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A Short Guide to Barcelona

Published: Fri 27 Jul 2012 at 14:02

Updated: Fri 27 Jul 2012 at 14:06

Everywhere you turn in Barcelona there are stunning works of architecture, but the building behind me is arguably one of the most beautiful of all. 

This is the Sagrada Familia, the magnificent church designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi that has been under construction since 1882. 

Though not yet complete, the Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s finest examples of Gothic and Art Nouveau design, with intricate characters depicting biblical scenes painstakingly carved into each of its facades. 

It’s an absolute must-visit on your trip but you’re sure to lose a few hours admiring its exterior, so don’t go with an empty stomach. 

Instead, start your day at La Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous street that has everything from chic cafes to stylish shops. The street is just a short journey on the Metro from Sagrada Familia, or about a thirty-minute stroll if you’d prefer the scenic route. 

Once you’ve got a taste for Gaudi architecture, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in Park Guell, another of his masterpieces. 

You’ll instantly recognise his style in the magical colours and fantastical structures, but save some room on your camera for the fabulous panoramic views of the city that the park has to offer. 

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