Gaudi, football, and the sea have lured millions of tourists every year to visit the fascinating city of Barcelona. And once in the vibrant city the wide range of culinary delights, the awesome weather throughout the year and the lively atmosphere are going to hold you back and rethink on ending your vacation here.
We booked an apartment in Avinguda Gaudi close to Sagrada Familia. Avinguda Gaudi is a bustling street connecting Sagrada Familia with the Hospital de Sant Pau and is lined with many outdoor and indoor restaurants.
Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi has been under construction since 1892 and is expected to complete by 2026 at the centenary of Gaudi’s death.
The church is made of complex geometric designs and the angled columns resembling trees all inspired by nature. One can climb to the top of the tower through an elevator for spectacular views of Barcelona.
Gaudi’s tomb is present in one of the chapels in the church. There is a school building in the vicinity originally designed by Gaudi for the children of the construction workers. A museum exhibits the plans and models, which were used to construct the basilica.
Passeig de Gracia
A couple of km walk from Sagrada Familia is the prominent avenue in Barcelona the Passeig de Gracia. The popular shopping street with designer brand shops is home to some of the ornate and meticulous style of architectural design by several famed architects including Gaudi.
Among all the most gorgeous ones are the Casa Amatller, Casa Batllo, and Casa Mila, which are also open to the public.
Football Club Barcelona
Next on our list was Football Club Barcelona. Due to a scheduled match, the club was open only till afternoon hence we had to rush. We boarded a metro line L5 and got down at the station Collblanc close to the club. We collected our tickets and started our FCB tour through the museum.
FCB is a professional football club and the largest stadium in Barcelona with a capacity of more than 98k. The tour begins at a gallery with a collection of trophies representing the achievements of FCB teams.
An interactive wall display shows important historical moments of FCB.
There is an entire section dedicated to Argentinian superstar Leo Messi. We walked past the conference room, team changing rooms to the pitch which gives one the feel of excitement as experienced by the players during a match. Both the stadium grounds and the spectator seating section have stunning views of the stadium.
Once we were done with the FCB tour we took the metro on L5 and changed to L3 to get down at Vallcarca station. Just around 5 minutes walk from station one can find several sets of escalators to climb the Carmel Hill to visit the Park Guell.
We entered through the west entrance and walked through the public park area to the ticket counter to visit the monument area. There is restricted entrance to the monument area in batches hence its recommended to book tickets online to avoid waiting for the time slot allocated.
The main entrance to Park Güell monument area is on the south side, on Carrer d’Olot. To either side of the entrances are the two small buildings that house a shop and a museum on the history of the park.
Other architectural interests are the dragon fountain on the stairs leading to the large esplanade called Nature Square which has some of the remarkable tiled mosaic seats. The Square provides with wonderful views of the park and the City. An iron gate from the square leads to the gardens area with a walkway with amazing architecture work.
Visiting the park through the Vallcarca station would take around 20 to 25 minutes with a steep hill walk for last 250 m. This option is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. The better option would be to visit park through the bus line 92 or 24 that has a stop at Carretera del Carmel-Park Guell at the main entrance of the park.
After the enchanting experience, we decided to end our day with a relaxed stroll along the beach. The last stop of bus line 92 from the main entrance of Park Guell is Pg Martim, which is at the broad walkway built over the Barceloneta beach. This is the closest beach to Barcelona city center and takes around half an hour to reach the beach from Park Guell.
Barceloneta beach is known for its sandy beach and has many seafood restaurants along the boardwalk. Beach is also equipped with Lifeguard, public toilets, children games area and sports activities. The beach can also be reached by metro station Barceloneta on line 4.
We boarded back the bus line 92 that has a stop at the Avinguda Gaudi, close to our apartment. We enjoyed our dinner at one of the restaurants with outdoor seating.
One can also visit the Barcelona’s largest aquarium that has over 450 different species and an amusing 80-meter long underwater tunnel. The light and music show at the Montjuic Magic Fountain is also a popular attraction for the tourists.
Have more time in Barcelona? Why not plan a day trip to the Catalonian Pilgrimage Destination of Montserrat. We visited in November when the climate was very pleasant. If you are planning a visit to Barcelona or some of other parts of Spain do read for best time of the year to visit Spain for some insightful information.
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