Barcelona’s seemingly open-air gallery makes it very easy to love. And why not? Compared to other cities where you still have to pay for admission fees to get a peek of their best-kept ‘treasures’, Barcelona, Spain, makes it very accessible for everyone to appreciate its beauty by putting many of the interesting sights outdoors – and for free!
Here are some of the cool and interesting things to see in the streets of Barcelona:
Gaudi’s works in Barcelona
The name Antoni Gaudi may already be synonymous to Barcelona as much of the Barcelona architecture and attractions in the city are from the artist. Born in Reus in 1852, Gaudi got his degree in Architecture in 1878. Many architects, then and now, from all over the world look up to his works which boasts of architectural styles that are unique and distinctive. La Sagrada Familia Basilica, Park Guell, and Casa Batlló are three of the stand out works of Gaudi’s Barcelona outdoor works.
La Sagrada Familia Basilica is located in Calle Mallorca. It’s open for visitors for a particular time, but if you are on a budget, you can simply appreciate its beauty from the outside – which wouldn’t really be a bad idea granting that the structure’s façade is more talked about than what’s inside it. Since the start of its construction in 1882, this large Basilica has not yet reached its completion design wise, this is estimated to be in 1926, which will mark 100 years since his death.
Park Guell on the other hand, which was commissioned by Eusebi Güell, is a park which showcases a lot of interesting things – and by ‘a lot’ it really many different stunning and fascinating things to check out. Don’t miss the Gaudi Dragon fountain on the entrance, the walkway which is supported by rock pillars that looked twisted, and the terraced area which offers a great view of the park and a big part of the city.
Located in Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló (his house) offers an interesting view as it somehow looks like as if it was made from bones and skulls – the bones are the supporting pillars and the skulls are the balconies. If you take further attention to details, you will all the more appreciate the creativity and ingenuity of Gaudi.
Non-Gaudi works in Barcelona
No matter how outstanding and memorable the works of Gaudi in Barcelona, the artist isn’t the one that really defines the city. In fact, there are other artists that have also made their contributions in making the streets of Barcelona worth-seeing.
One of these artists is Fernando Botero who designed the Raval Cat which is considered to be among the popular sculptures in the city. Featuring a big and black bulbous cat that sits and stairs at Rambla de Raval, this sculpture aims to promote the Raval District’s regeneration.
Another notable display in the streets of Barcelona is that of pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. Called the Cap de Barcelona, this sculpture was originally planned to be placed on top of the city’s mountains, however, upon its completion, it was decided that it was more apt to be showcased in the old port.
The Frank Gehry’s Fish is another structure that’s interesting to see in outdoor Barcelona. The first piece designed by Gehry & Associates, this giant ‘peix’ is made mostly of copper that glints as the sun sets.
These outdoor displays in Barcelona just shows that there’s always a way to appreciate the city for free.
And if you need somewhere to stay in the city, we have plenty of cheap hotels in Barcelona for you to choose from.
Thanks to lukasz dzierzanowski, Volkanikz, Marek Lipczak, Christine zenino, wallygrom for the excellent images from Flickr! Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting.