10 sides of Barcelona to discover
You already know that Barcelona is Gaudí, the Mediterranean, culture, football… Now we invite you to discover other sides of Barcelona to make your trip unique. Combine them with the more famous tourist plans and have fun.
Barcelona and design
Are you ready to be original and get carried away by creativity? Download the BCN Design Tour on your mobile and you’ll have a map of clothes shops, bookshops, bars and centres of culture that make Barcelona one of the world’s capitals of design.Image courtesy of: Barcelona Turisme
Barcelona and gourmet food markets
Barcelona with a view
Take a deep breath and grab your camera. These plans are awe-inspiring. Visit the Mirador de Colón and discover Las Ramblas from above. Climb up to Tibidabo Mountain and enjoy the panoramic view from the Ferris wheel at the amusement park and from the Torre de Collserola tower. Want more? There’s a really spectacular and much quieter spot in the old bunkers in the Carmel district.
Barcelona and creative cuisine
Barcelona is the perfect city for treating yourself to some haute cuisine. The prestigious Michelin Guide is very clear on this point. In fact, the city has boasted around 10 Michelin-star restaurants for years. You can check them out here.Image courtesy of: Restaurante Dos Cielos - ME Barcelona
Barcelona and shopping
What’s more, shopping in Barcelona is different. The reasons? You’ll find pedestrian zones, a host of craft workshops, age-old shops in monumental buildings and a wide variety of independent designers (for example, in the El Born district). Check out all the tours on the Barcelona Tourist website.Image courtesy of: Barcelona Turisme
Barcelona and dragons
The city is packed with dragons So much so that there have been several editions of a dragon photo book called “Drackelona” published. Do you dare look for them? The most famous one is in the Park Güell, and in fact it’s one of Gaudí’s and modernist architecture’s most frequent motifs.
Barcelona's most cultured side
Choose from… Picasso’s portraits (until June) and his relationship with Barcelona (from October on), which take the spotlight at the Picasso Museum. Meanwhile, there are exhibitions at the MACBA, the CCCB, the MNAC and the CaixaForum. Barcelona is also a city renowned for its festivals, and is host to Primavera Sound, Sonar, Guitar BCN and Barcelona Beach Festival, among others. Complete your guide with the city’s alternative culture centres.
Barcelona and terraces
Terrace-hopping is almost a lifestyle in Barcelona, especially in summertime. The city’s large number of terraces include many that overlook the sea at Port Vell, the trendy ones at well-known hotels and the stylish ones on Passeig de Gràcia. Here are two articles with a good selection (“El viajero” and “On Barcelona”). Although they’re in Spanish, you can look for the websites and addresses in them.
Barcelona and discoveries
Did you know that Barcelona has a park that is a maze? Lose yourself and discover it in the Parque del Laberinto de Horta. Other curiosities you’ll find include an enormous cat (a sculpture by Botero) in the Raval district, and in the middle of a small mediaeval courtyard, four columns from a Greek temple (at Calle Paradís in the Gothic Quarter).
Barcelona's sweetest side
This is Barcelona filled with chocolate, a hidden pleasure that abounds in the city. The Chocolate Tour and the Barcelona Sweet Tour from the Barcelona Tourism Board are perfect ways to discover it. And to savour the most gourmet offerings, visit the Escribà, Hofmann and Oriol Balaguer pastry shops.
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