As with most European countries, Spain — once among the hardest hit by coronavirus — remains closed to tourists from the U.S., as well as several other countries. With the streets of Barcelona less crowded than usual, two virtual tour companies have teamed up to give viewers a glimpse at the finished and famously unfinished architectural works of Antoni Gaudí that can be found in the city.
On Jan. 6, 2021, A Virtual Tour Live and World TV Streming Tours will host a free public event on Facebook, allowing people to discover the beauty of this Mediterranean capital city, including its famous buildings and parks. Throughout the virtual presentation, which will focus on the art and architecture of Barcelona, viewers will see and learn about the most emblematic works of Antoni Gaudí: Park Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and the impressive yet unfinished Sagrada Familia church.
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This tour of Barcelona, which starts at 5 p.m. EST on the day of the event, is also not the only virtual travel experience currently available from these tour operators. Follow A Virtual Tour Live on Facebook, and you’ll find opportunities to transport yourself to the Amalfi Coast, Paris, Finland, and more.
With 2020 ruining vacation plans for millions of would-be travelers, virtual tours have increased dramatically in popularity. Amazon launched a new virtual travel platform that lets users book interactive experiences, like walking tours and cooking classes, while some of Europe’s best Christmas markets can be explored digitally this holiday season.
You can also check out these 12 museums, visit these five national parks, and enjoy these Airbnb Experiences — all from the comfort of your home. And since it looks like virtual travel is here to stay — even after the pandemic — you might as well get a head start on adjusting to this new way to experience the world.
Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but always on the lookout for the next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.