Barcelona is at least partially known for Gaudi and his artistic and architectural contributions to the city.
It’s a shame that the day we went to see Gaudi’s Park Guell (in Barcelona), it was absolutely overrun with tourists. It made for interesting people watching, but as far as going somewhere and feeling like we were having any kind of authentic experience, that was just not the case on the day we visited. Park Guell is interesting, to be sure, and definitely unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. It comes recommended to visit here.
Also climb to the top of the hill above Park Guell because it gives a great view of Barcelona to the ocean.
We did enjoy our time at Park Guell seeing something quite different. However, it was quite difficult to see it because of the sheer numbers of people who were there.
If you do go to Park Guell, I’d recommend going very early in the morning when they first open, or at some other point when there are fewer tourists around.
One thing we found interesting to watch (and a bit sad as well) was the constant struggle between the vendors trying to sell things to the tourists, and the police who were attempting to stop (and potentially even confiscate from) the guys with their necklaces, jewelry, and magnets. The vendors would set everything out on blankets or umbrellas, but at least 3 times during our 2 hours in Park Guell, we saw a mass of about 100 vendors gather up all four corners of their blanket/sheet display and go running in one direction. Not long after, 2 police officers would come walking through the same area.
This was a constant scene of setting up to sell, and then packing things up and running away just as quickly. We’ve seen this many places in our travels, but it was most obvious to us in Park Guell.
Again, Park Guell is worth a visit, just find a way to avoid the tourists.