im back with another post on Barcelona.
one cannot pass up on visiting the Sagrada Familia when visiting Barcelona. please do not pass up the chance to visit the inside! i know some would like admire the grandness and amazing architecture from the outside. but you would be blown away once u step inside!
i bought tickets for my family online prior to the trip. may i recommend choosing the time slots that are later in the afternoon especially if you plan to visit in the summer time as it can get quite hot! i also opted for the audio guide to help us in understanding the background of this place of worship. do allocate about 2 hours to tour the place at a comfortable pace. you may also wish to buy your tickets to go up the tower. you can go closer to the observe the architecture while up there.
take note that if you do not purchase your tickets online, and decide to buy your tickets on the day itself, you may be greeted with disappointment because they only allow a fixed number of people up the towers at any one time (read: one way narrow path).
stepping in, you would be greeted with the nativity facade (the birth of jesus) which is so majestic i cant even explain it. you have to see if for yourself to know! to know the hard work behind each and every carving made the nativity story all the more meaningful for me.
the sagrada familia is still in restoration even after 80 years! and hopefully if possible, i would like to visit it when it’s construction is complete.
earlier in the afternoon, we also made a visit to port vell. it was really beautiful too, and the maremagnum mall is also in the vicinity for you to do some light shopping. it’s one of the malls that are open on sundays. almost all other retail shops are closed on sundays. even in touristy areas. so do take note so as not to miss out on your Zara, Mango and Pull and Bear shopping! haha.
you need to cross the bridge to get to the mall. the bridge opens to allow the boats to sail out as certain timings.
it was nice to have a relaxing walk along the pier though it got quite hot in the afternoon. hopefully i will blog about la barcelonetta beach next!