Sagrada FamiliaThe basilica created by Gaudi is a must see when staying in Barcelona. The outside is still under construction and has a completion date of 2026, it's incredible in it's size. In all honesty, it's a little crazy. Statues, carvings and features adorn the outside, you could stare for hours, looking at every little feature.
I'm not a spiritual person but I was in awe at the architectural genius and how light was used to create a awe inspiring view and atmosphere.
I would recommend buying tickets for this in peak summer times, it cost under 20 euros for an audio guided tour.
Park GuellHigher up in the hills sits Parc Guell, a stunning woodland area with mosaic buildings and houses. Many people sit and pose on the famous tiled waved seats for their photo to be taken and below sits the mosaic houses. These houses were originally meant as a luxury housing for the well off, sadly the Parc didn't have many buyers so it was bought out and made into a tourist attraction soon after. Another artistic influence to the city's lively culture. You need tickets to go down into the monument area, but the grounds are free to roam. I would also advise buying tickets in advance for this, they cost around 4.90 euros to visit the monument area.
Barcelona CathedralTucked away down side streets is the Barcelona Cathedral. Not as grand as the Sagrada Familia but it's rich in history. You can also tour the buildings and areas with tickets but we just explored the outer walls and took photos.
La RamblasOur hotel was located about a 10 minute walk from La Ramblas; a busy tourist street which is filled with shops and restaurants. This area is infamous for pick pockets, so please do be on your guard, we didn't have any trouble though. You can find the make-up mothership Sephora at the top end and European shops like Pull and Bear, H&M and Zara in this area.
St Josep La Boqueria Food Market
I didn't really think I would enjoy visiting a food market but an hour later I had hundreds of snaps and 20 euro worth of sweets. The colours and smells are incredible, it's a delight for the senses. I would recommend going in the morning when everything is super fresh and there are less tourists.
Barcelona was such a stunning, vibrant city and I loved every minute of it. So glad I ticked it off my bucket list!
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