Places in Barcelona that you didn't know about and you have to visit

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Spain is characterized for being a tourist destination par excellence: beautiful beaches, museums, art galleries, impressive snow-capped mountains, spectacular architectural pieces, etc. One of the most attractive cities for tourists is Barcelona.

It is well known that La Sagrada Familia, La Rambla or even Camp Nou are some of the attractions that gave Barcelona this title. However, this city still has many secret places worth knowing.

In this blog post, Glex will introduce you to each of them! ‍Jardins de la Tamarita ‍Located in the Sant Gervasi neighborhood, this historic noucentista-style garden has a great diversity of vegetation in addition to activities for visitors of all ages: ping-pong, soccer field, slides, swings, and much more. It is definitely a must-see destination.

‍Castle of Castellcir ‍

This also called "Castillo de la Popa" is a fortification in ruins of what was once the great castle in the region of Moianès. It was built around the year 1014 with the aim of defending the inhabitants of the valley of the river Castellcir and Tenes. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1888.

The OTHER Sagrada Familia‍.

The Santuari de la mare de Déu de Monsterrat located in Tarragona, is the work of Josep Maria Jujol who was a disciple of Antoni Gaudí. Construction began in 1925 but the work was interrupted due to the conflicts of the Civil War, and building efforts were resumed in 1989. The sanctuary forms one of the most impressive pieces of modernist architecture in Spain. ‍

The cloister of the parish of Santa Ana‍.

In Ramon Amadeu square, between the Hardrock and a branch of Desigual, the cloister of the parish of Santa Ana houses one of the best kept secrets of Barcelona: a former monastery of the order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the tomb of Miquel de Boera and the gallery of some of the pieces of Pere Pruna, who was a disciple of Pablo Picasso.

The ‍ air-raid shelters.
Under the Barcelona ground there are multiple bunkers that served as hiding places during the Civil War. They were created around 1914 when a strong typhus epidemic struck Barcelona. There are more than 1400 air raid shelters in the subsoil of Barcelona, but the most famous ones are located in Plaça del Diamant. ‍

Casa Vicens ‍
This building is the epitome of Catalan modernism since it was Antoni Gaudí's first major commission in 1878. Gaudí used nature as the main source of inspiration for the elaboration of the facade of the dwelling of Mr. Manuel Vicens. The construction of it began in 1883 and finished in 1888. ‍Sant Pau ‍Lluís Domènech i Montaner created the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in 1401, which would become a reference of Catalan architectural modernism. This building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

‍Casa Amatller ‍
This is a call for chocolate lovers! Casa Museu Amatller was home to chocolatier Antoni Amatller and is an architectural amalgam of Gothic, Plateresque and Mudejar. It currently offers guided tours that conclude with a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

Palau de la Musica Catalana‍.

The jewel of Catalan modernism is located in the Sant Pere district and was also designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It is the only concert hall to have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It offers guided tours in addition to the possibility of attending spectacular concerts. ‍

Fabra Observatory ‍
If what you want is to have an experience from another galaxy, we recommend a visit to the Fabra Observatory built in 1904 commissioned by Camil Fabra y Fontallis. Currently the observatory concentrates its efforts on the research and observation of double stars and the monitoring of asteriods. It offers guided night tours for all astronomical enthusiasts.

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