Sagrada Família – Antoni Gaudí’s crowning achievement, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed masterpiece has been under construction for almost 130 years – and still is today. In spite of the occasional crane, this imposing Roman Catholic church draws millions of admirers a year and is by far the most popular sight in Barcelona. Gaudí’s influence spreads far in Barcelona with his designs peppering the city, such as La Pedrera with its unusual wave-like exterior and the sprawling Parque Güell perched high above the city.
The famous Las Ramblas forms the backbone of any tourist trip to Barcelona and is the epicentre for all activity in the city. Running southeast to the sea, its tall, leafy trees give much-needed shade to the people strolling below, enjoying ice cream and taking in the buzz of this very alive area. The end of Las Ramblas gives a clear view of Montjuïc, the green hill nestled behind the city. The not-so-difficult walk up rewards the brave climber with sweeping views of the city and its interface with the sea. Back in town, you can explore the twisting narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, full of chattering locals and the sounds of busy cafes and bars. For a welcome green break, push further to Parc de la Ciutadella where locals come to spend a lazy afternoon amid the lush gardens of this former citadel.