Sagrada Família is one of the main buildings, if not the main one, that symbolizes the city of Barcelona. This religious temple designed by Gaudí is not officially recognized as a cathedral, but a lot of people have called Sagrada Família, the “cathedral of Europe”, given its global popularity. In this article, learn about this specific monument and why it is still under construction, although it was started building more than a century ago!
Barcelona has become a culinary center that satisfies all sorts of appetites. These “small plate” tapas have adapted to new times and to new customers living or visiting Barcelona, offering dishes with influences from all around the world. Besides monuments and touristic attractions, Barcelona owns a unique cuisine, with impacts from French, Spanish, Arabic and other Mediterranean cultures, a part of the city’s heritage.
Montserrat is one of the most astonishing places to see when visiting Barcelona. This abbey built within the mountain range of Montserrat (“serrated mountain” in Catalan), offers a unique environment where history, religion, and nature interact to provide a rich Catalan cultural experience. The very distinctive shape of this mountain range is the main element that attracted devout and pious people to build shrines, churches, and abbeys since the late 9th century. The legend explains that at that time, a group of kids discovered the image of the Virgin at the “Holy Cave”, and to protect and host this holy carving, the abbey was built. Montserrat provides entertainment and services to spend a day outside Barcelona to enjoy culture and nature!
Unintentionally, Antoni Gaudí has been probably the figure that has contributed the most to make of Barcelona a unique city in Europe and in the world. Although his work reached and influenced international spheres (Gaudí planned the construction of a skyscraper in New York City), and his footprint did also shape other Spanish cities, Barcelona was indeed his most important laboratory. In this guide, you will learn about the distinctive architecture by Gaudí in Barcelona.