When I visited Barcelona, I squeezed in a quick trip to Mallorca, which is the largest of the Balearic Islands just south of continental Spain.
My friend and I flew into Palma and rented a car to tour the island. Mallorca is famous for its beaches. I was there too late in the season to enjoy them, but fortunately the mountain areas proved equally beautiful.
Mallorca is much more rural than Barcelona, so it was a nice relaxing break from the city! I’d love to explore more parts of Spain someday!