One of the most impressive places I’ve seen during my recent visit to Barcelona was the Colonia Güell.
The Colonia Güell is a former industrial settlement including a factory and residential buildings for the workers as well as a famous crypt by Antoni Gaudí. It is named after its proprietor, the magnate Eusebi Güell, obviously. The Colonia is part of the village of Santa Coloma de Cervelló about 23 kilometers west of Barcelona.
The significance of Antoni Gaudi for Barcelona is already reflected in the fact that out of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the city, he designed seven – so let me guide you to these gems of Modernism.
Small but excellent – Sitges, a fancy seaside resort less than an hour south of Barcelona, has enchanted visitors for decades. While bourgeois families spent their summer retreat on the town’s fine sand beaches, artists and intellectuals gathered to share inspiration, but also local delicacies and drinks, obviously.
Today, Sitges is still a popular summer escape from Barcelona’s hustle and bustle.
As international travel picked up again, one of the first trips I did was to spend seven days in Barcelona, Catalonia’s exciting capital. While in this post, I’m listing ten valid reasons why you have to visit this gem, there is an additional one why you should do it right now: Go before all the others are coming – Barcelona is one of the most-visited cities in Europe.
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