4 July 2013

Barcelona, Spain #travelthursdays

We started with a walking tour of his most famous works and our tour guide asked us: Gaudi - Genius or Madman? (Warning, you may want to make a cup of tea and get a biscuit, this is quite a photo heavy post, sorry!)

Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. His architecture reflected his passions of architecture, nature and religion. (Wikipedia)

He created/modified some of the most amazing buildings, using nature as a basis for everything he designed. The Sagrada Familia was his masterpiece, and is still not finished nearly 100 years after his death, even though he spent the last 12 years of his life exclusively working on it.

The Passion Façade of the Sagrada Familia

The Nativity Façade

Up the on the bridge between the Nativity Facade towers:

Sorry that was so Photo heavy - the buildings were just out of this world. I think he was both a genius and a madman - you have to be both to be great I think.

Top tips:
  • Pickpockets are disgustingly rife. Be wary of anyone who speaks English to you or gets too close especially on the tube. Make sure everything is zipped securely.
  • La Sagrada Família: we took 5 hours to wander around. It's really funny, we meant to spend a couple of hours max (including the tower tour) but it just sucked us in.
  • Best tip we were given? Book your Sagrada Familia entry tickets online in advance - the entry queues are phenomenal otherwise, and book your tower tour when you enter the site.
  • Definitely catch the cog train/furnicular to Montserrat. It's gorgeous.
  • Try Pinchos. You pay by how many sticks there are on your table


  1. Loved the pictures - brought me back to my own holiday in Barcelona, one of the best I've ever had. The Sagrada Familia is definitely one of the most amazing things I've seen in my life - if not THE most amazing things so far!


  2. I don't think unless you've got fifty pictures a post can be too picture heavy! Especially with something so pretty. I was in awe when we were there, and really wanted to go to the Sagrada Familia but the line was crazy and it was raining. Boo. I loved Barcelona though and can't wait to go back.

    Dannielle | Chic-a-Dee

  3. Hehehe, I normally try and limit myself to 10-12 pics... can you imagine the lenght of 50?
    That's a real shame about the Sagrada Familia, but we almost were the same. Next time you go, book it online (you can do it before you go on holiday or whilst on holiday and print it off at a bank machine x

  4. genius or madman, i dont' care! I would love to see his work! beautiful photos! thanks so much for linking up with us!

  5. I love Gaudi's work and definitely want to go back to Barcelona to take another look. I remember Sagrada fondly- it was stunning but because of my fear of heights, I was very nervous up top and took a very long time coming down!

  6. Barcelona is one of our favorite vacation destinations! Thanks for sharing your photos and bringing back memories! Also, I loooove your blog's header! Such a smart idea!

  7. Taylor Hearts Travel18 August 2014 at 13:26

    This is one of my favourite cities in the whole world. It's beautiful! Despite the rumours I had no problems at all with pickpockets and felt really safe. I stayed at Hotel Sagrada Familia which is (obviously!) right next to La Sagrada Familia. It's affordable and quite nice, not to mention a great base for exploring.


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