This month, we are setting sail towards Spain – and more specifically towards Barcelona!
Barcelona is one of the largest cities in Europe and with its prime location at the seaside surely one of the most beautiful ones, too. The cosmopolitan capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia is known for its works of art and architecture. Imposing buildings and modernist landmarks can be found everywhere throughout the city, meaning there are lots for you to discover! Cover photo by @adrianbaias.
You simply cannot visit Barcelona without learning a little about late Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí was a Catalan architect known as the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism with most of his work situated in this city, characterized by a highly individualized, one-of-a-kind style.
His most important piece, the Basílica de la Sagrada Família or short Sagrada Família, is a large Catholic church that is currently unfinished yet magnificent. As it is such a large building, you might need to be a little creative to fit it into your shot.
Other buildings designed by Gaudí include different “casas”. The most popular one is arguably Casa Battlò
, known to locals as “House of Bones”. With its colourful tiles and undulated balconies, it is a dreamlike eye candy from the outside with many gems hidden on the inside as well. The recurring theme of nature in its architecture makes Casa Battlò one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona, so make sure to buy tickets in advance to skip the queue.
or Casa Milà
and Casa Vicens
are yet two other masterpieces by Gaudí, also showcasing the unique style of the architect. Casa Vicens is one of his earlier works, less famous and thus, the ideal spot to bypass the crowds.
One last piece of artwork by Gaudí you should definitely consider to visit is Park Güell
. The park is the second most visited location in Barcelona and with more than 17 hectares one of the largest green spaces in the city. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a public park system composed of gardens and mesmerizing architectonic elements. Be aware, however, that one part of the park is a restricted area for which you will need to pay an entrance fee.
A little overlooked by tourists next to the fascinating work by Gaudí and especially the Sagrada Família, the Barcelona Cathedral
is also well worth a visit. It is one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in Europe, has a beautiful 14th-century cloister courtyard and offers free access to the inside as well as the rooftop in the mornings until 1 PM (except for Sundays).
One of the most charming areas of the city, the Gothic Quarter
, is perfect for all those who love to wander small (and historic) backstreets. Carrer del Bisbe, a small street located in this quarter, is a popular photo spot.
Another great location for your stroll through the city is the famous concert hall Palau de la Música Catalana
. You can visit the beautiful inside during the day when there are no performances to marvel at the intricate interior decor. Don’t miss out to pay a visit to the outside balcony as well – you might recognize its colourful mosaic columns from one of our cards!
Turning to the sea, you will find Barceloneta
. The former fishermen’s town is now one of the most visited neighbourhoods of Barcelona. It’s a must-visit if you want to take a stroll on the beach, hit the surf or simply absorb the stunning views of the clash of sea and city. From here, you can also take a ride on Barcelona’s Port Cable Car (Aeri del Port
), which is the easiest way to get up to Montjuïc,
which offers the best views of the city.
Last but not least, the perfect place to find good vibes, great food and lots of music and (vintage) art is the Palo Market Fest
. The creative market takes place every first weekend of the month in an old abandoned and refurbished factory. It serves as a platform for new forms of culture and trends, but also as a stage for concerts and gastronomic events.
What is your favorite location in Barcelona? Heading there soon? Don’t forget to tag us in your photos – we always love to see your city shots!