Today’s post is written by Mary Harris. She is highlighting some unique and interesting places in the never boring Barcelona, Spain.
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Barcelona is one of the few cities that you can visit time and time again, without anything seeming repetitive or boring. But, like any city, the touristy areas can get a bit stale if you are visiting the Catalan capital for the second or even third time. This is when you have to explore some of the hidden spots and lesser known wonders of the city. Of course, planning ahead is a good idea since you will arrive prepared and knowing what to do and see. Reserving your accommodation before your arrival is a must. This helps you find better deals and arrive more relaxed. Internet platforms such as Venere can provide you with all useful information you may need to select the right accommodation in Barcelona. When thinking about your itinerary, you can be sure that Barcelona has limitless amounts of incredible buildings and parks, so here are a few hidden gems of the beautiful city.
In Montjuic there is the incredible cactus garden that is located near the Miramar hotel. The garden overlooks the harbor and is a little desert with huge cacti, only when you look around you are surrounded by the Mediterranean.
Also on Montjuic are the Greek Gardens, which are a great place to escape the crowds of the city center. There are beautiful plants and flowers but the real highlight is the Greek amphitheater. The park always seems to have some concert or performance going on, making a true hidden gem of the city.
Although it is in many guide books the La Boqueria
market is always something to go to no matter how many trips you have taken to Barcelona. After exploring the market you can wander around and explore the great quarter of Raval. This neighborhood has amazing little cafes, bookstores and vintage shops and is the perfect place to relax and wind through the crowded medieval alleyways.
One of the best things to see on a return journey is the Cosmo Caixa, the science museum in Barcelona.
The Caixa Forum in Barcelona attribution: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki
The architecture of the building is awe inspiring in itself as well as the amazing permanent installations. The museum has an Amazon forest display with an entire cross section of the forest and river. The exhibit also has wildlife from the Amazon including crocodiles and piranhas, making it a truly unique experience in the city. Another incredible museum is the El Refugi 307, an old bomb shelter from the Spanish Civil War era that was turned into a museum. Here you can explore sprawling tunnels and gain some insight as to what life was like during this time in Spanish history.
For food one of the best places of the beaten path is Euskal Extea Taberna where the specialty is pinxto. This is essentially the northern Spanish version of tapas and has become a trend in the Catalonian capita in recent years. The ambience of the tapas bar is incredible and the food is some of the best you will find in the city. It is a refreshing change from the normal tapas and paella found all over Barcelona.
Whether this is your first visit, or you have visited many times, Barcelona is the city to find many hidden gems.
What is your favorite place to see in Barcelona or the area?
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