DO: Skip the touristy, over crowded and dirty Barceloneta beach and head out to Bogatell Beach. By far the superior beach, being less crowded and way cleaner. Bring a beach towel and spend the day tanning on the beach, strolling along the promenade, and stopping for a glass (or pitcher) of sangria and fresh seafood at one of the many seaside restaurant.
SEE: Don’t leave Barcelona without getting tickets to see the Sagrada Familia. Although this large Roman Catholic church is incomplete and has been under construction for over 130 years, it is by far the most beautiful church I have ever seen and beyond impressive for both architecture lovers and us amateurs (like me). Make sure you book ticket’s ahead of time!
DRINK: SANGRIA FROM EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE. ALL OF THE SANGRIA.
PLAY: Explore La Boqueria Central Market just off Las Ramblas – foodie heaven.
TRY: Barcelona was filled with too many good foods to try. To name a few: tomato bread (legit tomato speared on bread), bikinis (nope not what you think – they’re mini ham and cheese sandwiches AKA bits of heaven), iberian ham, and eggplant with honey.
STAY: If you want in on the fun, stay along Las Ramblas Street. It is the central boulevard that goes through the heart of the city centre and is vibrant and lively 24/7 (trust me – I walked the streets after the bar at 4:30am and people are up and about either getting up to start the work day or still drunk from the night before). We were princesses and stayed at the Meridien hotel just off Las Ramblas and it was the perfect, central location to explore Barcelona, and we were high enough up that it wasn’t noisy at all when we slept.