We began our Oceania in Barcelona. This was my first visit to a city that has it all. Art, Food, and a Vibrant Historical City. This is my top Four Things to Do and Visit.
Number One – Of course you must visit La Sagrada Familia Basilica. It is a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (that’s not a typing error) and it’s not expected to be completed for some time yet. The Basilica is one of Gaudi’s most famous works.
You’ll see cranes and construction crews at work, inside and out.
The ceiling of the Basilica is stunning and looks like something from another world.
Number Two – To really appreciate Gaudi you should go to the Park Güell. This park was commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy. It was designed by Gaudi and built between 1900 and 1914.
It was recognized as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Mixing rough organic material with mosaic tiles are signature Gaudi.
This lizard greets you at one of the entrances to the park. It is known as “El Drac”, or the dragon.
Ceiling Mosaic in the covered pathways are absolutely gorgeous.
The bench is tiled colorful tiles that light up this unique sitting area. The unique shape of the serpentine bench enables the people sitting on it to converse privately. In order to dry up quickly after it rains, and to keep people from sitting on a wet bench, small bumps were installed by Gaudí.
Number Three – Going to a Flamenco show at Tablao de Carmen after a walking the streets of the Pueblo Español is an experience that is authentically Spanish.
The show is amazing. The singers and the dancers put their heart and soul into their performances. It truly was a unique experience.
Number Four – Walk down Las Ramblas and through the food market. There are plenty of places to eat and lots of street performers. It’s best to do the walk during the day.