The colourful and characterful city of Barcelona is surmised in the stunning, iconic buildings designed by Gaudi which tower over its bustling streets. His wondrous architecture, amongst others, pervades the city whose rich Catalonian history infuses every aspect of life here. Art galleries including the Picasso Museum hide down quaint side streets, while excellent food markets such as La Boqueria pepper Las Ramblas. Petite restaurants and bars off the tourist track serve the best Tapas and Paella you’re ever likely to find. La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s most famous work, is a Gothic Cathedral of epic proportions which dominates the skyline of the city thanks to its fantastic towers. Marvel at the sculpture of the great hall as it reaches skywards and traverse the towers for an unforgettable view of the city. Park Guell is a playground of a park filled with some of Gaudi’s more animalistic works, with stunning dragon statues sitting alongside vivid multi-coloured mosaics and pillars. Palau Guell is one of Gaudi’s lesser known works, but this grand Palace is an architectural marvel with several examples of stunning iron-work. It also has several of Gaudi’s famous chimneys adorning its roof.
Where is it?
Barcelona is in the north-eastern Spanish state of Catalunya, on the country’s Mediterranean coast.
What is it?
Once an ancient Roman city, Barcelona is now one of the most popular and populous cities in Europe. It’s rich artistic history, unrivalled architecture and passionate locals make it a hugely rewarding destination.
Best time to visit?
Visit in the spring in April or May to avoid the busiest summer tourist period, as Barcelona becomes extremely busy during the summer months. This also avoids the sweltering summer heat, which makes the subway system particularly uncomfortable.
Visit the breath-taking Palau De la Musica Catalana, the Catalan’s primary music theatre which is as beautiful on the outside as it is within. Famous for its incredible stained-glass skylight and sculpted stage surroundings, this theatres striking decoration reflects its importance to the city.