Barcelona is among the top cities in Europe to visit. However it tends to get pretty busy sometimes.
Here’s a list of Barcelona hidden gems you can’t miss. We are lucky to have our fleet of go-everywhere vintage sidecar motorcycles. This iconic motorcycles allow us to escape the crowds and explore the most authentic side of Barcelona.
Along with the off the beaten path modernist buildings list you’ll get the most of Barcelona’s unknown treasures.
The monument was designed by architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built between 1905 and 1908. It was designed as a home for Barcelona’s choir, the Orfeó Catalá. Hidden in the narrow alleys of the El Born neighborhood, you may bump into Palau de la Musica. A magnificed building, an iconic monument of the modernist architecture. Still active today, this Unesco site leaves in awe its vistiros every day.
One of our favorite spots on the Montjuïc hill. Locals go to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tucked right behind the Museum of National Art of Catalonia (the big palace-like building on Plaza España) these gardens offer a place of peace and quietness. In contrast to the busy front of the museum and the fast paced life in the center of Barcelona. Here you can have a relaxing walk and feel connected to nature.
This modernist monument is located in a very short distance from Sagrada Familia. Just walk up the picturesque Avinguda Gaudi to stumble upon this impressive example of modernist architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage Site isn´t nearly as busy as the famous church of Gaudi. Nevertheless, its stunning façade on the main entrance, the 27 historical pavilions and its beautiful gardens and interior court make it a piece of outstanding architectural value: a mandatory “hidden gem” open for cultural visits and tours.
Exceptionally charming is the courtyard of the Hospital of the Holly Cross in the Old Town. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages and it was the prime center of medical research back in the day. Nowadays it is the seat of the national library of Catalonia. It offers a quiet oasis in the middle of the vibrant Raval neighborhood.
Do you needed any more proof that Barcelona is an awesome city? Well, the gardened labyrinth in the Horta-Guinardo neighborhood should do. This iconic garden was constructed as part of the private estate of the for the Desvalls family. That was in the 18th century and expanded in the 19th. In 2006 a scene for the movie ´The Perfume´ (after the famous book by Patrick Suskind) was shot there. Nowadays it is open to the public. The number of visitors is limited to 750 at a time in order to preserve area. It’s much quieter than Las Ramblas.
Tibidabo is the tallest hill immediately surrounding Barcelona, so we couldn’t possibly skip it. The church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the amusement park are a great plan. But if you are looking for a chilled vibe to grab a cocktail and enjoy spectacular views over the city, then Mirablau café is your answer. It´s a great spot to just sit back and appreciate the great city that Barcelona is.
Which is your favorite monument in Barcelona? We’d love to hear from you.