7Barcelona, Spain

Why Visit: Barcelona is a city where modernism meets the Mediterranean. It’s synonymous with the work of Antoni Gaudí, whose imaginative and organic architectural style defines much of the city’s character.

Architectural Highlights:

  • Sagrada Família: Gaudí’s masterpiece, this basilica combines Gothic and Art Nouveau forms in a way that’s both awe-inspiring and unique. Still under construction, it’s a living work of art.
  • Park Güell: Another Gaudí creation, this public park features whimsical structures and vibrant mosaics, offering panoramic views of the city.
  • Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (La Pedrera): These residential buildings are prime examples of Gaudí’s innovative use of shapes, light, and color.

Beyond Gaudí: Barcelona also boasts medieval architecture in the Gothic Quarter and cutting-edge contemporary designs, such as the Torre Glòries and the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art).