These last months I visited many cities, where I had been before, thus I had a rough idea of what to see. As to Barcelona I had no idea where to go and what to see. Hence it took me weeks to read up on the best places of interest (especially on restaurants and bars about which a separate report will follow). Above all I always try to eliminate the too touristy places and was happy, when a local confirmed that I had found excellent places outside the mainstream.
These are the places we saw in Barcelona – insider tips and typical sights.
Things to do in Barcelona parc del laberint d’horta
Thanks to Laura Lee of thetravelette.com I found some non-touristy places. Indeed, the Parc de Labyrinth D’Horta is not yet well known: only local children scrimmaged around us having fun in the maze. Unfortunately we had not enough time for the rest of the Park, but it was nevertheless worth our visit. This Park is located in the north of the town and it took us a good half hour by tube from Catalunya.
Things to do in Barcelona Parc Güell
How could we have skipped Parc Güell? We arrived at noon and had no idea that we had to pay gate money for its lower part. My girlfriend was there three years ago, when entrance was still free also for the lower part of the park. And we were there shortly before Easter, when tourists already began to crowd the town. That day entrance was unfortunately already closed, so that we could admire this attraction only from the outside. Hence, should you wish to view Gaudì’s architecture also from the inside, you better reserve a ticket online. Fast lane is also possible and costs a bit more, but anyhow it would not have helped us to get in earlier.
Things to do in Barcelona take long walks
I prefer exploring towns by foot. Thus you get more intensive experiences. Above all you discover places, which are not listed in any travel guide – small lanes or a much hidden tapas restaurant or other wonderful spots, as in our case by chance a street housing different outlets, amongst which a Mango outlet.
Things to do in Barcelona Jardins de Rubió i Lluch
The Jardins de Rubió i Lluch is also part of the „Spots found by chance” category. On our last day we strolled leisurely through Barcelona and found some beautiful places. This garden emanates Catalan feeling – the orange trees bore marvelous fruits and were simply gorgeous spreading the purest spring atmosphere.
Things to do in Barcelona Barcelona Beach
A town having access to water is always super, be it the sea or the creek called Eisbach here in Munich. In any case it increases the quality of life. I had read in many travel guides that Barcelona Beach is not particularly worth seeing. Nevertheless many improvements were made during these last years, the entire beach has been cleaned for the public, several outdoor sports areas have been set up as well as a beautiful promenade. It was already nice and warm in March and in the summer the beach must be really beautiful. The eastern part was a bit quieter. But in the summer the whole beach is probably overcrowded I would imagine.
Things to do in Barcelona Bunker Turó de la Rovira
The Bunker Turó de la Rovira is no longer an insider tip (amongst youngsters). A friend of my girlfriend lives in Barcelona and took us a bit around, and of course also to this bunker, which is a must. He was very surprised that I had already spotted that place during my online research. It can be easily reached by bus, from where it is within walking distance. From the top you have a breathtaking view over the town. Luckily A. gave us a short briefing, which provided us a good overview of the various locations. Being an architect he knows his way around. Unfortunately we did not manage to visit some of the more modern buildings. The bunker was definitely one of my highlights of this town.
Things to do in Barcelona Casa Batlló
You cannot do without some Gaudi architecture in Barcelona. But we ended up in seeing his buildings only from the outside. Having been for the first time in Barcelona I just wanted to get a rough overview of the town. Next time I will visit these buildings thoroughly.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this posts. There are so many things to be seen there that it certainly was not my last trip to Barcelona! Moreover, a couple of hotel recommendations and a huge food diary will be online this within this week!