Barcelona: Day 1 – 8 stops in 12 hours? Totally doable!

Ever since taking Medieval Spain and Imperial Spain classes in junior year, I have dreamed of visiting Catalonia (and its capital, Barcelona). What was once the key to economic success under the Crown of Aragon for its coastal position, later became a part of the Kingdom of Spain united by the power couple, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. And if you are a history nerd like me, see this short video on the amazing Queen Isabella.

Now that I’ve shared my excitement for this trip, let me tell you how my first day has already got me falling in love with Barcelona! Read on for an exciting adventure on our ankle express to (1) Casa Batlló, (2) Casa Amatller, (3) Plaça de Catalunya, (4) La Rambla, (5) Mercado de La Boquerìa, (6) Palau Güell, (7) Mirador de Colón, (8) Barri Gòtic, or the Gothic Quarter. I have provided links to the sites that have an official website; for the others, please see below for description and recommendation!

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Put on your walking shoes, this is going to be a Fitbit-worthy day!

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