The Hidden Spots of Barcelona

Hidden Spot Of Barcelona

The Hidden Spots of Barcelona

Hidden Spot Of Barcelona - Barcelona is a wonderful city surrounded by mountains and tucked neatly against the Mediterranean sea. It’s a city that has inspired the likes of Guadi, George Orwell, Pablo Picasso, and Ernest Hemingway. A place that has hosted an Olympic games and is home to one the greatest football players of all time. Barcelona truly is a charismatic and amazing place full of possibilities for athlete and artist alike, however it’s also a place that holds many secrets too.

The 1992 Olympic Games were the coming out party for Barcelona as a major tourist destination. Once the world got a glimpse of the Dream Team walking Las Ramblas or relaxing on the pristine beaches of Barceloneta it was all that it took to start a major economic boom that transformed the city from a sleep port town to a thriving metropolis and mecca for the European party scene. With all this notoriety comes the unfortunate swaths of tourists. During peak season major attractions are filled to the brim and the leisurely walk down Las Ramblas most were familiar with seeing during the 1992 Olympic Games is more akin to a rat race and pick-pocket paradise.

Finding the places that inspired so many and left an indefinable mark on their souls is no longer easy to come by. Having a cathartic experience is no easy task when your surround by picture snapping tourists and jack-knife thieves, however it’s not impossible. Like all big cities Barcelona has its places that are known to locals only and tourists who flood the major areas in the city center are hard to find. When you get to Barcelona here are some of the things you can do, to distance yourself from the throngs of tourists.

In The Beginning

The minute you touch down in Barcelona you may be tempted to rent a car to get you around, the first thing you need to remember is that this is Europe and this city has invested heavily in public transit. Getting to the city center or anywhere really is fairly cheap and easy; and catching the train into town is by far the best method. First you’ll want to grab yourself a T-10 ticket, which costs around 10 euros and gives you 10 rides on the metro. This is by far the best deal you can get and buying anything else is a huge rip-off.

Once you get into the city and get settled you’ll most likely (like all visitors) want to head to the beach, and while you should definitely fight the crowds down Las Ramblas and experience Barceloneta in all its perfectly manicured tourist packed glory it’s also your first day and you’ll most likely want to take a rest not fight for every inch of space. What most locals know is that while Barceloneta is great its simply too full for any real beach time, so most head north to Poblenou (one of the great hidden neighborhoods too) where the beaches are just as perfect with about a fourth of the people.

Once you’ve finished with the beach, you’ll probably want to take part in the traditional Spanish siesta and take a nice rest in the middle of the day. Don’t worry about missing out on the fun, because most of the town will join you and unless you’re in the city center you’ll notice every store and shop closed up until around 5 or 6 before they finally get around to opening back up. Once the stores to open up shop again you might to find a nice place in one of the plazas for dinner. You’ll want a nice space so that you can take your time and soak up the night, grab some vino, some tapas and enjoy yourself.

The Next Day

While the beach will probably call your name for a second straight day there is so many great things to do and see, you’ll regret missing some of the other top attractions. While Mount Tibidabo provides an amazing view of the city and an amazing day hike my personal advice would be to head to Montjuic to spend your day. While both are amazing places to hike, montjuic is simply a great place for finding hidden treasures. Spending a day hiking up and around the mountain is a day well spent. Montjuic provides incredible views of the city, hosts the one well done art museum, Joan Miro, and is the place where the 1992 Games were held and essentially is the place where modern Barcelona was born. If you want a truly locals only experience try finding the hidden rock climbing wall on the back side of the mountain. Even if you’re not into that kind of thing it will be truly a great find if you do.

Coming down the mountain you’ll drop out in the incredible Plaza Espana, and while this is a very touristy place you’ll also be very close to some non-touristy things. L’Eixample is a perfect neighbor to find all sorts of great bars, restaurants, and shops most of which are fairly out of the tourist view. However, if you really want to sneak a peek at some of the best Barcelona has to offer head down to the Sant Antoni market. While you may not find anything to your liking the atmosphere will certainly delight and people hustle back and forth trying to get through their daily lives. The nice thing about the market is that its nestled up to one of the more interesting sections of the city. El Raval is a neighborhood in the same close corridor style El Gotic, although this neighborhood sheds the cleaned up imagine and shows the true down and dirty side of Barcelona. If you really want to see the place that inspired Hemingway look no further than Marsella just off the Rambla del Raval. He spent many a night down absinthe and contemplating suicide in this down on its luck treasure.

The Catalan Life

Once you’ve had your fill at the depressing state of affairs Hemingway found himself, you might need a bit of cheering up. You’ll be close enough now to saunter back into the center and head for Placa Real. While this is by far a major tourist area there are many little secrets that the locals only know. First the streets surrounding it a like a maze and unless you live in the city you’re going to get lost, so there are plenty of good things just around the bend that very few will every see. My favorite though is the Pipa Club, simply because its hidden in plain sight directly in Placa Real. You’ll probably have to ask a local exactly where it is but the fact that you know of it should be more than enough for them to point you in the correct direction. Once there you simple need to ring the bell on the nondescript door and head in for a night of speakeasy fun, as this is one of many such establishments around the city. While you’ll no doubt drop far more on a single beer than you would like the atmosphere and company more than make up for it.

The last place you’ll certainly want to explore is Gracia as it is by far the most Catalan of all the major neighborhoods in the city. Gracia is great for its local flair and it has a wonderful charm all its own. Much like El Gotic it simply lacks the major tourist attractions that people flock to the city to see. Furthermore its about as far from the beach as possible and usually there is nary a tourist in sight. This is a neighborhood for the young and young at heart and while there are few places here that will go all night your sure to find some great fun in very unexpected places here. With plenty of restaurants and bars you’ll have your choice of the best food the city has to offer. The best bet for a great night start here and work your way back down to the center of town for an all night dance fest at one of the many local clubs on the Diagonal. You may wake up a bit worse for wear in the morning but it will be worth it.
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