23 Oct Barcelona: Barri Gòtic
We landed in Barcelona on late Sunday afternoon . The first thing we did was to pick up free tickets at Palau Güell . Free tickets will be given from 5-8pm until sold out on every Sunday. Palau Güell (Güell Palace) is a residential mansion designed by Antoni Gaudi in his early career days. I think it’s a great start to see his earlier work first so we can see how his work progressed and evolved. Sometimes the ticket won’t get you in right away, our tickets got us in an hour later so we just wandered and got lost in the old town of Barcelona – Barri Gòtic.
Explore the narrow streets in the historic neighbourhood . We had seen a lovely lady performing music with her amazing voice around the corner…so captivating! We enjoyed getting lost in the cobblestone streets and almost missed our reservation at Palau Güell.
I couldn’t take my eyes off the sophisticated Santa Maria Del Mar. My Barri Gòtic walk was not organized at all but that’s the part I enjoyed the most – to admire this history enriched neighbourhood by putting down our camera, walking leisurely and listening to the crowds and live music.
We had not checked out the Picasso Museum and it also offers free admission on Sunday from 3-7pm. Comparing to Gaudi’s other famous works, Palau Güell was not as ornamented and inspired by nature as much. You can still see the rooftop with colourful decorative elements though! Should you still visit? Definitely yes if you can grab free tickets. If you don’t have enough time and budget to visit all Gaudi’s work, I would suggest you can skip this.