Home to arguably the best football club in the world - FC Barcelona - in the recent past, and also Lionel Messi. Their home ground - Camp Nou - is also one of the largest football stadiums in the world.Famous footballers to have played here: Lionel Messi, Luiz Ronaldo, Johann Cryuff, Rivaldo, Andres Iniesta, Diego Maradona.Things to do apart from football: Walk around Park Guell to marvel at Guell's greatest pieces of art. Visit the Gothic Quarter to witness sublime cathedrals.Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 3,500Book the best hotels.Read more about the city.
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Best time to visit Barcelona is from December to June
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Of course, it was early so we headed to the Park Güell which is a huge park (I mean it). It was so wonderful relaxing there. Musicians played their melodies and it was sunny, so it was perfect. The park has detailed architecture as well but if you would like to see the inner side (which has Gaudí pieces) you have to buy a ticket and you can enter if you go to the correct gate. We bought tickets for the next day and we were late so they didn't let us in. So be careful! If you don't have money for the inner side's ticket, it's okay because the rest of the park is free and larger.
On the next day we took the Hop On, Hop Off buses which was very cool because we could see everything without hurting our legs of walking. We saw the famous Camp Nou which is the stadium of the FC Barcelona. We saw Font Magica which is a fountain, its famous because it has colourful lights.
Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Gràcia is among the most expensive shopping real estate in the world; all the leading luxury brands hotly competing to occupy the elegant modernista buildings of Barcelona’s widest street. Make sure you see La Pedrera which was Gaudí’s last major project before he started on his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. if you stand in the middle of its gently lit courtyard, it’s easy to forget that you’re inside a man-made structure. The rolling curves, seaweed-like wrought iron and gnarled roof of this Barcelona landmark have been astounding passers-by on Passeig de Gràcia for over a century. Yet to properly appreciate this building you need to head indoors.There’s a forest-like quality to the interior of La Pedrera – the designer’s careful use of light mirrors that of a canopy of leaves. Try as you might, you won’t find a single straight line in this massive structure.
Parc de Montjuic
Sants-Montjuïc is marvelous in the spring, especially at Miramar viewpoint, where the rose blooms and fountains create the ideal setting for a romantic date. The most popular attraction in this neighborhood is the Montjuïc Castle, which offers beautiful vistas over the rest of the city. In the summer, Plaça d'Espanya comes alive with music, while locals and tourists alike stroll around, in the quest for the next café.
La Sagrada Familia
I've always wanted to see Barcelona and in 2015 my dream came true. Finally, I managed to take a trip to this beautiful Spanish city. I was very excited at the airport. I couldn't wait for security control. I almost gone insane. Then, finally I got on the plane and it took off. I became very tired during the flight so I couldn't wait to get in bed. It was 1 am. We arrived at our hotel (which was the Hotel Sagrada Familia) at 1:30 am. This hotel is next to the Sagrada Familia, just about two streets far.
I just had until 11 am on my third day in Barcelona. After an early morning stroll on the La Barcelonata beach, I packed my bags. Although I was all set to leave for Girona, I was in no mood to say "Chao" to this beautiful city, yet. (Article on Girona, Costa Brava, Besalu and Banyoles, coming up soon!)MAIN EXPENSESEntry fee to Casa Batlo and train to Montserrat- 19+22=41eurosStay – 17 x 3 = 51 Euros at Hola Hostel (probably the cheapest you can expect, especially for a B & B)Metro – 3x2 = 6 Euros (appx. 10,500 INR)
Castillo de Montjuïc
Due to the weather conditions, I decided to call off the trek that I had planned for the day. I returned much earlier than anticipated. My craze for photography drove me to pay another visit to the balcony in Castillo de Montjuic. The convenient tubes connect all parts of the city very well. So I took the metro to the castle from Placa Espanya.It was a most perfect opportunity for me to capture some aerial views of the city. By then, even the sun was slowly starting to make his way out from behind the clouds. On my second visit, I learnt that Castillo de Montjuic probably had some entertainment planned for its visitors, throughout the day. The bird-charmer (as I call her), had me speechless as she set her birds off on a man, that afternoon. Even though the birds didn't harm him, I was glad, I wasn't the victim. Because I wanted to be the spectator. I wanted to be the camera-man.
How can you leave beaches out of a Barcelona itinerary? So, here it is. One of the most amazing places to warm up and indulge in some sunbathing in Barcelona- Barceloneta Beach. The mediocre tourist spends all day in the sun at crowded Barceloneta Beach finding a square meter to place his towel and always in danger to get robbed. The further you move from the center the less crowded it gets and you will spot more surfers in the water. Dare to hop on a boat yourself? Also there are many other beautiful places to enjoy the sun: On one of the many terraces in the city with a cold beer, grab a bike and climb to the top of Tibidabo to get a great view of the city.
Hola Hostal Eixample
Thanks to my inability to speak Spanish, it took me 3 hours to reach Hola Hostel. It now really worried me that I wouldn't visit half as many places as I had on my list. So immediately after check in, off I went. It was 8pm and I was out for a stroll, all set to explore the streets of Barcelona. The La Sargada Familia was in close proximity to the hostel. From what I had read on the internet, the construction of this Roman Catholic Church commenced way back in 1882. After 120 years, it is still incomplete, due to the untimely death of the man responsible for the style of architecture adopted for its establishment. Antony Gaudi, was the promising architect who inspired the Gaudi architecture. Sadly, his death in a car accident, lead to the Government taking responsibility of the La Sargada Familia. Further, due to civil wars and the lack of funds in Spain, completion of the project has been deemed impossible, anytime in the near future. Its interiors were strikingly beautiful. But due to the ongoing sermon, I thought it was best to keep my camera at bay.The same Cathedral whose exteriors did not impress me much the previous night, had me awestruck in the morning. I just couldn't take my eyes off its magnificent golden spires, as I walked towards Parc Guell, the following day.
After suffering 6 bitingly cold months in England, 17 degrees at 7 am in the morning, was pure bliss. The weather was lovely. It made the 1 hour walk from hola hostel to Parc Guell much more pleasant, than it seemed.This place was home to many buildings that were embellished by Gaudi architecture. Each had its own charm, and they could easily pass for dream houses.