Did I ever tell you about my visit to the city of… weird sculptures, moving statues and half built buildings? I’m talking about BARCELONA silly. With its surreal charm and expansive streets you are bound to be left pondering about the unique culture in the city of life.
Well let’s get on with it… there’s lots to see and so little time!
La Sagrada Familia
This stunning unfinished masterpiece started by Antoni Gaudí way back in the 1882 is an obvious must see for anyone going to Barcelona. The church, even though unfinished, has incredible detail covering every inch of its tall towers. If you want to see it complete then you’ll be waiting until at least 2026 when most of the structure is due to be built. Only 100 years after the artists death, I’m sure he would be proud, after all ‘his client was in no hurry’.
Another one of Antoni’s treasures emerges with its brightly coloured tiles and countless structures at Park Guell. Not only are the structures incredible in many different ways but the park surroundings of exotic flowers in the gardens and brilliant city views are undeniably beautiful. The gingerbread house, serpentine bench, dragon and room of pillars are particular highlights and should be captured for you to marvel at in years to come.
Strolling around Las Ramblas is a tourist favourite activity and is undeniably the beating heart of this vibrant city. Filled with treasure troves and authentic Spanish food spots you could easily spend days exploring each expansive street and corner of this central boulevard. I recommend grabbing some ice cream and wandering to the end where you will find Columbus and the famous human statues. Be warned, they expect money is exchange for a photo. I was naive and timidly posed next to one, only to be spat at and chased away.
If you’re in the area it’s worth stopping by this grand stadium in the city and make sure to explore the underground areas. Now more commonly used for concerts and events it was built back in 1929 as a bid for Barcelona to host the infamous Olympic Games… the plan didn’t work but the stadium was finally home to the Summer Olympics years later in 1992. There is a certain feeling when standing in a building that was once filled with so much energy, pride and hope.
Mirador de L’Alcalde
If you’re after stunning views of the city from a beautiful mountain setting I highly recommend this viewpoint. Play spot the landmark from the fountains and gardens that lie at the top of this area in Montjuic and bask in the sites of the beautiful city you’ve been exploring.
Barcelona is an incredible city filled with romantic possibilities and endless adventures although a couple of days in the hustle and bustle of the Spanish streets were enough to satisfy my culture fix and I took in every moment I could before moving on.
Have you explored Barcelona or any other European cities?