This month, my travels took me to Barcelona, Spain. The timing was perfect, as I booked a show there the week before one of my best friends married the love of his life in the Algarve region of Portugal. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Barcelona, you’re missing out on one of my favorite cities. From the incredible architecture to the Catalan cuisine and vibrant nightlife, there is something for everybody.
A few recommendations for your stay. The W Barcelona is an incredible hotel situated directly on the beach in Barceloneta, close to the paella shops and a 30-minute scenic walk from Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter that houses some of Barcelona’s best restaurants, shops and architecture. If you have a chance, check out Tapeo, a tapas bar that serves great food from land and sea. Or try the Iberco Ham, a treat in this region.
The real crown jewel of Barcelona is architect Antoni Gaudi, responsible for Casa Battlo, Park Guell and many other architectural masterpieces. His piece-de-resistance is the Sagrada Familia, a towering Catholic monument unparalleled worldwide. No description can prepare you for the sheer power of Gaudi’s statement, a church that embodies the beauty of nature in stone and glass. Gaudi plays with light, material and space to create a transcendent masterpiece that will create a “religious experience” even for those without a religious bone in their bodies. Regardless of beliefs, this is a building that deserves all the praise it receives.