After our daughter’s wedding in Madrid, we had two days in Barcelona…and I felt we used them wisely. Here’s what I would recommend to you for Barcelona: Espadrilles (we all bought them including the men) and shopping at Zara along with a visit to the famous basilica by Gaudi. I also want to tell you about our boutique hotel (that we all loved) and an exceptional seafood restaurant.
La Sagrada Família is one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882. It’s not expected to be completed for some time. Be sure to buy tickets in advance.
It feels over-the-top and amazing. Some say it’s gaudy…but it’s up to you to decide.
In 14th-century Spain, where espadrilles – or espardenyas (to give them their ancient Catalan name) were created as workwear. They were worn by soldiers, peasants, and anyone who required cheap, practical shoes.
Hey, inexpensive and they are comfortable, too. Everyone in our group bought the style that befits their own style. My husband bought striped ones (like a fisherman) and our son bought olive suede (nice for walking around SoCal). I got two pairs of flats and my sister, Teresa got black wedges.
Point is…if you go to Barcelona, get your whole family espadrilles! Or they have lots of cute ones on Zappos 🙂 that don’t require an airplane ride. Click on the image to shop…
Barcelona’s Fabulous Zara
All the ladies on our trip had very good luck at this large Zara. It feels more upscale and organized than in the U.S. and the prices are even cheaper. Which makes sense as Zara is a Spanish headquartered company.
Where to Eat for Excellent Seafood
We had a delicious, refined dinner at Botofumeiro. “The early mornings of Botafumeiro are the fish auctions of Catalonia and Galicia: the hubbub of the auction and the character of the fisherman in the day’s chilliest hours”.
Here I am with our son, Thomas in the dress that I bought that day at Zara.
Where to Stay: H10 Casa Mimosa Barcelona
H10 is a boutique chain in Spain and we really liked Casa Mimosa (housed in an 18th century building). Our breakfast was included and it was fresh and varied…and the interiors were stylish.
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours: Barcelona
One more thing…when we are short on time (and even not), we like to do the Hop On Hop Off type bus tours…NO Shame there. We took one in Barcelona. It helps you get your bearings quickly. Have you taken them?
And those are my Travel Design Files: Barcelona: Espadrilles, Zara, and Gaudi. I still want to show you the interiors of the cool, ancient huge farmhouse where we stayed in Sitges, south of Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea. Soon!
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