We made sure we saw some other of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, wandering to the Casa Milo and Casa Batlo. I would have loved to have been round them all, but money and time would not stretch to that, so we saved ourselves for the main event- The Sagrada Familia. It is such an icon of the city, and is visible from any high point in the city.
It is absolutely stunning. There is so much intricate detail on the outside that you could gaze at it for hours and still find new wonders, but for me the main event was inside. From the outside, I found, it looked quite dark, but inside is a glorious display of colour and light, that dances across the place, and dapples the floor. I think a very apt word to describe it would be heavenly! It is best to pre-book tickets to avoid queues, we had booked ours and printed them before we left the UK, so sailed right in.
Another unique experience for us was Montjuic- a prominent hill overlooking the Barcelona harbour, that for a lot of the cities history, played a strategic part in the defense of the city. It is home to Montjuic castle, an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640. You can get awesome views from the grounds, and there was also a small, but well presented museum. There is also what remains of the 1992 Olympic park, though we didn’t get time to walk around it. We got the funicular up (included in your metro ticket), and the cable car down. There are so many great vantage point around the city, but I think this topped them all.
We were spoilt for choice on the food and drink front, but I’ll cover that in the next post for any vegans wanting to visit the city.