A short trip to Barcelona.
Barcelona is city renown for its architecture, where Gaudí’s styleis visible in many buildings. The Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s unfinished Cathedral, is one of the city’s symbols. Guests can enjoy the eccentric architecture of the cathedral and climb up hundreds of steps to enjoy views of the city.
The Parc Güell, located on a hill in the city, was designed by Gaudí. The steps are made of mosaics and there is a colourful mosaic crocodile in a fountain. White columns designed like stalactites form a porch, and there is a large viewing platform with views towards the sea.
La Pedrera is another of Gaudí’s masterpieces. This house was built for a married couple at the start of the century, and symbolizes the Virgin Mary. There are no straight walls at this house, with curved columns, large windows and terraces with views towards the city centre.
Casa Batlló, designed by Gaudí, is located on the Passeig de Gracia, a street lined with boutiques and restaurants. Visitors can visit the inside of this modernist building, known for its colourful décor and curved walls.
The Barri Gotic is the Gothic Quarter, one of the city’s most visited places. There are many bars and restaurants where visitors can enjoy an aperitivo while exploring the architecture of this barrio. There are antique dealers and vintage shops, and designer coffee shops where locals and visitors can buy the art pieces that hang on the walls.
Las Ramblas is the city’s main street, a large promenade that starts at the centric Plaça Catalunya and ends by the Columbus Statue next to the shore. There are artists, flower shops and live performances. Visitors can stay in the centric hotels and hostels located near this street and walk around the city before renting a bike and enjoying a tour.
The Barcelona Aquarium is one the largest aquariums in the region. There are more than eight thousand animals from 300 different species in this aquarium, which is divided into living spaces.
There are plenty of open spaces in the city. The Parc de la Ciudadella is the city’s central park. The park has a lake, a couple of museums and a zoo.
If visitors want to enjoy views of the city they can climb to the Tibidabo mountain, a 550 metre high mountain. There is an historic church and a temple with a statue of Christ. On the mountain there is a large theme park with amusement rides.
One of the most visited places in the city is the hill of Montjüic. The Montjüic Castle is located on the hill, and there are several galleries inside the castle, one of them dedicated to a military exhibition.
The Poble Espanyol was built for the International Exhibition. This village, perched a top the Montjuic mountain, has traditional houses and squares from several regions in the country, and visitors will be able to get a view of the traditions in the several cities.
For a taste of the city visitors can visit the Mercat de la Boqueria, a traditional market located near La Rambla. The market has a wide range of traditional foods and there are several small puestos where one can savour local tapas.