Lovely Barcelona was our last stop on our European summer vacation with the kiddos. It was quite warm when we arrived and it felt great to finally change into some summer apparel after being quite chilly on the first part of our vacation. We stayed in the very charming Gothic Quarter, also known as, Barri Gotic. Most of this neighborhood is closed off to regular traffic, making it a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Barri Gotic is a labyrinth of streets, which makes it a really unique and interesting place to explore and get lost.
When we arrived at our hotel I knew I had made the right decision about staying in this part of town. I felt my stress level immediately melt upon entering the lobby of our hotel. Our taxi somehow managed to make it through the narrow streets to drop us off as close as he could to the entrance. Cars can make their way back into this neighborhood, but you see very few. Our hotel, Hotel Neri, was such a lovely place to stay. The hotel had a very chic and sexy ambiance…..from the music that was playing, to the beautiful smell of the hotel, it just had a very special vibe. It had a beautiful breakfast room, a charming bar, and an outside patio for drinks.
We loved everything about it and I can’t wait to go back!
I’m normally a lover of all things traditional, but I really liked the mostly modern feel of Hotel Neri and its rooms.
Very clean, extremely comfortable beds, well appointed bathrooms, and a nice view in to the court yard…..it was our favorite hotel on this European trip. I might add we booked a room for our kids next door. At this point on our trip we needed a second room, because our normally pretty sweet kids, were starting to get on our nerves a bit. Mom needed a pitcher
glass of sangria! I’m not going to lie to you…..I’m just being real here. Our rooms were right next door to each other with a main door that locked going into the area of both rooms. It was a great set up indeed!
After checking into our lovely home away from home it was time to start exploring Barcelona.
I absolutely fell in love with the maze of beautiful streets in this historic neighborhood.
No trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to the famous Antoni Gaudi buildings. There are many to see in Barcelona. We started at Parc Guell, which is one of the major works of Gaudi.
Guell is a public park that is composed of gardens, an assortment of very unique buildings, sculptures, and very beautiful tile work.
Book your tickets in advance and you won’t be disappointed. Skip the line and go right to the front with a reservation.
The La Sagrada Familia is absolutely amazing and seeing a picture just doesn’t do it justice. Again, make sure to book tickets online in advance to avoid the long lines. La Sagrada has been under construction for the last 130 years and is currently scheduled to be finished around 2026. There is a beautiful park across the street from La Sagrada if you need a place to escape the heat and rest for a bit. If you are traveling with kids this is a nice place to stop for ice cream….grab a bench and take in the views of the beautiful area for awhile.
Casa Batllo…..one of my favorites.
This was just a small sample of some of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona. You could seriously spend 2-3 days visiting all of his buildings in Barcelona. You can start at the La Sagrada and walk to many of his buildings on your way to the Barri Gotic neighborhood. If you see a crowd, you are most likely in front of a Gaudi building!
While in Barcelona we hired Flytographer to shoot some pictures of our family enjoying this beautiful city. Flytographer has photographers all over the world that take candid, and some posed shots, of you and your family while on vacation OR you can schedule a session with them in your own hometown. I recommend looking at their website to see if they cover your area. Originally we were scheduled to have our family picture taken in Paris, but since the weather was not cooperating, we decided to postpone our photo shoot until we arrived in Barcelona. Our wonderful photographer, Orlando, followed us around Barcelona shooting casual shots of us just touring around town. It felt a bit paparazzi -ish at first, but once you get used to him being around you just roll with it and have fun! It was a great time and I can’t recommend them enough! We LOVE our pictures!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have you been to Barcelona? What are your favorite things to do there?
I’ll be back soon with another travel post about our Labor Day weekend in Southern California and I’m working on a delicious fall recipe that I can’t wait to share!