Barcelona is filled to the brim with amazing attractions including a theme park, beautiful churches, nice park areas, great culinary experiences, wonderful arts, and a thriving nightlife. It’s a proud city consisting of a people who identify more as Catalan then they do as Spaniards. The city, generally, is a kind place though one must always look out for pick-pockets. It’s also a prime destination for the LGBT community and I’ll discuss that in another blog post.
One of the most popular things to do as a tourist in Barcelona is simply walk around the city and admire the incredible architecture. The range of architecture is all across the spectrum going from the middle ages to modern times. Seriously, you can see some pretty incredible examples of middle age, renaissance, and modernist architecture throughout the city.
Historically, one of the most famous Barcelona residents was Antoni Gaudí. He is known the world over for his distinctive, eccentric , and individualized style of architecture. I’d also say he is one of the many treasures offered to the world by Catalan society. Whenever I gaze at a work by Gaudí, I see his passions as it is clear he was inspired by architecture, nature, and religion.
Gaudí also happens to be one of my favorite artists/architects and so it was such an amazing experience to see his work up close. Standing on stairs he designed, looking out from a balcony originating in his mind…these experiences were both surreal and momentous for me.
His work is rather impressive and if you are ever in Barcelona, you should take advantage of all the free public art that surrounds you. It cost nothing to leisurely stroll through the city admiring the works of Gaudi and other architects. It’s also an excellent opportunity to get to know the city a bit and makes for great travel photos.
So here is my list of Gaudí attractions you should definitely check out. There are plenty more you could also such Palau Güell, El Drac de Gaudí, and Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella. These just happen to be my favorites!
Gaudí’s masterpiece is probably the most famous of all his works and construction on the magnificent Basilica began in 1882. It is still under construction at the moment but you can walk around the building and even go inside. There’s a cost associated with entering the church ranging between €15-26 with an additional cost if you wish to ascend one of the towers. I highly recommend the tower tour because the views of the city are incredible from up there. It truly is a magnificent building.
Want to tour inside? Get tickets here: http://goo.gl/GZALy
2) Casa Calvet
This building was built between 1898-1900 for a family of textile industrialists known as the Calvets. It’s a rather conventional building having been influenced by Baroque styles. It’s a lovely building and worth checking out.
This is Gaudí’s first important work designed for the industrialist Manuel Vicens. The building is located in the Gràcia district of Barcelona so makes a good stop while you explore this neighborhoods arts and coffee scene. Entry to the home is prohibited to the general public but it’s great to see from the outside anyway.
3) La Pedrera
This building resembles something more of a sculpture than it does a residential structure. It is a very unusual building with its wavey appearance. It reminds us of the harmonious irregularities of nature.
4) Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí’s greatest works with its facade resembling skulls and bones. In fact, the balconies are supposed to appear as skulls. It is located in the Gràcia district of Barcelona and is quite the show stopper. The vivid colors and unusual shapes are reminiscent of marine life such as coral. You can enter this building and explore for a fee.
Entrance fee: €22.50 per person with an audio guide included. You can also get a fast pass to skip the lines for an additional €5.00.
This park was built between 1900-1914 and is a wonderful place to take a stroll while you admire the many architectural features located inside the complex. Gaudí’s home is also located inside the park and is now a museum. Something to take note of, the park has two different zones: A free access zone which is open to the public and a Monumental Zone which requires the purchase of a ticket.
To get a ticket, visit: http://www.parkguell.cat/en/buy-tickets/
Once your finished with your Gaudí tour, be sure to check out these other attractions!
Are you ready to explore Gaudí’s masterpieces?
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