After nearly two days of travel, we arrived in Barcelona. We spent the night in a real bed before taking off for Igualada, where we planned to spend a couple of days before meeting our friends. It was more than just a place to pace the time, however; and we had so much fun participating in the festival of Saint Bartholomew, watching the "giants" and traditional parades. We ate at (and highly recommend) the Michelin-star rated Somiatruites, right near our Airbnb (Montse and her daughter were incredible hosts).
Next, we moved to Capellades, where our good friend Gabri was born and raised. It's a beautiful and friendly village, and served as home base while Gabri and his girlfriend, Marta, took us on a driving tour of Catalonia. We visited Vic, and saw Roman ruins from 1000 BC; Rupit, a gorgeous Medieval village built into the hills with stone; Olot, built beneath four inactive volcanoes; and Cadaqués, the most idyllic seaside town. We also spent a day in Barcelona, particularly in the El Born neighborhood, visiting La Paradeta, the Born Cultural Center, and Santa Maria del Mar.