Barcelona is filled with radically original architecture and quirky museums that are seemingly fitting with the city's vibrant, distinctive atmosphere. It's a place where the Sagrada Familia stands as a testament to the brilliance of Barcelona. Still unfinished after hundreds of years, face up to the old facade and you'll witness the incredible intricacy of Gaudi's designs. While on the opposite side, angular stone figures create a modern counterpoint as a culturally striking contrast.
As the city's native architect, Gaudi has stamped his radical and fluid style all over the city, with amazing mosaic structures complimenting the surrounding woodland. Park Güell has a magical feel, created by its intertwining columns and colourful patterns. Step up close to the dragon fountains and stone lizards and see the rainbows of light shine on their multi-coloured glass coverings.
A shopping paradise
But beyond these exciting sights, Barcelona is infused with a creativity that also extends to its fashion scene. The Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) is a maze of narrow streets where you'll find local markets, funky shops, cool bars and restaurants. From the Barri Gòtic you can easily walk to the famous Las Ramblas, a street that is home to many street performers and an eclectic array of artists.And when the sun comes up, you can always make a break for the beach! Barcelona makes the most of its coastal location with a range of gold-flecked beaches all easily accessible from Barceloneta Metro Station.