After 11 years of living in Barcelona, we decided to reveal the top 5 secret places which you won’t find in classic travel guides.
Yes, we spend many years in this amazing city, we have seen many places and we did a lot of sightseeing.
Imagine that the first years in Barcelona, we had many visitors and were doing tour guides for them so I would say that we have seen Sagrada Familia like 100 times (but we still love it!)
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In Barcelona, there is a lot of history and many things to see so we would recommend at least 3 days visit. During these three days, you will be able to see the popular monuments like La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Milà – La Pedrera, Las Ramblas street and city beach.
If you have a chance to come for longer, you will be to able to explore the city more and even find secret places in Barcelona.
When we were living in Barcelona, we discovered the top 5 secret places which might not be even known by locals.
The Carmel Bunkers
If you want to see the whole city of Barcelona, this is a place for you. Carmel Bunkers are placed on the top of the hill Turó de la Rovira and you have an amazing 360º city view. This place was originally used as antiaircraft warfare during the Spanish Civil War. You might think that according to the name, you will find bunkers here, however it was always used only as antiaircraft warfare and its facilities. Nowadays, it’s a great viewpoint and we recommend spending sunset here, it’s just beautiful!
Labyrinth Park of Horta
Located on the north part of the city, Labyrinth Park of Horta is one of the hidden gems of Barcelona. This park is actually the oldest garden in Barcelona and it has a long history. The best element of the park is the labyrinth, a series of tall hedges that link together in a maze formation. It is the best place to lose yourself in a real-life labyrinth and forget everything. It is opened 7 days a week and there is a small admission fee of 2.17 EUR (2018 price).
Antic Theatre is a totally hidden urban place located close to the popular Palau de la Música. The Theatre is attached to the stunning terrace where you can sit surrounded by the classic buildings of the old part of Barcelona. It is a perfect secret place in Barcelona for refreshment in the summer far away from the city noise. Every time we visited this place, we found a great vibe so we totally recommend it!
Greek Theatre Gardens (Jardins del Teatre Grec)
Greek Theatre Gardens are located in Montjuic Hill and they were built for the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. Nowadays, the place is used for the Grec Festival during the summer months. The rest of the year, the gardens and theatre are both opened to the public and it is a great place for reading a book and escape from the city.
The Chocolate Museum (Museu de la Xocolate)
Our favourite secret place in Barcelona if you like chocolate:). The Chocolate Museum is located in the historic part of the city and beside the fact that you can taste delicious chocolate, you can also discover the chocolate history and its origins in Europe. This museum is actually one of the smallest museums in Barcelona and many people don’t know this place, that’s why for us it is the 5th secret place in Barcelona which we would recommend.
As mentioned at the beginning of the post, there are many places to visit in Barcelona and we had a hard time to chose the Top 5 secret places, however, for us, these are the ones we really love and recommend.
Where to stay in Barcelona?
Barcelona offers many accommodation types from 5-star hotels to apartments or hostel rooms.
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Where to eat in Barcelona?
As we mentioned that we were living in Barcelona for about 11 years, and we are real foodies, so we wanted to make it easier for you. We created a personal list of 35 AMAZING RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU HAVE TO EAT in Barcelona.
This list includes where to eat Paella, Tapas, or traditional Spanish food in Barcelona. Believe us there are so many places to eat in Barcelona which don’t serve very good quality food so it might be hard to avoid scams. Check our Food Guide list to not make any mistakes.
Where to go for One day trip from Barcelona?
If you are staying more days in Barcelona, we recommend going to Monserrat for one day trip. This is a full day trip (7-9h) visiting not only Monserrat Monstery, but also winery located in Castle and Food tasting of Spanish delicatessen. You will see a beautiful view and an English guide will be available for you. It is a very popular tour so check out the availability, while it is still available!
If you don’t want to go by bus as an organized tour, you can also rent a car and explore Catalonia differently. Renting a car give you more flexibility and freedom when going for one or more day trips from Barcelona. Read our 11 unique tips on How to get BUDGET CAR RENTAL in Spain.
Read more about where to go for Day trips from Barcelona.
Please feel free to comment below your secret places in Barcelona so we can discover other hidden gems when we are visiting Barcelona again.