I have to warn you, I took 1800 photos while in Spain. I’m not going to share all of them, but I thought I could start with Barcelona and share some of my favourite must see spots. To keep this post from going on forever and having too many photos, I’ll try to just stick to the highlights.
As I have already mentioned, the weather in Barcelona was quite lovely. As we had come from the Southern Hemisphere where the weather was a chilly 10 C the day we left, to spend days in the 20-23 C range was almost summer! Thanks to the temperature, we were more than happy to spend a great deal of our time wandering around Barcelona, finding it’s treasures as we explored the city on foot.
We would soon learn that in Spain, we would see lots of statues and more churches and cathedrals than Ireland had castles! When we were in Ireland we had started saying, “A.B.C.” (another bloody castle) and found that it worked well in Spain as “another bloody cathedral/church”. It didn’t matter how many we saw, I still had to take pictures. There just seems to be something about the architecture that attracts me.
The Cuitat Vella (Old Town): This was perhaps the most amazing part of town thanks to the Gothic Cathedral, the Roman Foundations, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Most of the streets are either one-way or perfect for walking so it’s a great area to explore on foot. It would be impossible to see it all by car, because you would be likely to miss some fantastic treasure if you couldn’t spend time slowly strolling the streets.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Down in the Old Town you could explore the MoCA, as well as, the Picasso Museum and Dali Museum. Art was everywhere in this city, from statues to paintings and buildings, there was certainly an artistic flair going on in Barcelona.
Gaudi Apartment Building (Casa Mila‘): A block from our hotel was an apartment building designed by Antonio Gaudi, the great Catalan Architect. I spent a couple of hours wandering around the and took tons of photos. Most of my favourites were from the roof, as this pic above. The sculptural quality, and the whimsy of it made it a fun place to photograph. Inside the building was lovely with mostly an art nouveau feel to it.
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia: You can’t visit Barcelona and miss the Sagrada Familia. First of all, you can see it from most of the other areas you may visit and secondly, it is Gaudi’s Opus. Gaudí applied all of his previous experimental findings in this project, from works such as the Park Güell and the crypt of the Colònia Güell, creating a church that is at once structurally perfect, harmonious and aesthetically satisfying.
During Gaudí’s life only the crypt, apse and part of the Nativity facade were completed. Upon his death his assistant Domènec Sugrañes took over the construction; thereafter it was directed by various architects. Jordi Bonet i Armengol assumed responsibility in 1987 and continued as of 2011. Completion is not expected until at least 2026. And yes, work was continuing even as we wandered around admiring the building.
Tomorrow I would like to share some photos from Gaudi’s Park Güell as it definitely makes my Barcelona favourite must see spots list. Then I promise to get back to a little fashion!
- Wear Something Gaudi Day (astimegoesbuy.me)
- La Sagrada Familia – Just Stunning! – Barcelona, Spain (travelpod.com)
- La Sagrada Familia – Barcelona (tayineurope.wordpress.com)
- Gaudi’s magical world in city of Barcelona (worldsheritagetravel.wordpress.com)
- 24 hours in Barcelona – A 24 hour travel guide to Barcelona Spain (essentialtravel.co.uk)