On Friday we headed off to the airport really early, but the hills in Lisbon are no joke and we didn't know exactly how we wanted to make the journey to the airport. We ended up taking an Uber from our Airbnb and made it with lots of time to spare. After arriving in Barcelona we headed straight to our new Airbnb to drop off our bags. We were starving after our morning traveling so we visited the La Boqueria Market to find something to eat. There were an overwhelming amount of options, but we ended up trying an empanada, a sandwich, fresh fruit and some chocolates for dessert. We were also overwhelmed by the crowds walking down La Rambla so Dale and I hopped in a taxi to the Montjuic Castle!
After wandering around the castle we walked down the hill in search of the Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens which for some reason we weren't able to find... definitely somewhere to come back to based off the photos I've seen! For dinner we decided to go to Bar Jai-Ca, somewhere our Airbnb host recommended. Our amazing tapas included patatas braves (Dale's favorite), Greek salad, fried calamari, and meet & cheese. Our early flight got the best of us and after dinner we were off to bed so we could enjoy our first full day in Barcelona the next day!
Day two started out with a visit to Park Güell. It took a long uphill walk to get there from the Metro but the views were worth it! After exploring the park Dale and I walked through the Gracia neighborhood before lunch at La Menuda. Our next stop was visiting Casa Batlló, one of my favorite Gaudi visits during our trip. The colorful tiles were probably my favorite part, but all the details were spectacular. Before heading to our Airbnb we stopped in Zara and did some shopping. We had dinner at a small restaurant and ordered the seafood paella before watching the Champions League Final at a nearby bar. Our next spur of the moment decision was booking a segway tour and then heading for a drink at Ocaña. Gelato was our real final stop before heading to bed. We had a great eveniing in the Gothic Quarter!