Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and Spain's second most populated city. And this one of the most amazing cities in the Earth. It is unique and fascinating. It has stunning beaches and beautiful hills, old historic sited and impressive modern buildings, busy streets, lively markets and cozy parks. When you come here, you fall in love immediately; and the more time you spend in this magnificent city, the more you understand that since now, you will not be able to live without it anymore. We dare to say that every street or every house in Barcelona is "a place to see". However, in a case if you are limited in time or having just a short visit to the city, we have created for you a list of TOP 5 places you must visit in Barcelona!
1. Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló is one of the most famous and most significant buildings in Barcelona, located in the center of the city. This is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, and because of its exterior design and absolutely crazy forms, it is also often called a "House of Bones". Its ground floor has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. There are few straight lines, and much of the facade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. Like all of Gaudi's works, it just makes you speechless!
2. Casa Milà
Casa Milà is anther famous building of genius Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona. It was the last civil work designed by the architect, built in 1906 - 1910. Its quarry-like facade are really fascinating and just make you wonder how great fantasy, skills and imagination a man may have! In 1984, Casa Milà was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Nowadays it is hosting exhibitions, cultural and art events and is open for public visits. Don't miss your chance to see it!
3. Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is a famous district in the centre Barcelona. It starts from the La Ramblas. The Gothic Quarter mostly consists of the buildings constructed in Medieval times, spme from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. The Gothic Quarter actually retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares. but don't be afraid to get lost here! Even if you do, it will be an unforgettable walk full of memorable views and impressions! Most of the Quarter is pedestrian, but open to service vehicles and taxis. Here you will also see many historic and cultural sites, including Barcelona Cathedral, which is considered to be another important landmark of the city.
4. Park Güell
This is one of the most beautiful parks you will ever visit in your life! Park Güell is actually a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements. It was built by Antonio Gaudi in 1910 - 1914 and is a "must see" place in Barcelona! Eusebi Güell, a Catalan entrepreneur assigned the design of the park to the legendary architect, and since then, the park is carrying his name. Park Güell has 2 different areas: the Monumental Zone, which requires the purchase of a ticket, and the free access area which is open to all visitors. It has an area of more than 15 hectares and will for sure impress you by its terraces, mosaic-covered buildings, fantastic sculptures and panoramic views. Moreover, here you will find the Gaudi Museum, which is also definitely worth visiting!
5. Sagrada Família
Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, "It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art". Indeed, you can travel the world and you will not find anything like this. The construction of Sagrada Família, designed by legendary architect Antonio Gaudi, has started in 1882 and continues till our days, and is planned to be completed in 2026-2028. Probably, there is no words to describe the greatness of this cathedral. It will impress you even more than your highest possible expectations! This is not a "must see" in Barcelona. This is a "must see" in a lifetime for everyone!
We would like to make this list longer and mention many many other places, such as Montserrat, Tibidabo, Montjuïc, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, beautiful parks, amazing museums and a lot of other places that are as stunning as everything else in this city. So keep discovering. explore and have a great time in Barcelona!