If you go to Barcelona and only see the Sagrada Familia, you are missing out. Of course, I write this and I haven’t been inside the darn thing, not being one for queues. On this trip to Barcelona in June 2013, I knew I wanted to take a stop at the famous church and check on the progress of the melting sandcastle façade, but I also knew I wanted to spend the majority of my time at Park Guell. Wanting to try something new, I also decided to take in Casa Mila/La Pedrera, the Gaudi designed apartment building in Barcelona’s Eixample.
I ventured up to Casa Mila on a damp afternoon and went straight up to the roof. The sky threatened thunderstorms and I read that the roof closed for inclement weather so I’m glad I made this the priority. Viewing any of Gaudi’s incredible architecture I compare to a Rorschach “ink blot” test; each individual likely sees something different. On Casa Mila’s roof, I would describe limbless alien bodies guarding mosaic tile rolling hills. But that’s just me.
The great things about the views from the top of Casa Mila is that you can see most of Barcelona’s center and the Sagrada Familia in the distance. Well worth the over 20 Euro entrance fee and booking online allows you to choose a time slot – I went just before closing – so you can skip the queue! The entrance fee also allows you to explore an exhibit inside on Gaudi’s work as well as amble through an apartment styled like one would have been in the early 20th century. Some summer evenings they have jazz concerts on the roof after sunset. I missed that on this visit but sounds like a great way to spend an evening!
Note: If you’re a bit peckish after your visit to La Pedrera, check out La Bodegueta for some delicious tapas!
Park Guell is as majestic as it always was, with the views from the mosaic benches looking all the way out past the Barceloneta beach to the sea and up the hill to Montjuic. I sat for a couple of hours sunning myself and reading. The park seems to always be busy with tourists. I would love to try to visit in the early morning next time to get a bit more peace.
And the Sagrada Familia, well, you just have to stop by, don’t you? Although, spoiler alert, four years since my last visit, it’s still unfinished. 😉
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2013.