Barcelona, Spain's second-largest city, is inextricably linked to the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. His most famous and unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, is the emblem of the city.
Like the basilica, Barcelona takes traditional ideas and presents them in new, even outrageous, forms. The city's bursts of building and innovation give the impression that it's still being conceived. Both the church and the city can be tough places to get a handle on, yet their complexity is invigorating rather than forbidding.
Since it hosted the Summer Olympics in 1992, Barcelona has been on the hot list of European destinations. The staging of the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004 also raised the city's profile. Over the past decade, better infrastructure, increased cruise ship traffic and a reputation for gastronomic excellence have put Barcelona at the forefront of European city destinations. (Copyright ©2020 Northstar Travel Media LLC. All Rights Reserved)
BARCELONA POINTS OF INTEREST
The Ramblas Barcelona's famous tree-lined street, the Ramblas is lively day and night with street performers and stalls and shops selling everything from jewelry to tropical fish. La Ruta del Modernismo Gaudí's incredible flight of fantasy, the still-unfinished La Sagrada Familia church is an inspirational start to an exploration of Barcelona's "modernista" architecture.
Spend a day in the gardens, museums and amusement park on the mountain of Montjuïc, taking in art from Romanesque to Miró, and Spain's architectural history in the Poble Espagnol.