One of the most amazing aspects of Barcelona is its architecture. There are so many different styles of buildings that make it impossible to walk down the street without snapping a single photo. We spent a good part of our first two days wandering in the areas of L'Eixample and Gracia seeing as many unique buildings as possible.
tour at La Sagrada Familia for 9:30am. Luke and I hopped on the metro since the massive church is pretty far from the main city centre. I will go into detail on La Sagrada Familia in another post because there are way too many pictures to include it in this one.
Below: Next door to each other are two famous homes - on the left is Casa Amatller, on the right is Casa Batllo
Next few pictures: Casa Batllo
Next few pictures: Casa Amatller, along with pictures of the inside
Below: La Pedrera (formerly Casa Mila), Guadi's masterpiece. This is a must-do when visiting Barcelona, which we unfortunately missed out on. We hope to go back to see it though!
Below: Wandering Barcelona in the afternoon has a completely different feel than the evening. In the afternoon, businesses shut down for a few hours - most have a metal garage door that pulls down to completely close off the business, and almost all of these garage doors are graffitied giving the city a grungy look. In the evening and night, the city comes to life as the graffitied doors disappear and businesses open their doors to customers. (Because of this, we spent our mornings sleeping in, and we spent our nights out and about!)
Park Guell. Located even further up the hill, we took the outdoor escalator up the hill just in time for our booking to enter the park. It is essential to book La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell prior to visiting Barcelona! Again, I will go into detail on Park Guell in another post.
Other posts from Barcelona: Teaser, Architecture, La Sagrada Familia & Park Guell, Barceloneta & the Waterfront, Churches & Montjuic, Camp Nou, Torre Agbar & La Merce
La Rambla is the most famous boulevard in Barcelona, but it is actually five streets joined together to make one long 2km stretch. Because of this, it is also referred to as Las Ramblas.