Along with its bustling markets, shops and lively street performers, Barcelona is known the world over for its amazing architecture.
Art Nouveau buildings share streets with stunning Gothic churches, while contemporary buildings like the cucumber-shaped Torre Agbar punctuate the skyline.In fact, much of the Catalan city's fantastic architecture is the work of just one man - Antoni Gaudí. Born in 1852, Gaudí's work was inspired by nature's organic forms and he used all sorts of materials freely to create his Modernista masterpieces, which are dotted around Barcelona and beyond. Here are a few of the city's must-see Gaudí destinations:
La Sagrada Família
Work began on La Sagrada Família over 130 years ago and of all his work, this was the closest to Gaudí's heart. A stunning cathedral designed in medieval style, almost three million visitors flock to Barcelona every year just to explore this epic monument.
This private building was one of the first ever designed and built in the Art Nouveau style and although you can't enter, it's well worth a visit for the façade alone. An imposing corner building, Casa Vicens' exterior is encrusted with intricate tiles, its windows are made of deeply coloured glass and it has a magical, fairytale quality.
Park Güell is set at a little distance from the city itself so if you're planning a trip, take advantage of car hire in Barcelona. Built between 1900 and 1914, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a sprawling delight of plants, buildings and incredible artistry.
Commissioned by the Güell family, who were firm fans of Gaudí's work, this church and crypt was designed in 1898. It features classically Gaudí-esque dramatic columns both inside and out, and the crypt is adorned in the detailed mosaic style that was popular with the architect.
Casa Batlló is a fun place to visit because you can explore room-to-room and get a real sense of how it was used as a family home. From the outside, with its many chunky balconies and uniquely shaped roof, the house looks like an enchanted fortress.