The two things we enjoyed most in Barcelona were finding a nice quiet spot in Park Güell to enjoy the last of our bocadillos de jamón y queso and to find a nice quiet corner at a beach bar to enjoy a refreshing sangria in the shade. Notice a trend? The amount of people in Barcelona, especially tourists, was overwhelming. I can understand why the people there are fed up with it— but I also can’t blame people for wanting to go there. It’s stunning. The beach is close, the mountains surround the city allowing for the most spectacular views. I will say, however, if you’re going to Barcelona to get to know Spain— go literally anywhere else. Some Catalans will agree and encourage that idea, and they’re in part right. It has its own flavor. There are definitely undertones of Spain, but it’s not quite the full-bodied umami Spain I wanted @rosetintedquart
to experience. If you want the beach AND Spain, go to mi querida Malaga. Es la leche.