I have unfortunately only had the pleasure of visiting Barcelona for a day but in that time I was lucky to take in some of the magnificent places it has to offer. I managed to explore the key hotspots of Spain’s capital city using an excursions company, here are 4 of the most memorable places I visited on my travels.
The Sagrada Family
This beautiful gothic cathedral is known as the unfinished work of Antoni Gaudi, who died in 1926 whilst still undertaking the project.
Despite construction of the Sagrada Famíla first beginning in 1882 due to the intricacy of the structure the completion date isn’t set until 2026.
This architectural masterpiece is breathtaking and from the first moment you set eyes on it you can understand why so much time and thought has gone into making it exactly as envisioned.
Camp Nou Stadium and Museum (Barcelona FC)
I am not what you would call a sporting fan but even I must admit that my tour around the stadium and museum was one that educated me on both the ground and the history it is steeped in. The tour allows visitors to walk around the stadium, along the tunnel that leads some of the worlds greatest players on to the pitch and then concludes in the museum where you discover the history of the Nou Camp. There is also a stadium shop for those who would like a momento of their trip.
Another magnificent piece of architecture designed by Gaudi, the building was commissioned by Pere Milà and his wife Roser Segimon in 1906 and was the last private residence that Gaudi ever worked on.
Now declared a world heritage site this building is the headquaters of Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera.
Casa Milà will always be known as a breakthrough in its time, a building that was way ahead of the architecture of its generation and one that even now many will travel to see.
Las Ramblas is my favourite place in Barcelona and runs through the heart of the city. It plays host to some wonderful architecture, including that of the Liceu Theatre. At 1.2 kilometres long this boulevard introduces you to unique street performers, artists and human statue art.
And as you make your way through the entertainment you will see the Christopher Columbus monument and discover the Modernist Boqueria Market. This metallic and glass structured market offers a diverse array of products and sends your sense of smell into overdrive. Originally opened as an open air market in 1836 this picturesque market was transformed into the indoor area that we know today back in 1914.