That may be all anyone needs to put Barcelona on their top of anything list. If you've never had it or don't know what it is, there really isn't a way to properly describe the experience of the ham actually melting in your mouth.
A cheesy grin on a beautiful beach
I had been to Spain a few times prior to my first visit to Barcelona. This (above) is early February of 2013, wedged between trips to Ukraine, Vietnam, and a looming deployment to Afghanistan only a few weeks away. I was trying to make the most of life and Barcelona was definitely a good choice for this.
February might be a little nippy for a swim in the sea, but the beach was ample and the sunshine was good. The seafood wasn't the city's strong suit, I don't think. At least I had tracked down a place for razor clams and they weren't at all inspiring, rather gritty garlic tubes.
However, as mentioned, the hams are worth the trip alone - the places in which you can enjoy the hams and the other accompanying tapas treats really left a long lasting impression on me. Barcelona might be my pick over Rome or Paris or many of the other classic destinations of Europe.
La Rambla is maybe so popular it's a cliche, but I couldn't have cared less. It's a nice place to people watch while pinballing vendors and architecture.
Making friends with a Korean tour group at a cool Gaudi fountain in Park Guell, Barcelona's answer to Dr Seuss!
Barcelona's parks are definitely a strong suit, while I sometimes enjoy a theme to explore while discovering a new destination. Barcelona's Gaudi repertoire does not dissapoint.