We spent 4 days in Barcelona and I really liked the city. It was a totally different vibe from Madrid. Barcelona is part of Catalunya and there is a large segment of the population that wants to separate from the rest of Spain. We had fun asking our taxi drivers about this and some were very heated on the topic. Catalunya has it's own language, flag and a proud independent spirit. We saw the Spanish flag and the Catalunya flag all over Barcelona.
We visited the famous Camp Nou Futbol (soccer) stadium. Both my boys play soccer, so they were excited to see this. We were going to go to a game, but the ticket prices were astronomical.
Placa Espana and the National Palau Museo.
We checked out the Joan Miro Museum. Famous Barcelona born artist known for his abstract art. It was a little lost on us.
Graffiti park though we totally dug.
On our last day we did a bicycle tour with Steel Donkey tours. Maria took us all over the place and we had a great time!
Here we are at the beach with our guide Maria.
Had to go see a couple of the Gaudi houses before we left Barcelona. This is Casa Batllo. The facade is made of broken ceramic tiles and the roof is arched and looks like the back of a dragon.
The paving stones in front of the Gaudi houses are hexagonal tiles with intricate, swirling, under the sea themed moasic motif that cover the sidewalks and of course designed by Gaudi.
La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila is another one of Gaudi's trademarks. It was nicknamed La Pedrera (the quarry) because of it's jagged, rocky facade.
The rooftop was fantastic. George Lucas was inspired by these chimneys when he created the stormtroopers in Star Wars.
I was so excited to see Barcelona from the air!!! The city is built in squares and from the air it looks so cool. Above is my crappy iphone picture and the images below I lifted from Google.