Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Stunning Casa Batllo (centre-right) in Passeig de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s main streets.
Barcelona, on Spain’s north-east coast offers the tourist sensational architecture by the great and gaudy Gaudi, a lively, walkable old centre, truly sensational restaurants and bars at reasonable prices, beautiful Barcelona hotels and resorts, cultural activities by the ton and good beaches nearby. Traffic and petty crime temper the pleasure of Spain’s funkiest city, but only slightly.
Fondacion Antoni Tapies, a modern art museum dedicated to Tapies, with amazing roof adornment but sadly lacking much interest inside. It’s just 60m from Casa Batllo, around the corner.
Visiting some of Anton Gaudi’s incredibly off-world, architectural gems is number one priority for any Barcelona tourist and Casa Batllo is, in our humble opinion, the best example of the master’s work as it displays immense variety, skill, imagination and humour, and you can see these ‘House of Bones’ features close-up, unlike the formidable and vast Sagrada Familia.
Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s biggest, eternal project.
The Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882, with a completion date supposedly in 2026, but this is the nation that made the term mañana famous so somehow we have our doubts.
However, the Sagrada Familia is – even unfinished – an astonishing building, one of Spain’s best sights, Barcelona’s top tourist attraction and it can only get better as bits get finished and the wrapping comes off.