Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter.
Things to do and see:
Sagrada Familia – The Facts: is a large Roman Catholic church located in Barcelona, Catalonia. It was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO Heritage site. The construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882 and Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950’s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining, and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
My View: I’ve never visited this site, but I’ve heard that its such a wonderful place to visit, with architectural genius. When you visit old churches and moments, i feel like i’m walking through a part of history (which is the case), but its like my mind travels back to the time when it was just beginning and imagining the world developing around it.
Camp Nou – The Facts: Camp Nou is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which has been the home of football club Barcelona since 1957. With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain by capacity, but because its such a popular team, there are thousands that can’t get seats for games.
My view: i visited this stadium when i was about 12, mad about football, it was great to see all of the history of Barcelona’s successes, i wasn’t to impressed by the stadium, i think because i had visited Manchester United stadium just before that. i would appreciate it now that i’m older, so if your a football fan i recommend it.
Barcelona Port: i know this sounds weird, but this was probably the best time i had in Barcelona, just outside of the port is a beautiful stretch of shops, restaurants, bars and street performers. So if you do go into Barcelona’s port, look along the street for a restaurant that you have to go downstairs to get into, its such a lovely place, buy a pizza and a jug of sangria and experience the amazing culture, definitely one if my fave places in Spain.