One year in the making and my bestie, Missy and I were sooOo ready to leave our beachy bungalows and make our first journey across the pond. A cool twelve hours to Rome then a 2-hour quicky to Barcelona. Ahhh everything was going so smooth, all besides the tequila + unlimited in-flight red wine combo, I’ll spare you queasy details.
Not only was it our first time in Europe but we were meeting up with our other good friend Sam who traveled in from the UK. 10 day girl trip in a foreign country…checkkk ✔️
Day 1: was only a few hours as we landed around 8 pm. We taxied to our hostel in the heart of Las Rambles, met Sam, then started our love affair with Cava and tapas (cava is only made in Spain is like a mix of prosecco and champagne).
Day 2: We walked all over town…I think it was something like 10 miles we went. First stop was the famous La Boqueria full of more food, drink, and gelato I could ever ask for.
Next, we made our way to Park Güell famous for Antonio Gaudi architecture and its amazing city views.
After our first day adventuring out, we eat dinner, drank too much cava and ended up dancing the night away until the wee hours of the morning…4 am in the morning to be exact.
Day 3: was dedicated to museums, the first stop on the list was Casa Batlló, made famous by Antoni Gaudi’s unique artistic perspective.
Then we made our way to Sagrada Familia, another masterpiece by Gaudi. Of course, the pictures are just a fraction of what we really experienced. The cathedral was unlike anything I’ve seen in my life, I was completely humbled and amazed to be in and around the presence of such detail and beauty, it was truly mindblowing.
Day 4: We hopped on a plane to Majorca. In case you’re not familiar, Majorca is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and it takes about 1 hour to fly from Barcelona.
Majorca was definitely my absolute favorite part of the entire trip. I guess I’m just a coastal loving beach girl at heart because being in the small beach city of Majorca made me feel right at home. If you find yourself planning a Spain trip, I HIGHLY recommend at least three days here.
Majorca has some of the most beautiful coves I’ve ever seen with every shade of blue and turquoise you can imagine, I think we all locked eyes each time we ventured to a new one.
Majorca even has its one Las Rambles buzzing with quaint tapa dinning cafes, shops on top of shops and enough gelato to feed a small army. Mix that with some serious beachy vibes and let’s just say you’re all lucky I’m back in Cali.
Day 5: Officially fell in love with Majorca.
Day 6: We explored Palma de Mallorca. As I mentioned above, Majorca is both city and beach. Palma is the city where you can shop and dine to your heart’s desire. One thing I loved so much was the beauty in the buildings. It was completely normal to stumble upon decadent cathedrals in the middle of ordinary neighborhoods such as the one below.
Day 7-9: was spent in Ibiza. After a 3-hour ferry ride, we arrived. While we did find some of the best sangria at the Salina Beach Club Missy and I were not exactly impressed with what the Island had to offer. We both left our hearts in Majorca and in my opinion, it was Las Vegas meets the ocean. Plus we’re not big on the whole club scene so that probably added to our lack of interest. But of course, we managed to find plenty of cava and sangria to keep us going.
Day 10: We traveled back to Barcelona for one more day of exploring. By this time I was a little tapped out but there was no way I wasn’t gonna cruise the streets one last time.
Places to visit:
Artisa coffee shop- bomb coffee shop in Gothic Quarter
Operasamfaina – interactive restaurant
Erotic Museum – no description needed 😜
Sagrada Familia – Gaudi cathedral
Casa Batlló – Gaudi house/museum
Park Güell – park
La Boqueria – market
Cala Major Beach, Palma de Mallorca – beach
Cala Comtessa – beach
Joy– best tapas and sangria in Majorca
Maothai – Thai food $$$
La Greppia – good Italian food $$
La Rambla, Palma de Mallorca – shopping + dining
Kitchen 13 – tapas and wine
PS NEVER fly Alitalia!