Let me preface this with a majority of the things we did in Barcelona was eat and drink. With that being said, for personal reasons, Barcelona will have a VERY special place in my heart.
Where to Stay
Three of the girls stayed in an AirBnB in the Gothic Quarter. But, I stayed at Hotel Balmes with my boyfriend. I loved the location of our hotel, we could easily walk to some of the famous Gaudi homes, great restaurants, and shopping.
Where to Eat
El Mercader De L'Eixample - This was easily my favorite place to eat at in Barcelona. The sangria was 10/10, the Iberian ham was 10/10, the croquettes were 10/10... everything we ate was delicious!
Euskal Etxea - This was still very much tapas style, but you can either wait for people to come around with trays of food, or walk up to the bar and pick your own food. You pay per piece of food you take. The mushroom croquettes were my favorite - I think I ate three of them.
Cerverceria Catalana - This was a couple blocks away from our hotel. We went around 10:30pm and were quickly sat, but other times when we walked by around 9pm, there were crowds waiting for a table. We definitely over ordered here, but everything was got was very yummy - especially the sangria.
Tapas 24 - Once again, another good place for tapas. I think I demolished an entire order of their bravas alone. And again... get the Iberian ham!!
La Cuina De Laietana - I mean we were starving and wanted to try paella. This was the first place we ordered Iberian ham, and it was the star of lunch.
What to Do
All things Gaudi - I highly recommend buying your tickets before you get to Barcelona. We wanted to go into the Sagrada Familia and tour the towers, but they did not have availability as we tried to purchase the day before. So, the only place we got to tour was Park Guell.
Picasso Museum - There were some 'interesting' exhibits before we got to the Picasso exhibit. And when I say 'interesting', I was almost scared by it. Otherwise, the Picasso artwork was fun to look at.
Get on the water - We did a 2 hour boat tour one afternoon, which we booked through Viator. Our tour guide went over the skyline of Barcelona and gave us a run down of all of the major monuments. Would I book it again? Probably not, but the snacks and Cava made it worth it.
There are so many things to do in Barcelona, but we really didn't plan much for this part of our trip. So, I will definitely need to go back!
Things to Know Before You Go
Book your tour tickets ahead of time!
Drink allllllll the sangria
Tapas are elite
Taxis over Ubers. It was really hard for us to order Ubers, and they are more expensive than just waiving down taxis
We walked a lot, so have comfortable shoes