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Barcelona Off the Beaten Path

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The burgeoning city of Barcelona is nestled comfortably between towering mountain ranges and the idyllic Mediterranean. Though it is most widely known for its beautiful modernist Gaudi structures, landscaped beaches, vibrant nightlife, and great shopping, the city is also teeming with hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. These serene settings, relatively unknown to tourists, provide a pleasant contrast to the crowded and bustling city life.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Parque del Laberinto de Horta

Parks

Bunker del Carmel

Other Outdoor Activities

Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala

Architectural Buildings, Theatres

Encants Barcelona

Flea & Street Markets

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

Architectural Buildings

Mercat Santa Caterina

Farmers Markets

Rambla de Catalunya

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Barri de Gracia

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Nova Mar Bella Beach

Beaches

Kim H's City Tips

  • It is customary to leave a tip of around 10% at restaurants.
  • The best way to get around is by metro. The metro runs until midnight during the week, until 2am on Fridays, and all night on Saturdays.
  • A fun way to explore the city is by bike. Rent a bike or book a biking tour with one of the many companies that offer these.
  • Parque del Laberinto de Horta
    Parks
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    Kim H Says:

    The oldest park in Barcelona, this space is a true undiscovered gem. Built in 1791 by landowner Joan Antoni Desvalls of d'Ardena, it served as the center of many cultural events during the 19th century. The park extends over 9 hectares, with many hidden corners to explore, including waterfalls and sculptures of mythological figures. Plus, the park was named after its beautifully maintained maze (or labyrinth), which is a great place to literally get lost!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is an entrance fee, but if you visit on a Wednesday or Sunday it´s free.
    • The best way to get here is by metro. Take the green line L3 to Mundet, and from there it is a 10 minute walk.
    • Guided tours are available with a reservation.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Off the Beaten Track! 06/10/2018
    • Such Fun! 06/10/2018
    • Parque del Laberinto de Horta
    Address:
    Passeig dels Castanyers 1
    Carrer de l'Arquitectura
    08035 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 30 34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Bunker del Carmel
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Kim H Says:

    Located on a mountain, the Bunker Del Carmel offers an astonishing 360-degree view of Barcelona. Due to its remoteness, it is also a quiet and romantic spot to watch the sun going down, replaced by the mellow glow of the city lights.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Bring your own drinks and enjoy the view!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 376 Outdoor Activities in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best view of Barcelona 21/10/2018
    • Deffo recommend and its free ! 14/10/2018
    • Bunker del Carmel
    Address:
    C. Maria Labernia s/n
    08032 Barcelona
    Spain
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala
    Architectural Buildings, Theatres
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    Kim H Says:

    This astonishing concert hall was designed by Lluís Doménech i Montaner, one of the pioneers of Catalan Modernism. Finished in 1908, the building remains an important Catalan symbol today, and its unique and extravagant beauty makes it a must-see!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Guided tours are available, but the best way to experience this beautiful concert hall is to see a concert here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Architectural charm 22/10/2018
    • Musical heritage 22/10/2018
    • Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala
    Address:
    Carrer Palau de la Musica, 4-6
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 95 72 00
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 15:30
    Other:
  • Encants Barcelona
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Kim H Says:

    At one of the oldest markets in Europe, and nowadays the biggest flea market in Barcelona, you can find an astonishing variety of products at competitive prices. From clothes to furniture, antiques to modern art, technology to jewelry, there's something sure to delight every type of bargain hunter. And even if shopping isn't on your agenda, this is a wonderful place to simply wander around and experience the excitement of the locals in this buzzing marketplace.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Don´t miss out on the public auctions that take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9.30am.
    • Open on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 8pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    • Reflective Purchase 21/10/2018
    • Flea Market 14/10/2018
    • Encants Barcelona
    Address:
    Carrer de los Castillejos, 158
    Avinguda Meridiana
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 46 30 30
    Other:
  • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
    Architectural Buildings
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    Kim H Says:

    Named after its patron, who helped finance the building, this hospital is a stunning example of Catalan Modernism. Designed by Lluís Doménech i Montaner. It consists of 30 different pavilions that are connected by underground hallways, and the philosophy of the architect — that beauty and tranquility will speed up the healing process — is clearly demonstrated by the extravagant decorations, green space and light.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To learn more about the history of this hospital, book a guided tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Recinte Modernista Sant Paul is behind the new hospital sant Paul 21/10/2018
    • Stunning Site 21/10/2018
    • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
    Address:
    Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
    08025 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 935 53 78 01
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Mercat Santa Caterina
    Farmers Markets
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    Kim H Says:

    Renovated in 2005, this beautiful market is a stunning example of modern architecture, with its ceramic multi-colored, wave-like roof. The delights that lie inside — many stalls selling incredibly fresh and authentic Spanish produce — are an added bonus.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Have lunch at one of the tapas places in the market! They serve great food, prepared with the fresh produce from the market itself.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not sure what you want to do today? 16/10/2018
    • A feast for the eyes, nose and mouth! 30/09/2018
    • Mercat Santa Caterina
    Address:
    Avinguda de Francesc Cambo 16 Ciutat Vella, Parc
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 19 57 40
    Other:
  • Rambla de Catalunya
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kim H Says:

    An extension of the famous and busy Las Ramblas, this enchanting tree-lined boulevard houses many high-class restaurants and shops. Up the Ramblas past Plaza Catalunya, this distinct street provides a quieter, quainter and chicer vibe, and makes for a great place to wander, browse or enjoy a drink or meal on one of the many terraces.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Head into the side streets of Rambla de Catalunya to find more unique boutique stores.
    • As this is quite an upscale neighborhood, make sure to check the menu and prices at a restaurant before sitting down.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take it or leave it. 07/10/2018
    • family trip 2018 26/08/2018
    • Rambla de Catalunya
    Address:
    Rambla de Catalunya
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Other:
  • Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    This impressive monastery from the early 14th century is truly one of a kind, and a perfect example of Catalan Gothic architecture. Today the building functions as a museum that contains both a church and the monastery, where you can see first-hand what the everyday life of nuns was like. The beauty of this monastery makes this a great place to visit for anyone who enjoys history.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • A great place to visit on a hot summer day, as the temperatures are pleasantly cool inside the monastery.
    • The best way to get here is to take the FGC L6 train to Reina Elisenda station.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place of peace and quiet away from the city 21/09/2018
    • Well worth a visit 07/09/2018
    • Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes
    Address:
    Baixada del Monestir, 9
    08034 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 56 34 34
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Other:
  • Barri de Gracia
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Kim H Says:

    Known for its art galleries, bars with live music, and good nightlife scene that mostly takes place on the streets or on the vibrant plaças, Barri de Gracia is a great area to mingle with the locals. And for fashonistas, Gracia houses a large variety of special boutique stores, too!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Carrer Verdi, the main street, has a movie theater that screens new as well as classic films in their original languages.
    • Make sure to check out "Festa Major de Gràcia," the biggest street festival in the city, if you are in Barcelona in August.
    • Arrive here after 5pm, when stores open again after the siesta, or come later in the evening for a fun night out with the locals.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great neighbourhood. 09/10/2018
    • Lovely neighborhood 02/10/2018
    • Barri de Gracia
    Address:
    Barri de Gracia
    Gracia
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Other:
  • Nova Mar Bella Beach
    Beaches
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    Kim H Says:

    Kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing ... this beach is a must for everyone who likes water sports, as well as for those who enjoy a relaxing stroll or a quiet day on the beach. This beach is a little further out from the city center, and you will soon notice the difference with its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Head into the Poblenou area for lunch.
    • Don´t be afraid to ask the locals to join in on a volleyball match.
    • The chiringuitos (beach bars), sell drinks and snacks at reasonable prices.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • good beach 09/10/2018
    • windy day 02/10/2018
    • Nova Mar Bella Beach
    Address:
    Passeig de Garcia Faria
    08019 Barcelona
    Spain
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