After more than 100 years of construction, the La Sagrada Familia stands in all its glory, unfinished. Perhaps the most potent example of finding beauty in imperfection, more than 2.8 million people flock to La Sagrada Familia Barcelona each year to take in the incomplete yet awe-inspiring gothic-style tower, a religious architect’s nod to eras gone by. First devised in 1882, Antoni Gaudi’s initial plan was to craft a temple 60 metres wide and 95 metres long, able to seat 13 000 people and with a tall, ever-imposing tower to rule over Barcelona’s cityscape; all this an opulent ode to the Holy Family. Nowadays, the most-visited monument in Spain is living proof that good things come to those who wait. And, as the debate about its final completion rolls on, one things for sure; the La Sagrada Familia Temple draws wide appeal and fascination from the masses, this appeal rarely occurring at many other religious sites today.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.