Lived in Europe for 15 years, but never visited Spain. We were told our 10 days in Barcelona would be to much, we ran out of time and did not see everything on our list. The only trip outside of the city was to Monsurat. It is a vibrant city with much to offer. If you are going their, take in all of the museums, tapas, city tours by bus ( be sure to go on both loops), good cheap wine, and make an effort to meet the locals! We are glad to provide our guide to Barcelona...it was great!