Looking to take a week off sometime in May and travel. Have been thinking about Barcelona, and was wondering if anyone has recommendations such as what part of the city to stay in (or even a good hotel recommendation), or things to do/avoid? I will be traveling with my girlfriend (f*ck me right) so keep that in mind. Feel free to pitch me on another city if you are anti-Barcelona. I just want an interesting place to go that has some sort of energy to it, I don't really feel like sitting on an island doing nothing for a week.
Should I look to check out some other cities while I'm over there? I am more of a "do one or two places" type of guy than a "go everywhere for one day" type of traveler, but I would like to see as much as I could.
Sorry if someone has already asked about Barca specifically, but I did not see any posts that really had anyone making any type of recommendations regarding it.