Known and Not-so-known Places in Barcelona
This post is brought to you by Cesar, a reader of this blog. I visited Barcelona for a few days a few years ago, and some of the places mentioned here I have visited and absolutely loved. I have the best intention to go back again and explore those places I didn’t have a chance to go to before, and even re-visit some favorites.
If you decide to visit Barcelona, people would recommend you a lot of things to see and many places to go. It’s a city with a great cultural wealth, thanks to the museums and famous buildings that occupy its streets. Also, the Barcelona Gaudi relationship is well known, and you can find the most famous works of the architect throughout the city. The exemplary temple of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera or Park Güell are some of the places that can be seen by the brilliant architect.
In a standard visit of the city you can go to see the Gothic Quarter, with its beautiful streets, and in its center, the Cathedral of Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia. A walk along Las Ramblas is something highly recommended and fun, where you can shop, have a drink or eat tapas in a terrace nearby, or enjoy the art of the street performers. Going to a downtown location, such as Plaça de Catalunya, will help you reach many tourist attractions, because there are very important streets such as Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, Portal de l’Àngel, or Ronda de Sant Pere.
A charming place to visit is the Castle of Montjuïc. Located on the mountain of the same name, this medieval castle offers the best views of the city and the port. It’s an old military fort whose construction began in 1641, but it was modified and expanded with the years. You can visit the castle inside or out, and admire its canyons and its ancient walls.
Less known is the Convent de Sant Agustí, which is located in the Born district, in the old town of Barcelona. This beautiful place was built in the 14th century and its cloister has been preserved perfectly. Now, it’s a civic center that hosts many cultural events. If you fancy going to the beach, but you don’t want the bustle of other beaches like Barceloneta, Bogatell may be what you’re looking for. It is located in the neighborhood of Poblenou, and its visitors are usually more mature than the beaches of Nova Icària and Mar Bella. In conclusion, Barcelona is a city that has a lot to offer, you just need to know what you want to see and what kind of experience you would like to live.