Journey with Javvy: What to do in Barcelona - Gaudi, La Sagrada, The Mercado and the Las Ramblas

Au revoir Paris, I am ready to be sexy and samba like the Catalonians do in Spain! Trust me, leaving Paris was pretty heartbreaking to me but little did I know what an incredible experience I would have in Barcelona, Spain! Spain is known for a few things; their nude beaches, sexy people with the best bodies,  the best tapas, the Las Ramblas (which I will provide more detail on later) and the beautiful architecture created by Antoni Gaudi, who is mostly referred to simply as Gaudi.  Gaudi, a Spanish Catalan architect is best known for practicing Catalan Modernism for his projects. His work is breathtaking, and I am happy to share one of my favorites with you in my photos below.

I have created a Day 1 Where to Go in Barcelona guide below:

1.       Start your mornings and end your evenings  on the Playa (the beach)

2.       INSIDER TIP: Grab a bike (or a scooter if you choose to visit them all) and go visit some of my favorite Gaudi’s masterpieces throughout the city.

a.       La Sagrada de Família- This beautiful basilica has been under construction since 1883, yes that is over 100 years! Take a tour inside (which I suggest) or just enjoy the beautiful architecture before your eyes. Grab a coffee at Farggi, it is a cute café right by the Sagrada.

b.      Casa Batlló- This beautiful stone building is one of his most famous structures. The exterior contains a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles!

c.       Casa Milà- This is the last civil project that Gaudi worked on. This also has an incredible rooftop bar! Make sure you go to this one!

d.      Casa Calvet- This was one of Gaudi’s unusual projects as this project is rather symmetrical and balanced and if you are a Gaudi fan, you know that is not his style!

e.      Casa Vicens- This was Gaudi’s first most important work. It is a private residence so you cannot go inside, but the outside is beautiful!

f.        Park Güell- For incredible views of the city during sunset you absolutely need to go to this park!

3.       Third stop: The Mercado aka the Market. This place is amazing! Street vendors, fruits, fresh fish and most importantly the best coconut juice I have ever had. This is a must see!

4.       Venture to the Las Ramblas. The Ramblas is filled with high-end and fast-fashion shopping, tons of tapas bars and great people watching! INSIDER TIP: if you venture away from all of the touristy spots you may just have the best meal of your life.

5.       INSIDER TIP: Dinner- If you do absolutely nothing in Barcelona you need to at least go to dinner at Arume, it opened this year too! This is off of the beaten path of the Ramblas but it is the cutest spot with incredible food. You feel like family when you eat here. It is not modern or uber fancy on the inside, but the décor is authentic, and the food is 5 stars worthy. The head chef behind the menu is a Michelin rated chef, so trust me, its savory! Here is the address (Carrer de Botella, 11, 08007 Barcelona, Spain. Their number is +34 933 154 872).

Fashion wise! Wear a comfy cotton dress if you feel like flashing all of Barcelona like I did that day. If not, wear shorts! Trust me..wear shorts, a comfortable tank and some converse sneakers. INSIDER TIP: Wear a fanny pack with the zipper facing you. I know, you won’t feel cute but there are a ton of pick-pocketers on the Las Ramblas!

I will have more Barcelona tips on my Barcelona part 2 post next week! Stay tuned!