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- #10 not so famous places in Barcelona that you should visitApril 12, 2021
There is another Barcelona beyond Gaudí; beyond La Sagrada Familia there is a dazzling city that is waiting to be discovered. To get to know even the most remote places of Barcelona, probably a little vacation will not be enough, but there are really magical places that you can visit to feel those experiences that do not appear on postcards. These are the 10 not so famous places in Barcelona that you should not miss.
1-Museum of Illusions
Located in Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 17, very close to the Ramblas, this gallery-museum takes you into a mapping where you are not only part of the work of art, but the main character. A place to experience art in a different and immersive way.
2-Gardens of the Tamarita
In short, Jardins de la Tamarita, located in the upper part of Barcelona, is a modern oasis designed to satisfy the desire of all types of public. It is ideal for quiet walks (with family or friends), picnics, etc. In addition, it has an area for childreni to have fun.
This jewel of Catalan Romanesque architecture, located an hour's drive from Barcelona, has not enjoyed the recognition it deserves in its own right. In 1888 it was classified as an Heritage of Cultural Interest, and its restoration was not an easy undertaking. However, lovers of history and architecture greatly enjoy its magical surroundings. Additionally, in its domain there is a slight hiking route of about 4 kilometers.
4-Air raid shelters
Thanks to the formidable state of conservation of these bunkers, which could be accessed through tunnels that were located in the main streets of the city, even the marks on the wall left by the lighting of the candles in the dark can be easily seen. Probably the most emblematic of the cases is that of La Pedrera, a large bomb shelter to protect from air raids during the Civil War.
Residents and visitors, both reckon that the Carrer Petritxol smells like chocolate, due to its renowned "Granjas", such as the Granja Dulcinea, the most emblematic of this street, where the best "Suizo con churros" is served. It is a narrow street with a winding layout that keeps all the essence of the well-known and central Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Without a doubt, a place full of magic.
6-The kiss of death sculpture
Are you a lover of sculptural art? You have to get to know this piece, located in the Poblenou Cemetery, only a few meters away from our apartments! From the formal point of view, it is a winged skeleton that alludes to death, which gently kisses the forehead of a young man. Full of symbolism, rather than remembering how fragile or ephemeral life is, it reflects the almost sublime arrival of early death, sorrowful and in pain, which picks up the soul of the young man.
7-Tower of Collserola
Considering that the Torre de Collserola has the necessary technology to provide Radio and Television signals to the entire Metropolitan Region of Barcelona, we could think that the only value of the building lies precisely in its social function. However, in reality it is a jewel of modern architecture that was designed by the renowned architect Norman Foster in 1992. It is located on a hill, more than 400 m above sea level and its structure consists of a cylindrical concrete shaft 13 floors, crowned with an imposing metallic antenna. A symbol of modernity from which to admire a splendid panoramic view of the city.
8-Monastery of Pedrables
Are you traveling in search of those lost jewels of Catalan Gothic? Well, here we present one of them. The Monastery of Santa Ana de Pedralbes, whose foundation dates back to 1327, located in the upper area of Barcelona, is one of the most complete pieces of the late Gothic architectural style, with a very homogeneous style that is largely due to its short construction process. Since the late 1980s, it has been open to the public and have an impressive collection of liturgical art.
For lovers of Gaudí's style, this is the work of one of his disciples, Manuel Sayrach, who built this building, undoubtedly inspired by the organic curves so frequent in Gaudí's work. With an evidence of marine inspiration in its decoration, this property seems to want to condense the Barcelona spirit into a functional and aesthetic unit. A not so famous treasure, but certainly very relevant in the Catalan cultural context.
10- The Fabra Observatory
For fans of astronomy, the Fabra Observatory, in the upper area of Barcelona, is a perfect place to enjoy various experiences such as night observation, going out to the terrace of the dome to admire the panoramic views of Barcelona at night, accompanied by a glass of cava ( catalan champagne) and there is even the possibility to have dinner under the stars!
We could keep on naming almost innumerable examples of places to get lost and let our inspiration fly in Barcelona. Without any doubt, it is a special place where you may lack everything except art. For the moment, you can access, from now on, a complete accommodation and reservation service, so that we can help you draw up an unconventional itinerary. What do you say? You dare?