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If it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen and when touring one of the world’s most enchanting cities, there is plenty to see and snap
Within what is actually a remarkably small city, bordered by the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, is an oasis of culture, music, stunning landmarks and architectural genius. If there was ever a city whose views could rake in all those followers, its Barcelona.
1. The Sagrada Familia
Gaudi’s greatest legacy and masterpiece, still yet to be completed, remains as Barcelona’s largest tourist attraction and with a construction that took longer to complete than the Egyptian Pyramids it’s not hard to see why. From the outside looking on it’s a towering example of excellence with 8 out of the intended 18 spires completed making it, upon completion, the tallest church building in the world.
To capture the very best shot possible of La Sagrada Familia head out to the Placa De Gaudi, a small park located just across the road from the cathedral – if you can you may even capture a stunning image of the reflection of the Cathedral in the small lake central to the park.
Inside the cathedral, the walls are lined with beautiful stained-glass windows which during sunrises and sunsets illuminate the stonewalls with warm summer glows making this the perfect moments to capture iconic images.
2. Parc de la Ciutdella
If you’re in the mood to capture more architecture reflected in water (and even a giant wolly mammoth), head to the Parc de la Ciutdella. Acknowledged as the ‘greenest oasis in the megacity of Barcelona’ this park well-known to be home to the Cascada or better known as the Horse Fountain. With a golden chariot leaping from atop the arch in front of a clear pool of water, this fountain provides the perfect image in the perfect setting and leaves it to you to create the perfect Instagram picture.
3. The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter, conveniently home to Safestay Gothic, is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways, hidden corners filled with quirky shops, restaurants, churches, street art and musicians at every turn. This historically infused hideaway tucked into Barcelona in an impressive glimpse of Catalan through the lenses of time. Take a leisurely stroll around, snapping as you go but be ever mindful that as its name suggests, the streets of the Gothic Quarter can get dark as the back-to-back stone walls leave little room for light to get through, an early start is recommended to get the best out of your visit.
4. Arc de Triomf
Yes, there is one in Barcelona too, not as well-known as its rival in Paris, but equally impressive in size and detail nonetheless. Perhaps the advantage of this Arc is that you can actually walk towards it without a major traffic nightmare. With uninterrupted providing the perfect opportunity to create those ever-entertaining optical illusion images of: lifting the Arc, being as large as the Arc, fitting inside the Arc, the list of potential photographs truly does go on and on.
5. The Magic Fountain
Built on the side of Monjuic hill for the 1923 International Exhibition, the magic fountain runs a truly magical daily sound and light show (best seen in the evenings) which is always a huge crowd winner and an excellent spot for a selfie or two. As the show itself is so dramatic, there are a number of locations from which to enjoy it, either up-close to the fountain or from the very top of the hill by the National Museum of Catalan which gives you a mesmerising view across the bight lights of the city and of the large crowds gathered beneath.
6. Casa Batllo
Surprise, surprise, another iconic building by Antoni Gaudi, the architect who has moulded some of the most captivating buildings in Barcelona. Cash Batllo is a curious piece of work to say the least and looks as though it has been swept straight from Alice In Wonderland. It is renowned for its Venetian mask-like balconies and the roof is known for its beautiful chimneys. Visit this site early in the morning as this piece of art is found on the west side of a north-south street so unfortunately is only touched by the light for a limited time.
7. Torre Bellesguard
Colonia Guell is found 20 minutes outside of the capital city in a suburb of Barcelona, this textile village is home to yet another masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi. Nicknamed as Gaudi’s most hidden treasure, the Gaudi Crypt is the church of twisted columns and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.
Capture the very best exterior view of the Colonial Guell in the early evening when it is illuminated by its outside floor lightings. The equally enchanting interior of this unfinished Church is also a sight to behold but is best seen during the day when the stained glass windows add a warm glow within the unfinished church.
8. Las Ramblas
The Central and undoubtedly the most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas is lined with trees, filled with people and could very well have its very own list of the most Instagramable spots in La Rambla alone. This pedestrian mall stretches for 1.2 kilometres and connects the Placa De Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona with the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell, both iconic landmarks to be snapped with plenty in between. There is likely no ideal time or visit Las Ramblas however, if you are after a quieter stroll along this street, early in the morning is the best time to go and the mid-afternoon will provide ideal lighting for the Port Vell.
9. Casa Mila
This modernist building, a short walk away from Casa Batllo, popularly known as La Pedrera was the last private residence designed by (yet again), Gaudi and was built between 1906 and 1912. As its abnormal rough exterior suggests, it was made exclusively with natural forms which have made it extremely photogenic and worth shooting from the street across to capture the entirety of the building.
Within its earthly walls is a breath-taking central atrium, designed to allow light to flow into the rooms and the roofs are adorned with equally photogenic chimneys. As said many times, before, ‘Definitely worth the entry fee’.
10. Four columns in front of National palace
Well, the name pretty much says it all. The four columns are placed to represent the Catalonian Flag and add to the regal feel of the breath-taking palace just behind them. Climb up the stairs to capture a shot of the landscape below, keep your feet a good distance away and capture the majestic palace with its towering columns or take a seat in between them.