Soaring above Barcelona’s cityscape, the Sagrada Família will be the world’s tallest church upon completion (estimated for 2026). This 130-year labour of love, dreamt up by Antoni Gaudí, is one of the world’s most controversial basilicas, but also one of the most visited. Three million tourists flock here each year to gawk at the architectural achievement that has brought nature, light and religion together into one stunning ensemble. The interior is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, with each new architect’s style blending into the rest of Gaudí’s visionary design. Three million visits a year for something that hasn't even been finished, not bad is it. Arguably, you're better off seeing it before it's finished.
The writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón once described Barcelona as being a city that’s ‘extremely vain’. But this self-love isn’t without reason, and you can see why in this list of the sights and attractions in Barcelona that are simply unmissable. From the indescribable beauty of the Sagrada Família and other Gaudí wonders to the city’s array of famous beaches and parks where you can soak up the sun, Barcelona has it all. In between stops for tapas and drinks, you can explore hidden attractions or immerse yourself in Catalan culture and art at the city’s best museums. So whether you live in Barcelona or are just visiting for a few days, this ultimate sightseeing hit list is for you.
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