Here I am at long last with the first of a few Barcelona-themed blog posts! As you’ve probably guessed from my Instagram feed and my recent Shakira Shakira blog post, I absolutely loved visiting Barcelona with my family. We did so so much while we were away and it was great to have the opportunity to explore a new city and just relax.
Probably one of the key contributors to Barcelona’s beauty is Antoni Gaudí, a Spanish architect whose work is heavily influenced by nature and his other passions. During our visit we saw a fair few of his designs spread throughout the city…
Casa Milà (better known as La Pedrera)
A controversial building due to its unconventional style (which resulted in it being named “La Pedrera”, translating to “The Quarry”), the Casa Milà was fascinating to visit. The chimneys on the rooftop appear to imitate warriors and are beautifully designed. The museum in the interior was brilliant and gives a lot more insight into Gaudí’s style and inspirations - I’d definitely recommend for anyone who is keen to learn more about him.
Park Güell is beautiful and has some of the best views over the city. It’s high up and a lot of climbing to reach, but definitely worth it! The designs are very organic in style and have many intricate and colourful mosaic designs. A lovely place to walk around but be warned: it’s very busy so make sure you book entry in advance (we made this mistake and had to revisit at another time to enter the main portion of the park!).
Due to other plans we didn’t have a chance to enter the building, but it was still lovely to admire the ornate and colourful design from the street, both at day and night. The Casa Batlló has a fascinating bone-like design (it’s local name “Casa dels Ossos” literally translates to “House of Bones”) and the detail of the metallic coloured tiles and mosaic style facade is beautiful.
Last but not least is probably Gaudí’s most biggest and most famous project: the Sagrada Família. Gaudí began planning this in 1915, combining Gothic architecture with inspiration from nature to design a huge Roman Catholic church which is still unfinished and is not expected to be completed until 2026 at the earliest (exactly 100 years after Gaudí’s death).
Even in it’s unfinished state, the Sagrada Família is still a breathtaking piece of architecture and my favourite of all of his designs - I’ll definitely need to go back to see it in it’s full glory when it’s completed! The views over Barcelona from the towers are stunning, and I can imagine they’ll be even better from the central Jesus tower which is planned to be 170m high!
Barcelona is filled with the work of Gaudí and I loved admiring his variety of pieces (especially given my love of architecture!). If you’re ever in Barcelona it’s definitely worth passing at least a few of his designs - they really are incredible. For more information about Gaudí (and each of the four designs I’ve mentioned), here are some links to Wikipedia:
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my photography (and many thanks to my dad for the photos of me!). Let me know in the comments about your experience of Barcelona if you’ve ever been, or some of your favourite architects in other locations.
Keep your eye out for my next post in the Barcelona series… this one is all about the amazing vegan food I had on the trip! Hope you’re all having a brilliant summer so far!