Sightseeing in BarcelonaThursday 16 April 2015 by Irina Catana Barcelona is home to some spectacular sights from stunning Gaudi architecture to incredible green spaces.
As streets go in Barcelona, La Rambla or Las Ramblas tops the lot for tourists and locals alike.
With so much to look at you could easily forget you’re not watching a theatre production with mimes, artists and buskers ensure there’s never a dull moment. Architecturally overwhelming, La Rambla perfectly displays the true Catalan culture. Forming the border between the gothic section of the city and El Raval to the west, pit stops on La Rambla may become a regular feature!
If in Barcelona for only a short amount of time, do nothing else but visit La Sagrada Familia. Looking as if out of a fantasy film, the aesthetically stimulating and bewildering structure attracts over 2.8 million visitors each year, which for a building with a completion date of 2026 is quite impressive! If possible book ahead since the queues may be off-putting.
A visit to FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou is a must do pilgrimage for any football fan. If time isn’t on your side and you aren’t able to attend a game, a trip the clubs Museum and a self-guided tour of the stadium, including dressing rooms, presidential boxes and even a walk on the hallowed turf, is still a very enjoyable day trip. Seating just shy of 100,000 spectators the Camp Nou is the 14th largest stadia in the world, and situated just 5km from the historic centre it’s by no means out of reach.
La Pedrera is the last piece of civil work by the architectural genius Gaudi. Unusual shapes and flowing waves of stone form the structure of the building which sits on the corner of Carrer de Provença. Its original purpose as apartments and offices has now given way to frequent roof top concerts and its use as tourist attraction. Definitely worth a peek!
As a strong Roman Catholic city, Barcelona has its fair share of churches and cathedrals. La Catedral is about as grand and abundantly decorated as they come. As Barcelona’s prime destination for worship, take a quick visit here to experience the Catalan’s passion for their faith.