Of course we had to start with the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s most famous masterpiece in Barcelona. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 Gaudí played an active role in directing the construction of the Sagrada Familia until his death in 1926. La Sagrada Familia is not expected to be completed for some time yet, actually it is expected to be completed in 2026, a century after the death of its architect.
The Sagrada Famíla (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is the most iconic symbol of Barcelona and the most visited landmark in the whole of Spain. It is considered to be the best example of Modernist architecture designed by Antoni Gaudí even tho it’s still unfinished!
2 – Barcelona’s Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is an impressive example of Gothic architecture that is now a Cultural Heritage Site and, since 1929, a National Historic Monument. The cathedral is dedicated to the city’s patron saint Eulàlia, an outspoken 13-year-old martyred by the Romans; it is said that her remains lie in a dramatically lit crypt, in an alabaster tomb carved with torture scenes from her martyrdom .The glorious, light-filled cloister is famous for its thirteen geese, one for each year of Eulàlia’s life.
3 – The famous La Rambla boulevard in Barcelona
Las Ramblas is the most emblematic street in Barcelona. La Rambla is divided into five sections, which explains why many know it as Las Ramblas.
Rambla dels Estudis also called La Rambla dels Ocells (Avenue of the Birds) as it used to be a traditional site of a bird market.
Rambla de Sant Josep it is also well-known as the Rambla de les Flors (Rambla of the Flowers).
Rambla dels Caputxins
Rambla de Santa Monica
Also see the human statues on Las Ramblas, imitating everyone, famous Spanish philosophers, actors, robots…
4 – Casa Batllo
One of Gaudi’s masterpieces, the building can be classed as Modernisme or Art Nouveau but it is really in a league of its own. The building tells the legend of Sant Jordi, Jordi that slayed the dragon to save the princess, a story known all over Catalonia. Actually Sant Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia.
5 – Montjuïc Castell
Standing on a vantage point 173 metres above the port, Montjuïc Castle has the best views of the city, with stunning 360º views . Now a peaceful place, the memory of this fortress endures in Barcelona as a symbol of repression but also of the city’s struggles during different periods in its history.
We love Barcelona. We love Catalonia. We want you to fall in love with it too!