We had a few hours at our leisure in Barcelona after our Camp Nou Experience Tour, its not very long to give a city like that any kind of justice, as there is so much to see and do. Instead we tried to make the best of it and squeeze in a few sights.
Most of all I wanted to visit the Sagrada Familia as its an incredible building; the unfinished church is something else and well worth seeing up close! On the bus to Barcelona, I learnt for every 1000 people who come to Barcelona 900 see Gaudi's masterpiece from the outside, that made me feel better that we were just admiring it from afar not heading indoors. Mind you if you do have more time when you visit Barcelona then perhaps its something worth doing.
After we walked through Las Ramblas, which is full of shops and again very busy. We had been told to watch out for our belongings, but luckily had no trouble with pickpockets. Although it was less a stroll and more of a sprint as its a long street and we knew we didn’t have too much time. We also saw some street performers that had very fancy costumes, definitely ones to rival the performers we saw in London.
We stopped to have a picture with the lions on the Columbus Monument. Youngest loves lions!
I must return to Barcelona and see Casa Batllo and Park Guell the buildings are so unique and beautiful. I also noticed some cable cars going overhead by the harbour and they would be the perfect way to take in the sights of the city but not sure if I could brave them, its quite a long cable car journey from what our rep said and I am not a huge fan of heights!
The only thing with landmarks like the Sagrada Familia is the sheer amount of people visiting them, it’s really hard to have a proper look or get a decent picture with all the people milling about. I get why they come, I wanted to tick it off my list of things to see myself, but if you’re not a fan of crowds perhaps aim for the quieter parts of Barcelona.
Barcelona harbour is nice to walk round; we loved the wooden walkway, it wasn’t as busy as some of the other areas we visited and we even saw fish in the water and a pirate ship, which delighted the boys!
We stopped for ice creams and to catch our breath after a hectic couple of hours in Barcelona. Then it was back on the bus to Salou.