my tapas gut.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Cardigan – And Other Stories | Slip Dress – Aritzia (similar) | Espadrilles – L’Intervalle (similar) | Trio Bag – Céline Paris | Belt – old | Horn Pendant – Teonella

Sensi is hands down – the BEST tapas I have ever had. We ordered everything on the menu and gorged ourselves all night. This restaurant was so good, we went back a couple of nights later. Definitely a highlight. Be sure to try their Iberic chorizo with red aioli and grilled octopus, and mushroom crema catalona. OH. MY. GOD.

Mirabé

A peek into my great trip to Barcelona, Spain

Mirabé is one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever visited thanks to its glass walls, huge decks and cozy yet minimal decor. Located at the end of Avenida Tibidabo, Mirabé offers its patrons the most stunning view of Barcelona. Of note, you can take a gondola back down to the city! Check out my Youtube video to see footage of Mirabé and the beautiful view.

A traditional tapas restaurant, the food was excellent (the prawns!!!) and the service was wonderful. The most attentive wait staff ever.

Last But Not Least…

A peek into my great trip to Barcelona, Spain

Outside of the Museu Picasso

The Museu Picasso houses the most extensive collection of Picasso’s work in the world. You MUST VISIT. The museum does a fantastic job of showcasing the progression of Picasso’s artistic style throughout his life. And don’t be sneaky and try to take shots with your iPhone. Their security DOES NOT PLAY. We watched some obnoxious tourist get scolded loudly for doing this. Ha!

A peek into my great trip to Barcelona, Spain

Make sure you visit the Palau de la Música and take in a flamenco show. The dancing, the singing, the raw emotion!! We stared in shock and awe, mouths agape for two straight hours. Absolutely beautiful! And get there a little early so you can enjoy a glass of cava in this architectural gem which just so happens to be one of the most grand and important performance halls in the world.

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Wander around! Barcelona is fun and lively!! So much to see at every corner! Take in the boardwalk and watch the million dollar yachts glide by, shop your butt off on the Passeig de Gràcia and EAT. The food is reason alone to visit! Take advantage too. The price of dinner out along with fine wines and cava is considerably less expensive than North America and a lot of Europe!

Have you been to Barcelona? What did you think? I have yet to meet anyone who didn’t fall in love with it!

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23 Comments

  1. Mur
    October 13, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Beautiful!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Dominique
      October 13, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      MUR!!!! I MISS YOU!!! xoxoxoxoxo

  2. October 13, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I am dying to go here!!!!

    • Dominique
      October 13, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Ashley! I know Barcelona would welcome you with open arms! Imagine the pics you could take there??? #bloggersforlife!

    • Dominique
      October 13, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      I did! I have my expanding waistline to prove it!

  3. Carmen Salinas
    October 13, 2017 / 11:51 am

    What an amazing trip you had. Spain looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your lovely trip and adventures in Spain.

    • Dominique
      October 13, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks, Carmen! I hope you get there one day. I know you’d appreciate it! You may never come back!

  4. October 13, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    This looks like an incredible trip! Barcelona is definitely on my list of places to visit someday! Love all your pictures and your outfits were on point!

    Xo, Steph

    • Dominique
      October 13, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Oooh Stephani! Thank you! I know you’d love it, girl!

  5. October 13, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    I have had so many friends go to Barcelona recently and have loved it! I loved all your pictures and love that dress!

    xoxo,
    Kim

    • Dominique
      October 13, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Aww Kim! Thanks! I have yet to meet anyone who didn’t fall in love with Barcelona. It was truly amazing. I can’t wait to go back!

  6. Ashley DTKAustin
    October 13, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    So jealous!! I have always wanted to visit Barcelona!!

    • Dominique
      October 15, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      It’s only a click away, bella! You’ll get there!

  7. October 15, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    so amazing, I have always wanted to go to Barcelona!

    xo
    Stesha

    • Dominique
      October 15, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      You must go, Stesha!

  8. Stephanie
    October 15, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    All I want to do right now is jump into these photos and enjoy the sights for myself! I’m obsessed with how beautiful it is! I want to travel so terribly, and you’re just making that bug get worse haha! Here’s hoping I get to visit there someday!

  9. October 16, 2017 / 10:30 am

    SO glad Segrada Familia was your first pick… the most gorgeous place i have EVER been!!! Obsessed with Barcelona and hope to go back

    • Dominique
      October 16, 2017 / 11:37 am

      I absolutely LOVE grand ol’ cathedrals and churches! It was on my life bucket list! I wandered around in awe for hours. I hope to get back there one day. I can’t wait to go to the big duomo in Milan, and Westminster Abbey remains my favourite to date, with Notredame Cathedral a close second!

  10. October 16, 2017 / 11:07 am

    I would love to go to Barcelona someday!!

    • Dominique
      October 16, 2017 / 11:36 am

      You’ll get there, babe! It’s just a plane ride away! ;o)

  11. Margret
    October 16, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Aww this is amazing and looked like you had a blast!!!

    • Dominique
      October 18, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      We really did! What a great time! Barcelona – you stole my heart!

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