As I get ready for another trip to Spain; I’m taking the time to reminisce about my travels to Barcelona, last summer. Barcelona has always been part of my travel bucket list. It was my embark and disembark on my cruise last year. We came to Barcelona a day before the cruise so we can go to all the touristy spots before getting on the ship. Luckily for me, I was able to view some of the biggest tourist sites in a day!
When I started to research places to visit in Barcelona, I knew that I wanted something to include art. I have always been a sucker for good art whether it’s a painting, sculpture, or mosaics. Park Güell started to be built in 1900 were architects were allowed to express themselves through modernism and their appreciation and love for Barcelona. It was a great tourist attraction to be around the art and the view of Barcelona. I recommend walking around to the different stores around Park Güell, I found the hat in the picture above in a cute souvenir store. I would buy tickets in advance as they do go quickly especially in the summer. Admission is 10 euros equivalent to $11.10usd.
La Sagrada Familia
Of course, when visiting Barcelona, I had to stop at La Sagrada Familia. The infamous Catholic Church has continued to be under construction since the late 1800s. I was super impressed by the Gothic architecture on the outside of the church. It was so detailed and images of different saints and discples on the outside carved perfectly. The detailing was exquist to anyone who appreciates art and religion.
You can purchase tickets from 17 to 32 Euros which is the equivalent of about $19-35.50 USD depending on if you want to see the towers, or have an audio guided tour. They are not as strict as The Sistine Chapel or Vatican on how you should be dressed. When entering the inside of the church, you are amazed by the high ceilings and mosaic glass windows that surround the church! I would highly recommend making this a first stop when coming to Barcelona.
Even though I was only in Barcelona for about a day and a half, I was able to visit two monumental historical sites that I’ve heard about it since I was young. Walking around Barcelona, I felt super comfortable due to the low noise level and the locals being so nice. The food and wine was also a highlight on my trip to Spain. We had cute Tapas, small plates kind of like appetizers in America. For dinner, we found a cute restaurant that was a couple blocks away from our hotel. We had pasta & had to try the traditional Seafood Pallea includes: rice, seafood, and vegetables. (I wish I took. a picture of the dish, because it was amazing!). If your thinking about traveling to Spain, check out my post on how to Score Cheap Flights, here! ¡Hasta Luego!