When you think of Barcelona you think of bull fights, flamingo dancing, paella and Spanish Wine. Barcelona is all that and much more. Here are just a few of the exciting things to do in this marvelous city.
· Sagrada Familia Church
· Casa Batllo
· Palau Güell
· Casa Calvet
· Gaudi House Museum
· Jardí Botànic de Barcelona
· Casa Vicens
· Park Guell
1. There is probably no more magnificent church in the world than the Sagrada Familia Church . Its magnificent spires are seen for miles. When you enter into the edifice, you are in awe at breathtaking architecture. Work began in 1882 and in 1883, Gaudi was called in to complete the work. It is typical of Gaudi's unique design. Everywhere you see the symbols of Christianity spelled out in the carvings and sculptures. If you can see it on a sunny day, it is better for the magnificent stained glass windows.
2. Antoni Gaudi was one of the most striking architects of the 20th century. The Casa Batllo is typical of his remarkable design. When walking or driving down the streets of Barcelona, you come face to face with this magnificent building. Designed in 1904 for the Batllo family, it stands today as a monument to this great architect.
3. Gaudi does it again in this fantastic mansion of Palau Guell . Designed for this Catalan industrial magnet, the building is typical of Gaudi's creations.
4. Casa Calvet is another of Gaudi's magnificent creations. Designed as a residence, later used as a commercial property and today an elegant restaurant in downtown Barcelona.
5. The Gaudi House Museum was the home of this great architect from 1906 to 1925. It gives you the opportunity to look into the life of this great man as you look at some of his memorabilia and things. It is located in the Park Guell.
6. The beautiful Botanical Gardens of Barcelona is located near the site of the 1992 Olympics. It is a beautiful arrangement of flowers, trees and shrubs, with leisurely walking paths. You will need to stop and rest for a few moments enjoying the beauty and fragrance of the lovely flowers.
7. Casa Vicens was the first of Gaudi's notable projects. Designed for industrialist Manuel Vicens has served as a private residence ever since. While not open to the public, it is worth a visit to take pictures.
8. The Columbus Monument is a 180 'high statue of the great explorer to commemorate his discovery voyage of America.
9. The beautiful Park Guell is one of the most striking works of Gaudi. The beautiful hypostyle hall contains 84 inflated columns and the ceiling are stunning. The Dragon Steps leading down from the hall are excellent. The Greek Theater was designed for large outdoor events and is remarkable.
A visit to Barcelona is a never to be forgotten experience.