Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and arguably one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the world. A trip to Barcelona is to emerge yourself into one of the most colourful, vibrant and happening cities around. Whether you go for a day trip or a short break you will never be lost for things to do and see when you are there.
5 of the Best Trips in Barcelona
Antonio Gaudi’s incomplete masterpiece towers over the city of Barcelona and is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. To stand beneath its towering spires is awe-inspiring and breathtaking. Built in 1882 it was given a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
It is expected that it could be up to another 30-80 years before it is finally completed but that is no deterrent when you visit it. This Gothic/Art Nouveau inspired Roman Catholic Basilica has been a focal point in Barcelona since and is an absolute must see when visiting Barcelona.
Another masterpiece of Gaudi, Casa Battlo is one of Barcelona’s most photographed houses. Back in 1877 it was a conventional house but in 1904 Gaudi worked his architectural magic transforming it into what we see today, a magnificent example of Gaudi’s mind and architecture. The local name for the house is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones) as it has a skeletal quality.
A large portion of the facade is decorated in a broken tile mosaic, going from a golden orange colour through to greens and blues. Looking at the roof top you can almost see the back of a dragon a nod perhaps to Saint George who is the patron saint of Catalonia which was the home of Gaudi.
Another not to be missed attraction in Barcelona is again by Antonio Gaudi, Park Guell. Located on Carmel Hill, the park is made up of stunning gardens and architectural elements. Again made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, it was Euesbi Guell who commissioned the park for the aristocracy of Barcelona. The park was officially opened in 1926 and has long since been a favourite space for locals and visitors alike.
The terraced area at the top of the park has a wonderful view over the City and whilst here you can sit on the multi coloured tiled seats and take in the full splendour that is before you. The park contains a small museum that was a house that Gaudi live in at one point whilst working on the park, which now houses some interesting pieces of furniture that Gaudi also worked on.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Another stunning park that is a must see when visiting Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella was built in 1877. More than just a park, this is where you will discover Barcelona Zoo as well as the Museum of Natural Science which comprises the Geology and Zoology museums.
The 70 acres that the site contains is full of lakes and green spaces and is an ideal spot to get away from it all, indeed at one time it was the only green space in Barcelona. This tranquil space is home to the famous Citadel which was built by Philip V and at the time was the largest fortress in Europe.
La Barceloneta Beach
Whilst away what better place to visit than a beach and what better beach to visit than La Barceloneta Beach. On a hot day take a trip down to the beach which has often been voted one of the best beaches in the world.
The whole day can be spent down there as there are places to eat and amazing sculptures to see and as the sun sets why not sit in one of the bars and enjoy as glass of sangria and toast the end of a perfect day in Barcelona.
5 of the Best Trips in Barcelona