Day two can commence with a visit to, arguably, Barcelona’s most famed sight, which will have you mesmerized for the rest of the day. We’ve suggested pairing this with another of the city’s most fascinating and hypnotic sights during day 2 of your 3 days in Barcelona, making for the perfect duo of sights to see!
Marvel at La Sagrada Familia
One of spectacular architect Antoni Gaudí’s finest works, the Sagrada Familia is a towering Basilica located in the center of Barcelona and dominating the city’s skyline. The sheer size and complexity of Gaudí’s artistic vision for this building meant he never got to see it before its completion, as he died in 1926.
Most parts of it were built during Gaudí’s lifetime, however, the expiatory temple began construction in 1882 and is still in the works today! The sections of this architectural marvel that were constructed by Gaudí were officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, and when you see this structure in person, you won’t be surprised as to why!
The site is open from 9 am until 6 pm 7 days a week. Be sure to book tickets in advance before you visit, particularly at peak times, if you’re looking to go into the building, as these can sell out fast.
Roam Parque Güell
Located on a brilliant vantage point atop Carmen Hill, Park Güell, another one of Gaudí’s unrivaled masterpieces, is a vibrant parkland composed of a maze of gardens, complex structures, and historic buildings. It is brought to life by spectrums of color in its mosaic tiles, motifs, and verdant wildlife embedded throughout its area.
The park was built over 14 years, from 1900 to 1914, and was opened to the public officially in 1926 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Now, visitors from across the globe roam its interiors snapping pictures of some of its most iconic sights. These include its vibrant lizard statue, white central staircase, and colorful tiled seating area which overlooks the main entrance of the park, and the city skyline out towards the Mediterranean Sea.
Here, you can also visit the Gaudí house museum, located right next to the park. The house itself was not built by Gaudí, but instead was his family home that he moved into in 1906, alongside his father, where they lived for 20 years. Now, it houses a collection of his furniture, and belongings, and showcases a history of Gaudí’s life and accomplishments.
The park is open from 9:30 am until 7:30 pm 7 days a week, and the park is free to enter other than its monumental zone, which offers the iconic view of the tiled colourful seats over the front of the park. The house museum is also open from 9:30 am until 6 pm every day of the week, and tickets can be purchased on the official website.
Without question, you have to spend one of your days in Barcelona having a visit to this parkland paradise.