Barcelona, the Catalan capital, is famous for its architectural works by Antoni Gaudí, its sunny beaches and its vibrant ambiance. However, the city is also full of hidden gems that often escape the notice of travelers. If you want to discover Barcelona from a different perspective, follow this article, developed by our travel partner Touristo for five days of adventures off the beaten track and in unusual places.
Day 1: Horta’s labyrinth
Start your stay with a visit to the Horta Labyrinth Park, a historic garden located away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of century-old cypress trees and admire the neoclassical sculptures that line the route. It's the ideal place for a picnic or to read a good book in the shade.
Day 2: the Carmel bunker
For a panoramic view of the city without the crowds, head to Bunker del Carmel. Once an anti-aircraft base during the Spanish Civil War, today this location offers 360-degree views of Barcelona. Don't forget to bring a snack and a drink to enjoy the sunset.
Day 3: el Raval and its streets
The el Raval district is often neglected by tourists, but it is full of surprises. Stroll through its narrow streets, discover vintage boutiques, contemporary art galleries and authentic tapas bars. Don't miss the giant cat, a sculpture by Fernando Botero, which sits on the Rambla del Raval.
Day 4: La Carbonera bookstore
Nestled in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, this independent bookstore is a true haven of peace for literature lovers. With its cozy atmosphere and wooden shelves, it is the perfect place to find a novel on the history of Catalonia or an alternative travel guide.
Day 5: Sant Pau hospital
Step away from the Sagrada Família to discover the Hospital de Sant Pau, a modernist complex designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This hospital complex, now transformed into a cultural center, is an architectural masterpiece with its colorful mosaics, stained glass windows and peaceful gardens.
Barcelona is a city with a thousand facets. Beyond the emblematic tourist attractions, it offers a multitude of unusual places that deserve to be explored. Take the time to immerse yourself in the local culture, and you will discover a different, authentic and surprising Barcelona.
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