Gaudi’s Gothic Barcelona: the best cityscape views across Spain

Gaudi’s Gothic Barcelona: the best cityscape views across Spain

You can’t visit Barcelona without thinking about Gaudi’s amazing works and especially the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. The rambunctious city and the basilica itself are definitely worth a good look. You can travel up to the top of the towers by lift (eight of 18 of the towers have been completed so far, four on the Nativity façade and four on the Passion façade). From 65 metres you can be thrust into a world of panoramic views across Barca, with a landscape of a city like no other. Everything you can do in the basilica is poignant. You may as well stay in beach apartments in Barcelona to experience your stay with style taking La Sagrada Familia in as your backdrop, with a delightful sea view for your morning wake up experience.

When you’ve been up in the towers, don’t be surprised if you need a stiff drink afterwards. Looking out of the window ledges is daunting: they have been designed by Gaudi to be on an angle. It makes you feel a little queasy if you walk down because you have a bird’s eye view of what it’s like to see onto the street from the angle at which you’re walking down the steps. The basilica is amazingly breathtaking in so many ways. It’s intricate statues of religious personnel and mythological style beings is something that draws visitors to Barcelona in their droves. It is a church with a difference, it takes the art of architecture to the very realm of religiosity. The name of the basilica, La Sagrada Familia, comes from a symbolic expression in stone of the Christian faith.

Gaudi was an outstanding man and to see his creation still alive and well long after his passing, is truly humbling. It’s like even in death, he has come to life himself, much like the Christ whom he is depicting in his church. With eight UNESCO heritage sites in Barcelona and with seven in total by Antoni Gaudi himself [the three in Barcelona including Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà (La Pedrera)], Barcelona is quite the tourist destination. It has a significant number of recreational areas, one of the best beaches in the world, a mild, warm, climate and over 500 hotels. You should try your luck at when you really want to see Gaudi’s work at its best. The Casa Milàroof terrace is exceptionally weird and fantastical, yet mesmerising.

The Casa Milà building was made to order in 1906 for Pere Milà and his wife. This modernist building was unconventional as it had a stone façade with twisted wrought iron balconies. The house is known as ‘La Pedrera’ (or ‘open quarry’ in English) because of its rough-edged appearance, like quarry stones.

Gaudi’s Barcelona has now become synonymous with Gothic culture too. La Rambla is a tree-lined mall, which is 1.2 kilometres long and connects Plaça de Catalunya at the heart of the Gothic Quarter with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Gaudi’s works have really helped to shape Barcelona and give it structure. His masterpiece in La Sagrada Familia was the most-visited monument in Spain between 1984 and 2005.

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