8 Hidden Gems in Barcelona

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The vibrant and exciting city of Barcelona is packed with stunning sights, and discoveries – and there are plenty of hidden gems in Barcelona that you won’t find in your usual tourist guide! So if you’re planning on visiting, make sure you check out some of the more off-beat delights that the city has to offer. Read on to discover eight of the finest secrets that you won’t want to miss!

Roman Aqueduct

Take a trip back in time and seek out this historic vestige that once brought water into the old Roman settlement that stood on the modern city’s grounds. Roman Aqueduct is definitely one of the top Barcelona must see sights – while the arches of the original aqueduct are now integrated into a contemporary construction, they haven’t lost any of their scale or splendour, and make a striking impact.

Plaza Reial (Royal Square)

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Plaza Reial (Royal Square)

One of the greatest charms of Barcelona is that it’s a great city to soak up the atmosphere, and simply watch the world go by around you. The Royal square is one of the most perfect places to do this – grab a table in the sweet, old-world style cafés around the square, and gaze out at the fountain, street performers and ordinary people going about their days. Look out for cheap hotels Barcelona in this area, so that you can make the most of this spot during your stay.

Calder Mercury Fountain

The Calder Mercury Fountain was originally built as a monument to honour the Spanish mercury mines, which had generated tonnes of mercury over 2,000 years. The architect Alexander Calder designed this stunning fountain, pumping pure mercury instead of water, creating a stunning effect. Mercury is also one of the most toxic of metals however, so this Barcelona masterpiece is kept strictly behind a pane of glass to prevent people from breathing in toxic fumes. To see this hidden gem, you’ll need to head to the Joan Miro Foundation. Car rental in Barcelona is easy and affordable, so get yourself a car to make life easier!

Chocolate Museum

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding delicious treats in this city, but this has to be one of the tastiest hidden gems in Barcelona! The Chocolate Museum celebrates the history of chocolate, and how it has evolved over the centuries – showcasing the different forms the humble cocoa bean, to incredible sculptures crafted out of chocolate.

Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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Barcelona Supercomputing Center

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center combines both the beautiful architecture of the city with its ultra modern face – by bringing them both together under one roof. Housed in the Torre Girona, a sprawling and magnificent church, is one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. Located in the campus of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, this is just a little outside the main city. We recommend choosing a car hire from Barcelona Airport to experience the best of the city, and make your way around easily.

Palau Baró de Quadras

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Palau Baró de Quadras

Barcelona is full of incredible architecture wherever you go in the city, but aside form the big names, there are also many smaller treasures worth seeking out, like this one. Located by the Passeig de Gràcia, you can find some great accommodation in Barcelona near this pretty Gothic masterpiece.

The Arús Library

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The Arús Library

For keen bookworms and lovers of history and culture alike, he Arús Library is renowned as being one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, and should definitely be on your must-see list. It also is home to a smaller version of New York’s Statue of Liberty, situated gracefully at the entrance.

Fonda España

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Restaurant Fonda España

Lastly, no summary of the secret treasures of Barcelona would be complete without including something food related. This is where you’ll find Spain’s most highly renowned Michelin-starred chefs, Martin Berastegui, whose Catalan inspired cuisine has won accolades the world over. But do take a moment to check out the stunning venue as well – the incredible décor of the restaurant features mermaids, sharks and octopi, as well as a wonderful rendering of Hokusai’s famous Great Wave.

Make sure you check out the best of the city and share your discoveries with us! We think that there are uncountable Hidden Gems in Barcelona everywhere you go, so go explore!🇪🇸

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