Just stroll down the elegant Passeig de Garcia, surely you can’t miss the two magnificent buildings by Antoni Gaudi: the multicoloured Casa Batllò (Passeig de Gracia 43, casabatllo.es , open every day 9am to 8pm, ticket 8€, Metro 2 Violet, 3 Green or 4 Yellow, Passeig de Gracia station) and the splendid Mila house, better known as La Pedrera (Passeig de Gracia 92, only one apartment open to visits Monday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm, ticket 8€, Metro 2 Violet, 3 Green or 4 Yellow, Passeig de Gracia station). The Pedrera has an undulating smooth surface of pale stone with Art nouveau railings in wrought iron.
Yet the most spectacular element is the splendid terrace, comprising medieval knights carved from warm red stone, steep brick staircases and bottle-green and white mosaics. The façade is said to be tempting the observer to gaze from the ground skywards a metaphor for the passage from the earth to heaven.
The north-western part of the city is the site of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (Plaça Sagrada Familia, ticket 8€, Metro 2 Violet, Sagrada Familia station), the final and unfinished work of the Catalan artist . This audacious building, a mix of architectural styles (Neo-Gothic, Cubist and Art Nouveau), was started in 1883 and today still remains unfinished, following the express wishes of the artist. The incomplete building is intended to signify the tortuous and unending path of the individuals in their search for God and spirituality.
Walk a few minutes northbound and have a look to the Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau (C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167, santpau.es), an unqualified masterpiece of Modernism Architecture that is open to the public for viewing.
The area of the Sagrada Familia is home to various modern monuments, including the Quadrati d’Or, the Passeig de Sant Joan, the Avingude Diagonal and the Ronda de Sant Pere. In this area you can easily find very nice apartments which in recent years have been the ideal choice for many group of friends wishing to visit Barcelona at a very reasonable low budget. Some of them are apartments hosted in residences where swimming pool are often to be shared with others, But overall a very special common area where to meet other guests!! Most of the Spanish apartments also feature very nice and colourful furniture and warm atmosphere In terms of rates, the apartments usually range from 80-120 euros per day where an apartment can guest up to 6 people. IN this way young people can really save a lot of money especially if comparing with the prices of some Youth hostels. Maybe a little cheaper but without the comforts and the privilege of being in a private apartment.
They are a very good option for anyone who wish to stay in Barcelona on a budget but with all the comforts of a private place. You can try the following apartment rentals companies: Gran Via Apartments, BCN Dreams, Barcelona Residence, Corsega Apartment and many more available on line.