Five Hidden Gems in Barcelona
Discover this vibrant city off the beaten track
Barcelona is one of the most popular city destinations in Europe attracting millions of tourists each year, but the city still has a host of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Today we want to share our favorite spots in Barcelona with you that are off the beaten track (at least sort of 😉).
Once upon a time, the Carmel Bunkers really were off the beaten track. But year after year the bunkers became more known and today it is a famous viewpoint over the city. What you get there are panoramic views of Barcelona from the Spanish Civil War bunkers where anti-aircraft guns were installed.
What’s great about the Bunkers is that they are free of charge.
For more information on how to arrive go here.
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
The Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau is not a Gaudí structure and hence not as well known as many other buildings in the city. But it is just as beautiful and impressive.
It is Europe’s largest art nouveau complex and was a public hospital until 2009.
Here you can find more information on this Art Nouveau Site, including opening hours and directions.
La Xampanyeria (from Can Paixano) was founded in 1969 and in our opinion it is a must-see during your visit. If you want to have great Cava and Tapas, this is the place to go. The original Xampanyeria is in Carrer de la Reina Cristina and usually packed, you might have to wait to get inside. But it is worth it. Enjoy a glass (or bottle) of the amazing Can Paixano Cava while having some Tapas at the counter.
Check out the Can Paixano website for more information.
Encants Flea Market
Els Encants is not only Barcelona’s biggest, but also its oldest flea market. Over 500 vendors gather here to sell everything from vintage clothes, jewelry, accessories, furniture and antiques.
You can find some amazing deals here if you have the time to look for them. Or if you prefer to just get the feeling of it you can just stroll through the stalls and enjoy this great location. Pro-Tip: We visit the market during our “The New” Barcelona Polaroid tour.
For more Information visit the Encants Website.
Parque del Laberinto de Horta
Horta’s Labyrinth Park is Barcelona’s oldest conserved garden in a Romantic style.
As its name promises already: It is a labyrinth. You have to find your way threw the park’s labyrinth which is made from cypress hedges. What do you think, how long will it take you to go tot he centre and back outside?
You can find more information on opening hours and directions here.