City of Gaudi
Barcelona is many things to many people but for me it was an excuse to squeeze in a final few days of sunshine during the autumnal gloom.
There's 2,000 years of culture and heritage to cram into a short break.
My plan was to select a few choice locations rather than rush around in temperatures of 30C attempting to see the entire city.
Say Barcelona and many will instantly think Gaudi. The 19th Century artist and architect is synonymous with the city, his work and influence helping to define it. His buildings appear to be vaguely Gothic edifices which have begun to melt.
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Another must-see is Parc Guell, an oasis with panoramic views over the city, as well as the home built by Gaudi for industrialist patron Eusebi Guell.
If your stay is limited and you only have time to see one thing in Barcelona, make sure it is La Sagrada Familia.
Work on the cathedral has been on-going for 100 years, and is expected to continue for many to come, as its spiralling towers wind their way into the clouds.
The place to see and be seen is the impressive Port Olimpic. This has become one of the most popular areas of the city to visit at night with a casino, several clubs and countless bars, where the young, beautiful people of Barcelona go to party.