Barcelona, Spain

By on April 11, 2017

Placa Espanya and Montjuic, Barcelona

The spring and summer seasons present boundless opportunities to vacation and explore what lies not just beyond the North Dallas Corridor, but beyond the United States. So, take a little extra time to sail the seas, touch a piece of history, or indulge in new, flavorful cuisine. If you’re wondering where you can accomplish all of the above, head to Barcelona, Spain.

Known for its art and architecture, Barcelona stands as the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonian region of Spain. That being said, we suggest you delve head first into the rich cultural aspects and landmarks, beginning with Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

There’s a reason this cathedral attracts more than 2.8 million visitors a year; it’s awe-inspiring and sensational in every sense of the word. Architect, Antoni Gaudi, was consumed with the project and made it his holy mission to complete it as atonement for the city’s sins of modernity. Now, after more than 130 years, it’s under construction, and upon finalization it’s verticality will be even more magnificent than it is today.

To experience another wonderful piece of both history and art, visit Museu Picasso. Within the walls of these five contiguous medieval stone mansions lies one of the world’s most extensive collections of artwork by artist Pablo Picasso. Museu Picasso offers visitors a glimpse into the famed artist’s versatility and genius, concentrating primarily on his formative years.

In Barcelona, you could go sightseeing for days, but there’s another activity that can be all consuming as well – dining. You could certainly eat your way through the vacation, so we’ll point out some of our favorites to keep you on the straight and narrow!

“Tapas 24 is a tribute to the tradition, the classic Tapas of our country, a homage to our culture, products, our homemade elaborations and our identity,” reads the restaurant’s website. It’s the perfect way to get a real, authentic taste of what makes Barcelona stand out from the rest.

Viana happens to be another impeccable dining choice when visiting Barcelona – it’s  a “gastronomic oasis” set in a cozy environment and focused on quality and exceptional hospitality. Here guests can enjoy detailed and authentic international cuisine with touches of traditional Spanish flavors.

Wandering Barcelona is a surreal experience, between the people, the food, and the indescribable venues, you’ll find romantic adventure and create some of your best memories.

I am a Hockaday alum and graduate of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. I am an aspiring writer and journalist, and, as an avid reader, I constantly exercise my imagination and whet my appetite for creativity. I am outgoing and personable, and I look forward to incorporating my innate enthusiasm for creativity into my work!

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