la Sagrada Família
This one is an absolute must! Even if you’re an atheist who couldn’t care less about architecture or art. The design isn’t exactly to my taste… is it anyone’s? But seriously the craftsmanship that has gone into Gaudi’s la Sagrada Familia is quite simply mind blowing. Walking inside is breathtaking, the high ceilings and intricate details are incredible. No photo or video can do this place justice, they just do not translate the imposing structure – it really should be seen first hand. I know some people have been disappointed by the sights of scaffolding on the outside but personally I found it so inspiring seeing them still working on the building. It is due to be completed in 2026 – over 140 years after work began!
If you want to visit la Sagrada Familia make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
I do love the zoo, especially one that has such a variety of animals. We visited on a Friday afternoon and there seemed to be hardly any other visitors there. The highlights for me were the vultures and the hippos. I have to admit I felt quite sad for the dolphins – their enclosure definitely needs some work. Barcelona Zoo is located in Parc de la Ciutadella. If you are planning on going on a weekend then it may be better to book your tickets online as queues get bigger.
Unfortunately photos weren’t allowed in the museum but I’m so glad we managed to find time to see the works of Picasso. I was surprised to see how much Picasso’s style evolved over the years as I was only really familiar with his later work.
If you loved la Sagrada Familia and are interested in seeing more of Gaudi’s work then Park Güell is worth a visit. If you’re short on time make sure you take a taxi to the Park as it isn’t particularly close to the metro stations – it took us nearly an hour to walk there. The park is open to the general public which isn’t made very clear to tourists – you can access the Park without a ticket, however if you want to view the monumental zone you will need to buy a ticket – Book these in advance or you may have a 5 hour wait as they restrict how many people are allowed in. Tickets for the Gaudi House museum are extra.
Mercat de Mercats
We stumbled on the Mercat de Mercats food and drinks market/ festival by mistake and it seems we timed our trip perfectly as it only runs from the 21st – 23rd October. We bought a ticket for 4 pieces of Tapas and 3 glasses of wine and spent the afternoon browsing the food and drinks stall and tasting what they had on offer. We also spent a ridiculous amount of money on chocolate – it was so worth it.
Whilst this particular market only runs for a few days you could always check out la Boqueria market along La Rambla.
Have you been to Barcelona? What do you recommend?