Barcelona, Spain is one of those places that overwhelms your senses and leaves you feeling like you’ve lived a little more passionately than usual. No matter how experienced of a traveler you are, there will be sights in Barcelona that will leave you breathless and wondering how such a thing is possible. The three main places worth seeing in Barcelona are the following: the Sagrada Familia, the Park Guell and the Las Ramblas walkway.
The first stop for most visitors in Barcelona should be the famous street Las Ramblas. It is at the center of the tourist area and sports a large walkway in the middle, cars on either side, and still more sidewalks on each side. It is recommended that visitors visit Las Ramblas during the day, when the streets are filled with people and activity.
Gothic Quarter in Barcelona
During the night, parts of the street can become a little bit less welcoming because of women of the night (prostitutes) walking around. However, during the day it is the ideal spot for shopping in little boutiques and sitting down at small cafes. You cannot expect the best prices, since it is such a tourist attraction, but if you want to experience the atmosphere of Barcelona then it’s a great start. Always keep in mind that in such tourist areas as Las Ramblas, there are always pick pockets in operation so keep your wits about you.
The second suggested stop for visitors in Barcelona, Spain is the Sagrada Familia. It is an as yet unfinished Cathedral that was designed by Antonio Gaudi. The lot for the church was first bought in 1881 and although the project is nowhere near completion, it is definitely worth visiting. As Gaudi himself one said, “The patron of this project is not in a hurry”. So why not visit this most prestigious and original of the buildings in Barcelona, and don’t worry about the fact that it is not done yet. The sculptures and different architectural effects of the Sagrada Familia will blow anyone away, but if you are a fan of architecture you will learn a lot about the work of Gaudi. The beautiful stained glass windows inside the Cathedral are breath taking and visiting the museum in the basement is very enlightening. No trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to the Sagrada Familia.
Although this is the last recommendation in this article, it is not the least and there are still lots of other great sights to be seen in Barcelona. The third place worth visiting is the Park Guell. It can be reached via metro or subway, but be prepared for a twenty minute walk uphill that is worth the effort. The park itself was commissioned by Mr. Guell for the aristocracy of Barcelona, and it was designed by Antonio Gaudi. Near the entrance of the park you can visit the house where Gaudi once lived, which has been converted to a museum now. If you want to visit both the Sagrada Familia and the Park Guell’s museum you can purchase a combination ticket that will save you some money. You can walk throughout the park and enjoy the beautiful view of the city, since the park is elevated above city’s skyline. It is a great place to take pictures, just make sure you arrive before dark.
Hopefully these three Barcelona sights will inspire you to tell all of your friends about the beauty and the excitement that you enjoyed on your trips abroad!