Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Barcelona Hotspots


One of my favourite holiday hotspots has been Barcelona for a number of reasons -it's quick and easy to get to, the food is delicious and it has the combination of both city and beach culture.

Without a doubt, one of Barcelona's top attractions is admiring the city's architecture and the works of Antoni Gaudí.The most famous are the Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and La Pedrera.  



I visited Barcelona last year when I went to Primavera Sound Festival and we took a couple of days after the festival to explore. Some of my favourite must-dos in the city include...



Sagrada Familia: The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudí. If you're going to go here it's essential to book a ticket with a set time slot in advance as it usually books up quickly and you could end up queuing for a long time only to be disappointed. I didn't actually have time to go inside when I went but it is spectacular!



Park Güell: This beautiful park is something out of a fairytale. This is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening. Highlights include the Carrer d’Olot, a former porter's home that offers amazing views of the city, and the Sala Hipóstila, a forest of 86 stone columns.


La Predrera: Casa Milà is known as La Pedrera or "The stone quarry", because of its uneven appearance. Inside you can explore the museum on Gaudi but the rooftop is worth the visit with stunning views over the city and giant chimney pots resembling multicoloured medieval knights. They often hold Short concerts up there in summer so it's worth seeing if you can check one out!  

Aside from Gaudi's work, a couple of spots you don't want to miss...

La Ramblas: This is essentially the main strip where you will find plenty of bars, restaurants shops and markets. You can go on a walking tour here or head to La Boqueria, a famous market with plenty of fresh food!

Gothic Quarter: The complete opposite of the rest of the city's modern architecture, the Gothic Quarter is where you'll find narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants.

Useful websites:

Lonely Planet - Great for advice and insider information

www.holidaygems.co.uk/cheap-holidays - Specialising in short-haul holidays you can bag a bargain here

*Post in collaboration with Holiday Gems

1 comment:

  1. Ahh it sounds like you had an absolutely incredible time Gi, the food looks incredible. I've been to Barcelona once for a similar amount of time and absolutely loved it but have so much still to do there. The architecture is definitely beautiful ..Barcelona nightlife

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