What to see when you have seen it allCulture 08/06/2023
Have you visited Barcelona so many times that you think you have seen it all? Surely not, Barcelona is a tireless source of different places to visit, for this reason, today we bring you some different, original and more alternative options because, even if you have already seen all the essential tourist attractions, you will see that the city has much more to offer and that you still have much more to discover.
Horta Labyrinth Park
Passeig dels Castanyers, 1
Few people know of its existence since it is located outside the tourist center of the city, specifically in the Horta neighborhood, near the Mundet metro stop (L3). They say it is the oldest garden in Barcelona, it has a neoclassical area from the 18th century and a romantic area from the 19th century. Formerly it belonged to the Desvalls family estate (1794). Whether you like labyrinths or not, it is worth visiting and getting lost in its beautiful gardens.
La Model prison
C/ d'Entença, 155
La Model is the old prison in Barcelona, it closed in 2017. Since the summer of 2018 it can be visited and, although it is not a plan that normally appears in tourist guides, it has become very fashionable among the people of Barcelona, it is well worth it to enter this space of Catalan historical memory and take one of its guided tours to learn all about its history.
Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi
Pi Square, 7
In the heart of the Gothic Quarter, specifically in the picturesque Plaza del Pi, is this wonderful church that was built in the 14th century (1319-1391) in the Gothic style, but had to be restored in the 20th century because it was destroyed during the Civil War (1936). On this visit you cannot miss the climb to the bell tower, where you will enjoy one of the best views of Barcelona.
Back Facade of Casa Batlló
Every tourist who visits the city will go to see the Casa Batlló, but very few people know that there is a hidden face, the rear façade. In order to see it, you have to go around the building to the right, enter the Servei Estació store, go up to the second floor and cross the door at the end of the corridor.
Antoni Tapies Foundation
C/ d'Arago, 255
It is located in the heart of the Eixample district, on the bustling Aragó street, in a historic building designed by the famous modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Antoni Tapias founded it in order to disseminate modern and contemporary art, as well as his works. What most attracts the attention of the modernist building is the iron sculpture with which it crowned the façade of the artist that invites you to delve into his universe.
Calle de Sant Pau, 65
This bar in the heart of the Raval has two centuries of history and artists such as Dalí, Picasso and Gaudí have passed through it. It is famous for its interior that maintains the original structure and decoration, but also for its relationship with absinthe, today they continue to serve this particular high-grade drink. To drink it you have to follow a whole ritual, they serve it together with a bottle of water, a sugar cube and a fork. Do you dare to discover why?
Barcelona's town hall
Pl. de Sant Jaume, 1
Located in the heart of the city, just in front of the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya. This building began to be built in the mid-14th century in the Gothic style, although it was not completed as we see it now until the 20th century in a neoclassical style.
The Town Hall can be visited for free every Sunday, freely or with a guided tour.
IEC Headquarters - Sant Pau Convalèscence Home
The Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) is the corporation in charge of researching the elements of Catalan culture. Since 1931 it has been based in the old Casa de Convalescència, a beautiful 17th century building that, at the time, was used to recover the sick at the Hospital de la Santa Creu. Today you can visit the patio, the garden, various rooms and the magnificent chapel.