TIKI'S TOP TIPS GUIDE TO BARCELONA
Barcelona, jewel of Spain, an energetic and vibrant city is easy to get around and definitely worth spending a couple of days to really soak up the atmosphere and all this unique city has to offer.
If you are short on time with only a day to spare, you cant go wrong with the 'hop on hop off' bus for a quick overview of Barcelona, 3 routes are available, though be warned, we guarantee its enough to whet your appetite and wish you’d allowed at least a couple more days.
Gaudi’s distinctive stamp and influence can be felt all over the city, simply wandering around you’ll come across many examples of his work, however three stand outs are definitely not to be missed. The famous and still incomplete Sagrada Familia, as impressive inside as out is like no other cathedral you’ve seen, be sure to allocate a couple of hours. No amount of pictures can prepare you for the sense of awe at the enormity and complexity of the building as you gaze upon it up close.
The Park Guell, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site overlooking Barcelona is perhaps the pinnacle monument to Gaudis design and extraordinary vision, a feast for all the senses. Within the grounds be sure to visit Gaudi’s home La Torre Rosa. Allow a couple of hours.
Casa Batllo – Another fabulous Gaudi masterpiece is the redesigned home of the Batllo family, and now gallery is one of three unusual buildings which make up the ‘Block of Discord’. Open 9-9.
Watch this short (1.32mins) 3D video to view the final stages projected for completion over the next 10 years. At the conclusion there are several other interesting videos also worth viewing. (Gaudi (46 min), Antonio Gaudi Architect (13min).
With over 50 museums in Barcelona from which to choose it can be difficult to limit yourself to just a few, we recommend not missing MUHBA – Museu d’Historia de Barcelona – One of Barcelonas most intriguing museums, travel back in time and underneath the foundations of Roman Barcelona, explore the ruins of once flourishing old streets, sewers, laundries, factories and more. Housed in the previous Grand Royal Palace there is much to see and do.
The Picasso Museum – is dedicated to the art of his early years and holds over 3800 pieces. Picasso lived in Barcelona for several years from 1895.
If modern is your thing then the The Joan Miro museum is a huge draw card for those preferring a modern twist.
Lose yourself in the maze of the old Gothic quarter, the medieval heart of the city combines quirky shops, tiny squares and friendly bars.
The La Boqueria, a gastronomic temple is the largest produce market in all of Spain, just 2 blocks from the main city square and Opera House. Housed within a stunning vaulted structure, its loud, its boisterous, its quintessentially Spanish. Dotted around are numerous tapas bars offering a place to stop and catch your breath and a mouth watering variety of meals, tapas, coffee or something a little stronger. Open Mon – Sat 8am to 8:30.
The architecture of Barcelona is a graceful blend of styles to rival the best of Paris in scope. We recommend visiting the gothic Cathedral de Barcelona, centrally located, an ambitious project, it was completed in 1448, and remains the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. Take a tour and learn of gothic tales of torture, walk on the roof for its gargoyles and view. One cloister of note is dedicated to Saint Eulalia where to this day 13 white geese are kept in her memory. Then slip across the street for a well earned coffee or wine and enjoy the passing parade.
TAKE A DAY TRIP TO GIRONA/FIGUERES – HOME OF SALVADOR DALI
The Dali Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world is well worth a visit as much as an opportunity to see a little more of the Catalunya region as to admire the artworks, within easy proximity of Barcelona.