Barcelona: Gaudi Magic at Sagrada Familia Basilica


Nature versus Gaudi


Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain



Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família = Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family

Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, construction of had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms with ambitious structural columns and arches.

Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí’s death. Travel Planning: Ms Alefiyah, Zest Tours


Alhambra, Granada, Spain


The Alhambra (Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء‎, Al-Ḥamrā’ = “the red one” = Calat Alhambra= “the red fortress”), is a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. The Alhambra’s Moorish palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was “discovered” in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing.  Alcazaba, Nazreen Palace, Fortified wall, thirteen towers and Generalife gardens complete the Alhambra fortress complex, with old city quarters of Albaicin and river Darro intertwined!

Spain Itinerary: Madrid-Granada-Valencia-Barcelona

Travel Planning by: Alefiyah Motiwala/Zest Tours