|Finished by 2026? Sagrada Familia|
|Interior of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia|
|Sagrada Familia: Order tickets from home!|
|A Gaudi rock tree in Park Guell|
|Must see: Gaudi's Park Guell|
|Much to see free in Park Guell|
We set out on our first full day -- with rain jackets. Instead of walking to Montjuïc, the hill on the southeast, to see the views of the city below and to visit the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d-Art de Catalunya), we decided to buy a two-day pass for a "hop on, hop off" bus. As we rode through the city, the rain increased and the canvas cover on the top of the bus proved inadequate. Water was soon splashing down on the seats and passengers started to move to different seats that were still dry. No one "hopped off" -- including us.
|Panoramic view of Barcelona from Park Guell|
Much of our focus was on seeing Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and his Park Guell and both were well worth our time. We had ordered our tickets for an orientation, tour, and a ride up in the Passion Tower (you walk down) of the church and that saved waiting.
We did not have advance tickets to the Park Guell and encountered long lines when we arrived late morning. We didn't want to wait two hours, but we learned that a large section of the park is open to the public for free and it's a treat to wander along the many paths past inspiring sculptures and amazing vistas.
Rather than repeat what has been said elsewhere in dozens of books, articles, and so forth, see if these photos inspire you to include Barcelona in your next (or first) Camino trip.
Next post: visits to a famous music hall, the Rambles, and Montserrat.