Four Days in Barcelona

Barcelona. The second largest city in Spain and one of the most popular destinations in the country. It is the capital of the Catalonia region, an autonomous community in the northeastern corner of Spain. The city’s cosmopolitan vibe makes it a favorite city for many people and is also known for its architecture and art. We hold Barcelona very close to our hearts because this is where we got ENGAGED! If you’d like to read more about our engagement story, head on over to the About Us section of our website!

We loved our visit here. The city has a beautiful beach, many different neighborhoods to explore, and some of the most amazing food we have ever eaten! It is a very walk-able city, although it might take you a while to walk from one end to the next. We rented bicycles and had a lot of fun riding around the city and stuffing our faces with delicious food.

Catedral de Barcelona

What To Do

We spent four days in Barcelona and tried as hard as we could to cram everything into those four days. We definitely wished we had more time to spend in this city as there is soo much to do. Here are some of the places and things we saw on our visit:

Explore the city

With all of the different neighborhoods, museums, markets, and restaurants that make up Barcelona, we spent a lot of our time just exploring. We highly recommend renting a bicycle because you’ll be able to get around much faster which means you’ll be able to see more of Barcelona! Check out Las Ramblas, a street that runs through the center of the city with lots of shops and restaurants, La Boqueria market, Parc Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Batilo, and La Sagrada Familia.

Placa Reial in the Gothic Quarter

Take a tour of La Sagrada Familia

The main focal-point of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, is a large Roman Catholic basilica that was designed by the famous architect Gaudi. It still remains unfinished to this date. You have to buy tickets to get into the basilica. We highly recommend you book tickets in advance as it is always crowded. We decided against joining a tour and just walked around ourselves. It’s a very beautiful church and worth visiting. We probably spent about an hour inside just walking around.

La Sagrada Familia

Attend a FC Barcelona futbol game at Camp Nou

Watching a futbol game in Barcelona was one of the main things that Stephen had wanted to do for a long time. We even planned our trip around their schedule to make sure they were in town when we were visiting! FC Barcelona is one of the top clubs in Europe and they have one of the best players in the world, Lionel Messi, on their team. We bought tickets to the match before our trip as we knew they always sell out. It was soo much fun! Camp Nou can hold up to 99,000 people. It was an insane experience to see that many people cheering for their team! You can also do tours of the stadium if the team is out of town.

Spend a day at the beach in Barceloneta

Barceloneta, the lively beach town right outside of Barcelona, was also one of our favorite places we visited. I mean how can you complain when you get to relax at the beach?! This beach town has tons of bars and restaurants right on the boardwalk. It is also home to W Barcelona, an upscale hotel that has an incredible rooftop bar. We rode our bikes around everywhere. It was a very nice day and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Where To Eat

The food in Barcelona is out of this world. Quite possibly our favorite thing to do on our trip to Spain was eat! You can’t walk more than a couple hundred feet without passing a restaurant that smells delicious. We stopped in at soo many different places to grab a snack of jamon iberico (cured ham cut in thin strips), patatas bravas (home fries with tomato aioli), paella, sangria, etc. The food is soo good here that we even went on a food & wine tasting tour that we highly recommend! We did our tour with Devour Tours. Here’s a short list of some of our favorite restaurants we went to during our stay in Barcelona:

  • Pla Restaurant
  • El Nacional (multiple restaurants in one building, very beautiful setting)
  • Tapeo
  • Brunch & Cake by the sea
  • La Alcoba Azul
  • La Boqueria Market
Our delicious brunch at Brunch & Cake By the Sea

Where To Stay

We wanted a hotel that was in the middle of the city so we could walk everywhere. We stayed at Hotel Gotico, a beautiful hotel in the Gothic Quarter of downtown Barcelona. We were within walking distance to many restaurants, bars, museums, shopping, and even the beach! It was a nice hotel and we definitely recommend staying in this area. Link to their website is here: Hotel Gotico.

Conclusion

We can’t recommend a trip to Barcelona enough. From the food, art, shopping, and even the nice people who live there, every part of our trip was perfect! It is a very romantic city and you will never want to leave if you visit here!

Happy and engaged!

Our San Ignacio Travel Guide

Located about a 90-minute drive away from the main airport in Belize City, the mountainous town of San Ignacio serves as the capital of the Cayo district. People come here for its great access to jungle adventure tours, Mayan ruins, and beautiful scenery.

We were here for a total of three days and felt like this was the perfect amount of time to accomplish what we wanted to see in the Cayo District.

Things To Do

Mayan Ruins

The majority of Mayan ruins in Belize are located deep in the mountain towns, so it makes San Ignacio as the perfect place to stay if you wanted to visit them all. We decided to check out Xunantunich, which is 8 miles west of downtown San Ignacio. To reach the ruins, you must cross the Mopan river by taking a hand-cranked ferry and then walk about a mile to the official entrance. You pay a very small fee to access the grounds and are free to walk around the site and even climb high atop El Castillo which has an amazing view of the Cayo District. You can even see the neighboring country of Guatemala from the top!

Xunantunich

Nature Tours

We took a guided tour to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve through the hotel we were staying at. It is one of the oldest natural parks in Belize and it encompasses a spectacular range of rolling hills, peaks, and river gorges formed hundreds of years ago. The tour took us to Big Rock Falls (absolutely gorgeous waterfall), Rio of Pools which are natural made pools formed from large granite boulders, and the Rio Frio Cave. Swimming at the waterfall was a great way to cool off from the heat! Our guide did a great job of showing us all of the beautiful sights on this tour.

Big Rock Falls

One tour that we regret not doing was to visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave. It’s an easy 45 minute hike, swim, and climb through the jungle. We definitely recommend it to everyone even though we didn’t visit it ourselves.

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Where To Stay

We chose to lay our heads at Cahal Pech Village Resort during our time in San Ignacio. This resort was incredible! It is on top of a large hill about half a mile from the city center and has amazing views of the Belize River Valley, especially at sunset. It has a huge two level cascading pool on the property that we used everyday to cool off from the heat. We stayed in one of their deluxe bungalows which we loved because of the privacy. It wasn’t connected to the main hotel building so it felt like we were staying in a tiny home and we loved it!

Since we didn’t have a car on this trip, the resort picked us up from the airport in a nice air conditioned van and took us straight to the resort. The resort also set up the tours we did over the next couple days. It made everything much easier and stress-free since we didn’t have to worry about any of those details.

We highly recommend staying at this resort on your trip to San Ignacio. Here is the link to their website: Cahal Pech Village Resort

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