Barcelona is one of the most amazing artistic and architectural cities in the world. From the famous fairytale architecture of Antonio Gaudi to the masterpieces of world-known artists such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, Barcelona has earned its place as a trophy-city of cultural achievement – don’t forget to book in advance to reserve Airport Parking Luton before ever leaving the house.
Here are some of our favorite places in Barcelona for anyone who has a weakness for beauty and art…
The Unfinished Church
When visiting Barcelona you can’t go wrong by first stopping in to see the Sagrada Familia or Church of the Sacred Family.
Inspired by the glorious Vatican complex, the Sagrada Familia is an amazing Roman Catholic church with unique Gothic style architecture unlike any other in the world, and it comes with an interesting history.
With construction estimated to be finished in 2026, this work in progress has already claimed its status as a monument of the city and a World Heritage Sight. Note: Keep in mind that lines can stretch hundreds of meters already by 9.30am (we learned this from experience), so get there early!
For brilliant views of Barcelona, take a stroll through the gardens in Guell Park, and enjoy the peace and architectural additions of Gaudi – or spot the local parrot species that live within the park. Another really cool experience is to visit the Magic Fountain of Monjuic that features a spectacular display of lights, jets of water and music. And yes, it’s free!
For a step back into the past days of Roman and Medieval architecture, visit the Gothic Quarter in the city centre of old Barcelona. It’s a beautiful quarter and perfect for getting lost in.
In fact, we recommend you forget about the map for a while and just wander the narrowest streets you can find, window shopping in the odd boutiques and taking in the beauty of flower pots and laundry hanging from the balconies.
While you’re in the area, also make sure to check out amazing concert hall Liceu. Considered one of the finest opera houses in Europe, the Liceu has been elegantly decorated with plush red carpets, ornate carvings, and distinguished gold leafing. Even if you’re not going to buy a ticket, it’s worth having a look inside. Another great concert hall, Palau de la Musica Catalana is known for its modernista architecture and design. The Paula de la Musica Catalina is a must see, lit up by a magnificent stained-glass skylight and decorated in thousands of ceramic roses.
There are plenty of interesting museums, but the one that we feel just can’t be left out is the Picasso Museum. Each piece in this gallery is arranged by Picasso’s age, so that it is an interesting look into the progression of art-style and life of this magnificent painter.
Walk in Picasso’s Footsteps
To take a deeper look into the life of Picasso, I recommend visiting some of the old places he once frequented while living in Barcelona, that would come to influence his artwork over time.
In Picasso’s early art career, he frequently visited Els Quatre Gats or The Four Cats. This colloquial Catalan expression for “only a few people”opened in 1897 and is now a pub and restaurant.
Pass by the Escola de Belles Arts de Llotja an art school where Picasso was once enrolled that is situated in the same neighborhood where this artists once lived.
Day Trip To Figueres
Take a day trip from Barcelona to Figueres the hometown of famous artist Salvador Dali. Here you will find the Salvador Dalí Theater-Museum, a wonderous and eye-catching look into Dali’s genius. You won’t want to miss this unique look into Dali’s perception of the world with extraordinary art exhibitions and displays. When you have seen all there is to see, you will be happy that you reserved Parking at Gatwick after the long journey!
What place in Barcelona would you recommend for art lovers?