Paella for one: Barcelona dazzles when you're traveling solo

A solo trip to Barcelona won't disappoint, even when you're watching friends, honeymooners and families sharing platters of seafood paella and taking in Anton Gaudí's mind-bending architectural jewels

BARCELONA, Spain -- They were on girls' trips, guys' trips, family vacations and honeymoons.

They were on the train, sharing massive platters of seafood paella and packed into Anton Gaudí's mind-bending architectural jewels.

And then there was me. The solo female traveler in Barcelona.

If you're taking a solo trip for the first time, a European city like Barcelona is a good place to start. The city is dynamic, the streets and cafes are always packed, it's safe to walk around at night and people mostly speak English.