In mid July 2012 me and my family spent 6 days in Barcelona. Here are some of the sites that are still in my mind (in no particular order).
The main landmark of the city, La Sagrada Família, is an intriguing architectural masterpiece of Antonio Gaudí. Believe it or not, the construction of this Roman Catholic church started in 1882 and is still unfinished. This is probably the most unusual church you’ll ever see (but never say never).
As a warning for those who plan to visit it: buy the ticket online because the waiting queue for a ticket in front of the cathedral is huge.
Magic Fountain (Font Màgica)
Between Plaça d’Espanya and Palau National (National Museum of Art of Catalunya) a fountain lays quietly for most of the day. However, each weekend night the place transforms into an incredible show of light, music, and dancing water. This might be the best free attraction of Barcelona!
The castle itself is not very impressive although it is very solid and seems that it has been there for hundreds of years and that it will stay there for much longer. However, the view from the top of the castle is amazing! On one side you can see the harbour and the beautiful blue sea. On the other side lays the city with all its landmarks.
Science Museum (CosmoCaixa – Museu de la Ciència)
“Uuuuu, what does this button do?” – the Science Museum is a great place for the curious minds. We spent a few hours running around and pushing any button that we could find, measuring our height in nanometres, checking our brain activity and many more cool things. We were so absorbed by all the stuff around us that we even forgot to take pictures. Although this is not one of the main attractions of Barcelona, it is worth visiting it – it’s cheap and really really fun.
The Labyrinth Park (Parc de Labirint d’Horta)
Barcelona has quite a few beautiful parks, some of them located in the central area of the city. However, the best one is Labyrinth Park, which can be found outside the city. The gardens are really beautiful, it’s peaceful and, of course, it has a labyrinth.
Vamos a la playa – Barceloneta
Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe also because it is located on the Mediterranean coast. Several beaches spread along the coastline, including Barceloneta, with its nice sand and clear water.
Gaudí – Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Park Güell
Antonio Gaudí had a great influence on the city. Besides La Sagrada Família, he also designed Casa Milà (La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló. Furthermore, in Park Güell you can find the Gaudí House-Museu and several other constructions inspired by the Catalan architect.
Those who enjoy nature will probably also fancy visiting the Botanic Garden and the Barcelona Zoo.
Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf is set apart from those of other European cities by its reddish bricks.
Along La Rambla, the main tourist street of Barcelona, you can find the market La Boqueria – a must see in my opinion.
Some amazing boats can be seen in Port Vell (the harbour).
Poble Espanyol is an open-air museum, a small village with influences from all around Spain.