Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600
We booked a guided tour of some of Antonio Gaudi’s masterpieces. Our hotel set up the tour guide for us and we ended up meeting her in our hotel lobby.
We did need to pay for our own cabs while going from destination to destination. Our first stop was of course the Sagrada Familia. The exterior has been under construction for many, many years and there are lots of cranes on the structure working to help complete it.
When you get near the structure you see why its taking so long. Its very ornate and detailed and Gaudi designed the building with many curves and circles instead of straight lines.
We were explained to that the front side of the church is the birth of Christ and all the details and artwork showcases that event. And on the back side of the church where you exit is where the death of Christ design work is.
The inside of the church is completed and extraordinary! My wife said she felt tears well up inside here because it was so beautiful. Lots of nice stained glass that is showcased when the light hits it.
After our roughly hour long tour of the Sagrada Familia we went to Guell Park. This is a Gaudi designed park and he also built his home there. Its one of two homes in the park. The park is very uniquely designed…. I will let the pictures speak for themselves below.
We walked around a bit after our tour.
We walked over to another one of Gaudi’s buildings in which he designed.
During our time in Barcelona we were there during the St John the Baptist day which is June 24th and a national holiday in Catalonia. A tradition on this day is to enjoy “coco cakes” which is sweet flat bread with cherries, ginger, pine nuts and so forth. So of course we stopped int to try some and it was pretty good.
We also took a stroll down the famous Las Ramblas on the way back to our hotel. Lots of people but the streets are tree lined with lots of nice shade.
And finally another stroll past the La Barceloneta beach which is where our hotel was.
Overall we really enjoyed Barcelona and would love to come back!