Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations for city breaks in Europe. With the mix of old and new architecture combined with a bustling waterfront and port, it is perfect for a getaway. There is a lot to explore whilst visiting this vibrant city so make sure you pick up your Avis car from the airport to get around.

The most obvious, yet spectacular site of Barcelona is the city’s architectural design by the renowned artist Anton Gaudi. Take a wonder through the streets and discover more about its design, which inspired one of the great artists of the early 20th century.

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Gaudi: Origins

Born in Reus in 1852, Gaudi qualified as an architect in 1878. Even as a student his work demonstrated strong individual style. He was greatly inspired by forms of nature and religion; evident in his use of curved stone structures and twisted ironwork. Gaudi’s own past is extremely present in the city’s layout, look and feel. His work was greatly influenced by Barcelona which can be seen dotted around all over the city.

To give you a taster of what to expect from the artist’s sites we have listed a few below.

Gaudi: Sites

His most famous work is ‘La Sagrada Familia’, a huge church like temple that remains unfinished to this day. Its style combines both gothic and Art Nuevo design, and was a project which Gaudi spent most of his working life producing. This is by far the most visited attraction in Barcelona. Its unfinished state has perhaps added to its iconic status and as result, amplifies a hint of romanticism to the city.

Another popular destination to see Gaudi’s influence is the ‘Park Güell’. A beautiful combination of mosaic, waves of staircases and avant garde architecture, it is a great place to stroll around during the day. It plays host to a small museum dedicated to some of Gaudi’s best work.

Also worth visiting, is the Casa Baltó, one of the most unusual houses in Barcelona with a unique exterior created from curved and fantasy like stonework.

For more information about what to do and see in Barcelona, and to learn more about Gaudi and his impressive architectural feats, visit the official Barcelona Tourist Board website.

For a great city break and art packed visit, Barcelona is definitely the place for you.

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