Off The Beaten Path

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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