Barcelona, Spain is the vibrant capital of Catalonia. Here, you can find captivating architecture around every turn. Barcelona is brimming with art, culture, and history.
One of the most popular places to visit if you visit Barcelona is Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. This is a church that was contracted for design in 1885 by a man named Antoni Gaudi. It is still under construction and there is a possibility it may never be completed in its entirety.
Antoni Gaudi has dazzling displays all throughout the area. Parc Guell is Gaudi’s surrealist Park that is full of tile mosaic designs. His unusual and intricate designs are undoubtedly a sight to see.
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Outside of this park, you can find hiking trails that lead to astounding views of the city It feels like you are on top of the top of the world! While in the Catalonia region, you may come across people gathering for what is truly a spectacular sight to see. A rural tradition called Human Towers or otherwise known as Castell, in Catalonian.
During my travels, I came across a magical hidden gem. The Labyrinth park of Horta is filled with gardens, Roman god statues, beautiful reflection ponds and a wall of manicured hedges to get lost in.
If you decide you want to adventure out of the city, you can take a road trip to Figueres, Spain. This town lies on the border of France. There you will find the Salvadore Dali Theater & Museum. This is home to some of Salvadore Dali’s artwork and personal home collections. He may perhaps be most commonly known for his painting “The Persistence Of Memory” which exhibits melting clocks against a landscape scene. Also on display, is his jewelry collection that includes a brooch which was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s lips. The brooch consisted of rubies for the lips and pearls representing teeth. He also had a piece named “Elephant on mosquito legs” which was one of my personal favorites. For art enthusiasts, one of the best parts of visiting this museum, was a moment of intense appreciation when standing next to the very location he lies today. That’s right, in this museum under the stage, lies Salvadore Dali’s crypt. This is an unforgettable experience that won’t leave you disappointed!
On your travels back to Barcelona, be sure to stop in the town of Girona. The narrow cobblestone streets are littered with Medieval architecture that will make you feel like you are in an episode of Game of Thrones. You will know you are in the right place when you see the Onyar River which runs directly through the center of this historical town.
With the abundance of history, culture, and art located in the heart of Catalonia, this is definitely a must-see destination!