The beautiful architecture of Barcelona captures your attention immediately. Before you know it, you are filled with information on all the famous architects, UNESCO heritage buildings, and with your first steps through the streets, Barcelona ruffles her bricks and mortar at you in a most flirtatious way. You cannot help but look up and gaze at her façade, windows and balconies blink at you, batting art nouveau eyelashes.
From the Sagrada Familia to the Palau de la Musica, Casa Vicens, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Casa Punxes, to the Gothic rambles and alleyways, where the stones under your feet were trodden on by ancient Romans, the history of Barcelona’s architecture is long and fascinating. You are spoilt for choice. Generally you are pointed off to inspect Casa Mila, or Park Guell, but I did want to draw your attention to some of the lovely Glass balconies that crowd Barcelona’s Eixample Neighbourhood.
Tendrils of glass facets designed to reflect and absorb the famous Spanish sun glitter in cubes as they run up the architecture. Almost like miniature glass palaces clinging to the buildings. I can’t help but dream of setting up an easel in one and painting the day away. Most of the buildings would have been built during the 19th century, during the height of the Catalan Modernista Renaixança, when the bourgeoisie moved away from the old centre of Barcelona, and in a a flurry of competitive construction and design, they erected some of the lovely buildings that make up Barcelona as we know it today. Following the grid-like urban design created by city planner Ildefons Cerda, the builders opened up the city. Although they did not follow Cerda’s plans exactly, and Eixample has a tendency to be rather imposing and cold, you cannot help but admire the beautiful architecture that fills it.