The enchanting seaside city of Barcelona, Spain

From mid October to early November, 2018, I embarked on a 4 week trip to Spain and Portugal with my friend Blaine, also from Ottawa where I lived at that time. I joined Blaine in Barcelona after finishing up my trip to Venice, Italy.

The AirBnB for our 5 nights stay was close to the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, so of course, it was our first place to visit. Construction of the Basilica began in 1882 and one year later the architect was replaced by the young Antoni Gaudí’s who took on the project as a lifelong task until his death in 1926. The construction continues, based on Gaudi’s design, and is expected to be completed in 2026. The jaw-dropping visit inside is a must-see when visiting Barcelona.

Over the next several days we visited lots of places throughout Barcelona on foot and via the excellent metro (subway) system. An early stop was the Montjuïc Castle, an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640. If you look at the photo of the city view, I’ve circled the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.

Strolling along the streets, taking in downtown Barcelona

The Casa Batlló (Batlló house) is the most original and dreamlike house of the architect Antoni Gaudi
La Casa Milà (or La Pedrera) a totally unusual façade of the architect Antoni Gaudi.
In the Gothic Quarter with the appeal of the antique aspects of its buildings, narrow streets, and the absence of traffic.

We ventured up to Park Güell, one of the most impressive public parks in the world and designed by Antini Gaudi. Gaudi’s house museum is also located in this park. Yes, Gaudi has had quite the influence on Barcelona.

One day we took the subway and funicular to the tallest hill in the district for a commanding view of Barcelona and to check out the Sagrat Cor church and adjacent Tibidabo Amusement Park.

If you’re a beach lover, then 100 kilometers of coastline stretching along the province, Barcelona, is a dream come true. Near the end of our Barcelona visit, Blaine and I walked along several beaches. Being the off season not much was going on, no exciting beach vibe (Awwww). We walked up to a beach bar, the sole patrons, and enjoyed our Sangria as we contemplated our next travel day (I’m on the left).

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