Palau Guell, Barcelona
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!
Read something about Gaudi. Because in the entire city you will see his work. And it is nice to know something about it before you are stunned by the beautifull shapes and colors.
Gaudi was an architect who lived from 1852-1926, he designed several buildings and artwoks in Barcelona. Some famous ones being: Sagadra Familia, Parc Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera
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 the Guell Parc and La Pedrera (Casa Mila), the 2 famous works of architecture by Antoni Gaudi. If time allows, you will also not be disappointed with a tour of Palau Guell, just off the Las Ramblas at Nou de la Rambla. Entrance to the Guell Parc is free, but there is an entry charge to the Gaudi Musuem inside. All tours in the other Gaudi buildings (except the private residences) are also chargable.
There is absolutely nothing like Gaudi! One can tell that many of the architecture in Barcelona is heavily influenced by his style and design.
Shopping is also good in Barcelona, especially around Plaza de Catalunya and along Passeig de Gracia. Nice fashion with very reasonable prices.
Fondest memory: Gaudi's architecture!!! He's just amazing!
Favorite thing: In sharp contrast to La Pedrera, this building is much more geometric, with symmetry and straight lines. The wrought iron gate and gargoyles give it a gothic style.