Barcelona Bucket list Where to go?
From Sant Sadurni d’ Anoia, we proceeded to Barcelona. Blessed with warm weather more than six months a year, flanked by the ocean and the Pyrenees, great nightlife and culture, dozens of parks, good museums, and a very cosmopolitan population, Barcelona is a true metropolis. This timeless Mediterranean city is also one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with many flocking the city to visit Gaudi’s works, eat not so traditional paella and sip expensive sangria.
We spent 5 days in Barcelona. We took our time to explore the city by bus, foot and subway. A great way to explore the city is to take the hop on and hop off tourist bus on a 2 day pass. It gives a really good overview of what Barcelona has to offer and with the audio guide, there was a short presentation of the places of interest and their significance as we rode past. I thought I would just highlight a few that we visited since this is not exactly a full travel blog.
Barcelona is filled with the works of Antoni Gaudi. Antoni Gaudi was born in 1882 in Catalonia. He was born of humble roots and his father was a coppersmith. Gaudi showed interest in architecture early on and went to Barcelona to study. It took him eight years to graduate. It was 1878 when Catalan architect and director at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura. Elies Rogent, singled out Antoni Gaudi at graduation declaring, “Who knows if we have given this diploma to a nut or to a genius – time will tell” And in response, Gaudi with his ironical sense of humour reportedly told his friend. “Llorenc, they’re saying I’m an architect now”.
Gaudí’s work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. Gaudí considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture the crafts of ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He also introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís which used waste ceramic pieces. Under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by natural forms. Gaudí rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as three-dimensional scale models. This was the reason why it was not easy to duplicate his works after he died. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
One notable Unesco World Heritage site highly recommended for visiting would be Park Guell. It is filled with architectural fantasies and being situated on Carmel Hill, in the Garcia district, it offers a great view of Barcelona city and the bay area.