Most people go to Barcelona primarily for the beaches, food and amazing tourist attractions. One of those includes the stunning work of Antoni Gaudí, the Basilica of La Sagrada Família. However, tourists tend to just take a trip to La Sagrada Família, go inside, and head back to the centre without taking in its beautiful surroundings. The area around La Sagrada Família is not only full of stunning architecture but also is home to many fantastic restaurants and apartments. This itinerary will help you plan a visit to this area and make the most of Barcelona’s most famous landmark. So, what are you waiting for?
#Things to see
The Basilica of La Sagrada Família
One can start off by visiting the Basilica itself. Being such an important landmark you cannot go to Barcelona and not visit this beauty. In order to avoid disappointment, it is always best to buy your tickets in advance, this way you can secure your slot but also skip the line and head right in. The magnificent stained glass inside is stunning at any time of the day, but is particularly photogenic at sunset. So for those of you who enjoy snapping photos on your holiday, this is the perfect place to be. You are welcome to spend as long as you want inside so there is no need to rush. You can also sit down and absorb the surroundings whilst listening to an audio guide to learn all about it.
Plaça de Gaudí
This park is right opposite La Sagrada Família and offers a fantastic view of the landmark. Although small, this unique park captures stunning snapshots of the Basilica itself. You can get a better view of the Basilica’s incredible external details whilst enjoying a stroll around the park. Right next to the park you can easily find souvenir shops and small food stalls. Why not make yourself a picnic and enjoy a lunch with a view!
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If you enjoy roaming around the city freely without having to sit on the metro or a bus, Vesping is perfect for you. This company allows you to rent a Vespa to scoot around the city as you please. You can rent a scooter from anywhere between 2 hours and 2 days, with prices varying based on duration. They offer a guided tour of the city which lasts approximately 4 hours, although, every Vespa is equipped with a GPS so it is very difficult to get lost on your own! Some of the most beautiful sightseeing spots are hidden away just waiting to be discovered, so a Vespa is a fantastic way to find them! It is not an experience to be missed and allows you to fully discover the beauties of La Sagrada Família area.
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#Where to eat
Amid all of the sightseeing and roaming around, you will definitely work up an appetite. There are some fantastic restaurants found in La Sagrada Família’s close proximity. You can usually just wonder around and find somewhere nice without too much effort, but if you want to plan ahead and try somewhere in particular, these are our suggestions.
Since 1977, the Gorría Restaurant has been offering excellent Basque-Navarre cuisine with fresh, top-quality ingredients, a wide selection of wines and a friendly ambience. This exquisite restaurant opens its kitchen from 13:30 to 15:30 and 21:00 to 23:30 on Monday to Saturday (Closed Monday nights and Sundays). Gorría’s menu mostly consists of fish and meat, serving some of Catalunya’s most traditional dishes. Make sure you also indulge in one of their tasty desserts to finish off a fantastic meal.
Address: Carrer de Diputació, 421, 08013 Barcelona
La Paradeta restaurant first opened its doors in July of 1994 under the name “Shellfish” and, funnily enough, specialises in seafood. It was the first self-service seafood restaurant in the Sants neighbourhood. This restaurant was the beginning of what is now known as “Grupo La Paradeta”, having evolved over the years into a bigger branch with restaurants in Parallel, Meridiana, Sitges, Passeig de Gracia, Born and Sants. La Paradeta Sagrada Família was actually the third establishment to open its doors. Due to its large size and location, it offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a historic neighbourhood and lunch or dinner with friends or family at an affordable price.
Do bare in mind that the restaurant is only open Thursdays-Sundays.
Address: Carrer de Passatge Simó ,18, 08025 Barcelona
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If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience in a funky, laid-back environment, you must check out Can Pizza. With locations across Barcelona and its surrounding areas, it’s the perfect restaurant to enjoy a delicious pizza. Every pizza is made from scratch using a typical Italian methods and is finished off in the scorching hot wood fire oven to give it that authentic taste. The restaurant is very kid-friendly so is a good option if you are looking to feed the whole family in a relaxed setting. Check it out!
Address: Passatge de Simó, 21, 08025 Barcelona
#Where to stay
On an active holiday, it’s good to have an apartment with a central location so different activities are easily accessible. The Sagrada Família area is easily accessible by metro, bus or car and so makes for a good, central location.
Set in the Eixample neighbourhood, this sunny penthouse apartment with terrace is just a few steps away from the Sagrada Familia. It is a short walk from the metro station, with easy access to Barcelona’s city centre. Enjoy breakfast on the sunny terrace before strolling through the Gaudí Park just next door. Also close to the artistic Gràcia neighbourhood, known for its beautiful plazas and unique architecture.
From: €104 per night / 42m2 / License:HUTB-001914
This apartment is in one of the largest modernist districts of the city. Part of the historic Eixample, the neighbourhood offers a myriad of activities and incredible views. You are very close to the incredible Hospital de Sant Pau – a complex of modernist buildings designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner. You can also walk down the Avenida Gaudí and visit the Sagrada Família.
From: €87 per night / 40m2 / License: HUTB-008272
This large and bright apartment has plenty of space for a family or group of friends. With the Sagrada Família just a 2 minute walk away, you couldn’t be any close to the stunning Gaudí landmark. Relax and enjoy a meal all together in the spacious dining area or simply step outside and soak up your beautiful surroundings with everything you need just on your doorstep.
From: €127 per night / 75m2 /License: HUTB-009985
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