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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Around the Barri de Sants in Barcelona

EXPLORING THE SANTS AREA IN BARCELONA

WHAT TO SEE IN THE SANTS DISTRICT   Sants in Barcelona is a great example of what locals call “the real Barcelona”. No big monuments or museums to visit there: just buildings where people live, streets and plazas with businesses, offices and schools where daily life happens. The origin of the neighborhood is tied to the …

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BARCELONA OUTDOOR MARKETS, UNDERRATED TREASURES OF THE CITY

THERE ARE OUTDOOR MARKETS IN BARCELONA FOR EVERYONE – DISCOVER THE ONE FOR YOU! When people think about Barcelona, they usually think about soccer, museums, public art, theaters, historic monuments and its nightlife. Yet, what many tourists ignore is the importance of outdoor markets as part of the culture of Barcelona. Everyone who lives in …

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Discover the Gaudi sites beyond Barcelona

GAUDI SITES OUTSIDE OF BARCELONA

ANTONI GAUDI WORKS BEYOND BARCELONA Everyone comes to Barcelona to see the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. But what many ignore is that he also worked outside of the city, leaving some unique projects that remind hidden gems for most travelers. From unfinished churches, to mountain gardens, from industrial facilities to private homes for the wealthy. …

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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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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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