If you ask any person from Barcelona where you should go on the weekend, I bet the majority of them will say Costa Brava. Located about an hour or so north of the city, this island is basically my heaven. The bluest of waters, pebble laden beaches, cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean. Basically perfect! I adored my time at Costa Brava with three of the host families and other gals. It was the best way to spend the afternoon!