Barcelona – The city of art, tapas, and Messi. The Catalan beach town is easy to fall in love with. Here are just some of the amazing must-visit sites to see while visiting Barcelona.
Gaudí was a Catalan architect with an extremely distinctive and unique style. His works of modernism are shown throughout the city of Barcelona. However, there are two you must not miss: Parc Güell and Sagrada Familia.
Parc Güell’s design was assigned to Gaudí by rich entrepreneur Eusebi Güell. Güell originally envisioned the Parc as a place for luxury homes with a touch of artistic design. However, ultimately only 2 homes were built there, neither of which were actually built by Gaudí. Luckily, Gaudí was able to design something even better. The Parc is full of his early works of colorful mosaics and structures with remnants of baroquism. Parc Güell is open year round and general admission tickets cost € 8.
Sagrada Familia is another one of Gaudí’s masterpieces. Gaudí became involved in the project in 1883. He decided to take a previous architect’s design and add on to it with his own personal style of combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Sadly, Gaudí died when less than a quarter of the project was finished, in 1926. Luckily, other architects were able to step in and continue to build Gaudí’s vision. The church is still being built, but the construction certainly does not take away from its beauty. General admission to Sagrada Familia costs € 15 (without tour or audioguide).
Gaudí’s influence can be seen all around the city, so do not be upset, if you are unable to get to any other his other sites. However, there is much more architectural esthetic you must see while visiting Barcelona. The Barrio Gòtico, or Gothic Quarter, is especially one to not miss. The best way to see this section of the city would definitely be a walking tour. However, if tours aren’t your things here are the must see sites of this quarter: Cathedral Basilica of Barcelona, Plaça del Pi, and Plaça Reial.
After your trip to the gothic quarter, it may be wise to jump over to Las Ramblas. Las Ramblas is the central most boulevard in Barcelona, and can be considered the heart of the city. With artists and restaurants lining the streets, the boulevard is always “alive.” Don’t forget to stop at La Boqueria, the city’s outdoor market, and taste some of the city’s freshest dishes.
Of course, this is only a small select places to see in Barcelona. There are many more beautiful churches, galleries, and hot spots. Therefore, we suggest it is best to utilize the Tourist “hop-on hop-off” buses. They stop at all the best sites in Barcelona, and have drop-off and pick-up points conveniently located all over the city.