This is a small travel blog series on Barcelona. This is part one and there are four parts in total;
- Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Ciutadella
- Port Vell, Parc de Montjuïc and the Font Màjica de Montjuïc
- Park Guëll
- Ciutat Vella, el Gòtic and La Ramblas
Rather than my usual blog type stuff, these will be more informational and tailored to those wanting to explore Barcelona. I am not an expert on anything in Barcelona, these are just my opinions of what is worth a visit and what is not.
If you are going to Barcelona, you have probably already heard about this as it is one of the most important things to see in your time there. It is a (very) large Roman catholic church that is currently in the middle of being built and, as with many things in Barcelona, it was designed by Antoni Gaudí. It passed the midpoint of construction in 2010 and has a hopeful finishing date of 2026.
It really is breathtaking to see and witness. A lot of history in Europe is old, to say the least, so to see something that was started in the 1800s that is still being built puts time in to perspective. It is also just such a magnificent design with an incredible amount of detail that it is difficult not to be amazed.
I actually decided not to wait and pay to go inside the church as there was a large queue and I’m a cheap student. However, there are small parks on either side of it that are lovely to explore – especially on a beautiful day – that give great views of the church.
Arc de Triomf
Coming from France, I was excited to see the brother of the Arc De Triomph in Paris on my map. Just a short ten minute walk away from the Sagrada Familia, I definitely thought it was worth a visit.
You can walk through it onto the Passeig de Lluís Companys, where there are showmen and the street has a lively atmosphere as you walk down. My favourite was the man who was making large bubbles!
At the end of the Passeig de Lluís Companys, the Parc de la Ciutadella is situated.
Parc de la Ciutadella
This park was really beautiful to wander around with many different parts available to explore. The first thing you come across is the Castell dels Tres Dragons which, unfortunately, was closed whilst I was there but is still a beautiful building.
On the other side of the park is the Cascada Monumental, which is unbelievably beautiful in the sunshine.
The water was a beautiful, crystal colour and the architecture was just as beautiful. I actually spent quite a long time just relaxing near it, walking up the small set of steps and enjoying the view from the top of it.
Parc de la Ciutadella is a must-do on a beautiful, sunny day and with an average of 4.5 hours of sunshine per day in December and an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day in July you have no excuses for not going.
Part 3: Park Guëll