Spain can definitely hold her own as one of the most industrialised countries in Europe. The Capital Barcelona underscores this fact not only with the numerous skyscrapers donning the skyline, but also by boasting bountiful attractions. Amidst the plentiful-a must visit attractions, the five listed below are the most popular.
- La Rambla: Barcelona’s Social Hub,
- The Quadrat d’Or,
- The Casa Mila (La Pedrera),
- Monestir de Pedralbes
- Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)
The La Rambla is the day time central meeting point of the locals. It consists of a wide avenue lined up with cafes, shops, and a lively market – Mercat de la Boqueria. The street stretching from the Placa de Cataluña to the port is paved by broad pedestrian walkways that essentially split the old town into two. This tree shaded social hub is a magnet for hang outs and evening strolls for groups and families. The spontaneous street performances and live music are a daily marvel drawing tourists in the hundreds. Fabulous monuments like The Fountain of the Three Graces and Gaudi designed -Palau Guell mansion are some other unmatched aesthetic additions.
The Quadrat d’Or is another gem found in Barcelona. Famed for its modernist architecture and remarkable unconventional buildings, this late 19th and early 20th-century design work pieces are greatly influenced by their themes, by the legendary Antoni Gaudi. A walk around this district is akin to a tour of an open air museum.
The UNESCO listed Casa Mila (La Pedrera) situated off the well –designed Passeig de Gracia Boulevard is another star attraction. Built between 1906 and 1912, this seemingly curved sculptural piece is quite a phenomenon. With the plant like lacing metal balcony railings and rounded windows, this structure is truly a man-made wonder. The elaborately decorated (mosaic-adorned) chimneys are also quite beguiling.
Hot on the heels of the above is the Monestir de Pedralbes located at the Jardines Reina Elisenda park and the BarriGotic (Gothic Quarter),Barcelona’s spiritual centre that packs lots of relics from the Roman Empire era. Visitors will enjoy an enviable collection of medieval art in both the instances.