I promised myself I’d limit the number of pics significantly, and guys, I have a problem. THIS IS LIMITED! So fair warning, picture overload of one of the most amazing places we’ve seen on all our travels!
2. Take the metro. Spain’s metro system is amazing, and there’s a stop where you literally round the corner to the front door. It’s the way to go for easy access and less stress getting there.
3. Get there early! You’ll want time to hover out front and stare at the details, snap some pics, and soak it in without the rush of entering right at your set time.
4. Be ready at your set time to enter. Be at the entrance early and whatever you do don’t miss that time stamp! It’s a bit anxiety-inducing, so just be prepared for it.
5. Read the history, information on the different facades, etc. before you enter. You’ll want to take it all in, and if you know what you’re looking at in advance if at all possible. It’s also going to make you appreciate what you’re seeing.
6. Look in every direction, but especially, look up! My biggest regret is not getting more pics in exact locations of the ceiling, I was too busy enjoying the moment! You can certainly Google it to see what I’m talking about, but here’s a preview from just an okay angle.
7. If you can go at sunrise or sunset, do! The windows are gorgeous and change colors throughout. There’s a different vibe with different light. If you can do the first tour of the day or one about an hour before sunset I’d highly recommend it.
8. Take the elevator tour. It’s worth the extra money and it gives you about the greatest view of Barcelona out there! Once again, be on time, and note they don’t let babies or small children ride. We found this out the hard way, but they were super nice and let us take turns riding solo. I think we were lucky, so I’d plan ahead if you have small children.
9. Food nearby is expensive, but if you’re willing to walk a few blocks you’ll find some of the best stuff in Barcelona! We had phone service and used Yelp to find lots of great places. I’ll be posting about some of the great food of Barcelona next week, and if you’re reading this later or found this on Pinterest then follow the Spain label at the bottom of this post for some ideas. Whatever you do, try to find something that isn’t on the main block.
10. There are great photo ops in the front and the back. Plan about an extra hour of time to walk in both directions and get pictures from both sides. The top photo is from the front on the other side of the pond, and this photo is taken in the park from the back. It’s worth the extra time on your agenda, I promise!