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Barcelona is such a fun & eclectic city with unique architecture, amazing cuisine & one of my favorite walking cities.  Start off your stay with a tour of Gaudí that includes the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló & Park Güell –Insider Tip: Purchase a skip the line ticket for the Monumental Zone. Also don’t forget to spend an evening experiencing classic flamenco over at Tablao Cordobes.

This city is also a foodies paradise: wander through La Boqueria the main market off La Ramblas, get stuffed with paella at Barceloneta & of course partake in one of the best tours in the city TasteBarcelonaThis is a MUST! I also indulged in one of my top dining experiences to date- a 10 course meal courtesy of the 2 Michelin star Enoteca restaurant located in the Arts Hotel.

I stayed out at the W hotel which is the only property in the city with direct beach access along with unparalleled views from their Faboulous Room. The only con is the location as you must take a taxi to get to the heart of the city so if you wish to be within walking distance to major attractions I would stay near La Rambla.

An optional day tour outside of the city is a trip up to Montserrat- this rock formation is home to a Benedictine monastery and is a famous pilgrimage spot as it is home to the 12th century wooden statue of La Moreneta (The Black Virgin), Catalonia’s patron.