A little over 150 years ago the Eixample district of Barcelona was still fields and farmland but with Barcelona's population growing, rapid urbanisation was taking place and the astounding work of the young Antoni Gaudí was coming off the drawing board into reality. Unbelievably the Sagrada Familia is still not finished! A visit gives you the unique opportunity of marvelling not only at its stunning architecture, graceful columns, carvings that tell a thousand stories and beautiful stained glass but also of getting a first-hand glimpse of cathedral building in action. A visit to this unfinished cathedral will stay in your mind for many seasons. Once you step out from the cool darkness of the Sagrada Familia you'll discover that it sits in a district showcasing a good example of 19th-century urban planning, laid out on a block plan and full of modernist buildings and upscale shops. Refresh yourself with al fresco coffee while contemplating the soaring spires of the Sagrada and then head out in search of more Gaudí. The Casa Batllo and La Pedrera both deliver the full experience, without a straight line or corner in sight. Take in the intriguing interiors and Gaudí's use of nature in architecture while climbing from basements into incredible roof structures.