City Guide: Barcelona
Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain and one of the most visited cities throughout Europe. Needless to say, this means that Barcelona has a lot on offer when it comes to sightseeing purposes! Especially Antoni Gaudí characterizes Barcelona. Whether it is Park Güell, La Sagrada Família or one of the architectural highlights designed by this architect – these gems are one of a kind! Learn more about Barcelona whilst reading this city review!
Even though Antoni Gaudí influenced Barcelona decisively, the city in Spain will show you its different facets if you discover various parts of it!
Located a bit outside of the center, but definitely worth seeing and visiting is the so-called Tibidabo, a mountain.
The whole beauty of Tibidabo can also be seen when reading Moritz’ running guide. Special about Tibidabo is the fact that you can overview whole Barcelona if the weather is not too foggy. Moreover, an amusement park just waits for you to be discovered!
Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Barcelona
Also located on Tibidabo is the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a true gem!
It is simply impressive to be within a beautiful, yet unpretentious catholic church on the top of a mountain…
La Sagrada Família by Gaudí
Until today, La Sagrada Familia is unfinished. Construction works began in 1886 and are planned to be finished in 2026, the 100th death anniversary of Gaudí.
However, the church already is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a work of Gaudi. Nevertheless, there are nowadays a bit more architects who have been designing the church since Gaudí’s death. One of the most interesting histories of a building I’ve ever learnt about.
Other works of Gaudí in Barcelona
Gaudí’s style of Art Nouveau cannot be compared to anything else. Thus, it is really recommendable to see as many of his works as possible!
Whether it is Casa Batllo or Casa Mila, you’ll find different elements in either the façade or inside the buildings. In case of Casa Batlló, the façade tells the story of the legend of St. Georg.
Park Güell Barcelona
Park Güell is another piece designed by Gaudí. His client who hired Gaudí was inspired by the English Gardens and wanted something alike in Barcelona.
Nowadays, there is a distinction between a public space and an area for which who gotta pay an entrance fee.
Triumphal Arch Barcelona
I feel like every bigger city has a Triumphal Arch, and so does Barcelona.
However, the one in Barcelona is nice to look at and definitely pretty photogenic, so don’t skip it if you go by!
Torre Agbar Barcelona
Torre Agbar is most probably the most interesting building in the city of Barcelona when it comes to modern architecture.
Just look at this! But if you expect something cool inside, I have to disappoint you: These are simply offices.
Castel de Monjuic Barcelona
Castel de Montjuic Barcelona is the perfect place to visit if you are interested in indulging in the rich, but changing history of Barcelona.
Just like Barcelona itself, the purpose/usage of Castel de Montjuic changed. Nowadays, it is great for discovering the spurs of Barcelona or just for enjoying great views of the city!
General impressions of Barcelona
Barcelona is big and Barcelona will show you all of its faces if you take your time to explore! Don’t miss the harbor or the town hall which is located right there.
What is also very enjoyable is seeing the multiple churches in Barcelona. Moreover, strolling through alleys and admire the historical and special architecture is a real must-do! Be sure to take enough time for Barcelona, you won’t be able to see it all in just one day!