It was my husband’s 30th birthday last week so I decided to treat him to a mini-break to Spain. I love Barcelona and as he has never been there before, it was a very easy decision to make whilst deciding where to take him.
Barcelona is the largest city of Catalonia, and the second most populous municipality of Spain. It has a population of 1.6 million within city limits which makes it the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan.
There are many places worth visiting in Barcelona. Please find a quick summary listed below:
- Sagrada Familia – a landmark church designed by Antonio Gaudí
- Park Güell – a lovely park with mosaic-covered buildings, steps and sculptures providing amazing panoramic views of Barcelona. It was meant to be an exclusive housing complex with 60 houses however only 2 houses were build and a show home where Gaudi stayed was transformed recently into a museum.
- Casa Milà – another beautiful building by Antonio Gaudi popularly known as La Pedrera or “open quarry”, a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance.
- La Rambla – a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. Great for shopping or a bit of relaxation in one of its many eateries.
- Plaça de Catalunya – the most famous square filled with fountains and sculptures surrounded with many shops & cafes.
- La Barceloneta – a beach located short walk from the central Barcelona.
- Palau Nacional – hilltop museum for 11th- to 20th-century Catalan art plus important Romanesque collection.
- Arc de Triomf – Classical archway built as the main entrance to the Universal Exhibition hosted by the city in 1888.