Barcelona City Break : 5 Cool Places to Visit

Gaudi's_Parc_Guell
Gaudi's_Parc_Guell
 
Barcelona may be charming all year round. Many might wonder if the famous Mediteranian charm is as luring during the cold months of the year as it is in the summer, especially when back in London the weather is only just starting to feel the upcoming Spring flair, my answer is undeniably – yes! You’ll see in a few rows below why. I’ll invite you to scroll together through some of the most viewable places in the city, all images are mine. Hope you enjoy!
 

Barcelona’s proud sence of identity has been build on solid pillars, those lying on a unique cultural and architectural heritage, a remarkably relaxed pace, unbeatable food and lovely hosts (almost anyone you’d ask for city guidance, local places for a gastronomic treat or else – you’d get an answer with a genuine smile on their faces:). Let’s get the ball rolling..

1. 1st Stop: Ciutadella Park

 

What impressed the most: gorgeeous royal-styled fountains or salsa held in open air whereby anyone could easily take part in? (couples would get switched so even if you came alone you could probably end up dancing with a charming stranger:):

 

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Barcelona City Break, Ciutadella Park, 2015

 

 

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Barcelona Ciutadela Park, Dancing Salsa in Open Air

 

The park was truly charming, an almost 19th century classical touch to the architecture, you’d imagine damsels and chevaliers pacing down the alleys yet it’s quite diverse too:

 

2. Visit at least 3 of Gaudi’s famous works (aka. houses – these are truly unique!)

Whenever anyone mentions Gaudi, the 1st association to pop up would in most cases be Sagrada Familia, however there’s more to it in Barcelona; in fact, there are over 8 main projects of his that wouldn’t fit in a day to visit (another reason to come back to Barcelona, probably within another week-end?:). So check out this list of Antoni Gaudí buildings:

 

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Barcelona – Famous Gaudi’s Houses

 

Barcelona - Famous Gaudi Buildings

Barcelona – Famous Gaudi Buildings

 

Gaudi's Famous Works in Barcelona

Gaudi’s Famous Works in Barcelona

 

3rd Stop: Probably the Most Sophisticated Architectural Execution of a Cathedral in the world – Sagrada Familia:

 

Before I’ll briefly introduce it (briefly: as it wouldn’t fit in a page/day of work to fully describe its undeniable WOW-ness) – quick piece of advice: if you’d like to visit Sagrada Familia, do it either early – as early as 8.45am! or buy your tickets upfront online to avoid massive queues (we’ve waited our turn no less than 1.5h..):

It’s by far the most visited tourist attraction in Spain, beware: there’s good reason to it. It’s a stunning work of architecture, and your visit to Barcelona will not be complete without at least forming an opinion of it for yourself. Imagine someone asks you what you thought of the main landmark of the city and all you have to say is “I don’t know…”

So here you go, a few snippets of my own to help you form a quick view before you’ll start longing to see it yourself:

 

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Barcelona – Sagrada Familia – 2015

 

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Barcelona, Sagrada Familia – 2015, view from inside

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Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, view from outside

 

By the way, although this magnificent building has had its first grounding blocks layed back in the 19th century (1882) – its internal view has only recently been finalized, the outside as you can see abve is still in making..Obviously not at all an easy task to accomplish!

 

4th Stop: The Old City of Barcelona

Here’s where the day light sees plenty of shoppers and tourists amazed at the view of a truly medieval city, its narrow streets full of secerets and mysteries held behind the facade blocks, while night time turns the ground into a scene  full of palpable attractions and.. distractions:)

 

Barcelona – Old City, 2015

 

Barcelona - Old City, 2015

Barcelona – Old City, 2015

 

Barcelona - Old City, 2015

Barcelona – Old City, 2015

 

Barcelona - Old City, 2015

Barcelona – Old City, 2015

 

Barcelona - Old City, 2015

Barcelona – Old City, 2015

 

Barcelona - Old City, 2015

Barcelona – Old City, 2015

 

Barcelona - Old City, 2015, medieval fountain

Barcelona – Old City, 2015, medieval fountain

 

5. Final Stop: A Must See: Gaudí’s Parc Güell

 

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Gaudi’s_Parc_Guell

 

Gaudi's Parc Guell, Barcelona

Gaudi’s Parc Guell, Barcelona

 

Gaudi's Parc Guell, Barcelona

Gaudi’s Parc Guell, Barcelona

 

Gaudi's Parc Guell, Barcelona

Gaudi’s Parc Guell, Barcelona

Gaudi's Parc Guell, Barcelona

Gaudi’s Parc Guell, Barcelona

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed our virtual trip and if you decide to go there yourselves, don’ tforget to downoad the tube app, it’s a massive time-saver:)

Hasta Luego!

Nadya @Bagstowear

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