My second day in Barcelona was arguably my favorite. It was before the rain set in and I got to see the two places that had been at the top of my list: Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.
We started off the day at a cafe around the corner from the apartment. I ordered the “vintage burger”, having no idea what it actually was. Turned out to be a regular beef burger with goat cheese, walnuts, and honey. It was absolutely delicious. We headed to Park Guell after lunch. It was the first of Antoni Gaudi’s works that we saw that day. There were a lot of colored mosaics either in the shape of animals, or as decoration in the ceilings and benches. There was also a huge terrace surrounded by palm trees with a view of the city and a big park beyond that.
After the park, we grabbed some gelato before going to the Sagrada Familia, or Church of the Sacred Family. This was, without a doubt, the most breathtaking moment on the trip. The perfect stained glass windows were all around and the ceilings and walls were fascinating. I could have stayed there all day and just wandered and gone up into the towers. I found it to be really interesting that it was barely a fifth of the way completed when Gaudi died. It’s estimated that it won’t be fully complete until 2026, also the centennial of Guadi’s death.
If you ever find yourself in Spain, it is an absolute must to see.