Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain and is an exciting and cosmopolitan city. Thousands of visitors head here each year to view the wonderful, Modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí. They also visit for the culture and art of the city, its Roman history and the glorious beaches.
The following are some highlights relating to Gaudí which make Barcelona one of the top cities to visit in Europe.
1. Basílica de la Sagrada Família by Antoni Gaudí
Dubbed the Sagrada Família for short, this beautiful basilica has been under construction for quite some time. This was Gaudí‘s treasured project and he worked on it until his death in 1926. The building was left as it was for some time, before construction continued. While it is still unfinished, this beautiful Roman Catholic Church is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can visit the Basílica de la Sagrada Família to pray, or to gaze at the wonders of the Catalan architect’s skill and imagination. Your entry fee helps to pay towards the continued construction work on the Sagrada Família.
2. Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (La Pedrera) by Antoni Gaudí
These wonderful buildings are among many reasons why Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Europe. Casa Batlló is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, designed by Gaudí. This magical building has a beautiful, colorful scale-like facade with window frames and balconies resembling human bones. The building is famous for its roof chimneys in original designs and visitors can enjoy an evening of music on the rooftop among the chimneys.
Casa Milà is more popularly known as “La Pedrera,” which translates to “The stone quarry.” This nickname is due to the rough-hewn appearance of its facade.
Visitors can explore the building, with many imaginative touches by the famous architect. The building’s rooftop also features wonderful chimneys designed by the architect, some of which inspired George Lucas when creating the Stormtroopers in the “Star Wars” films. This building was the last private residence designed by Gaudí in the years between 1906 and 1912.
3. Parque Güell by Antoni Gaudí
This imaginative and beautiful public park sits on Carmel Hill in Barcelona. The park consists of pretty gardens and unique, architectonic elements designed by the architect. Curving seats and other elements have been crafted from pieces of colorful tile to create a beautiful mosaic. Buildings resemble gingerbread houses from fairy tales.
Visitors will experience wonderful views from Parque Güell, right across the city to the sea in one direction, and across the mountains in another. Enjoy a restful snack and drink in the cafe in the park.
In between exploring the wonders of Modernist architecture, don’t forget to visit artistic sites, including Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró, with works by the respective artists. Also make time to head to MUHBA, a history museum in the city which includes a number of fascinating Roman archaeological sites. If you have already done all the sites, spend some quality time on the excellent beaches that stretch along the Barcelona coastline!