Barcelona is a beautiful and vibrant city full of life, history, and beautiful architecture. The city boast some of the most famous and visited attractions in Europe. But we already know the hits, like La Sagrada Familia and La Rambla. One of my favorite things about exploring a new city is finding fun and cool places that aren’t on the top ten lists.
After spending five weeks exploring Barcelona I found a few favorite little spots.
So when you are looking to get away from the crowds, see some awesome views, and wander through nature check out these places!
Find out which of Barcelona’s big attractions are worth the time and money
Bunkers del Carmel
Up on the hill overlooking all of Barcelona are the Bunkers del Carmel. The now abandoned military bunkers were built during the Spanish Civil War as an anti-aircraft battery. Now the concrete platforms are just part of the hillside park and serve as an awesome place to watch the sun rise or set over the city.
The bunkers are a popular spot for sunset. Hike up the hill and bring a little picnic with you to watch the sun go down behind the mountains west of the city.
While sunset at the bunkers is fun, sunrise is when you get the spectacular views. Because the sun comes up over the water of the Mediterranean Sea, it makes for beautiful beautiful light all over the city.
Montjuic is a large hill on the southern side of Barcelona. It boast awesome views of the city and the harbor, as well as several gardens, museums, and a castle. You can also take the cable car from the beach up the mountain on one side, or take the gondola up the mountain directly to the castle from the other side.
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Cactus Garden – Jardins De Mossén Costa i LLobera
I love cacti, something about their polyp-y shapes and sharp spines just intrigues me. Anyways, this cactus garden is an awesome place to cruise around and hang out for an afternoon. Situated on the side of Montjuic, the terraced garden overlooks the harbour, with views of palm trees and cruise ships. There are over 800 different species of cacti and trees in the garden showcasing a huge variety of desert botanicals.
Thursday through Saturday at 8:00PM the fountain lights up for an awesome water show on par with the Bellagio’s fountain show in Vegas. The water-technics, lights, and accompanying music are an amazing site to see. Take a seat up on the stairs or on the grass and sit back and enjoy the show.
At the center of Barcelona’s oldest garden, Parc del Laberint, there is a hedge maze labyrinth. The tall hedge walls twist and turn you around, but if you make your way to the center of the maze you find a statue of Eros, the Greek God of love.
I had a blast wandering through the maze and eventually found my way out. The surrounding park was once the estate of a wealthy family and the grounds include fountains, rivers, and a waterfall.
Everything you need for a day out adventuring!
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