The Three La's of Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia in all its beauty...

DISCLAIMER: I had this post ready a few months ago, but felt it would be inappropriate to upload it considering the recent attacks and the unrest. Barcelona is a beautiful city and though we live in scary times, we can't let hate stop us from exploring new cultures, countries and people.

These three La's frequently popped up when I was planning the itinerary for my trip to the Catalan city last April. Yes, it's great to go off the beaten track but there's some things that can't be missed...

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

I'll be honest, I wasn't too bothered about including LSF in my itinerary as I'm not that into churches/cathedrals (so I thought), but a trip without visiting the most popular attraction might be a waste, so I changed my mind and WHAT a great decision that was.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, construction began in 1882 and is still going on to this day. These photos do zero justice; Google it or better yet, visit yourself because it is a masterpiece; one of the most spectacular buildings I've ever seen. Tip: buy your ticket online beforehand to avoid long queue times.

La Sagrada Familia
Local crafters

La Ramblas

La Ramblas stalls

Your typical tourist market. Overpriced souvenirs, an abundance of postcards and your not-so typical genital-shaped plants that you can grow at home.
I was staying quite close to La Ramblas and having passed it quite regularly, I don't think it was ever quiet during the day. It might not be an absolute must, but it's well-known so at least you can say you've been (though shop elsewhere as it's pricey than most places!)

La Boqueria




Fruit stall

The inside market was INSANELY packed. We lasted about 5 minutes before realising we weren't going to move very far, but definitely got a good feel for it and saw some great displays. Chocolate flip-flops, anyone?

Have you been to Barcelona and if so, what else would you say is a must-see?

4 comments :

  1. Barcelona really does have it all, I love its vibrance and its beach-meets-the-city vibe! These 3 are absolute must-visits, La Boqueria especially!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

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    1. Yes, I loved Barcelona (beach+city is definitely my kinda vibe!)
      I'd like to visit La Boqueria again because I only managed about 2 mins, it was PACKED lol

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  2. Nice pics! Although I'm wondering if there are any shopping areas and markets you explored that are cheaper than La Ramblas? Thanks

    Johnny | The Travel Connoisseur
    http://www.thetravelconnoisseur.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! Shopping wasn't really on my plans so I didn't see much, though there were a lot of little shops and market around Eixample.

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