5 places to visit and photograph in Barcelona.
Last year I was fortunate enough to find myself in Barcelona, Spain for three days after visiting Visa Pour L’image in Perpignan. I had never visited this area of Spain before and wanted to see as much of the city as possible. Before heading anywhere new I usually look through location tags on Instagram and read travel articles for places to visit and photograph. My main focus was to see some of the Gaudí sites because I love his work, and is what really excited me about visiting Barcelona. I did discover some other great sites however, that I will be sharing with you today in this post!
La Sagrada Família
Of course a visit to Barcelona would be incomplete without seeing Antoni Gaudi’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, and was the first place I visited. Construction started on La Sagrada Família in 1882 and is still ongoing. This piece of Catalan modernism sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of Barcelona and because of this it is super easy to get to from all parts of the city. Personally I didn’t feel it necessary to pay to go inside because I found the exterior impressive enough on it’s own and enjoyed walking around the building. There are also plenty of cafes and places to eat nearby with great views of this breathtaking piece of architecture!
Arc de triomf
Next I headed to the Arc De Triomf, which was built by Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. This impressive arch dominates the surrounding area, where you will find lots of performers and green areas. With beautiful stone carvings and bright red bricks it’s hard not to want to photograph this landmark, which is now one of my favourites in the city.
Ah the Gaudi park, now this is why I wanted to visit Barcelona! Park Guell is a park system that overlooks the city and was designed by Gaudi himself. Other than the beautiful views you get of Barcelona from the top of the park, the most breathtaking part of the park is the municipal garden, where you will find some of Gaudi’s most intricate works, including a mosaic terrace and dragon. This part of the park is the only area that isn’t free to visit, and only allows limited numbers at any given time, so do make sure if you want to visit this area, to book online in advance.
The Gothic Quarter
The thin medieval streets that make up Barcelona’s gothic quarter, make for the perfect place to spend summer evenings in Barcelona. With flower stalls, Catalan restaurants and lots of beautiful architecture to see, this really is a romantic setting. Unfortunately, the gothic quarter can get particularly crowded, especially the super photogenic Pont Gòtic on Carrer del Bisbe, which is why I would recommend getting up earlier in the morning to get a photo of this sight, if you don’t want lots of tourists in your picture.
Finally we have another of Guadi’s famous buildings in the form of Casa Batlló, which was designed to be an apartment complex. Again I didn’t pay to go inside because my time was limited and I had lots more I wanted to see at that point, but looking at photos of the interiors I am quite sad I didn’t go inside Casa Batlló, because it really is stunning inside and out.
And that concludes my list of places to visit and photograph in Barcelona! Comment below anywhere I might have missed and places you’d love to visit in barcelona!