Barcelona is a big and beautiful city with a very rich architectural legacy. From Romanesque to Gothic and Renaissance buildings, but known mainly by Catalan Modernism, it’s a place full of culture. Museums, neighbourhoods, religious and civil buildings, it’s so much to see, but do you know what to do in Barcelona?
It’s one of those cities that’s always alive. There’s always something to do in Barcelona, from walking through its streets or strolling along Las Ramblas, to bathing in the sea on La Barceloneta’s beach. In the centre of the city, you can take a break to have a beer or eat some tapas, and then you can continue your journey by visiting the most famous monuments and places.
If there’s something that has structurally impacted the city of Barcelona is the personality of Antoni Gaudí. His architecture leaves no one indifferent, with its curves and the organic forms that characterise the work of the author. Gaudí is considered one of the most important architects in the whole world, being the greatest representative of Catalan Modernism.
One of the places designed by Gaudí that you could see in Barcelona is the Park Güell. It’s a perfect space to have a walk and admire the beautiful architecture of the stairs and the terrace, made with his famous trencadís and imitating the waves of the sea. These forms can be seen also in Casa Batlló, whose facade reminds the Mediterranean sea or the undulations of the mountain of Montserrat. With that taste for the curved line, he also carries out the Casa Milá, better known as La Pedrera. The masterpiece of the architect is also located in Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia. This building is the highest expression of Gaudí’s architecture, where organic forms, nature and his taste for the neo-Gothic are intertwined to give meaning to this work, still unfinished.
Another gorgeous place to visit is the parc de la Ciutadella. Built in the old grounds of the citadel fortress, it imitates the style of the Luxembourg garden of Paris. The park stands out for its wide groves and areas for walking, its large landscaped space, the fantastic lake and the monumental waterfall.
The Castell de Montjuïc offers great views of the city and the sea. The castle was built in the 17th century, made in the shape of a pentagon and it helped to defend the city from several attacks. The building boasts gardens, stone walls and even a moat.
To conclude, you can not visit Barcelona and not go to see the Barri Gòtic. The quarter is a wonderful place to see Gothic architecture, which contains La Seu Cathedral, the Plaça Sant Jaume and it’s surrounded by small cafés and bars.