So guys my 2/3 trip was to Barcelona. I know what you’re thinking right now, like didn’t she just go Berlin? , I flew to Barcelona the week after I got back from Berlin. Also you must be thinking why did she say 2/3, well I had 1) Berlin 2) Barcelona and 3) I will just say, stay tuned as you will find out soon 🙂
Now let’s get to the good stuff. I saw Camp Nou of course! I mean it was the first place I went on the day that I landed in Barcelona, as that same Tuesday night was Barcelona v Atletico Madrid, Quarter Finals of the Champions League. Guys you already know right? I don’t even have to tell you, do I? Okay fine yes, YES I WENT!!! However you can read all about the match and my experience right here.
Now back to the good stuff! Honestly I will get in to it now, but Camp Nou is something to see, even if you are not a football fan. Oh there is just so much to see in Barcelona, it is unreal.
Let’s start with the most intriguing visit, which was the Sagrada Familia. For those that don’t know, this is a large Basilica, which was designed by the Spanish labelled “God’s Architect”, Antoni Gaudi. The construction of the church began in 1882, and Gaudi was involved from 1883 onwards. He devoted the last couple years of his life to building the amazing church. When he sadly passed away in 1926, the project was less than a quarter complete. Believe it or not, the church is still under construction till this day, and the works are suppose to be finished by 2026, marking the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
Gaudi made sure that the pictures and statues symbolised inside and outside of the building, told stories from the bible (shown above).
The inside of the church is just as beautiful and breathtaking as the outside. Every part of the building is attention to detail. The use of stained glass is used throughout the church, which reflects multi coloured rays within the building, on a nice sunny day.
My personal favourite was outside the church, above one of the entrances, which shows the story of how Jesus was beaten and then crucified, in the actual order that it happened in, its incredible (shown below).
Pictures actually do this church no justice, it is something you HAVE to see in life. The ticket to enter the church is below 20 euros, and that is just the standard ticket to enter the church and look around for as long as you want. You have the option to pay 6/7 euros more for a tour guide, but personally you do not really need it. There is also another ticket where you’re able to go high up in the towers to view all of Barcelona, however this is about 10 euros more. I would say that if you visit Park Guell, you do not need to go to these towers, as there are many viewing platforms in the Park to see all the views of Barcelona. I will discuss this later on.
There is also a free museum to view, which is on the side of the Basilica. It includes scale models as well as original pieces of the building. You can also view the original blueprints, and timeline it took till the present day, in terms of the building process. Gaudi’s ‘lab’ is also within that area, where he spent his final days designing everything.
Next up is the tour at Camp Nou!
Something I would recommend as I said earlier, even if you are not a football fan. The stadium is incredible and the tour includes viewing their trophy cabinet, changing rooms, press room, shower room etc and of course you get to walk around the pitch (not on it of course), as well as walking around the stands and sitting within different tiers.
All 5 of Barcelona’s Champions League trophies.
Stairs to the dugout.
The ticket for the tour costs 23 euros. You get to take pictures throughout the tours with a green screen, which can be anything from taking a picture with the whole of Barcelona’s squad, to the pitch and so on. You get to view these pictures at the end of the tour and have an option to buy them, but they are quite pricey.
This is an example of what the green screen pictures look like.
Also there is a exhibition that is set up, near Barcelona’s megastore, where you are able to view how Camp Nou use to look like and how the plans for the new stadium will look like as well. This is free to enter, so make sure you pop in to have a look.
Alright let’s get back to some more Gaudi. Park Guell, which is a public park consisting of gardens and great views. It was a project led by Eusebi Guell, and he chose Antonio Gaudi to design everything. Looking around the park, you will see a lot of recycled materials used in design, which is Gaudi’s signature use with materials. You will also notice the famous multicoloured mosaic dragon, which is a part of the fountains. I refer to the dragon as famous, as the tourist souvenirs also include objects and key rings based on this dragon.
Inside the monumental zone – the fountains.
Bench – which Gaudi designed to be comfortable for your back, as it has the tiles pushing out, so you’re able to position your back well. It also has different words from the bible written on different parts of the bench.
The famous dragon fountain.
Area where the benches are placed. The other side of this area shows the views of Barcelona, which are shown in the picture below this one.
Views of Barcelona from the balcony. The picture does not do the views much justice, but these are the similar views you would get had you paid extra at Sagrada Familia to go to the towers. That is why I recommend that you save your money there and just buy a standard ticket or guided tour ticket here and be able to see the same views.
All of the above is included in the monumental zone of the park, which you have to pay to enter. You can take a guided tour or you can just pay for a normal ticket price. It is 7 euros for a ticket to just enter the monumental zone, and it is 14 euros if you want to add on the guided tour. You can purchase tickets from here before hand, as it saves the trouble from doing so on the day. But if you do prefer to purchase them on the day, you are also welcome to do so at the counters.
I would also recommend to take time to actually view the entire park if you are able to. You can walk up higher towards the mountains, where there are the three symbolic crosses, which were placed by Gaudi (shown below, you can see the top of the third cross on the right hand side).
You can walk up to the top and even stand near the crosses, and you can also enjoy amazing views at the same time, as shown below.
Talking of views, I am now going to move on to another breathtaking place to visit in Barcelona, which is none other than Montserrat. This is a multi peaked mountain, which is known as Spain’s first national park.
On site includes the Benedictine Abbey and Santa Maria de Montserrat, which includes the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. Here you are able to light candles.
To get to Montserrat, you need to get to the specific station, where you purchase the train ticket to take you there, as well as choosing between a cable car or another train to take you up to the mountain. The ticket machine will show you the different prices and packages you can choose from. You can also view this through their website here.
You should also visit La Rambla, which is the famous shopping street in Barcelona, equivalent to Oxford Street. It includes the high end stores, as well as the high street stores.
Other places to visit:
Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya, which has a famous fountain located on the outside of the building.
Anella Olimpica – the Olympic village