Salud Brunchers! As promised I will be taking you through my travels and first stop is Barcelona…
When you visit Barcelona you are going to come across the name Gaudi. He was an architect and artist who’s work includes the amazing Sagrada Familia church. This is truly a must see of Barcelona. Gaudi took over construction in 1883 and to this day – it is still not finished… they are still following Gaudi’s plan. It is breathe taking…
Gaudi was inspired by nature and the roof is supported by pillars made to resemble trees instead of the classic flying buttress approach. We booked a tour and front of the line pass for Sagrada Familia beforehand with Julia Travel. This really helped us to maximize our time and really understand the story and development of Sagrada Familia.
Along with Sagrada Familia, Gaudi also designed Park Guell. It was originally planned to be a type of master plan community but only one house was ever built and now is a park. Most of the park is free but where Gaudi’s main designs are is for a fee. Park Guell is run extremely well and plenty of English is spoken if you need help.
Book you Park Guell ticket before you go. They keep the appointment times very strict.
If you do not book ahead of time it is very likely you will have to wait a few hours to get in.
We utilized the City Sightseeing Tour Bus Blue line to see Park Guell and onto to Camp Nou, the home of Football Club Barcelona.
The Camp Nou Experience is perfect for any football or sports fan of any age. Getting the opportunity to walk on a professional pitch is something everyone should experience. For free you can walk the entry way of the stadium and shop the mega three floor store if FC Barcelona gear. If you choose to pay (which we did) you have the opportunity to go through the museum, see the press box, go down to the pitch, and take photos with trophies (additional cost). Even though my mom and I are not the greatest football fans the energy is contagious and you cannot help but feel excited here. Tickets are readily available at the stadium.
For the evenings, you cannot come to Barcelona without a stop to Las Ramblas. This street is full of gelato, tapas, wine bars, and tourist fun. Sure this may not be the most authentic experience, but it is one you have to do. Plaza de Catalunya is a great place to start and head down the Ramblas. It can be a bit overwhelming as there are so many choices but check Trip Advisor for a few recommendations or my recommendation of Casa Guinart.
Of course the other name in Barcelona art is one you have heard of – Picasso.
The Picasso museum is great to see some very classic art from this amazing master. While I visited a Dali exhibit was also on feature. This made for a lovely afternoon. I also recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time to avoid very long lines. Make the most of your time in the museum or having an espresso in a cafe in the Gothic Quarter – not in line.
What would you want to see in Barcelona? Anything else you would like to know from me?
See you at our next destination!