Sagrada Familia Church and Exploring Barcelona

14th June 2019

Here at Best Value Tours we are delighted to find humour in many stories that cross our path and you really can only laugh at the ‘red tape’ regulations surrounding the building and renovations of the iconic, Unesco world heritage site, the magnificent Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona.

It turns out the building work carried on for the past 137 years has been without permission and only now this week in 2019, has a building permit been issued. Hilarious.

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Sagrada.Família.Church Barcelona

Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona

This magnificent Roman Catholic church is an absolute ‘must see’ on any visit to the wonderful city of Barcelona. Unusually whilst it is without question iconic and historic, it is not that old. Building work only started in 1882 from designs of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, who died in 1926 whilst construction was still underway and amazingly although for the most part it is complete, construction from the original plans continue to this day.

Exploring Barcelona

Here are a few tips to some of the highlights to be found in Barcelona, which is a historic, but modern, traditional, but a cosmopolitan vibrant city. Where diverse sites are abundant to see from Churches, Cathedral and museums to the 1992 Olympic Stadium and the incredibly impressive  Camp Nou football stadium.

And after all that sightseeing, there are a wealth of charming bars and restaurants to enjoy, or walk the quaint old city and explore street markets.

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One of the best ways to explore this magnificent city at your leisure is by one of the hop on hop off bus services and we highly recommend this method.

Camp Nou Football Stadium

Without doubt one of the most impressive football stadium in the world. Seating an amazing 100,000 it is home to FC Barcelona and tours are available of the stadium and Museum.

More information can be found at FC Barcelona and image courtesy of them.

Camp Nou home of FC Barcelona

Beachfront Promenade

This is a truly stunning and amazing legacy of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, purpose built as part of the hosting of that and site of Olympic sailing events and beach volleyball. Boasting a splendid marina with wonderful bars and restaurants overlooking. Perfect spot for lunch.

This was an extraordinary feat of engineering, a purpose built 2 mile shore line, with sand imported from Egypt.

Purpose Built 2 mile beach front and promenade

1992 Barcelona Olympic Stadium

Well worth a visit, including the inside tour, is the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Stadium. Its Catalonia name; ‘Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys’.

It was originally built in 1927 as part of the hosting of the 1929 International Exposition and later for the 1936 Olympic bid, when the Olympics went to Berlin.

It was later refurbished and renovated in 1989 to become the main Olympic Stadium seating 67,000, as part of Barcelona hosting the hugely successful 1992 Olympics.

Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys

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