Amazingly, for a city so close to the coast, Barcelona had never quite made it to the shoreline until recently. So recently in fact, that it took the arrival of the Olympic Game’s in 1992, to really start the expansion of the city to its present day layout. Nowadays, no visit, holiday, or even life in the city is possible without the constant lapping of the sea. And if you think you can avoid it, then surely now, with the staging of the Cultural Forum down by the port the oceans’ presence cannot be missed by anyone.
And having said all this, it’s easy to understand then, that Barcelona is made up of cities within a city, from the Barcelona of the roman times, to the medieval, the modern or to the Barcelona of Gaudi. You get a glimpse of all of this in the gothic quarter, where artistic monuments stand practically side by side, from roman times right up to the 21st century.
La Sagrada Familia: This work of art is the pinnacle of its’ maestros talents, still under construction the works will not be completed until 2026. Gaudi, with this architectural masterpiece, has definitively captured the catalan contemporary style.43 years in the making once completed this will be upon completion a one of a kind landmark that by design will never be replicated anywhere in the world.
- Address: Calle Mallorca, 401
- Opening times: 1st April till 30th September from 0900 till 2000. 1st October till 30th March from 0900 till 1800
- Admission fee: 8€
Iglesia de Santa María del Mar: One of the best gothic catalan temples of the 14th century. A symbol of Barcelona, this towering monument with its’ three halls and the centre of which being the main point of focus was built by Berenguer de Montagut and considered the temple of the middle ages.
- Address: Plaza de Santa Maria.1
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday from 0900 till 1330 and 1630 till 2000
- Admission free.
Catedral de Barcelona: The Cathedral of Saint Cruz and Saint Eulalia was built from the 13th to the 15th century on top of the remains of an ancient roman cathedral. The majority of the building is done from the times’ gothic style, however having been completed much later c. 19th century the façade is much more up to date of neo-gothic design.
- Address: Plaza de la Catedral.
- Opening times: Monday to Saturday 1313 till 1630 and Sundays 1400 till 1715
- Admission fee: 4€
Casa Milá: You can take a look around on the fourth floor of another one of Barcelona’s Gaudi delights. As with the Sagrada Familia typical catalunian modernism with a breathtaking use of different materials on this contruction from iron to white tile and not a straight edge in site make the balconies look like snw covered mountains. You can also visit the terrace and the storeroom.
- Address: Paseo de Gracia, 92
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday 1000 till 2000
- Admission fee: General 8€ reduced fee 4.50€
Casa Batllò: Architecturally called the “Apple of Discord”, once again in his city of abundant modern buildings, you’ll find this one stand out also. Another work of art by Gaudi, obvious, by the use of materials such as, the whole façade covered in tiles, and the outrageous lines, quite breathtaking.
- Address: Paseo de Gracia, 49
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday 0900 till 2000. Last visit 2000
- Admission fee: 11€, 8.80€ with discount
Parque Güell: Once again it goes without saying upon seeing this beautiful park that only one person could be responsible for it’s personality. From the main grand square comes the incredibly decorated serpent, stroll through the hall of a hundred columns, you see and breathe the very soul of the genius who created it. Gaudi.
- Address: Santa Maria de Palautordera
- Opening times: Every day November to February from 1000 till 1800, march and October 1000 till 1900, april and September 1000 till 2000 and may till august 1000 till 2100
- Admission free.
Las Ramblas: The very pulse of the city, Las Ramblas is an incredible walkway from the Plaza Cataluna all the way down to the port. One the way down yu’ll find everything from street artists, to shows, to living statues, to flower stands and even buy yourself a duck!! This is the point where you can take a visit to the cities old town.
Mercado de la Boquería: Running parallel to the Ramblas you’ll find this delightful square where not only will you get the opportunity to try some of the best food the city has to offer but also an incredible marketplace where the product, offering and service are of the highest standards anywhere.
- Address: Plaza de la Boqueria
El Aquario de Barcelona: The biggest centre in the world for marine education on the Mediterranean ocean. Situated down in the port Espana del Port Vell, you enter this underwater world and this is quite literal when you discover the 80 metre underwater tunnel and the 35 different aquariums. An unforgettable experience.
- Address: Puerto Olimpico