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Spain travel guide: for inspiration & relaxation

Dreaming of a European vacation? There is still time for a last minute Summer trip or you can even start planning your next getaway in advance. If you’ve been thinking of traveling to Spain, I’m here to share some great travel tips with you.
My husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in June with a trip to Barcelona and Menorca. This was the perfect destination as I was looking to get inspired and my husband wanted to unplug and relax. We spent half of our trip in Barcelona and the other half in Menorca and I loved both destinations for very different reasons...
Here are some of my favorite spots that you might want to add to your wanderlust list.

GET INSPIRED IN BARCELONA!

[View of Barcelona from Park Guell]
There is so much to see and get inspired in the city of Barcelona. But for sure you can’t miss visiting the Gothic Quarters, Montjuic and Gaudi’s architectural landmarks.
Gothic Quarters (Barrio Gotico)
This is a picturesque neighborhood in the city of Barcelona with cobblestone roads, medieval streets and tapas restaurants every which way. I would suggest coming here in the late afternoon to visit the Picasso Museum and then see where the night takes you while hopping from place to place enjoying delicious tapas, wine and live music.

[Las Meninas - Picasso Museum]

Montjuic
Pick a day to explore Montjuic. This is a hill in Barcelona where you will find the Miro Museum and the Montjuic Castle, which you can get to on a cable car ride with stunning views of the city of Barcelona. I would suggest visiting the Miro Museum first and then take a stroll to Carrer de Blai. This is a 15 minute walk from the museum where you will find a pedestrian street full of tapas restaurants with outdoor seating. We had a delicious lunch at Carmesi. 
After lunch, walk back up the hill to Teleferic de Montjuic where you will hop on a cable car that will take you to Montjuic Castle. You can explore the castle with a self guided tour and then head towards the city for another night of tapas and wine!
[Jet Lagged happy me at Miro Museum:D]
[Afternoon Tapas at Camesi]
[Barcelona View from  Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya]
Gaudi's Architecture
Antoni Gaudi’s architecture and design are present all over the city of Barcelona. It’s so inspiring to see how much work he achieved in such a short life span. He’s biggest inspiration was nature and you can see it reflected in his work including the monumental La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Park Guell.
[Ceiling View: La Sagrada Familia]
[Window Details: La Pedrera]
[Sunny Day at Park Guell]

~RELAX AWAY IN MENORCA~

A short flight away from the city of Barcelona is the island of Menorca. The less developed sister island of Mallorca. Once you get here, I would suggest having a car rental reservation to discover the island at your leisure. Find a hotel close to the Ciutadella, so you can enjoy dinners and night life in the old city after long days at the beach. We discovered so many amazing beaches and spots during our daily road trips, but here are some of my favorites:
[Beach Hopping: Menorca]
[Village of Fornells]
[Night View of Ciutadella]
  • Cala Galdana
  • Cala en Brut
  • Ciutadella
  • Village of Fornells
  • Mercat de Pescados
  • Cova d’en Xoroi
During this two week trip, I got energized and inspired to start sketching my new collection. I have to admit that it’s a bit terrifying to stare at a white page and come up with a brand new look, but after lots of sketching sessions at the beach, I came up with a new grouping inspired by my visit to the Miro museum and my fascination with crescent moons. The Barcelona Collection will have a geometric aspect to it with the addition of domed moons and faceted stars.
Wanna come along and see the development of the Barcelona Collection? Follow me on Instagram @cielomarjewelry and feel free to DM me with questions, ideas or even travel tips!
*Travel Tip: Collecting a jewelry piece during your travels is the perfect way to remember your adventures for years to come. Plus you support local artisans with a compact and meaningful “souvenir”. 
Chao,
Cielomar
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