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10 most beautiful places to visit in barcelona spain

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe, often recognized for its architecture, nightlife, beaches, and delicious food. With a population of 1.6 million people, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and there is no limit to the amount of aesthetically pleasing backdrops in this city. Here are 10 of the most beautiful places you must see on your next visit to Barcelona.

1. La Sagrada Familia

Visiting Barcelona, one must pay special attention to La Sagrada Familia – a huge Roman Catholic minor basilica designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Even today, after over a century and a quarter of construction, the gigantic and purely vertical Ascension towers, and the delicate gothic ornamentation on them, are breathtaking. As amazing on the inside as it looks from the outside, be sure to plan for a couple of hours to appreciate the biblical references and the great stained glass.

2. Park Güell

Park Güell is one more creation of Gaudí; it is a park with lots of colors painted on a hill, which provides stunning views of the city. Continue walking along the main entrance where the salamander mosaic fountain is located and move to the main terrace with a semicircular stone bench surrounding the lawn. Some of the other features that are worth mentioning here include the gingerbread house popularized by the children known as Hansel and Gretel and a Hypostyle room that is characterized by eighty-six columns.

3. La Rambla Boulevard

The most popular Broadway in Barcelona, it is a colorful host to shops, bars, restaurants, street artists, and even flower sellers. Starting from the central Plaça de Catalunya to the end of the promenade at the statue of the discoverer, Christopher Columbus near the harbor, walk the length of about 1.2 kilometers. Don’t forget to visit Boqueria Market here you can view delicious fruits and vegetables together with cheese, meat, and fish.

4. Parc de la Ciutadella

This is one of the largest parks in the city covers 70 acres of land, conveniently located in the central business district. The facilities include beautiful architecture, such as the contemporary avant-garde building of the Catalan Parliament, an interesting zoo, and a vast lake suitable for rowing. This is where you can find the Cascada fountains which is a tiered fountains that have dragon sculptures created in 1881.

5. Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

This one is a musical fountain where there are water stunts, made even more dramatic at night with the colors of the rainbow. They get to play with water, and here, a lot of water is released and sprayed up to 15 stories high, and all this in rhythmic movement to classical, Spanish, and modern music! These free light shows normally take 15 minutes each and operate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at half past the hour.

6. Casa Batlló

This architectural structure completed by Gaudí is an apartment building and it is mentioned that it has no straight lines. Look at the design of the main façade and its curves decorated with mosaic tiles in different colors. Inside, there are skeletal pillars resembling animal bones which are dotted around, and window frames without any glass for super-positioning inside the building.

7. National Museum of Catalan Art

This superb art museum is situated on the Montjuïc hill and contains Romanesque and Gothic art pieces; visitors will marvel at the frescoes in the Byzantine style from the 12th-13th centuries, which were brought from country churches all across northern Catalonia. The massive dome and terrace also afford stunning views of the city from the building.

8. Park Güell

Standing on Carmel Hill, this monastery and tower offers breathtaking views above the city of Barcelona. Take the elevator up 230 feet (85 meters) to get to the top where you can have a view of the sea and the neighboring mountainous ranges. Come here in the late afternoon when the sunlight reflects off the city and tiles give it a golden hue.

9. Santa Maria del Mar

This beautiful piece of architecture was erected in the 14th century and is a fine and prime example of the Catalan Gothic style of construction; inside it has what can be best described as a skeleton of marble and at once makes one feel like they are inside a jewel. Numerous columns support the structure and are engraved on stones; the windows are stained and emit a soft, warm glow. The ‘simplicity’ of the building and its wonderful mirror images give the place a serene feel despite its location in the busting Gothic Quarter.

10. La Pedrera Rooftop

La Pedrera or Casa Milà is the last residential work that Gaudí was commissioned to design before his death and is the final stop to make in your tour of the city’s Gaudí landmarks. Perhaps, the most exotic location is the roof of the apartment building designed in the curvy limestone with the view to Passeig de Gràcia. Cones of psychedelic orange and pink bricks – melted wax against the blue and golden hour skies of Barcelona as observed from here.

It has fascinating towers and amazing beaches, amazing nightlife, and an infinite number of things to do for culture lovers. Among these splendid views of this wonderful Spanish city, which one do you choose to visit first when you get there? Go crazy, free your spirits, and be as daring as the buildings designed by Gaudí that enrich and embellish Barcelona.