Visiting all of Gaudi's works is a must. He is still the most innovative architect in the world.
'La Pedrera' (Gaudi's apartment complex) had a fab art exhibit on Guinovart.
La Sagrada Familia - the great cathedral ... still in progress!!!.
Parc Guell ... the views and the fantasy
... just to name a few.
Fondest memory: First night in Barcelona and I meet Emilie (from London) at Cafe Zurich in Plaza Catalunya. later Tomas a friend of hers joined us and we all went out bar hopping, gathering friends of theirs from all areas. It was wonderful. That is life in Spain, casual encounters that lead to incredible evenings.
Favorite thing: I love to spend my time in search of Gaudí's work. On my last trip I found a popout map that contains 11 of his works. I recommend everyone to buy it follow the map to see Gaudí's best work. So far I have only seen half of the things that he constructed, so I definately have a reason to come back.
When you are in Barcelona do a 'Gaudi tour'. I bought a postcard in some shop with a map of the city and all Gaudi buildings on it, you can use this as your guide. The Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Parc Güell you can visit and this I would very much recommend!
I especially liked La Pedrera, with a very nice view of the city and all kinds of sculptures on the roof of the building. If the sky is bright blue you can make some lovely pictures here. Detail: when walking along the Passeig de Gracia look down for a moment to have a look at the pavement. These tiles are also designed by Gaudi.
Visit all Gaudi's works. Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Palau Güell, Torre Bellesguard, Colegio Teresianes, Pabellons Güell, Casa Milá (pedrera) and Casa Batlló.
Where are they?
Sagrada Familia: C/Plaza Sagrada Familia (Metro S. Familia)
Parc Güell: C/Olot, s/n (Metro Lesseps)
Palau Güell: C/Nou de la Rambla, 3-5 (Metro
Torre Bellesguard: C/Bellesguard, 16
Colegio Teresianes: C/Ganduxer, 87
Pabellons Güell: C/Av. Pedralbes, 7
Casa Milá (Pedrera): C/Passeig de Gracia, 92
Casa Batllo: C/Passeig de Gracia, 43
Visit Gaudi's works in Barcelona. What a creative mind; it really makes you wonder what the hell was going through his mind as he created all those great places. So glad that most of his works are so well preserved!
Fondest memory: jamon serrano -- you have to eat it -- so good!!!!!
There are so many places to go to and of course it all depends on you intrerest, I definetly got most into Antonio Gaudi and all his buildings, I would say going to see everything that this man designed, the Gaudi park, Sagrada di Famiglia I was so astonished....
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Barcelona I really can´t, in one week it all faded into one big dream.
Favorite thing: See Antonio Gauidi's many buildings. I got the tour in Spanish from an older gentleman who was so kind to us. He walked us all over the city to find other buildings by Gaudi. This building is based on the body of a dragon. The balconies are skulls, the posts are kneebones, and the roof is the backbone of the dragon. The beautiful colors represent scales. Gaudi had an incredible imagination.
Favorite thing: This building is a museum called La Pedrera. At the time we saw a huge Marc Chagall exhibition inside. The architecture is based on sea forms, with the wrought iron like seaweed and underwater plantlife and the waves of the water represented by the white, stone, organic walls.
Favorite thing: Once you get on the roof, you realize how amazing the building really is. Gaudi has designed abstract figures which are supposed to represent different types of figures. If I remember correctly, these figures are knights and kings and bishops, like a chess set but more political.
Enjoy Catalan Art noveau or Modernisme. Why don't you buy the Gaudi pass for all the modernistic buldings? You can go walking or by bike. Sagrada Familia is the famous one but ALL are mythical and unreal! I recommend that the visit star in Palau Güell, where you can get the tickets for all Modernisme buildings. Palau de la Musica Catalana ,don't miss Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller and Casa LLeó Morera. La Pedrera, Casa de les Puntxes. Finally, Parc Güell, quite crowded so leave it for the end. Visit the Olimpic Villa, listen to the sea, nice drink in Plaça Reial, enjoy El Born shops and bars, admire gotic churches and buildins in Barri Gotic, visit Museu Picasso and MACBA.
Fondest memory: I went to BCN in 1989 first time, since then i love it! at the beggining I thought it was a grey city(it was all in construction because of the Olimpics Games)it was in winter and it was cloudy and wet. After seeing the city, I thought it was open and nice , organize and different. Lots of cultural activities and always Gaudi. then in Madrid, I started to learn Catalan!
Favorite thing: Antoni Gaudi's work is all over Barcelona. He was an Architect, artist , craftsman and So much moe. Here his work, The Sagrada Familia. a wonrous church can be seen. He died in a streetcar accident before it was ever finishe. Construction is continually going on to complete the Masterpiece. Other artisans became involved and they are completing the church in a more modern way. You see the contrast of stles and it ismind bogglind as to all the creativity present here.
La Pedrera was first occupied in 1911, a very important moment in the history of Barcelona, when the city embraced new forms of transport (tram, metro, funicular railway, motor car), cinema, telephone...All of these aspects are presented in the apartment, in which the original elements of Gaudi’s architecture are conserved, and accompanied by furniture, which combine to recreate the look and feel of a typical bourgeois Barcelona home.
At summer nights you can listen to live Music on the roof and and just have cava (our champagne).
La Pedrera by Gaudi and Passeig de Gràcia.
You must go for a walk around Passeig de Gracia, Rambla Catalunya where you can find a lot of nice buildings from Modernism to visit and a lot of places for shopping.
Favorite thing: Visit this beautiful building,also built by Antonio Gaud? : LA PEDRERA is located in Passeig de Gracia one of best avenues in Barcelona.This apartment building was built between 1,906 to 1,910 for the Mila family.Is one of finest and most beautiful Gaudi creations.This building is designed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1,984,don't miss see all beautiful decoration in the facade and balconies.
The city is famed for its Modernist architecture, almost all of which are innovative masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi, who seemingly used the city as his canvas. Many are extraordinarily crafted; their shapes mimicking nature and hues spanning across a spectrum. The outstanding being the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, an exquisite cathedral to which the artist dedicated the last 43 years of his life, but which remains as yet unfinished. The completed art piece will feature 12 bell-towers in the facades dedicated to the 12 apostles, 4 others for the evangelists, a central dome in honor of Jesus Christ and a tower of Virgin Mary. I suggest heading up to the spires, accessible via spiral and shadowy stairways, to have an idea of what the final structure should look like and to simultaneously capture an overview of Barcelona.
His excellent draughtsmanship is also displayed around Passeig de Gracia, the so-called Quadrat d’Or (Golden Square) in the Eixample. Of all, the wave-like Casa Mila is the most outstanding, mainly because of its colorful mosaic outlook and inexplicable balconies. Another area that details his works is Parc Guell, a lovely park which sits on a hill, accessible via steep flights of steps from the Lesseps subway station. By foot, you can ascend to a large pavilion supported by near hundred columns. But it will take quite some time to get to that point. It was surely worth the while to make that journey which comes packaged with superb view of the city and yet more exotic but interesting structures designed by Mr. Gaudi. Amid his artistic works stands the pinkish Casa-Museu Gaudi, a museum dedicated to him which once was his residence.