After the 8+ hour flight from NYC, we couldn't wait to check out Barcelona--being jet-lagged didn't even faze us! We took a cab to our hotel, checked-in, dropped our bags, and headed out. We stayed at Hotel Royal Ramblas right on Las Ramblas Blvd., and our room actually overlooked Las Ramblas (a Lincoln Road-style street where millions of people roam, dine, drink and shop). Check out the view!
We were here 5 days and 4 nights which is plenty! The best thing we did was take the hop-on, hop-off bus for about 20 euros per person and it takes you to all of the main attractions and landmarks of the city all day. The bus comes and goes from each spot every 15 minutes, and it includes earphones for a guided tour. We were able to see all of Barcelona this way.
La Sagrada Familia was definitely a must-see. It's amazing how this soon-to-be cathedral has been under construction for over 100 years and the completion date is still so far away. It was truly one of the most amazing sites we saw on our trip.
We also window-shopped at the Rodeo Drive-ish blvd called Passieg de Gracia (and at every El Corte Ingles, Zara, TopShop and H&M in town); and strolled along the boardwalk of Barceloneta Beach. But the best attraction of Barcelona i.m.h.o. was the food! (Ok, ok, this was the best attraction in all the places we visited...) My parents suggested this amazing restaurant located in the Gothic district called Los Caracoles. It was so worth getting lost and almost getting pick-pocketed! And the one day we were able to get internet at our hotel (25 euros per day!) Nelson found a highly-recommended restaurant called El Convent. It's an old nun's convent converted to one of the yummiest places I've ever been.
I can go on and on about Barcelona, but I don't want to bore you with too many details so I'll just give you snippets of our favorites. All in all, Barcelona was a beautiful, OLD city with lots of history, great food and sangria, and snobbish people. They purposely do not speak a lick of Spanish and turn up their noses to Americans. But we didn't care...we're on our honeymoon!