Here are several pictures from my weekend adventures in Barcelona! We spent most of time walking and sightseeing, so the pictures and their captions tell my story pretty well. When not on our feet, we enjoyed our fill of delicious food (tapas, Iberian ham, pizza, juice, coffee, other Spanish beverages).
We “stayed” and a simple hotel near Plaça de la Universitat. Though the hotel was very affordable, it perfectly accommodated us for the amount of time we spent there. The view from the balcony of our 5th floor room gave us our first taste of Barca, birds-eye-view style.
This famous, old market reminded me of the Turkish markets in Istanbul that I had the fortune to visit several years back. La Boqueria had just about any kind of fresh food you could want: fish, Iberian ham, interesting cuts of meat, fresh fruit (and excellent juice), veggies, nuts of all sorts, fudge, candy, and much more. I thought this display of peppers was particularly representative of the atmosphere. The bustle of the marketplace, however, is missing from this photograph.
We made it to the shore early on in the day, before the city was completely awake. Fortunately, we caught the marina when it was full of all of its nice wooden sailboats.
This statue, in front of what remained of a 4th century Roman fortification, marked our entrance into the Gothic section of Barcelona. The buildings were incredibly old and the streets winding.
One of the many old, massive, Gothic cathedrals in Barcelona. The inside and outside of this one was breath-taking. Incredibly ornate.
These shops were so hard to pass up. This one in particular gathered a crowd of window shoppers.
Gaudí is Catalunya’s most famous architect. This is one of his buildings in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district. If you can’t tell by the photograph, the detail of the building is incredible.
Before leaving Denmark, I was told countless times to visit the Sagrada Família. This structure was also a Gaudí project but was never finished. I’m almost certain it is the most infamous unfinished project of any kind in the world. It is so incredibly complex that it has been under construction since 1882!
Along with the incredible detail of the church goes it’s incredible size. It’s easily a square block and far taller than expected. It’s not even at it’s full planned height yet!