Hidden Places Barcelona: 5 Secret Gems
Barcelona is one of the most beautiful Spanish cities. It features several hidden places and this is the right place to discover them.
Barcelona is a city that offers a lot to the people who live there, but also to the tourists who have chosen it to spend a holiday. When traveling one of the main goals is to relax and at the same time visit the most beautiful places that a certain city hosts. In this article you will discover five hidden places of Barcelona.
1. Placa Reial
One of the most enchanting places you can admire around the city is Plaza Reial. Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, where you can enjoy the lively medieval city near the beautiful church of Santa Maria del Pi, the beautiful historical shops and the local daily life.
In this square you can sit at the tables of the Glaciar Bar (which still has the bohemian style of the old cafes) under the arches surrounding the square and watch a wide variety of people passing by the fountain or under the palm trees.
Here you will surely meet everyone, from tourists and acrobats to children or couples holding hands.
Today Plaça Reial has many restaurants and bars and is a lively square both day and night. In the centre of Plaça Reial there is a fountain with two special lampposts. Antoni Gaudí designed these lamps in the early years of his career. This place was his first assignment for the city of Barcelona. It has a typically Mediterranean look thanks to the “palaces” and the surrounding palm trees. It is an ideal place to have a drink (at a high price though) during your visit to Barcelona.
2. Labirinto di Horta
The labyrinth of the Horta is one of hidden places. It is a historic garden created in the late eighteenth century and is the oldest park still in use in the city of Barcelona. The park has a neoclassical style and the maze is ideal for a visit with children. On on other days it is also an oasis of tranquility in the bustling city of Barcelona. Usually in the neighborhood of Horta-guinardó you will find mainly locals.
In 1792 the Italian architect Domenico Bagutti was commissioned to build a labyrinth of cypresses in this park, with a statue of Eros in the center. The park was then owned by the wealthy Desvalls family who lived in a building near the park. This last was then located in the independent municipality of Sant Joan d’Horta, which was annexed to the city of Barcelona only in 1904. The 9-hectare park is divided into neoclassical and romantic gardens; next to the famous maze there is a waterfall, a moss garden, two Italian temples with statues of Danae and Artemis and beautiful Tuscan columns. In the early 1970s the park became the property of the city of Barcelona and was opened to the public.
3. Torre di Bellesguard
At the foot of Tibidabo stands a building by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi. It is almost always forgotten by the itineraries of hit and run tourism. This is the Tower of Bellesguard, once a manor house. Now a monument to visit with less crowds than the other famous buildings of Gaudí.
The Tower of Bellesguard was built by the Guilera family on the remains of a medieval palace, whose style inspired Gaudí to build the current building. The architecture is in fact a fascinating mix of neo-Gothic and modernist, between symbolic references to ancient tradition and slender forms in harmony with the other buildings of the early ‘900.
Your visit will be completed by the view from the pinnacle of the tower, a show that does justice to the name of the building itself.
4. The Bakery Escriba
Have you ever known the magical world of Charlie and the chocolate factory? Discover the magic of wonderful sweets in this fantastic pastry shop called Bakery Escriba. The secret is hidden in the boundless imagination of its owner. Antonio Escribà began experimenting with this art for the first time with bread, then with chocolate and sweets, thanks to the instructions of Etienne Tholoniat, French pastry chef. He won several gold medals and the highest award of the French Community. Among his works stand out:
-Chocolate mannequins, with skirts covered with meringues, almond paste and chocolate;
-Port Aventura mascot pie 6 meters high;
-Fresh food for the retransmission of the program Martian Chronicles of 6×4 meters;
-A Jaguar F1 made with 10,000 chocolate leaves.
5. Antic teatre
Antic teatre is one of hidden places within the Born district. As its name indicates, it is an ancient open-air theater. It is a small and simple bar, but very nice thanks to the charm of the large veranda, with a large tree in the middle, surrounded by chairs and tables.
In the ’50s, in fact, the venue had been home to a cultural association of the neighborhood. In this place there were also theater performances , before the closure of the center in the ’80s.
Left in a state of neglect for more than 20 years, this restaurant was bought back and renovated in 2003 to be transformed into a bar-theater. Culture and theater are always part of its specialties.