10 things to do in Barcelona

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From my previous post here, you may be aware that I spent the most amazing 36 hours in the enchanting Barcelona. The city’s modernist architecture, vibrance and culture is one of a kind. Barcelona has a luring aura about it that is quite inviting as you stroll through the streets. Today I will highlight what I got up to in the 36 hours I was there.

I got to Barcelona at about 10am on a Thursday morning from Berlin, I hopped on the train and processed to my hotel to check in and drop off my luggage. There after, I got a lovely map of the city’s attractions and began my adventures full of excitement.

So here’s a list of what I did within the a day and a half;

  • Sagrada Familia

What would Barcelona be without its most impressive masterpiece by Gaudi! Sagrada Familia is literally quite a breathtaking architectural magnum opus. Yet to be completed, the Basilica is a sight to behold. I have seen my fair share of churches in Europe, but Sagrada Familia is quite like something you have never seen before. Simply beautiful!

I paid admission into the basilica and this cost me €15 for the basic ticket and it was worth every penny, the detail inside is something magical and beautiful.

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  • Casa Mila/La Pedrera

Its style makes it stand quite uniquely on Passeig de Gràcia. Passeig de Gràcia is considered to be the most expensive street or avenue in the whole of Spain. Its unique architecture is quite characteristic of Gaudi’s modernist architecture.

The building’s nickname is La Pedrera which literally means stone. The locals at the time of its construction and completion referred to it as such, due to its out of the box architectural design. Casa Mila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to Gaudi and his genius.

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  • Barcelona Cathedral

Cathedrals, cathedrals, cathedrals they are quite a common sighting in Barcelona. I came across this architectural beauty when I was strolling through the streets of Barcelona.

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  • Santa Maria del Pi

Is a 14th Century Gothic church dedicated to the Virgin of Pine, the church has an interesting rose shaped window design and arched doors on the front rear of the church. Catholic churches are quite beautiful.

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  • Christopher Columbus Monument

The monument was dedicated to Christopher Columbus for his efforts in exploration and his discovery of the Americas.

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  • Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya is the city’s public square. After walking down Passeig de Gràcia and seeing Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, I was met by this amazingly beautiful square. The square is inhabited by a dule of doves that breathe such a picturesque atmosphere to it. The fountains are quite the sight and I sat down on one of the square’s benches and had a little rest while enjoying the scenery.

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  • Park Güell

Park Güell is a public park that houses more of Antoni Gaudi’s work. I got a chance to go to the park at about 11 am on my last day sightseeing. I however, did not pay for € 7 that accords one admission into the Monumental Zone of the park. Due to the fact that I was strapped for time and that I had to start making my way to Camp Nou, which was quite a distance from the park. I got to see a bit of the park including the famous main terrance from the park’s free zone as well as the bird’s nest,terrace walls, the viaduct and the pavilion entrance.

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  • Casa Batlló 

One of the many masterpieces of Gaudi is Casa Batlló known to locals as “the house of bones”. Its balcony quite gives you the skull vibes. An impressive piece of architecture that embodies the modernist architecture.

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  • Arc de Triomf

I think almost all cities in Europe have a similar structure and Arc de Triomf is Spain’s version, quite beautiful I must say.

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  • Camp Nou 

I am not a football fan or do I claim to know anything about football, but due to recent times, social media and the fact that Kenya is big on football, I was aware of FC Barcelona and the likes of Messi, so being in Barcelona I thought why not go and see what the football hype is all about.

I got lost a couple of times while on the train from Park Güell to Camp Nou and at this point I was panicking hoping not to get late and miss my flight. Eventually I asked around at the train station and a lady at the counter directed me to the right station. I got to Camp Nou and I must say its impressive in my opinion granted that I have only seen about four football stadiums or stadia; that would be the Old Trafford, Nyayo Stadium, Kasarani Stadium and now Camp Nou. It was an interesting experience for me since stadiums are not quite my go to activity on my travels.

Needless to say, I was quite surprised at how expensive the football jerseys and merchandise are.

This was essentially what I got up to when I was in Barcelona, I hope it shades insight to planning a trip there. And if you have been to Barcelona let me know what you got up to while there.

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“Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.” Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Thank you for stopping by xoxo.

As always may adventure be with you!

Cathy

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