Hola amigos. After another extended break (because I’m a rubbish blogger), I wanted to share our trip to Barcelona last weekend. I’ve been to Barcelona before but I was still so excited to take in the beautiful sights, marvel at the architecture and feel the sun on my skin.
Barcelona is a fairly small city but there’s so much to see and do. The marina is beautiful, as is Barceloneta beach – although it can get BUSY and we weren’t able to paddle in the waves as there were jellyfish but the standouts for me by far are the many architectural delights of Anthony Gaudi.
The hilltop park is well worth the extra journey and steep, steep hills to get there. The Gaudí creation is weird and wonderful and just so bloody beautiful. The mosaic designs are so imaginative and it’s unlike anywhere I have ever experienced. It feels as though you are in another world. The views from the balcony area over the city are insane. Just to note- you do need tickets to enter the main part of the park and they do sell out quickly so book in advance if you can.
The cathedral is arguably Gaudí’s most impressive work and despite, construction beginning in the 1800’s, it’s still underway. We booked tickets in advance to ensure we were able to go inside and it was just gorgeous. Between the rainbow alcoves caused by light cast through the stained glass windows and intricate design at every turn, the cathedral is stunning, inside and out and is definitely worth paying a visit.
We weren’t entirely sure about what to expect from the working apartment block but it is the definition of roof goals. Gaudí had yet again worked his magic on the place with even chimneys and entries to staircases looking like sculptures. It was absolutely boiling the day and we were a little tired, hungry and dehydrated so we didn’t look through the attic museum or the apartment sections in anywhere near enough detail but the roof alone is warrants a visit.
Parc de la Cuitadella
Despite the heat, this park hands down is the greenest place I have ever been. The famous fountain is so dramatic and stunning to look at. We also took a rowing boat out on the lake. It wasn’t the most relaxing of experiences (mainly because Tom and I are so competitive) but it was hilarious and the perfect way to spend half an hour in the sunshine.
Is anyone heading off to Barcelona soon? What are you looking forward to seeing?
Stay tuned for part two on where we stayed and top restaurant picks.