Warning – image-heavy post! The photos are in chronological order of our meanderings on day 1.
Like we do in most cities we visit for the first time we booked a ticket on a hop-on hop-off bus that would take us to the major tourist and sightseeing sights across the city. On day 1 we hit probably the most famous structure in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia – the construction of which started in 1882 and continues to this day! The lineup was hours long so we decided to skip the interior and moved on to another one of Antoni Gaudi‘s works, Parc Güell, where we witnessed some maintenance works on the beautiful mosaics that adorn every available surface bar the floor. In the park we visited the Casa Museu Gaudi, where he lived from 1906 to 1926 and still contains some of his original furniture and also scale models of some of his works. We then wandered through the back streets of Barcelona until we reached another famous Gaudi facade and some markets further on. We followed Las Ramblas down to the harbour where we were entertained by a merry group of musicians, then walked another couple of Ks down to La Barceloneta beach where we concluded the day with a delicious seafood paella.