ALTERNATIVE THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA BEYOND THE GAUDI BUILDINGS
In Barcelona, October is about architecture. The first Monday of October is celebrated the World Architecture Day, and this is why the month was chosen to celebrate here the 48 Open House Festival, an event that takes place for a whole weekend when architecturally unique private buildings are open for visitors. Many locals take the opportunity to go inside those landmarks where they are otherwise never allowed to go in. And you can do it, too! Just make sure to plan your visits to this hidden treasures carefully , as access to some sites must be booked in advance and in other lines form up really quickly. Or get a Weekend Passport to skip lines – it’s not cheap (considering that otherwise visiting the buildings is free), but it might be worthwhile.
However, if you aren’t in Barcelona during that weekend (in 2017 it’s taking place October 21-22), beyond Gaudi and the other top modernist buildings there are some other almost secret places in Barcelona that most tourists don’t know about but are totally worth visiting if you like architecture and history. Let us take you off the beaten path today!
These are our favorite Barcelona hidden treasures:
The sophisticate traveler shouldn’t miss the headquarters of the Silk Manufacturers Guild, an association created in the 1700’s to protect the rights and interests of the local silk business and that became the most influential guild of its time. The guild’s power shows in the luxuriously decorated rooms, with silk-lined walls and splendid antique furniture. Don’t miss the impressive private library and historical archives, and the superb presidential office and meeting room where deals, agreements and secrets were discussed. The visit lasts around 45 minutes, and it can be easily combined with a visit of the colorful Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall, just across the street.
AND BONUS! The hidden gem that can be visited at night:
Do you know of any other architecture hidden gems in Barcelona?
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