Barcelona has long been a favourite city break for many. For those looking for a beach holiday along with a buzzing city atmosphere, Barcelona combines the two with ease, making it truly one of a kind. As well as its long stretches of sandy beaches that goes hand in hand with its pleasant climate. Barcelona has loads of wonderful sights to set your eyes on. Buildings with beautiful exteriors and interiors have won the hearts of tourists over the years. Lively streets and areas provide endless options to have a bite to eat and to enjoy a drink or two. If Barcelona is on your list next, check out these five great sights the city has to offer.
It goes without saying that the Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous sights in Barcelona and perhaps in the world. This Gaudi designed church was amazingly left unfinished, although construction began in the 1880’s. The church houses a museum and provides fascinating views of the rest of the city. The elegance of the Sagrada Familia is often likened to a late Gothic, Art Nouveau and Catalan Modernism style. The original design contains 18 spires in order to represent the Twelve Apostles, 4 Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Once the spires are completed, the Sagrada Familia will become the tallest church building in the world.
Park Guell is yet another Gaudi inspired Barcelona landmark. The park is full of buildings covered in mosaics, as well as sculptures and a Gaudi museum. The lush gardens in this area provide a lovely tranquil atmosphere away from the typical city life of Barcelona. Park Guell was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and there’s no wonder why. The park offers outstanding panoramic views of Barcelona.
Plaça de Catalunya
This huge square located in the centre of Barcelona is often thought to be the place where the new city and the old city meet. Many of the city’s significant streets meet at Plaça de Catalunya. The square hosts a number of statues and fountains and is close to many of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions.
Parc de la Ciutadella
This park was created in the final years of the 19th century and it is simply majestic. It provides a huge area of green space for Barcelona. Parc de la Ciutadella is also home to Barcelona’s city zoo, a grand fountain and a lake which is perfect for a spot of boating on a hot sunny day. You’ll also find walking trails and museums in the park, making it a wonderful day out during your Barcelona weekend break.
Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is at the heart of its old city and covers the distance between La Rambla and Via Laietana. Many medieval landmarks can be found in this area, along with the remnants of Barcelona’s Roman wall. There is plenty to see in the Gothic Quarter, such as the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, Church of Santa Maria and Palau Reial Major, as well as Roman remains.