When you are planning on visiting a great city like Barcelona it is more than likely that you also might be thinking about what to visit while in town. Since the Catalan capital has a lot of worth-seeing cultural features to offer, adding sightseeing to your schedule can be very highly recommended. But… what exactly to visit?? Of course, the Sagrada Familia is impressive and a Hop-On-Hop-Off touristic bus ride can be funny and informative – but Barcelona truly convinces with much more than its famous attractions. If you are looking for some insider-tips, keep on reading and discover our TOP 5 Secret-Sights you shouldn’t miss while in town!
Laberint d’Horta: The Labyrinth Park of Horta – which also goes by Jardins del Laberint d’Horta – is an antic garden located in Horta-Guinardó district. This beautiful piece of nature is the oldest of its kind in Barcelona and includes a neoclassical area from the 18th and a romantic area from the 19th century. The whole park itself is extended over a surface of around 9 hectares and provides a lot of beautiful fountains, springs, terraces and other lovely places to spend some quality time. You can also find a hedge maze (that’s where its name comes from) made up of over 700 meters of cypresses – the perfect place to play a romantic hide and seek with your darling.
Address: Passeig dels Castanyers 1
Hospital de Sant Pau: This complex is definitely one of the most stunning buildings in town. The Hospital de Sant Pau goes back to the early days of the 20th century and was built between 1901 and 1930. The hospital located in Barcelona’s district El Guinardó is considered Europe’s foremost art-nouveau construction and was even awarded as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997. Until 2009 the extraordinary building used to be a fully functioning health care center, but these days it is refurbished to become a museum and cultural heart right in the middle of the city.
Address: Carrer de Sant Quintí 89
Edifici Gas Natural: The Torre Mare Nostrum – which is how the Edifici Gas Natural is also known as – is a super-modern skyscraper and one of Barcelona’s most impressive and outstanding buildings of the modern era. With its block-design, sharp edges plus its silvery and reflective face, the Edifici Gas Natural seems extremely high-tech and futuristic and provides a great architectural contrast to the traditional old city of the Catalan capital. The headquarter of the Gas Natural Company was completed in 2005, features 20 floors and rises 86 meters into the sky. This construction truly is one of a kind.
Address: Plaza del Gas 2
Torre Agbar & Hotel Silken: The Torre Agbar is definitely one of Barcelona’s newest attractions. Built by the company Grupo Agbar as its headquarter this building basically outshines anything in its surrounding. Especially at night the tower, which is supposed to resemble a water fountain, is worth seeing since it is illuminated in 40 different colors in the dark. Currently it is the highest building in the city. Right next to it you can find the Hotel Silken which is with its clean face and modern interior design a perfect addition to the stunning tower – and by the way provides an overwhelming view to its colorful neighbor. These two buildings as well as the above Edifici Gas Natural shouldn’t be missed by people interested in futuristic and creative architecture.
Address Torre Agbar: Avenida. Diagonal 211
Address Hotel Silken: Avenida Diagonal 205
Mercat dels Encats: This place is great for all the discoverers and bargain hunters out there! The Mercat dels Encats is Barcelona’s biggest and most famous flea market and offers something for everybody. What’s especially distinguishing is its funny mix of products of all different types and qualities. From vintage clothes, to books, furniture over old cosmetics to adult films, there is nothing you can’t find. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you can join in into the community of alternative shoppers to dig deep for your personal little treasure(s). A special hint: after noon a lot of marketers drop their prices!
Address: Carrer Dos de Maig, 186
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