Barcelona dazzles when you’re traveling solo

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Barcelona dazzles when you’re traveling solo

The Palau de la Música Catalana, built by famed architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, in Barcelona, Spain. A required tour of the music hall’s crescendo of colorful stained glass and mosaics is pricey but worth it, and you may even catch musicians practicing.
Courtney Bonnell in front of the mosaic-encrusted terrace of architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner’s Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Spain. If you’re taking a solo trip for the first time, a European city like Barcelona is a good place to start.
Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, a once-working hospital that was designed by Catalan architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner in Barcelona, Spain.
The Basílica de Sagrada Família, Anton Gaudí’s unfinished landmark, under construction in Barcelona, Spain.
Colored light filters through the stained-glass windows of Basílica de Sagrada Família, Anton Gaudí’s unfinished landmark, in Barcelona, Spain.
The interior of Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The city is dynamic, the streets and cafés are always packed, it’s safe to walk around at night and people mostly speak English.
Tourists walk along a narrow street between two old buildings in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain.
The mountaintop monastery of Montserrat about an hour’s train ride from Barcelona, Spain. Take the cable car up to Montserrat for 360-degree views of the green valley below and rocky peaks ahead. The church is beautiful, but the mountain was the star. Montserrat boasts lots of walks, including a 3-mile jaunt on a paved path from the top of the peak to a viewpoint overlooking the monastery.
The green valley viewed from the top of the Montserrat mountains outside Barcelona.
Churros and other fried treats on display at Xurreria, a small shop famous for its churros and chocolate, in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain.
Churros and other fried treats on display at Xurreria, a small shop famous for its churros and chocolate, in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain.
A chandelier hangs from a decorative roof near stained-glass doorways in Anton Gaudí’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain.
Anton Gaudí’s iconic Casa Batlló, which has a completely different look in the daylight and at night, in Barcelona, Spain.
Seafood paella at a restaurant in Barcelona, Spain. While tapas let you sample delicacies like cod croquettes and calamari, you don’t have to miss out on the paella that’s usually for two or more.
The inside of Palau de la Música Catalana, built by famed architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, in Barcelona, Spain. A required tour of the music hall’s crescendo of colorful stained glass and mosaics is pricey but worth it, and you may even catch musicians practicing.
Sagrada Familia Basilica is a famous landmark in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona dazzles when you’re traveling solo

The Palau de la Música Catalana, built by famed architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, in Barcelona, Spain. A required tour of the music hall’s crescendo of colorful stained glass and mosaics is pricey but worth it, and you may even catch musicians practicing.
Courtney Bonnell in front of the mosaic-encrusted terrace of architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner’s Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Spain. If you’re taking a solo trip for the first time, a European city like Barcelona is a good place to start.
Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, a once-working hospital that was designed by Catalan architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner in Barcelona, Spain.
The Basílica de Sagrada Família, Anton Gaudí’s unfinished landmark, under construction in Barcelona, Spain.
Colored light filters through the stained-glass windows of Basílica de Sagrada Família, Anton Gaudí’s unfinished landmark, in Barcelona, Spain.
The interior of Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The city is dynamic, the streets and cafés are always packed, it’s safe to walk around at night and people mostly speak English.
Tourists walk along a narrow street between two old buildings in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain.
The mountaintop monastery of Montserrat about an hour’s train ride from Barcelona, Spain. Take the cable car up to Montserrat for 360-degree views of the green valley below and rocky peaks ahead. The church is beautiful, but the mountain was the star. Montserrat boasts lots of walks, including a 3-mile jaunt on a paved path from the top of the peak to a viewpoint overlooking the monastery.
The green valley viewed from the top of the Montserrat mountains outside Barcelona.
Churros and other fried treats on display at Xurreria, a small shop famous for its churros and chocolate, in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain.
Churros and other fried treats on display at Xurreria, a small shop famous for its churros and chocolate, in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain.
A chandelier hangs from a decorative roof near stained-glass doorways in Anton Gaudí’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain.
Anton Gaudí’s iconic Casa Batlló, which has a completely different look in the daylight and at night, in Barcelona, Spain.
Seafood paella at a restaurant in Barcelona, Spain. While tapas let you sample delicacies like cod croquettes and calamari, you don’t have to miss out on the paella that’s usually for two or more.
The inside of Palau de la Música Catalana, built by famed architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, in Barcelona, Spain. A required tour of the music hall’s crescendo of colorful stained glass and mosaics is pricey but worth it, and you may even catch musicians practicing.
Sagrada Familia Basilica is a famous landmark in Barcelona, Spain
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