Barcelona's Best Kept Secrets
Barcelona, Spain is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. There is so much to do & see which is why it can often be overwhelming trying to escape the long lines and high prices for the basic attractions. These are some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets.
Columbus Monument Lookout- At the end of the famous La Rambla near Barceloneta beach is where you will see the famous monument dedicated to the Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus. While this landmark is known by everyone who visits the city, what is lesser known is the view from the top. Near the base, there is an entrance where you can buy tickets for around 6 euros. You then ride a lift to the top and get a panoramic view of the city and port!
Bunkers del Camel- This spot is unknown to most locals. No one I met had ever heard of it, which led to multiple trips! This spot is was built during the Spanish Civil War and gives us a panoramic view of Barcelona. My first trip I hiked up the trail across a beautiful bridge and watched the sunset, which I recommend doing so if you can. The second time I traveled most of the way by car and then walked a short distance to the overlook. The location is usually free from tourist besides the occasional trip from one of the hostels. For the ultimate date or outing, go a little before sunset and bring a picnic!
Park Güell- I know, this spot isn’t exactly a secret but there is one thing there is. If you go 30 minutes before they open you get in for FREE (no ticket required) and the place all to yourself! In my opinion, this is the only way to see this iconic work of Gaudí. Tickets to enter are only around 8 euros but the amount of tourists that visit here year-round is insane and a crowded place is no way to take a proper photo!
Montjuïc Cactus Park- Just a short walk up to Montjuïc is a cactus park!! Okay, yes I’m obsessed with them but this place is so cool and tourist free! Once you walk around the park which has many cacti and exotic plants, you can stroll on over to the beautiful Hotel Miramar for a drink and enjoy the gardens and views from there. Exploring Montjuïc was one of my favorite days when I lived there. Give yourself enough time to walk around an explore!
Labyrinth Park & Maze- An enchanted garden straight out of a movie, this garden is not something most people think about when they think of Barcelona. Laberint d'Horta, once used by Spanish royals, is the oldest park in the city. It also has a pretty challenging maze (it took us 45 minutes!!) which, once you finish, leads you to a secret part of the garden. This beautiful piece of history covers 18 acres and if you go on Wednesday's, the entrance is free!
Like I said, there are so many things to do in Barcelona! Try branching out from the mainstream tourists and experience the real beauty this city has to offer.
A few other tips-
Most museums have a free entry day every week. If not, the first Sunday every month the museums are also free.
My favorite thing to do was wonder around the streets, especially in the Gothic and El Born neighborhoods. It is the best way to see the old city and find new shops and spots that no one else knows about!
If you want to see the city and its famous monuments without the crowds go early! Around 8:30am in Spain is considered early, most people there don’t get up until much later, especially on the weekends!
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