Last February it was Madrid. This February it was time for Barcelona. Me and Beth spent most of our time eating or sightseeing, so rather than give you one long account of the holiday, I’m splitting it up. This week it’s the turn of the stuff we went to see. Next week will be the food. To be honest, I’m not sure which of these posts has my favourite things in it.
- Sagrada Familia
The big tourist trap of Barcleona is Gaudi’s cathedral. As yet unfinished, I had great hopes for this monument to sheer tenacity of a city’s dream. It turns out that about half of the outside of famous cathedral is Gaudi and the other half is another architect, who…as it turns out, I appreciate much more than Gaudi.
Picturesque view of a construction site
The inside of the Sagrada Familia looks like the entrance hall of an organic, futuristic spaceship and that was very cool. It didn’t really feel like a cathedral, mostly because a) it was so different to every other cathedral ever and b) you could hear all the construction work the entire time you were there.
This view was worth all the queuing
It’s worth going, even if it’s just to feel like you’re standing in the midst of a spaceship. I’d suggest booking your tickets online thought. That ticket queue can be super huge.
2. Miro Museum
Me and Beth discovered Miro in the Caxia Forum in Madrid, so it was great to find out that there was a whole museum dedicated to him in Barcelona. A modernist,surrealist artist who favoured big canvases, odd sculptures and burning paintings, he’s really interesting.
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona aka MACBA is (shockingly) the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. It’s a modernist piece of architecture that’s beautiful, and is also beloved by the city’s skaters. A fact which MACBA have not only accepted but encouraged.
A really incredible space
On the inside, the space is all clean lines and excellent art. We saw an exhibition about Antoni Miralda, who, among projects with brightly coloured bread, started an art project that saw the Statue of Liberty and the Barcelona statue of Colombus get married, with wedding gifts from artists and art institutions from all around the world – including Birmingham, UK. It was very odd to be in the middle of an art exhibition in Spain and suddenly realise you were looking at art made in the town you live in.
The science museum has a many cool attractions, including a planetarium and more interactive exhibits than you can shake a stick at, but the coolest of the cool, is the square kilometer of rainforest that they’ve lovingly recreated, complete with piranhas and tropical storms.
Rainforest in the outskirts of Barcelona