Barcelona

We stayed in Barcelona was for 3 nights and 3 days. The attractions we visited included La Sagrada Familia, Montserrat, Casa Balto, Placa de Catalunya, Arc Triomf, Placa de Espanya, Park Guell and Playa de Llevant beach.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is an unfinished roman catholic church with a very unique architecture designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. You have to buy entrance tickets ahead to this church as the tickets are sold out well in advance for favored time slots.

The interiors of the church has a very unique architecture too. The church is cross shaped with pillars breaking out into branches at the top representing canopy of a forest. The church has a very little artificial lighting, the colorful window panes along the sides of church add to brilliant colored vibrance which varies with the movement of sun. Overall the architecture has a magical and spiritual feeling to it.

Placa de Catalunya and Arc of Triomf

Placa de Catalunya is at the centre of city Barcelona. We had prebooked a tour to Montserrat from Julia Travels which was located very close to the centre. Hence we had around 3 hours to spend here. Lots of shopping centres and restaurants can be found here. We walked to Arc de Triomf, which took around 20 mins from here.

Arc de Triomf

The above seen building Sant Pau was a public hospital before. There are many such beautiful architectures everywhere around in Barcelona.

Casa Balto and Casa Milo

Casa Balto, a building very close to Placa de Catalunya is one of the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi. We prebought tickets to enter this building. The building has very unique and beautiful interiors. The roof is curved representing ocean waves, there are no straight edges or corners on the roof. The tickets include an audio guided tour, which describes details of every room and other interiors of the building. A unique experience for sure!

The exteriors of Casa Milo another of the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi very close and walkable from Casa Balto.

Placa de Espanya

Placa de Espanya is one of the important squares of the city of Barcelona. The elevator situated just opposite to this square takes one all the way up to the observation deck for nice aerial views of the square. The magic fountain show that occurs every night is at this part of the city.

Park Guell

Park Guell is a collection of gardens and beautiful architectural elements on a hill which gives a unique perspective of the city when viewed from up here. Again buying the entrance tickets in advance is a must as tickets can be easily sold out and not available for next few days.

Playa de Llevant

The beach closest (walkable) to our hotel was Playa de Llevant. The blue waters sparkling in sun was absolutely refreshing and relaxing.

Our place of stay - Hilton Diagonal Mar

We stayed in Hilton Diagonal Mar. The hotel had very good breakfast which was free for us being diamond members. The executive floor had beautiful views of city skyline and the beach. The sunset views were stunning. The hotel is close to most of the city attractions (just 5 mins taxi ride).

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