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Barcelona is a popular short stay destination famed for its architecture. There are some unmissable sights to see on a Barcelona city break.

Barcelona city break

As one of the most popular European short-stay destinations, Barcelona truly offers something for everyone. Beaches, bars, shopping, tapas and the ever-exuberant Spanish culture are just a few of the attractions. But there is one feature really sets this city apart from the rest. Barcelona’s stunning architecture goes far beyond mere functionality and is rightly regarded as an art form in itself. There are plenty of gems to check out if you are heading here on a Barcelona city break.

The Gaudi legacy

If there’s one building you must make the time to see then it’s Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia. This is cathedral design on an unimaginable scale, the four towers grazing the Barcelona sky in one of the city’s most iconic sights. The exterior is elaborately decorated with numerous sculptures and gargoyles rendered in a rainbow of colours. Inside is even more spectacular, with endless mosaics and intricate detailing everywhere you turn. The project was so vast in its conception that it is no surprise it is still not finished a century after building work began. However, there is plenty to see here and if you walk to the top of the tower, you can also enjoy breath-taking views over the city. There are several other Gaudi buildings in Barcelona including La Pedrera and the Colonia Guell but Casa Battlo is among the strangest. This undulating building is unmistakably his distinctive design, the sinuous curves of the balcony and roof giving it the impression of a dormant dragon. There are no straight lines here and even the colours used are magical, the blues, purples and greens giving the entire block a truly enchanted feel.

The Cathedral

For those enjoying short city breaks or discount holidays in Barcelona, the Gothic quarter is amply endowed with stunning buildings but the heart of this part of the city is the magnificent Cathedral. Intricate stonework demonstrates the European Gothic style of this building but the inside is just as magnificent. The choir stalls, fountains and masterfully crafted friezes are just a few of this building’s highlights.

Other must-see sights

The Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar is a prime example of simple yet elegant Catalan Gothic style, the towering pillars and beautiful stained glass serving to highlight the comparatively unadorned interior. The Gran Teatre del Liceu, or theatre, is another building packed with much to admire. Frescoes, elaborate sculptures, chandeliers and all the lavish decoration you would expect from such a grand building make this well worth a look. A Barcelona city break offers a great chance to enjoy numerous class-leading architectural gems in a wide variety of styles.

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