If you want a city break and are undecided as to where to choose, there can be no finer destination than Barcelona. The second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a city which has so much to offer that you’ll wonder why you’ve never visited before. Look around beforehand for a cheap flight to ensure you can plough your resources into discovering as much of this wonderful city as possible. Located on the north-east coast of Spain and looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, it benefits from a Mediterranean climate, with the best weather coming over the summer months.
An absolute must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona is to take in the work of Antonio Gaudi, the inspirational Spanish architect. His fingerprints are scattered all across this glorious city and they are all such stunning examples of modern architecture. By far the most impressive is the Temple de la Sagrada Familla, Gaudi’s unfinished church and one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Work started here in 1882 and is due to be completed in 2025 and it’s easy to see why the building has taken so long to complete. The architecture is utterly unique and wonderfully intricate. Massive spindle towers loom high over you from the square in front of the church and once inside, climb one of the eight towers to take in the wonderful views of the city. Be warned though, it does get very busy but it’s absolutely worth the wait. If you want to enjoy more of Gaudi’s work, there are many other examples across the city- Casa Batllo, a building with a bone-like structure; La Pedera, a set of apartments created with its innovative design elements; Park Guell, an architectural garden which is also home to the Gaudi Museum. All are stunning and all are must-sees!
If Gaudi has woken the artist in you, head for the Montjuic, a hill close to the centre of Barcelona. Here is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) which features artwork stretching from Roman times through to more modern art. Also on the hill is the Olympic museum, built for the Olympic Games held in Barcelona in 1992. Here you can visit the Olympic buildings used for the games and also learn about the history of the games from their ancient beginnings. Sports fans will also want to visit the Nou Camp, Barcelona FC’s iconic ground.
One place you cannot leave Barcelona without visiting is La Rambla, possibly the most famous street in the world. Stretching along for a mile, the street is full of life with street sellers, stalls and cafés sharing the street with musicians, magicians and street performers. Whether you visit day or night, it is always a bustling place to be and you’ll find that you’ll lose hours exploring La Rambla It is a real treat to all the senses, as you take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this vibrant street, all sunk nicely with a lovely glass of sangria.
Article Courtesy of Natalie Likness. Natalie’s love of travel was introduced to her from an early age due to a trip abroad before she was even born! Having close family and making friends across the world, she has continued to travel ever since.