About 8 years ago, I spent several days in Barcelona after returning from a trip through Israel and Jordan. I stayed in the Barri Gòtic area of downtown and ventured out to the beautiful town of Sitges, drove up into the mountains to see the Montserrat Monastery, and just because it was so close, drove through Andorra (only place I stopped was at a cafe to get a snack, but I’m pretty sure that still counts), and back down through about 15 miles of France. I also drove up to Tibidabo, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks perched up on a mountain to the north of Barcelona (at first on a very winding one-way road that my suicidal rental car GPS tried to tell me was one-way in my direction and ended up with me driving in reverse back down as 2 cars going the right direction were laying on their horns the entire time). Once I was able to actually make it up there, I was able to see part of a fire festival, as well as some amazing views of the entire city and the coastline just to the south. I also spent many hours just wandering around the city and taking in all its sights and sounds (and so, so much delicious food 🙂

Here are some of my favorites.

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