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Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world and I try to visit every year if I can. Cradled in the North Eastern Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain, about 2 hours drive South from the French Pyrenees - it is the capital of Catalunya, a region of Northern Spain that has its own unique culture, traditions and personality.
Few European cities can offer you the incredible cultural experience paired with the luxury 4.2km stretch of beach which is only a short walk from the city centre. With warm weather most year round, there really is something for everyone, every mood and every day.
Barcelona is home to masterpieces of many great architects. The most famous of which is Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí's work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive styles in modern architecture.
Perhaps the most famous Barcelona landmark of all, the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, more commonly known as ‘Sagrada Família’ is a Roman Catholic church designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It attracts over 2.8 million visitors each year and is one the world’s most iconic churches.
Construction began in 1882, but remarkably the architect Antoni Gaudí did not become involved with the project until 1883 and was appointed director in 1884. Gaudí was aware that he would not be alive to oversee the full construction of the building but left detailed designs to guide its completion. The building of the church is still not complete today, and it is estimated that the current construction represents only 70% of the final design.
There are lots of different ticket options for admission into the Sagrada Família - some include guided tours which I have never tried myself but whichever ticket you decide to go for, I would definitely recommend booking them online in advance. You can purchase tickets on the day but there is often a big line and you could be waiting hours for your slot. If you book online in advance, you print the tickets yourself or show them on your phone as an E-Ticket - and you don't have to arrive until your chosen time slot, then you can walk straight in.
With its mosaic salamander and serpentine bench, Park Guëll is perhaps the most iconic of green spaces in Barcelona. However, what few people know is that Park Guëll was never originally designed to be a park, and it owes less to the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí than most people think.
The most iconic features of the park include the multi-colored mosaic salamander known as ‘el drac,‘ meaning ‘the dragon,’ and the main terrace with its serpentine benches.
About 95% of the park area are accessible free of charge, only the entry to the monumental zone isn't. This zone covers the entrance area with the dragon, the curved bench and the market hall. Only 400 visitors are allowed here per half hour.