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Barcelona is part of the selected team of cities that are worth visiting more than once. Apart from the popular things to do and see like Las Ramblas, Park Güell, Casa Batlló and so on, this city houses a lot of interesting places that not many people know of, and that are the perfect reason to decide to come back. A second (and a third, and a fourth) visit will just never be too much. If you have already seen all the highlights (or if you are just looking for different, hidden things to see), here is your list of Barcelona’s Hidden Gems.

1. Parc de Cervantes

Located in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, this place is a great site for some downtime in Barcelona. The park itself is beautiful to take a stroll or just simply enjoy sitting down on one of its benches away from the hustle of the city. If you come in the spring, you might want to check the dates of the Barcelona’s International Rose Competition, which would allow you to see the most stunning roses. And if not, don’t worry! The weather is so mild that the roses will stay put throughout the summer and a good chunk of fall.

TIP: You can bring your phone, tablet or laptop as the park has free Wi-Fi!

HOW TO GET THERE:

Metro: Line 3 (green line) stop: Zona Universitaria

Tram: Zona Universitaria

2. Pavellons Güell

Gaudí is known for creating amazing buildings like the Sagrada Familia church, Park Güell, and Casa Batlló, but one of the lesser-known Gaudí masterpieces is this one. The Pavellons Güell were declared a Monument of National Historic and Artistic Interest in 1969, and are mostly known by their wrought-iron gate in the shape of a dragon with glass eyes. This building consists of a stable, longing ring and gatehouses.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Address: Av. De Pedralbes, 7.

Metro: Line 3 (green line) stop: Palau Reial

Trolley System: T1, T2, T3. Stop: Palau Reial

3. La Monumental

This 20th-century building was the last place in Catalonia where bullfights were held after the Parliament banned these events on July of 2010. Nowadays you can visit it in order to attend diverse events such as concerts or to watch acrobats swing from great heights.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Address: Gran Vía de Les Corts Catalanes, 749

Metro: Line 2 (purple line) stop: Monumental

 4. Holala! Plaza

If you’re into vintage items this is the perfect place for you. This shop offers a wide variety of vintage pieces like clothing, furniture, video games, accessories, books and more! You’ll be able to find a unique piece of souvenir to take home, as it’s almost impossible to leave empty-handed from this place.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Address: Plaza Castilla, 2

Metro: Line 1 and 2 (red and purple) stop: Universitat.

5. Monastery of Pedralbes:

This is a perfect place to visit when you want to take a peaceful walk and admire Catalonia’s culture both. The monastery houses collections from the Barcelona’s City History Museum, but if you don’t really have the time it is worth to just skip the exhibits and just walk around. There’s a beautiful garden with orange trees and palms surrounded by three floors of cloisters, and in the shade, you can see the goldfish swim in the garden’s central fountain.

TIP: The entrance to the monastery is free after 3 pm visits!

Hours:

From October to March: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

From April to September: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Address: Baixada del Monestir, 9.

Metro: FGC L6. Stop: Reina Elisenda

6. Casa de la seda

Visiting this site you’ll be able to learn about the life and traditions of the Jewish community of Barcelona in the Middle Ages. La casa de la seda (The silk house) was built in 1763 and it was the headquarters of the veil and velvet maker’s guild of Barcelona.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Address: Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 1.

Metro: L1 or L4 (red or yellow lines) stop: Urquinaona.

 7. El Refugi 307

For those who are fascinated with history, this place is an old, extensive bomb shelter from the Spanish Civil War that has been turned into a Museum. You’ll be able to explore the subterranean tunnels complete with a hospital, toilets and other everyday necessities still intact. Tickets are € 3.40 and you can book a guided tour in English every Sunday at 10:30 am.

Hours:

From Monday to Saturday: only open to groups with advanced reservations.

Sundays with guided tours:

English: 10:30am

Spanish: 11:30am

Catalan: 12:30pm

Closed on public holidays

HOW TO GET THERE:

Address: Nou de la Rambla, 175

Metro: Line 2 or 3 (purple or green lines) stop: Paral-lel.

8. Plaça Sant Felip Neri

Hidden in the gothic quarter beside the Catedral de la Seu, this square is the host of a tragic past as it was the place where Gaudí was heading to when he got hit by a tram and died, and also was the site of a fatal bomb explosion in the Spanish Civil War. But despite all this, this romantic square still remains charming and peaceful, as it is really hard to find.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Metro: Line 4 (yellow line) stop: Jaume I.

 

9. Casa Golferichs

This house was built as a commission to the architect (and Gaudís protégé) Joan Rubió i Bellvé by a dealer of exotic woods: Macari Golferich. The result was a beautiful little palace known as El Xalet that housed a religious college after the Civil War. Today it is a civic center open to the public for visits.

Hours:

Monday to Friday: 10 am – 8 pm

Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

Saturdays of July through September after the Mercé, the center remains closed

HOW TO GET THERE:

Address: Gran Vía, 491

Metro: Line 1 (red line) stops: Rocafort or Urgell.

10. Plaça de la Virreina

Lined on one side by an 18th-century church and on the other by some interesting Art Nouveau buildings, the square has terrace bars and restaurants that are also shaded by some trees from the sun. This place is an idyllic spot to spend some hours away from the hectic city center enjoying a cold drink on a summer afternoon or a warm drink on winter days. 

HOW TO GET THERE:

Metro: Line 3 (green line) stop: Fontana.

11. Allada Vermell Street

Even though it is very close to the Picasso Museum and the Santa María del Mar church, very few visitors stroll around this street. As it is pedestrian, when you walk down this street, it feels like it’s more like a square that’s surrounded by a few bars and restaurants you can try. It also has a children’s playground so it’s perfect for a family walk. Allada Vermell is in between stoned old town buildings making it a truly atmospheric and secluded spot right in the heart of the city.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Metro: Line 4 (yellow line) stop: Jaume I.

12. Plaça Sant Just

This is also a quiet hidden gem tucked away in the old town not far away from Allada Vermell Street. This square is the host of a church dedicated to Sant Just, which was started on the 13th century and finished on the 14th. As this is a very small square, you are unlikely to find too many visitors, and the ones you will find will almost certainly be locals.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Metro: Line 4 (yellow line) stop: Jaume I. 


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