Off the Beaten Path: 5 Hidden Spots in Barcelona

Running out of things to do and places to see in Barcelona is highly unlikely, but if you want to take a break from visiting the more tourist laden spots, or if you’re up for something unexpected, then we have five off the beaten path spots to share with you. Check out our selection of 5 hidden gems in Barcelona, and don’t forget to book your place for one of our Foto Ruta Clue tours for more surprises!

Montjuic Cemetery

 Photo by  Jens

Photo by Jens

Located on one of the slopes of Barcelona’s Montjuic hills, overlooking the sea, the city’s main cemetery is an interesting architectural and cultural spot. Every second Sunday the cemetery offers free tours, and it also has one of the few libraries in the world dedicated to the topic of death, with over four thousand books that broach on the subject! 

Finca Sansalvador

 Photo by  Cedric Ferri n

Photo by Cedric Ferrin

This modernista gem, hidden in the El Coll area in Gracia, was designed by Catalan architect Josep Maria Jujol for Doctor Sansalvador. During the construction phase, they found a source of water with radium, which at the time was considered to be medicinal, so an underground grotto was built to access it. The Taller d’Historia de Gracia offers open door access to this special place on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of every month.  

Jardines Mercè Rodoreda

 Photo by  Pablo Cabezos

Photo by Pablo Cabezos

These gardens in El Putxet commemorates renowned Catalan author Mercè Rodoreda. Additionally, on the street opposite to the entrance to the garden (Carrer de la Costa), is a unique miniature modernista house with mosaics of family life and is a special vantage point with a great view! Avinguda de la República Argentina and Carrer de la Costa.

Jardí de la Casa Ignaci de Puig

 Photo by  ana pinta

Photo by ana pinta

If you don’t want to stray so far away from the city center, this shady patio near the Ramblas is a beautiful hidden resting spot that you can approach from either Carrer Aroles, or through the Hotel Petit Palace. Stop by for a short rest, a few pictures and a bit of shade.

Palau de la Generalitat Bells

 Photo by  Oiluj Samall Zeid    

The Palau de la Generalitat is crowned by 49 bells. Not only are they beautiful to see, but also to listen to, as they are chimed every day at midday and at 6pm.