If you are an experienced traveler going to Barcelona, you have probably found out that it is not a secret that locals as well as knowing tourists buy tickets online, don’t eat at La Boqueria market and don’t spend their weekend at Barceloneta. Well, you are right!
Unfortunately, nowadays there is no place in Barcelona that is not overrun with tourists. And this may or may not disappoint you, but the only secret is that many locals escape tourists every time they get a chance.
Luckily, we have our dearest MeetnGreeters who are eager to share all the insight information and make your visit unforgettable! They provided us with lots of quite unknown tips, so you are welcome!
Inside the city
On a nice day travel up to Carretera de les Aigües – a walking/running/mountain biking trail on a ridge line below Tibidabo. The Carretera has an amazing view of the city and the sea from a perspective that few tourists ever saw. Depending on the level of fitness, it might be best to take a cab/taxi up to the start (further up the road from the Mirablau bar).
If you like contemporary architecture, go for a walk around Glories and find famous Torre Agbar skyscraper which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona. Heading from there towards the sea, you will find a lot of interesting buildings by lesser-known architects.
While there, you might want to visit the Design Museum of Barcelona – a museum dedicated to the history, practice, and uses of design. It focuses on 4 branches or design disciplines: space design, product design, information design and fashion. If you don’t necessarily plan to go inside, note that the building itself is also worth of attention.
And don’t mind visiting art exhibition at Can Framis – an art center devoted to the promotion of contemporary Catalan painting. The best urban photos can be done there, too.
Outside the city
The best option to get an authentic experience is to rent a car and go out of town. Here are some places that can be easily reached from Barcelona.
For example, head to Costa Brava in Calella de Palafrugell area – this small holiday resort and ancient fishing village is located on a rocky coastline sprinkled with small coves. It is one of the few places on the coast which still preserves the charm of the local villages before the arrival of mass tourism, with narrow streets, steep tiled roofs and some traditional two-floor fishermen’s dwellings.
Among the places of interest are Port Bo, the botanical garden and the castle of Cap Roig, among the events – the Garoinada festival, the Fiestas de Primavera, Costa Brava Jazz Festival, Garden Festival of Cap Roig and much more.
Another option – go to Figueres to see the Dalí museum. While sometimes it can be a little touristy, it is not as full as other places. More importantly, it is wonderful and authentic – Dalí participated in its creation, so there you feel his influence in everything.
The museum displays the single largest and most diverse collection of Salvador’s works, the core of which was from the artist’s personal collection. In addition to Dalí’s paintings from all decades of his career, there are Dalí’s sculptures, three-dimensional collages, mechanical devices, and other curiosities from Dalí’s imagination! Full entrance ticket costs 14 euros, here you can find the opening hours and other visiting information.
Hurry up to see all the places while they are still out of the way, not frequented by tourists and spectacular! Perhaps, with such a number of tourists, everything will change in a glance.