Our last and final day in Barcelona, we decided to catch you all a little off-guard and deviate from our usual McDonald’s breakfast trading our McGriddle’s in for some beautiful and scrumptious donuts from Chök ,The Chocolate Kitchen. Shout out to Mr. Fernando Madrid Labarta for creating this amazing place! The donuts are all so pretty they’re more like works of art than fried dough, we almost didn’t want to eat them! But, we got over that real quickly when we took our first bits and all but inhaled them.
Next up, when in Spain you’ve gotta incorporate a little Fútbol ! Our brother is the big soccer fan in our family and he is obsessed with soccer, and Messi is one of his favorite players, so we took a tour of Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona. If you like sporting events, you should plan a trip around when they’ll be in town playing. We’ve never personally been to a soccer game in Europe, but hear they are an absolute experience and the atmosphere of excitement surrounding a game is magnetic. You can literally feel the energy and patriotism emanating from the locals. On the tour, you get to see the whole stadium, walk up and down the bleachers, go in the locker rooms and even go down on the field. You can also end the tour with a Virtual Reality experience which we highly recommend.
We worked up an appetite with all of the walking, so we set out to check another must try off our list, Bo de B, a small sandwich shop in the Gothic Quarter right near the water. You know a place is great when the line is wrapped around the corner. Think of it as a European Chipotle, but for sandwiches. You pick your bread and fresh ingredients and they put it all together for you and send you on your way wrapped up in a tin foil and ready to take on-the-go. The sandwiches are large and cheap, but great quality (they only accept cash so make sure you have Euros with you). You can take your sandwich and find a nearby bench in the park or along the water nearby. It’s east, fast, convenient and yummy! Everything that’s a “plus” when traveling!
Raise your hand if your dad has to stop by anything and everything that’s considered a “world’s best?” That is our dad in a nutshell. We always humor him because I think he sincerely thinks it is THE BEST of the best lol. Needless to say, we stopped in somewhere that claimed they had “The best mojito in Barcelona.” We don’t even remember the name of the place, and frankly it isn’t important because it wasn’t theeeebest.
After our mediocre mojioto’s we headed to Basílica de la Sagrada Família to make in time for our tour reservations. If you want to tour the Basilica, make sure you reserve a time beforehand because they fill up very quickly, and there are days where they’re completely sold out. We got fast track (def get this), and tower access. The climb to the top was so cool but definitely took quite some time so wear comfortable shoes. Also, if you’re claustrophobic, we don’t recommend including this in our activities but if you can handle the stairs, the view from the top of the tower is breathtaking!
Last, our trip to Barcelona wouldn’t have been complete without watching the Magic Fountains of Montjuïc. If you’ve experienced the Bellagio fountains in Vegas, these are even more magical. They come on every night from 8:00-9:00 PM and last about 20 minutes. Famous songs blare, while fountains spew water into the air filled with different colors. It is something you do not want to miss when visiting Barcelona!