Barcelona, Spain

Like a Local: Girona is a popular destination for Barcelona day trippers. It’s an old Gothic city with steep stone steps, narrow alley ways, and beautifully preserved Jewish quarter.



Contributor: Josefa Abdelnour

Dates of Travel: January 2013

Accommodations: Hotel Arts Barcelona

Activities: Antoni Gaudí, Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, GironaMuseu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Park Güell, Passeig de Gracia

Journal Entry: There is no shortage of things to do in Barcelona, whether you’re visiting Gaudi’s famous landmarks, shopping along Passeig de Gracia, or partaking in water sports. Check out the view from our waterfront accommodations at Hotel Arts Barcelona.

The architecture of Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who lived from 1852 to 1926, makes you feel like you are within the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. Climb to the top of Park Güell where your views will extend to the Mediterranean Sea.

The architecture of Casa Batlló is distinctive. The attic ribs are support structures that resemble modified, internal flying buttresses. The chimneys look like they are clad in cake fondant.

Walk around the city, and you see Gaudí’s influence in everyday homes.

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família is not to be missed. Its beginnings date back five generations to 1866 and continues to the present day. To date, only 70% of construction is complete, and the goal is to complete all construction by 2026.

Girona is a popular destination for Barcelona day trippers. It’s an old Gothic city with steep stone steps and narrow alley ways. The Jewish ghetto is beautifully preserved and a major tourist attraction.

If you’re a lover of contemporary art, check out the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. The building itself is as much a work of art as are the exhibits within it.


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