Staying in Cerbère meant we were incredibly close to the Spanish boarder, and only a couple hours drive to Barcelona. How could we not pay a visit?
I spent three days in this wonderful city in 2011, and fell in love with everything it had on offer! Fitting this city into only one day was going to be quite a task, but I had done my research ahead of time and knew exactly what I wanted to check out and share with the others.
Without a doubt, the most famous man about town is Antoni Gaudí, having left his mark all over Barca. His most famous work, without question, is La Sagrada Familia, and this was our first stop. The lines for tickets stretched along the front and around the next corner, but having seen it before, I knew it was worth the wait. Our patience paid off, as we were inside with our audio guides within 15 minutes! It was great to be able to see this incredible piece of architecture again, being able to spot what parts had been completed since my last visit, and what they were now working on. I was also excited to be able to go up into the towers, which I missed out on the last time as they had been closed.
The views from up in the towers were bathed in gorgeous sunshine, and being up close to different sections of the building meant we were able to see details you simply can’t from the ground below. After taking a rather short elevator ride to the top, it was a much longer walk down the steps on the other side. The stairs seemed to spiral down forever!
Next, we were in a cab and on our way to Park Güell, another incredible example of Gaudí’s work. It was a spectacular afternoon when we visited, and after making our way through the crowds out front, we were able to wander about sections of the park and take in the gorgeous landscaping in the middle of such a large city. We made our way up to the highest point of the park, where we were able to see over the entire city and out to sea. As the sun started to sink, we were in another cab back into the city centre for cocktails over Barcelona rooftops.
Each visit I make to Barcelona, I seem to leave a little more of my heart behind.