Barcelona is the dynamic, vibrant and colourful capital of Catalonia. The city is an absolute must-see on a visit to this area for its stunning architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The pride of Barcelona is the famous architect Gaudí who is responsible for many of the city’s amazing buildings. The most famous of these is the incredible Sagrada Familia (the sacred family) which was consecrated as a Basilica in November 2010. Remarkably, it’s been under construction since 1882, when the first stone was laid but there is talk that it may be completed by 2026 – just a 144 year project. Other notable buildings displaying the unique designs of Gaudi are Casa Batlló, which has a wonderfully colourful and curvy façade and Casa Mila which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. No visit to Barcelona would be complete without spending some time in Parc Guell. The vibrant colours and wonderful shapes make this park truly unique.
The famous pedestrian street ‘Las Ramblas’ which stretches from Plaza Cataluna down to the magnificent harbour is a hive of activity. While away a few hours sitting outside one of the many cafes and bars. You’ll experience swirls of colour from on-street flamenco dancers and quirky entertainers showing off their skills. Indulge in some retail therapy – the street is lined with shops and boutiques – before sampling the delicious Spanish cuisine in one of the many restaurants or dancing the night away in one of the designer clubs.
Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Plaza de España is a major transport hub that serves most parts of the metropolitan area of Barcelona. From here, you can walk to the National Museum which is located in the National Palace. In the plaza in front of the building, you will find the ‘Magic Fountain of Montjuic’s’. Here, a spectacular fountain show takes place every half hour every other day. The show is a display of colour, light and movement, music and water acrobatics. It is well worth waiting until it gets dark to experience the full splendour of the show.
Visiting with children
The aquarium in Barcelona is a fascinating day out. One of the largest in Europe it is the most important in the world for Mediterranean sea life. Handy hint: book online to receive around €3 off the admission cost, plus avoid any queues. Another excellent family day out is a visit to the Tibidabo Amusement Park. Located at the top of Mount Tibidabo, the most interesting way to reach the top is on an old funicular which offers amazing views as you make your way up the mountain. If you don’t fancy the theme park, there’s plenty of space to enjoy the stunning views over Barcelona.