Park Guell is a famous, large park in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Guell. It costs 10€ per person to entre the monument section of the park. We strolled through this tourist attraction on Friday 8th March 2019 after lunch.
We got lost trying to get to the park from the station. A friendly Spanish lady showed us to these escalators, allowing us to reach the outskirt of the park. There was only a few shops selling snacks and drinks there and we recommend buying a drink, even if it's overpriced, because walking around the park was exhausting.
Once inside the park, we had to find the monument section (the closed off section of Guell's work). There are 3 entrances but the signs are not very clear so give yourself plenty of time to explore before your entry time on your ticket. There was only a 30minute window for entry and we almost missed it (because Xtiner was the tour guide 😂).
The roof of this iconic building was mostly under construction so there was only a 4 metre wide bench where all the tourists were crowding around for their instagram shot.
After the monuments, the crowds dispersed and there was a nice garden to explore. We really enjoyed our time at this park. It was a romantic 2 hours.
The famous Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO unfinished Roman Catholic cathedral in Barcelona. Construction started in 1882 and after the death of the architecture, Antoni Gaudi, in 1926 the basilica was no where near a quarter finished. To this date, it is still under construction and hopefully, by 2026, it will be complete.
We visited on Friday 8th March 2019 at 10AM. It was quite crowded inside and outside the basilica. It took 25 mins to get our bags scanned by security so if you're going during the summer / busy period, expect an hour wait.
Once we stepped inside, our jaws dropped. The pillars, the roof, the lighting, the layout.... the grandeur of everything was just, wow! It is definitely a magnificent sight everyone should view with their own eyes at least once in their lives.
You can explore the inside, sit in the area for mass, or walk around outside and underground to see minaiture models of the completed design. We highly recommend seeing this bucket list item.
Casa Mila, aka La Pedrera, is a historical stone quarry designed by architect Antonio Gaudi, and occupied by the Mila family from 1912. It was amazing to see this "natural" looking construction emerge amongst the modern corporate buildings.
We booked the 10AM tour on 7th March 2019. Like any tour, you get a headphone set to use throughout the building to learn the history of Gaudi. After collecting our headphones (you don't need to drop off your belongings), we were led to the elevator where they took us up to the top floor.
The architecture was fascinating to stare at! Unfortunately there was not much else to see because of construction. There were fences running all along the roof. It was not as crowded as google pics shows because we were one of the first groups in. We soaked in the sunlight and took a few snaps before heading down.
The first floor was the attic, with dim lighting, a wood smell and contained a lot of displays of Gaudi's work. To get to the next floor was a fire-escape stairway on the side.
The next floor down displayed the main rooms the Mila family inhabited. The most interesting ones were the children's room and the kitchen. We found it odd that the corridors had high ceilings and could fit 4 people side by side, but then the rooms felt cramped with furniture.
The third floor had a few more display rooms, closed off sections and a theatre room with a video of Gaudi's life on repeat. It was interesting to see the third floor merge with the ground floor by a steady slope, instead of having to use the side stairs again. The entire place made us feel like we were in a "nature" style castle. On the ground floor was the gift shop.
It was fascinating to see Gaudi's work as the Casa Mila is one of his most visited location (after Sagrada Familia) but we would not go back. It was a nice item to tick off our bucket list but for 24€ per ticket, we're happy to have seen the building once.
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