By Iza

This was my first meeting with Barcelona. Less than 4 days to explore this giant urban structure – the plan was bursting at the seams. From the most important works of Gaudi, which are obligatory when you visit Barcelona, for the nooks and crannies of Zafon’s book “Shadow of the Wind”. After these 4 days I know that even four weeks is not enough for the capital of Catalonia.

My second half – Jerry is already accustomed to traveling with me. He doesn’t like to walk, honesty, he doesn’t. He even drives to shop which is 3 minutes from our home. Fortunately, when we travel I think some switch in his head just truns off and he can run with me all day long till late night hours, just to see ” ONE LAST THING”. Only if he’s not hungry. Hungry man is dangerous thing. Really dangerous.

First point on our sightseeing map was of course  Sagrada Familia. Most crowded place in whole Barcelona, but it would be a sin not to see it.  Although the building is still under construction, it is soo impressive. The ticket is worth every euro and every minute in quite long queue. I wish one day I could visit it completely empty from tourists, silent, only with light dancing between stained glass windows. Most unrealistic dream so far…

We visited Barcelona in November. A month completely non-touristy and yet thick from tourists. It is difficult to imagine what it looks like during the holiday season. To see 2 second most famous Gaudi’s buildings we stood in the queue for around 30 minutes to Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. If I have to choose Casa Batllo is my number 1- fabulous interiors.

Casa Mila is worth visiting mainly because of the roof. In the rainy months you have to be careful – our first attempt to see it failed. Due to the slippery surface, the roof was closed.
Decorative chimneys are really impressive, but honestly, the intimate and much more colorful roof of Casa Batllo made a bigger impression on me.

Another point on the map – Park Guell – I wish the weather was nicer for a walk through this fairy-tale place.

I always think that the best way to get to know the city is if you get lost in it. In the Gothic district, it is really worth (and not difficult) to get lost. Dark alleys, corners, St. Eulalia with a strolling geese creates a unique mood.

A must for those who have read the book ‘Cathedral in Barcelona’.  The church of Santa Maria del Mar is unique because it was built in just 55 years, which in the case of churches from the era is an amazing achievement. I heartily recommend the book!

At the end of something modern – Torre Agabar designed by Jean Nouvel. In the night version it looks crazy.