Could there be anything better than ambling under the tree-lined La Rambla and exploring the nooks and crannies of Barri Gotic? Days are almost perfect in Barcelona, the heart of Catalunya, that I can only think of two things to make them better. Visit the market of La Boqueria–a feast for the senses–and marvel at the works of the architectural genius Antonio Gaudi spread across the city–a feast for the spirit.
A feathered visitor lands on the balcony of the Casa Museu Gaudi at Park Güell.
Park Güell’s famous dragon is popular in postcards and selfies.
La Boqueria has everything from meats, fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and even gummy candies.
Access to the park’s monumental zone is ticketed; most of the green spaces of the park are open-access.
Casa Mila’s roof terrace features some amazing chimneys and ventilation towers.
Bird’s nests are built into the pillars of Park Güell’s terrace.
The Spanish province of Valencia is known for peladillas, almond dragees served on occasions such as Christmas.
The columns support Park Güell’s famous roof terrace with its serpentine tiled seats.
The chimneys on the roof terrace of Casa Mila are nicknamed espanta bruxes, or witch scarers.
Detail of the Nativity facade of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s most famous work.
The site of the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria has been a marketplace for centuries.
Dried fruit, truffles and nuts are in good company at La Boqueria, one of the most famous markets in the world.
Construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and is expected to finish in 2026, the centenary of Gaudi’s death.
Sweet mangoes and kiwifruit from New Zealand at the same price? You betcha.
“Sanctus” (Latin for “holy”) on the spires of the Sagrada Familia. When completed, the church will have 18 spires and will be the tallest church building in the world at 170 metres high.