The city’s great advantage over other major cities is its ideal size, which makes it possible to explore on foot. Barcelona is a fantastic city for walking, especially because it goes downhill. For example, if you start in Gràcia’s neighbourhood, you can reach the sea with no effort at all. You can cross the Eixample and enjoy modernism, walk along Las Ramblas and discover the La Boqueria market, explore the Barri Gòtic – the oldest part of the city and its historic centre – and the remains of the old walled city and finally end up on the shores of the Mediterranean.
One of the great attractions of all these walks will be to discover the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, who left a total of 14 works in the city, which were all completed except or one. That one, which has been under construction since it was started in 1882, is the famous Sagrada Familia. It is one of the landmarks of Catalan modernism, an icon of the city and a point of reference for people in Barcelona when they look upon the city.
In addition to Gaudí, Barcelona offers other great modernist architects, e.g. Domènech i Muntaner and the Palau de la Música Catalana or the Puig i Cadafalch and the Casa de les Punxes. Beyond modernism, the city also features buildings in other styles, created by new generations of renowned architects, e.g. Enric Miralles and the Mercat de Santa Caterina or Ricard Bofill and the Hotel W Barcelona.