La Sagrada Familia Cathedral
Its official name is Expiatory Church of La Sagrada Familia. The well known church of Gaudi is the most recognized symbol of the city and one of the world’s most popular buildings. The facade, the crypt and the apse are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1883 and is expected to close in 2026. The entrance fee is 11€
Located on the Mount Carmel, the original Park Güell was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the entrepreneur Eusebi Güell. Another jewel of modernism which was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Paseo de Gracia
The Passeig de Gracia is one of the major avenues in Spain. Combining shopping areas with cultural areas, it contains some of the most famous buildings of Modernism: The Casa Mila (or “La Pedrera” by Gaudí) the Casa Batllo (another work of Gaudi), the Casa Amatller (by Puig i Cadafalch), the Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Fuster (both designed by Domenech i Montaner). Certainly, not far away, on the Diagonal avenue, we can find the Casa de les Punxes (or “Casa Terrades” also by Puig i Cadafalch).
Commonly known as “Las Ramblas”, it is one of the most important avenues in the world. The route connects l’Eixample (extension) to the Old Town from the Plaça Catalunya (center of the city) to the Columbus statue. Strolling along La Rambla one can see La Boqueria market and the famous Liceu Theatre.
Church of Santa María del Mar
Imposing Gothic church of the fourteenth century. His exterior, which gives an impression of massive severity, has nothing to do with its impressive interior. The church is the protagonist of the best-selling novel “La Catedral del mar” and also appears in “The Angel’s Game or El juego del Ángel” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
A visit to the Gothic Quarter is not complete without the visit of the Barcelona Cathedral, as it is the starting point to the medieval atmosphere that exists in its streets and places.
Plaza Sant Jaume
It is the political center of Barcelona, where the City Hall and the Generalitat Palace of Catalonia are located.
Palau de la Música Catalana
This legendary auditorium, designed by Domenech i Montaner, is a World Heritage Site and can be visited for about 12 €. It is worth seeking out cheap tickets for any of the shows offered by the auditorium.
This small mountain borders Barcelona to the south and offers diverse local attractions. A walk from the Plaza España leads immediately to the Maria Cristina Avenue where one can see the Magic Fountain and the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC). Going up we find the Poble Espanyol, a full-size Spanish model villaje (a microcosm with artisans, streets, etc. and the entrance fee is 8.50€) and the Olympic Ring. The long walk leads finally to the Montjuic Castle, where you can visit the Military Museum and get a great view of Barcelona and the sea. In Montjuïc you can also see the famous German Pavilion (Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion), essential work of modern art.
The Tower of “Aguas de Barcelona” has become a symbol of the city since its opening in 2005. Its phallic shaped building deserves a nocturnal visit, for its 34 plants which are illuminated for a few hours by 4,000 colored LEDs installed on the facade.
Camp Nou – FCB stadium
Today we are visiting the Colosseum in Rome; tomorrow we will be visiting stadiums like this. For 17€ we can see the FC Barcelona museum and take a tour to the countryside. Ideally, of course, the best is to attend a game … preferably against the Real Madrid.