Barcelona is a sight-seeing wonderland
This Mediterranean city has something for everyone. It would be impossible to list all the worthwhile things there are to see and do, but there are certain monuments and attractions in Barcelona nobody wants to miss. Take a look at Retrome’s top 3 of most visited places in Barcelona.
La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona’s biggest attraction and for a good reason is the “La Sagrada Familia”, a Unesco Heritage Site. La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, is famous for the fact that it is still under construction, 131 years after its start. Diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar began the project on March 19, 1882, but by the end of 1883 31-year-old Gaudí was commissioned to speed up the work and he continued working on the Sagrada Familia until his unfortunate death in 1926. Construction is expected to be finished by 2026, hundred years after the death of Gaudi. The unique architecture (impressive for its scale, complexity and details) of La Sagrada Familia with its 18 towers, 12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 to evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary captivated many and is a must see when in Barcelona.
The Barcelona Aquarium opened in 1995 at Port Vell as Europe’s largest aquarium with twenty basins with ten tanks simulating the diverse habitats in the Mediterranean area. The star attraction is the Oceanarium, a round tank filled with 4.5 million liters of water. A moving sidewalk runs slowly through an eighty meters long tunnel from where you can admire some of the largest species that live in the Mediterranean, including sand tiger sharks, ocean sunfish and rays.
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
Built in 1929 for the World Fair, Poble Espanyol de Montjuic provokes mixed feelings. The 100 or so buildings symbolizing “the best of” Spanish architecture at the time evoke a feeling of kitsch in the purists and a Spanish Epcot style Disneyland feeling in others. Many well-known artists were involved in choosing, modeling and planning the lay-out of the extensive parkland on the western part of Montjuïc and it shows. That’s probably why many delight in the faux-Spanish atmosphere, others think of as a kind of tourist trap. Go and judge for yourself is on which side the scale you are on.