Whew! After months of just talking about it, planning an itinerary, researching transportation and travel times, changing the point of origin, and starting all over, our group of 6 is finally booked! My hubby and I and 4 of my in-laws are headed to Lourdes, France via Barcelona, Spain this coming March! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
We are driving to Lourdes from Barcelona to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes then drive back to Barcelona.
In Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is a must see for me. The basilica is 70% complete and has entered its final stage of construction, I read somewhere. I was told that the Boqueria is a worthwhile place to visit. It is a farmers market that locals also patronize. So, these two are among the places on my list to visit.
We will also check out Peñiscola, The City in the Sea, which is a fortified seaport with a lighthouse, and joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land.
What I am most excited about visiting the area is the opportunity to eat authentic Valencian paella. The dish is a favorite of mine. We have a version of it in my home province in the Philippines which I love, but I know it’s not prepared the same way as the original Valencian paella.
An hour and a half drive from Peñiscola is Tarragona, a large seaside town. It has numerous historical sites like Tarraco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site complex of Roman ruins. We are also planning to visit the area and have some tapas.
The Philippines was under Spanish rule for 300 years until the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. Spanish influence is noticeable in the churches and fiestas that Filipinos love. I’m so excited to see part of my ex-motherland! 😉
Any thoughts on Lourdes and Barcelona? Have you driven from Barcelona to Lourdes? I would love to hear about it. Tips are always welcome. Please do share!