When we started to look at Barcelona as a place to visit the first thing we had to decide was where to stay. We wanted to take a longer trip so we knew we would like to have a little more space. We found a great 4 bedroom house with a pool that was about 15 minutes from the city. The house and view were amazing, but we also loved the little city itself. The main square had an old Monastery, a few restaurants and some great shopping. We have found we do better, especially with the kids, in smaller communities. Barcelona was great, but it got very busy and very crowded. Sant Cugat was more calm, slower paced, and had more of a local feel.
Sant Cugat is where some of my new favorite places are, Mercantic and Somewhere Cafe. It was a great jumping off point to visit the sites outside of Barcelona like Tarragona and Monserrat. Here are a few pictures of the "Old church" as Jon and Garrett like to say.