Catalonia and Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

This tag reunites all our blog posts for those who don’t want to stay with the crowds. If going off the beaten path sounds like fun to you, then plunge into our blog posts to find out ideas that will get you beyond what the average tourist gets to see, and to get closer to the “real” Barcelona. Like San Francisco, Barcelona has districts with their unique personality that only Barcelonans understand, but with our help you’ll get to break their secret and discover their hidden gems. We also have great recommendations for those wishing to go beyond the borders of the city to explore the region of Catalonia without sticking to the top day trips destinations.

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Exploring Horta Guinardó

HORTA-GUINARDÓ: GOING OFF THE BEATEN PATH

WHAT SHOULD YOU SEE IN THE HORTA DISTRICT? With the construction of the Eixample district after 1854, Barcelona expanded its limits beyond the city walls, eventually reaching those villages in the subburbs, that finally lost their independence and were annexed. One of the last to become part of Barcelona was Horta, in 1904. This a rural  …

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Visiting Sant Andreu Barcelona with us

WALKING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF SANT ANDREU

WHAT TO SEE IN SANT ANDREU Getting to Sant Andreu de Palomar is easy: just hop on the L1 (red) subway line and get off on Sant Andreu station, right in the heart of this off the beaten path district with its own personality: Plaça Orfila, presided by the eclectic building of the Sant Andreu del …

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Our Squares of Gracia district

WHY WE LOVE THE GRACIA SQUARES

Strolling around the Places de Gràcia Gracia plazas are distinct landmarks of the Gràcia district. Originally an independent village connected with Barcelona through a road that was going to become the nowadays fancy Passeig de Gracia, that part of the countryside north of the old Barcelona was often developed by private real state owners that …

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Sarria Sant Gervasi Visit

SARRIÀ DISTRICT: GOING OFF THE BEATEN PATH IN BARCELONA

Exploring the Sarrià neighborhood in Uptown Barcelona I was born in the district of Sarria Sant Gervasi, one of the areas of Barcelona that still preserves a village-like feel. It actually used to be an independent village that was finally eaten by Barcelona and lost its independence in the early 1900s. If you like going …

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Catalonia sites in Ruta de l'Atzar

MY 2YO STEALS MY PHONE TO SEE THIS VIDEO ABOUT CATALONIA OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Ruta de l’Atzar, great video with happy song My baby steals my phone to keep watching this Catalonia video over and over again. And we don’t encourage her to have much “screen time” at all: we prefer her to play. But in this case, I can’t blame her: this video is the cutest thing ever. I …

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Barcelona Gracia restaurants best

GRACIA RESTAURANTS: OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT

Restaurants in Gracia for every taste and need At the top of the tourist-packed Passeig de Gràcia, right after crossing the classy Diagonal Avenue, starts a hot district that mixes the spirit of the traditional neighborhoods with the energy of the newly arrived young designers, cooks and creators. Less trendy than the Born, but not …

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Barcelona Poblenou - off the beaten path

POBLENOU OFF THE BEATEN PATH

THE NON-TOURISTY POBLENOU The Poblenou District was once called the Mediterranean Manchester. Here were located the many factories, most of them textile, that made Barcelona the first Spanish city to join the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s. The neighborhood, once an independent village – hence its name “New Village”, welcomed immigrants and locals that moved in …

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Favorite districts in Barcelona

OFF THE BEATEN PATH DISTRICTS IN BARCELONA

Barcelona neighborhoods for an authentic experience London, Paris, San Francisco, New York City… many people plans their sightseeing according to the districts they want to visit in each place, as each district has its own unique personality. But when it comes to Barcelona it almost seems like there is only the Eixample, the Old Town …

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Visiting Cemeteries of Barcelona

VISITING THE BEST CEMETERIES IN BARCELONA

Barcelona graveyards worth visiting Visiting cemeteries has become a trend among those travelers who want to go a bit off the beaten path besides visiting the main tourists sites. Famous graveyards such as Père Lachaise in Paris, Novodevichy in Moscow, Woodlawn in NYC…  are just a few examples. There you can follow the track of …

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Off the beaten path Barcelona sites

ARCHITECTURE HIDDEN GEMS IN BARCELONA

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 …

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