Barcelona is a superb all-year-round city to visit, but summer in particular is when this Mediterranean metropolitan is at its best. It is a top summer destination for worldwide tourists, and from within Spain itself, as it offers such a unique combination of coastal relaxation and cosmopolitan city life. Barcelona does not disappoint for a cultural city break, offering everything from museums to art galleries, and architectural wonders to historic landmarks. Fused with a vibrant nightlife and active events calendar, Barcelona is every urban-travellers dream. Nestled on the Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona also takes advantage of the beach culture and is an ideal beach getaway, with 4.5km of sandy shorelines. With so many attractions available to you, what should be on your must-see list when staying in Barcelona apartments? Here are the top 5 attractions to visit.
1. La Sagrada Familia The most iconic building in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia is one of Antoni Gaudis unfinished architectural masterpieces. Construction commenced in 1882 and to this day, is still expected not to be completed for another decade or so. The surrounding cranes have almost become a permanent fixture of this grand structure standing adjacent to the impressive high rising gothic turrets. Admire this fine church from the exterior, or purchase a tour of the building for 16.80 for an adult ticket.
2. Guell Park Another of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudis creations, Guell Park is a tranquil municipal Park located in the Gracia district of Barcelona. When initially developing the plot, Gaudis involvement was to design an upper class housing residence; however, this proposal became a commercial flop, and was handed over to the city. In 1922 Guell Park became an open attraction to the public, and continues to attract a huge number of visitors from around the world. The park contains a collection of natural stone sculptures, staircases and fairy-tale style houses, of which only a few were built. The colourful tiling which the park is famous for, can be admired at the entrance, in the form of a dragon fountain, and up on the terrace along the exquisite sea serpent curving wall. Visit Guell Park for free, and if you would like to view more pieces by Gaudi, you can visit the Gaudi Museum for a small admission fee.
3. The Magic Fountain Not exactly the most natural of formations, but still an impressive feature of Barcelona, the Magic Fountain sits proudly at Placa de Espanya and is an exciting spectacle for all ages. Children will love the colourful jets and accompanying music, while couples wont find a more romantic spot to enjoy an intimate moment together. Constructed in 1929, the Magic Fountain has been a permanent and popular fixture for both locals and tourists presenting an spell-binding fountain display, best appreciated at night when illuminated by colourful spotlights.
4. Parc de la Ciutadella Barcelonas City Park is located in the Barri Gotic district, and is a huge public parkland, spanning over 70 acres. If you dont fancy getting your feet sandy then the park is a fantastic alternative for a sunny days relaxation. The park has more than enough attractions to fill an entire day, or even longer, boasting some beautiful statues and fountains to admire when strolling through, numerous museums, a zoo, and much more. Prepare a picnic in the kitchen of your Barcelona holiday apartment to take along with you.
5. The Picasso Museum This insightful museum is home to the largest collection of Pablo Picassos famous works. The museum first opened in 1963, and already boasted a substantial assortment of Picassos paintings, however, this collection expanded greatly after Jaume Sabartes donated many paintings that had been given to him from Picasso himself. The 3,500+ masterpieces on display are segregated into a variety of exhibits, featured in chronological order from Picassos oldest to newest creations. Admission into the museum costs just 9 and is well worth the visit.