5 non-touristy places to visit in Barcelona
Whether it is visiting famous museums or tourist hotspots like Sagrada Familia, Park Güell or La Boqueria, you should visit Barcelona at least once in your life. This city is alive from day to night, on rainy and shiny days, and you could spend so much time exploring all the attractions it has to offer.When you think you are about to complete the usual tourist checklist, or you just want something a little less mainstream, here are 5 places you can visit.
Carretera de las aguas
The Catalan major city is surrounded by both hills and seaside, and for this reason it offers stunning panoramas from above. You can admire a fantastic view exactly from this “Carrettera”, un unpaved path over the hill, closed to traffic and part of “Collserola”, a mountain range. Almost 20km long, it is the perfect destination for cyclists, runners and families. During windy days you can even meet model-building passionate people while making their gliders fly.
You can get there with the “Funicular de Vallvidrera” whose route starts from Sarrià district.
This is one of the most unknown district in Barcelona, even if it is worthy visiting. Once an independent village, it was included in Barcelonan territory even though the district is still as it was formerly.
The main street is closed to traffic and lots of traditional shops brighten it up : hardware stores, haberdasher’s shops, stationery’s shops, bookstores and no franchises at all, contribute to the authentic essence of this district, something typical you won’t find in tourist places.
If you find yourself in Sarrià district, don’t miss the chance to taste a piece of the delicious pastel real –a cake made of cream and strawberries- at “El foix de Sarria”. You won’t regret it!
Characterized by the most expensive buildings and houses in Barcelona, you should totally visit the “Monastero di Pedralbes” placed right on the highest place of the district. It is a gothic gem dating back to 1327 and until 1983 it was used as a house of the Poor Clares (Order of Saint Clare). If you choose to visit the museum included in the Monastery, you will see both artworks and everyday objects from the monastic life.
Walking down the Diagonal -the road that divides Barcelona in two parts crossing it from one side to the other- you will find “Palacio Real de Pedralbes”.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
Located next to the Collserola ridge, it is one of the best and oldest parks in Barcelona. It comprises gardens from both 18th and 19th centuries, and its style is a mixture of neoclassical and romantic trends. On its lower terrace you will find the hedge maze from which the park takes its name. It was open to the general public just in 1971, 4 years later the owner left it to the municipality of Barcelona. Getting lost in the cypress maze will amuse everybody, but first of all your kids. Just enter it from one of the 4 gaps and find your way to reach the centre of the maze, where the statue of Eros is waiting for you!
For those passionate about football, you are allowed to enter the Camp Nou Stadium, that is to say the Stadium of Barcelona Football Club. You can visit the museum of the club too. Almost certainly you won’t meet your favorite player, but you can buy his T-shirt for sure. The motto “El Barça es mes que un club” –Barcelona football club is more than a club- indicates that this tour won’t be just a sportive adventure.
Are you planning your travel to Barcelona and you want to make it the most unusual? Just follow this itinerary! –But don’t forget to see the major highlights of the city as well!-