On Easter Break I went to Barcelona with my boyfriend and his family. I had been there one time before when younger but hadn't really had time to really fall in love with the place. My boyfriend on the other hand had been there 14 times before and praised Barcelona as one of the greatest cities - mostly because he's a huge FC Barcelona fan. Anyways, this time I was determined to see the best of Barcelona and I absolutely loved it (even though it was peak season and the crowds were massive)! Here's the best locations for pictures and the best places to see when you're in Barcelona.
Hospital de Sant Pau
Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167
This part of the hospital is not really in use anymore, but a museum and an UNESCO site. However, the hospital is still there and has been modernized. Anyways, I really just loved it's facade and the details from the Catalan modernism. It's free to see, but the museum is not.
The works of Antoni Gaudí
You cannot really say Barcelona without also saying Gaudí. The works of Antoni Gaudí adorns the city in so many places. Some of the most famous ones are Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, Casa Vicens and of course the famous church, Sagrada Familia. The park, Park Güell, is dedicated to the work of Gaudí and is a masterpiece itself with a stunning view over the city because of its high location. Remember to book tickets in advance to the park (NOT the Gaudí house, which doesn't give you access to the rest) since it can be booked for days - especially in the peak seasons. Luckily, there's also a part of the park that's free to walk in.
Carrer de Allada Vermel
This spot is really hidden and even in the peak season you might have it for yourself. I don't know who's the owner, but it's definitely a plant lover and it's absolutely cute!
Bunkers del Carmel
Carrer de Mariá Lavérnia
This is probably the best viewpoint in town, but also takes a bit of effort to get there. however, any view this gorgeous is worth it. We made ourselves a little picnic out of it and brought food, while we waited for the sun to go down over the city. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't with us and I can only imagine the beauty of a clear view of the sea, the city and the sunset. But it was still worth every drop of sweat going up there. You can take the metro to Alfons X with the yellow line and exit at Rondade Guinardo. Then it's a 20 minutes walk up the hill and you have arrived.
Placa de Gaudí
The famous Sagrada Familia is of course a must when in Barcelona. Even if you've been there before you gotta see how far they've come. Sagrada Familia is a work in progress and it has been since 1882. It's considered a masterpiece from the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. I like too see Sagrada Familia from the other side of the lake in the park next to it. There's parks on both sides where you can enjoy the view.
The Kissing Wall
Plaça d’Isidre Nonell
The Kiss of Freedom or "The World Begins with Every Kiss" as it's called is an art installation on a wall right next to the Barcelona Cathedral, however, still hidden from the masses. If you look closely you'll realise that it's not one big picture but a mosaic of moment, people, places, etc. that all in some way is a representation of freedom.
Mercado de la Boqueria
La Boqueria is the most famous food market in Barcelona and famous worldwide. Here it's a mix of locals getting there fresh groceries or tourists in awe of the selections! If you're a food lover this is not a bad place to be.
Carrer de Pádua 75
This is not really a sight, but the house is just so fun and picture perfect with the green walls and the red decoration. If you're nearby go check it out. It's located in a little quite alley, but somehow it has become famous for its look.
Parc de Montjuïc
Parc de Montjuïc has multiple sights and it is a tourist magnet! The park located on a hill provides you with stunning views of the city and the Mediterranean ocean. It holds both the Olympic Stadion, The Catalan National Museum and the Magic Fountain, which gives a show Thursday-Saturday night between 9-10pm. One of the nearest stop with metro is Placa d'Espanya and then it's only a short walk to the National Museum.
The Gothic Quarter
Carrer del Bisbe
The Gothic Quarter is a treat in itself with its narrow alleys and its architecture. However, one of the most famous streets of the Gothic Quarter must be Carrer del Bisbe. Unfortunately, the street's crowded most of the day and I didn't get a picture here. The best time to do this is early in the morning or maybe if you are lucky outside of the peak season. Another famous church of Barcelona is the Barcelona Cathedral. The rooftop of the cathedral is free to visit until 1pm (except Sundays) and it also provides one with a stunning with of the church. Unfortunately, Easter was not really the best time to visit churches, which means that I only got to see it from the outside.
Arc de Triomf
Passeig de Saint Joan
Arc de Triomf? Isn't that in Paris, France? Yes, but Barcelona also has one and it's pretty cool as well. The Spanish Arch is made of red bricks and was build as the doorway to the World Expo of 1888 - Spain's first international World's Fair.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Carrer Palau de la Música
The concert hall is an icon of modernist architecture and an UNESCO site. It's located in downtown Barcelona. The place is colourful and luxurious in it's decoration and it's absolutely amazing. The only downside of the place is that they only have guided tours and they are fairly expensive. Because of that I didn't go in but I wish I had seen it for myself!
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