For the first part of our trip to Spain, we spent a few days in Barcelona. We initially were only going to visit Mallorca, but since it’s since a long journey to Europe we decided to add a stop in Barcelona since we had never been before!
For the first couple of days my sister and I spent time just exploring the neighborhoods, wandering around and eating at the local restaurants. They have so many cute outdoor restaurants/eating areas so you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while people watching 🙂 We bought a metro train pass to get around and didn’t have any trouble navigating the stations (I find the NY subway stations wayy more confusing lol). You can get pretty much anywhere with the metro and there is a station on almost every block.
We knew Spain was going to be pretty warm so both my sister and I picked up a few vacation pieces from Nordstrom and Shopbop. Shopbop has so many cute designer swimsuits and dresses. They also carry one of my favorite brands (For Love and Lemons) and my sister found the cutest pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses that I also just bought too haha 🙂 Barcelona is right next to the ocean so while it feels like you are in the middle of the city, it has a beachy vibe to it. We did a ton of walking so I wore these Michael Kors sneakers I got last year. They are so comfortable (and cute!) and definitely my go-to sneakers.
There were many recommendations to visit Montserrat as a day trip to Barcelona, so we decided to save the trip for our last day before flying to Mallorca. Montserrat is a monastery on top of a mountain range and just one of the most beautiful and unique places I’ve experienced. The photos online looked stunning and it was even more stunning in person. We took the train to Montserrat and followed these directions for taking the train: https://www.montserrat-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/barcelona-to-montserrat-train.html. Once you get to the Plaza Espanya station in Barcelona, there are tons of signs for the train to Montserrat. When we were buying our ticket at the kiosk, a station worker even came to help us figure out what ticket to buy. The directions all seemed a little confusing at first, but it was actually a lot easier than we thought it would be!
We arrived to Montserrat around noon and grabbed a quick bite at the cafeteria. It was pretty busy while we were there for lunch, but after that the cafeteria was mostly empty. There is also a restaurant they have that looks over the mountain range and a few local vendors that sell cheese and an assortment of other goods. Most of the tour groups seemed to leave in the afternoon so it was a bit quieter later in the day. And if you want to enjoy the views longer, you can even rent a room and stay there overnight!
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