Casa Batllo

Barcelona: Tips on Visiting Casa Batllo

19 April 2017: Day 5 – Casa Batlló Built between 1904 and 1906, Casa Batllo is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Due to its visceral, skeletal organic quality, it was named by locals as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones). There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful […]

Parc Guell

Barcelona: Parc Guell – Best Way To Get There

18 April 2017: Day 4 – Parc Guell Introduction to Parc Guell Parc Güell is a large park comprising of gardens and architectonic elements built between 1900 and 1914. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of Antoni Gaudí’s creative works. Most of the park’s access is free except for the Monumental Zone. Since October 2013, an entrance fee applies when you enter the Monumental Zone. Currently the general ticket is charged at €8 (€7 online) per person. Having […]

Port de Barcelona

Barcelona: Getting To La Roca Village

17 April 2017 | Day 3 – La Roca Village Shopping Factory Outlet Shopping La Roca Village is one of the best shopping destinations in Barcelona. Because you can find multiple big brands all in one location and all offering discounted prices. It is around 40 minutes from Barcelona, and home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques. Options to get there There are many options to get to La Roca Village. The cheapest option is probably the regular Sagales […]

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia

16 April 2017 | Day 2 – Sagrada Familia Introduction Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the number one attraction in Barcelona. It is a large Roman Catholic church designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Its construction started in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar with Gaudí becoming involved in 1883 after Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted […]

Pont dels Sospirs

Barcelona: Exploring the city

15 April 2017 | Day 1 – Barcelona City Walk the streets of Barcelona like a pro We spent our first day walking all over Barcelona city covering Passeig de Gracia, Gothic Quarters and El Raval areas. We walked randomly, using our pre-downloaded offline Google Maps as reference and covering shops, streets and sights we wanted to see. Gone are the days where you hold a paper map and look lost. That’s the number one thing NOT to do when […]

Barcelona Airport Transfer - Mercado de La Boqueria

Barcelona: Arrival & Airport Transfer

14 – 15 April 2017: Day 1 – Arrival I had my travel folder ready with our airport transfer options in Barcelona. Yet I was still undecided on which option to take. We departed on the night of Good Friday by Qatar Airways, headed for the bustling city of Barcelona. While on our way to the airport, we discovered that Chris had left out a stash of euros at home. We ended up exchanging an extra 300€ at the airport […]