Barcelona is always worth visiting, even better in early November when it’s still sunny & reasonably warm … compared to grey and cold Oslo … Thus, extending a stay for a conference by a couple of days sounded like a great idea. And inviting my dear friend Sibylle to join me in exploring the city was an even better move. We decided to focus on a few sites related to the famous architect Antonio Gaudi: La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell – and of course some Tapas & Cava.
An afternoon at Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia
During my last visit in Barcelona in 2016, we skipped a visit to Gaudi´s famous basilica – too many people, and we thought that time “just another church” … A big mistake as our visit this time would show …
Sib & myself pre-ordered tickets online, including a visit to one of the towers – a smart move that enabled to skip the long lines of visitors. Equipped with our audio guides we entered the Sagrada Familia and were welcomed by a very special atmosphere created by the light coming through Gaudi’s carefully designed windows – the light is constantly changing while you’re guided trough the basilica.
Tapas & Cava
Don’t leave Barcelona without at least one evening with Tapas & Cava – my very personal “guide” Sibylle had found the best Tapas Bar in Barcelona: Cal Pep , located in the El Born district (for me anyway the best part to stroll around in town).
Here a few impressions from our stroll around El Born district: we took a quick tour into the El Born Centre de Culture i Memoria, a great place with a lot of Catalan history. A great building – looking like a market hall – covers the ruins of the 17th century city destroyed by the war. Entry to this archeological site is free – and you should reserve some time to walk through and absorb all the information.
Meeting Gaudi at Park Güell
Our last morning was perfect for visiting Park Güell – another piece in Gaudi’s heritage in Barcelona.
After yet another breakfast with a fantastic view on the beaches from our hotel Melia Barcelona Sky, we took some time to explore the monuments in the park. Perfect time to visit is actually in the early morning, when you can avoid the big crowds.