Top 10 most beautiful places in Barcelona to take photos

Beautiful places in Barcelona are certainly not few and far between. From Gaudí’s magnificent architecture to the stunning streets of Born, we’re the first to admit that Barcelona is one huge instagrammable moment!

What’s more with spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to make use of its soft daytime hues to capture the awe-inspiring scenes this city has to offer us.

When it comes to the most beautiful places in Barcelona for truly unique shots that will wow your followers and not need a single filter, we’ve got you covered: discover where to take photos of the best views of the city and hidden spots that only locals know about.

Get ready to bring the most beautiful places in Barcelona to your newsfeed, blog or family album.

The Barcelona Swing – Mirador de Mundet

Ctra. Horta a Cerdanyola, 39, 08035 Barcelona

Hop on and take in the views of Barcelona as you swing over the heights of this fabulous city. With some of the best views you could ask for, stretching out over to the sea, this will soon become your favourite of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to snap your latest photos.

It can be a little tricky to find, and we recommend you check the Instagram page before going as on some occasions the swing has been taken down. Happy flying!

El Petó de Joan Fontcuberta (The Kiss)

Plaça d’Isidre Nonell

This inspiring and unique photomosaic by Joan Fontcuberta is nestled in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter close to Barcelona cathedral. We think it’s one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona because, if you look closely, you’ll see that each mosaic captures “moments of freedom” of citizens who submitted their shots on Instagram.

This spot is perfect for truly unique photos of Barcelona; snap it from up close or far away to truly appreciate its beauty.

Beautiful places in Barcelona - El mural del petó - The Kiss wall in barcelona

El Pont del Bisbe (The Bishop’s Bridge)

Carrer del Bisbe, 08002 Barcelona

One of the most photographed spots in Barcelona, the Bishop’s Bridge by the Barcelona Cathedral connects the local Government building with Casa dels Canonge. Despite its appearance, the bridge is not even 100 years old and was built in 1928 by Joan Rubió i Bellver.

Be sure to zoom in when you take your shot to capture the mysterious skull on the bridge. Some even say that if you walk under the bridge backwards and look at the skull, it will grant you one wish!

Beautiful places in barcelona - el pont del bisbe

Plaça Reial

Steeped in history, Plaça Reial is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to capture a piece of Barcelona’s past: from its towering palm trees and neoclassical architecture to the stunning cast iron lampposts designed by Gaudí himself.

This is quite a popular spot (especially at night) and is a mere stone’s throw away from La Ramba, so we recommend getting there early to capture its elegance without the crowds.

Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera

Ctra. de Miramar, 38, 08038 Barcelona

These charming botanical gardens at the foot of Montjuïc are a haven for all those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This oasis – which is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre – was named after a Mallorcan poet and boasts over 800 types of cactus.

Without a doubt this often overlooked spot is very picturesque and was even ranked among the top ten gardens in the world by The New York Times!

Casa de Les Plantes

Carrer de l’Allada-Vermell, 12, 08003 Barcelona

Dubbed Barcelona’s most photogenic house, and one of the most instagrammable spots of the city, don’t miss this quaint whitewashed abode in the heart of el Born. Everyone from models to brides have had their photos taken in front of this house adorned with plants of every colour and size.

most beautiful places in Barcelona - la casa de las plantas

La Casa Pàdua

Carrer de Pàdua, 75, 08006 Barcelona

This often-overlooked modernist jewel by Jeroni Granell is not to be missed. Its pale mint green and crimson façade decorated with floral motifs makes for the most unique photos of the city’s stunning and rather unique architecture. Why not discover beautiful place in Barcelona next time you visit?

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

This romantic and quaint-looking square is well hidden in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Despite its tranquility, its tragic fate during the Spanish Civil War can still be seen on its walls to this day.

Read more about its history and things to do in Ciutat Vella here.

Parc de Laberint d’Horta

Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona

This historical park on the outskirts of the city is the oldest of its kind in the city. After getting some fabulous photos of one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona, we recommend getting lost in its maze and strolling through its peaceful paths.

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, 08012 Barcelona

Casa Vicens was Gaudí’s first commissioned project in Barcelona. Every single detail of this summerhouse in the charming neighbourhood of Gràcia is simply magical. Definitely one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to take photos, we’re sure from the minute you step through its doors you won’t be able to put your camera down.

Afterwards, why not check out more things to do in Gràcia here.

We hope you enjoy this list of photograph-worthy spots in Barcelona. Be sure to tag us in any snaps you take!

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10 things to do in Barcelona outside

Finding things to do in Barcelona outside can often be an overwhelming task. With so many options, where do you start?

Look no further! We’ve carefully put together this article with 10 things to do in Barcelona outside so you can make the most of the city and its all-year round mild climate.

The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. What better time of year to get out of the house for a breath of fresh air in your favourite city.

This cultural hub has so much to offer when it comes to plans outside: from its sandy beaches and charming squares, to its luscious parks and secret hidden corners, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We always recommend checking the latest COVID-19 restrictions and opening times before you decide to do any of these outdoor activities, and to follow safe social distancing at all times.

1. Take a walk along Barcelona’s seaside promenade

Barcelona’s coastline offers spectacular views and a wide, spacious promenade to walk along to soak it all in. Alternatively, hit the sand, fill your lungs with the fresh sea air and let the waves of La Barceloneta tickle your toes. If you’re looking for more things to do in Barcelona on the beach, why not grab a pair of roller-skates, a bike or go for a run along this beautiful coastal promenade.

Things to do in Barcelona - Barcelona promenade

2. Visit Colserolla Park and Carretera de les aigües

Collserola park is the biggest metropolitan park in the world – believe it or not, it is 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park. The park can be easily accessed by many forms of public transport (bus, metro and train). Visitors will find many routes that are perfect for both hiking and biking. Keep an eye out for the local flora and fauna, including wild boar!

Visiting Collserola is one of our favourite things to do in Barcelona. Why not make a day of it with the whole family?

Things to do in Barcelona - Collserola Park

3. Discover Montjuïc

Head to Montjuïc and enjoy some fantastic views of Barcelona, the harbour and coastline. This monumental hill is easy to access by cable car and other forms of public transport. Discover the cemetery, the wonderful viewpoints and visit the Montjuic castle. Due to reduced capacity, we recommended checking current restrictions and booking in advance.

Things to do in Barcelona - Discover Montjuic

4. A visit the Joan Brossa Gardens with the entire family

After you’ve taken in the views, another thing to do in Barcelona’s Montjuïc is visiting the Joan Brossa Gardens. It’s at its most beautiful in the springtime, so we recommend visiting in the upcoming months to make sure you catch the flowers in full bloom.

Things to do in Barcelona - Jardins Joan Brossa

5. Getting lost among the streets of the Ciutat Vella

Discovering the hidden corners of Barcelona’s old town is one of the most magical things to do in Barcelona. Wander through its medieval streets and visit many a charming square. Replete with history, we recommend taking in the Neo-gothic architecture of Barcelona cathedral, visiting the hidden Roman columns at the Temple d’August by Plaça Sant Jaume or strolling through Plaça Felip Neri to discover its tragic past.

You can discover more things to in the Ciutat Vella here.

Things to do in Barcelona - ciutat vella

6. Take a photo at the Lover’s Kiss mural

A romantic outdoor plan in Barcelona is seeking out the famous Lover’s Kiss. This unique mural is comprised of 4,000 photos of Barcelona locals to create a romantic mosaic in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Make sure to take a photo here with your loved one!

Kiss mural - barcelona

7. Take a stroll through the streets of Gràcia

Also top on our list of things to do in Barcelona is wandering the streets of Gràcia – an area to the north of the city. This quaint neighbourhood used to be a village and still retains its traditional charm. Visit the squares Plaça de la Vila with its grand clock tower and Plaça de la Virreina with its magnificent church. Also, discover many an artisan boutique, specialty coffee shop and local restaurant (subject to current restrictions).

Read more about why we love Gràcia so much here.

Gràcia streets

8. Get lost in the Parc del Laberint d’Horta

A charming maze can be found in the Horta-Guinardó district of Barcelona in this 18th century park. Head here to enjoy utter peace and quiet amongst the towering cypress trees. Perfect for all ages to disconnect from the buzz of the city. If you’re looking for more parks to visit in Barcelona, read on in our article here.

Laberint dhorta barcelona

9. Discover a piece of Gaudí at Park Güell

Park Güell is one of the most known works of Gaudí in Barcelona. Although you need to pay to access the Gaudí monument, you can visit the park and surrounding areas free of charge to discover this piece of green in the city.

Park Guell surroundings

10. Take in the views from the Bunkers del Carmel

In the past few years, a visit to the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint has become one of the top things to do in Barcelona. Why not discover these fantastic views for yourself?

Bunkers del carmel barcelona

What’s your favourite thing to do in Barcelona outside? Let us know!

The Best Catalan Restaurants in Barcelona

Which are the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona? Catalan restaurants in Barcelona are certainly not difficult to come by – here you’ll find some of the best eateries serving local cuisine, but how can you possibly choose?

One of the best parts of visiting and experiencing a city is taking a seat to try the best food from the region. In this article, we encourage you to pull a chair up amongst the locals and learn about their history with each bite.

Catalan cuisine in itself can be quite varied, ranging from the wonderfully simple, yet moreish pà amb tomàquet (slices of home-baked country loaf toasted lightly under a grill then rubbed with garlic and tomato), to more hearty dishes including the spring-time calçots (grilled long sweet onion) and butifarra amb mongetes (Catalan sausage served with delicious white butter beans).

So, where can you try these wonderful Catalan dishes? Look no further than our selection of the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend always booking Catalan restaurants in Barcelona in advance and checking with the restaurant regarding their most up-to-date opening times and capacity.

Cal Boter

Carrer Tordera 64

If you find yourself in the beautiful neighbourhood of Gràcia, we recommend dropping into Cal Boter. The best way to try its scrumptious Catalan cuisine is the menu del día: this daily set menu of seasonal specials is excellent value (€12.50 during the week and €14.80 at the weekend) as it comes with three courses, bread and wine. What more could you ask for?

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Cal Boter
Cal Boter – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

La Panxa del Bisbe

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 158, 08024 Barcelona

Also located in the quaint neighbourhood of Gràcia is La Panxa del Bisbe. On the menu you’ll find the most typical Catalan dishes with exciting modern twists and contemporary flavours. We’d advise washing it all down with a bottle of local organic wine which the waiters will be more than happy to recommend.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - La Panxa del Bisbe
La Panxa del Bisbe – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Punyetes

Marià Cubí, 189, Francesc Giner, 8-10 & Ciutat de Balaguer, 50

With the essence of a local tavern, these three restaurants are found in the north of the city. Run by three friends, Can Punyetes combines family tradition with the best quality local food. This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona specialises in grilled meats, and homemade desserts.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Punyetes
Can Punyetes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Taverna La Llesca

Travessera de Gràcia, 86, 08006 Barcelona

This tavern – that claims neither to be pretentious nor fancy – prides itself on serving local food with no additives. Visit this welcoming and homely Catalan restaurant in Barcelona where you’ll findhearty servings of traditional food, with, plenty of flavour and the best hospitality. Although they specialise in grilled meats, why not try something new and order the flame-grilled artichokes!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Taverna la Llesca
Taverna La Llesca – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Culleretes

Carrer d’en Quintana, 5, 08002 Barcelona

A two-minute walk from el Liceu and the famous Les Rambles, you’ll find one of the oldest Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. This old-world, sleepy tavern where history and tradition come together dates back to 1786. This restaurant takes its name (culleretes means teaspoon) from the phrase the head waiter would shout to his staff to prompt them to polish the cutlery. Serving an array of the most traditional Catalan dishes from roasted suckling pig, wild boar stew and baked a la llauna cod, everything on the menu is simply delicious!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Culleretes
Can Culleretes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Vilaró

Carrer del Comte Borrell, 61, 08015 Barcelona

The owners of Can Vilaró pride themselves on cooking and serving the best-quality food from the neighbouring San Antoni market for the best price. Sisco and Dolers offer everything from liver, tripe and trotters, and on Saturdays the fricandó beef stew in a wild mushroom sauce is simply to die for. Why not drop into a more conventional Catalan restaurant in Barcelona and discover its authenticity for yourself!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Vilaró
Can Vilaró – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Casa Delfín

Passeig del Born, 36, 08003 Barcelona

This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona has been serving food in El Born for over 100 years. It first opened as a 24-hour eatery for those who worked at the market, and is now well-know and loved among locals and tourists alike. It still conserves its traditional essence in both its food and ambience – the rustic rice dishes and crema catalana dessert simply cannot be missed.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Casa Delfín
Casa Delfin – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

On your next trip to Barcelona, why not try a selection of these restaurants and tell us what you think. Remember to make the most of your stay by booking a bizflats.com apartment for a privileged location close to all the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. Tuck in!

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The Barcelona Calendar 2021 – Holidays and festivities to plan your year

The Barcelona Calendar 2021 is finally here with the dates of all next year’s public holidays, so you can start planning.

The year 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for many. We’re sure it’s not just us looking forward to bidding this year farewell. So let’s look at the Barcelona Calendar 2021 and discover something to look forward to in 2021!

We’ve put together this Barcelona Calendar with all the city’s public holidays, including local festivities and special events, to ensure you don’t miss out on time with your loved ones, which is more special now than ever.

Bookmark this Barcelona Calendar with all of 2021’s holidays and refer back to it throughout the year.

Barcelona Calendar - Calendar of holidays and festivities in Barcelona 2021
Barcelona Calendar 2021

1 January – New Year’s Day

However you choose to spend the first day of 2021 – whether a meal with your loved ones, going to the cinema, or exploring the city’s festive events – we wish you all the best for the New Year!

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

6 January – Three Kings Day

The day the Three Kings arrived bearing gifts for the baby Jesus is the main gift-giving day in Spain. Celebrated across the country by young and old, be sure to catch this year’s Three Kings Parade broadcast live on TV as the Magi come to Barcelona, as welcomed by the city’s mayor, Ada Colau.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

12 February: Santa Eulàlia

The Day of Santa Eulàlia, co-patron Saint of Barcelona, is celebrated with many cultural events and activities for all ages. Please note this day on the Barcelona Calendar is a working day and all shops are open.

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

14 February: Carnival

The well-known festival of Carnival (known as Carnestoltes in Catalonia) is celebrated around the world seven weeks after the first full moon following the winter solstice.  Get your costumes ready!

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

Holy Week: Palm Sunday, 28 March – Easter Saturday, 3 April

A week-long religious celebration, if you happen to be in Barcelona this time of year, get ready to be awed by magical parades and to try the tastiest Easter treats.

2 April: Good Friday

Good Friday marks the start of the long Easter weekend on the Barcelona Calendar. Despite Barcelona not being known for its Easter celebrations, you’ll still be able to catch some spectacular Easter parades in the centre of the city.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

4 April: Easter Sunday & 5 April: Easter Monday

A big event in the religious year, Easter is celebrated in Barcelona with parades, masses and family meals. It’s typical for children receive a “Mona de Pasqua” from their godparents or grandparents. This round sweet brioche cake was traditionally topped with a hard-boiled egg, but now comes in all shapes and flavours.

Working days? No

Will shops open? No

23 April: Sant Jordi

One of the most-awaited days on the Barcelona Calendar is Sant Jordi: the Catalan’s very own Valentine’s Day. Be sure to visit the bookstalls lining the city’s main streets and buy a rose for that special someone.

Working day? Yes

Will shops open? Yes

1 May: Labour Day

Labour Day is celebrated around the world to honor workers and additionally marks the beginning of spring.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

24 May: Pentecost/Whitsun

The Pentecost, or Whitsun, is celebrated 50 days after Easter and is often called Second Easter.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

24 June: Sant Joan

Get ready for fireworks, fun and entertainment: the Summer Solstice, which occurs on the longest day of the year, is known as Sant Joan in Barcelona. This celebration that marks the beginning of the warmer months normally takes place on the beaches with bonfires and live music.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

11 September: The National Day of Catalonia

Known as La Diada in Catalan, this day on the Barcelona Calendar commemorates those who defended Barcelona during the Spanish War of Succession.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

24 September: La Mercè

In this week-long celebration of music and culture, the streets of Barcelona come alive with an array of free concerts and events. Check out last year’s programme to know what to expect.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

12 October: The National Day of Spain

The National Day of Spain commemorates when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

1 November: All Saints’ Day

The 1 November celebrates all those who are no longer with us. It comes the day after La Castanyada – a day known throughout Catalonia for its roasted chestnuts and other sweet treats. Why not try your hand at making the typical panellets? Check out our recipe here.

Working day? No

Will shops open? Yes

6 December: Day of the Constitution & 8 December: The Immaculate Conception

These two holidays are often combined to form the December long bank holiday weekend. If you’re visiting Barcelona, check out our guide to Eixample for the best sightseeing and accommodation tips.

Working day? No

Will shops open? Yes

25 December: Christmas Day

Celebrated all around the world, if you’re spending Christmas in the city you can check out our handy guide here, with everything you need to know about the local Christmas markets, New Year’s fireworks and nativity scenes.

Working day? No

Will shops open? No

We hope this Barcelona Calendar 2021 comes in useful when planning the upcoming here. And if you’re planning a trip to Barcelona in 2021, be sure to check out our blog with all the latest tips for enjoying the city like a local and also check our long term and short term apartment rentals in Barcelona.

Everything you need to know about Christmas in Barcelona

Christmas in Barcelona is almost here. With only ten days to go until Christmas Eve, we’ve put together this article bringing you the best that Christmas in Barcelona has to offer.

From traditional Christmas markets and fairs for those last-minute gifts, festive events for all the family and the best Catalan traditions, get ready for a Christmas in Barcelona that you’ll never forget.

This year Christmas in Barcelona is going to be different from past years. Please always check the most up-to-date COVID-19 regulations before visiting and always respect social distancing and capacity limitations.

Christmas in Barcelona: Nativity Scenes

Christmas in Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without visiting the traditional nativity scenes around the city. These scenes that represent the birth of Christ are also very typical in Catalan homes, and you’ll find many market stalls selling delicate, hand-made figures.

This year, as mentioned, Christmas in Barcelona will be a little different. The city mayor has decided not to have the city’s most typical Nativity Scene in Plaça de Sant Jaume to avoid large crowds of people. However, there will be a free photo exhibition of the city’s nativity scenes over the past decade at the City Hall.

Below are some smaller nativity scenes that are open to the public:

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

Open from Saturday 12 December to 2 February, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, visit this beautiful nativity scene sculpted by local artists in the heart of this royal monastery. It is closed on Christmas Day and 2 January.

Address: Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona

Museu Frederic Marés

This classic nativity scene can be visited in the patio of this art and culture museum in the centre of Barcelona. It is open from 28 November to 2 February, and closed on bank holidays. Please check check the exact opening times at the link below, where you can also book advance.

Find more information in English about the city’s nativity scenes and book in advance here.

Address: Plaça Sant Iu, 5, 08002 Barcelona

Christmas in Barcelona - Museu Frederic Marés
Christmas in Barcelona – Nativity Scene in Museu Frederic Marés

Christmas in Barcelona: Christmas fairs and markets

Synonymous with Christmas in Barcelona are its fairs and markets selling everything from nativity scene figures, including the famous caganer, and Christmas decorations to homemade crafts and gifts, sweet treats and much more!

This year, there will be a range of local fairs and markets scattered around the city and in spacious squares, all in line with current COVID-19 restrictions, including one-way routes around the stalls and restricted capacity.

Not to be missed is the Sagrada Família Christmas Fair, open every day until 23 December. What’s more, the Santa Llúcia Fair in the Cathedral square is the city’s oldest fair, and dates back to 1786. Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance and visitors contact details will also be taken.

For a list of all the city’s festive fairs and markets, including their exact locations and opening times, click here.

Christmas in Barcelona - Christmas fairs in Barcelona

Christmas in Barcelona: Cursa dels Nassos

This Christmas in Barcelona, why not get a kick start to the new year by taking part in one of the city’s most emblematic runs? The Cursa dels Nassos takes place on 31 December for participants to say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new with the last run of the year.

This 10 km circular route starts on the Llevant beach and finishes on Passeig Marítim del Bogatell. What are you waiting for? Find more information here.

Cursa dels Nassos - Christmas in Barcelona

Christmas in Barcelona’s Plaça Catalunya

This Christmas in Barcelona, find fun and festivities for all the family in the city’s central Plaça Catalunya. From the 19–30 December, enjoy free arts and crafts, workshops, live music and much more.

Don’t miss out on this exciting program activities! Advance booking is necessary to secure your place and comply with COVID-19 capacity restrictions. Find out more and book online here.

New Year in Barcelona

This year’s new year celebrations will be slightly more modest and in line with current restrictions. The city curfew will be extended to 1:30 am to allow for celebrations with no more than 10 people.

Despite there being no large-scale parties to dance away 2020, a spectacular 15-minute firework display will follow the 12 chimes of the bell at midnight. It visible from most parts of the city and will also be shown on TV for everyone to welcome in the new year from home. Find more information here.

New Year in Barcelona 2020 - Christmas in Barcelona

The Three Kings in Barcelona

On 5 January 2021, the Three Kings will arrive in Barcelona and receive the keys to the city to make sure they can deliver their gifts to all the children of Barcelona.

Unfortunately, this year the parade will not be open to the public, but the arrival of the Three Kings will be broadcast on TV for everyone to watch in the safety of their own homes. Find more information here.

We wish you all the best this Christmas in Barcelona. Be merry and stay safe!

25 facts about Barcelona that you didn’t know

It’s impossible to cover all the interesting facts about Barcelona in just one article. This wonderful city, replete with modernisme relics, culture, history and more offers an array of secrets just waiting to be discovered.

This article on facts about Barcelona takes you from Roman Barcelona, to its role during the Civil War and its-most loved sites and landmarks. We’re sure that in addition to surprising and astonishing you, you’ll be packing your bags to visit in no time.

So let’s dive in and see which of these facts about Barcelona you already knew!

  1. Did you know that over 1,400 bomb shelters were constructed during the Civil War, above all by the citizens of Barcelona themselves? Read more about them in our article here.
  2. There have been many books written about and set in Barcelona over the years including Ildefonso Falcones’  The Cathedral of the Sea, which was recently made into a Netflix series. Find out other facts about Barcelona books here.
  3. Barcelona’s metro has 12 abandoned stations that are closed or have never been used – some of which don’t even appear on the metro network map. The most well known is the Post Office station on Via Laietana.
  4. Did you know that the name Tibidabo comes from Latin and means “I will give you” taken from a verse in the bible where the devil offers Jesus everything he sees before him.
  5. Another interesting fact about Barcelona’s Tibidabo is that the theme park is built upon a volcano that has been dormant for 7,000 years.
  6. Perhaps you’ll want to keep fact about Barcelona to yourself – the city has several secret bars, one of which is Bobby’s Free. You’ll need a password to get in. But shhh, don’t tell anyone!
  7. One of the windows of the Basílica de Santa María del Mar is dedicated to Barcelona FC. Can you spot it?
  8. Here’s a fact about Barcelona you have definitely wondered about. The area of el Born takes its name from the Catalan for “jousting field” as the location for the medieval city’s tournaments.
  9. There is an eternal flame in Barcelona in el Born that burns for those who fell during the September 1714 battle defending the city.  Discover more facts about Barcelona’s Born in our article here.
  10. You don’t have to go to the Picasso museum to see this great artist’s work. Just head to Plaza Nova to see his “Mural of the Giants” painted as an ode to Catalan culture during the years of Franco.
  11. Did you know that the Roman name for Barcelona was “Barcino”. Now you know it’s more than just a beer!
  12.  If you look carefully at the passion of the Sagrada Familia you’ll find a magic square of numbers. No matter how you add them up, the total is always 33. Any guesses as to why?
  13. Talking about the Sagrada Família – until recently it was due to be finished in 2026 to coincide with 100 years since Gaudí’s death.
  14. Finally, our last interesting fact about Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia: its architect, Antonio Gaudí, was run over by a tram and initially wasn’t recognised due to his weathered appearance.
  15. Barcelona has its very own maze: Laberint d’Horta. Discover more green areas to explore in Barcelona here.
  16. The name “Barça” in fact refers to the city’s football club. Locals actually refer to the city as “Barna”.
  17. The walls of the Plaça Felip Neri tell a tragic story not known by many. If you look close enough you’ll see the bullet holes. Learn more here.
  18. Barcelona is home to a plague of Monk parakeets that are thought to have originated in the city after they became popular as pets.
  19. Barcelona has its very own zoo in Parc de la Ciutadella. It was famous for being home to Floquet de neu (Snowflake), an albino gorilla.
  20. Barcelona’s famous concrete “almond flower” that paves the streets of Eixample and is an icon of the city was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Don’t forget to look down!
  21. Barcelona’s Eixample was designed in a grid pattern with large avenues and chamfered corners that would make it easy for trams – that were never installed – to turn them.
  22. The Eixample Esquerra in Barcelona was voted the best neighbourhood in the world this year by Time Out. Read all about this interesting fact about Barcelona here.
  23. The next time you walk down Las Ramblas, don’t forget to look up. The Japanese-inspired umbrellas, fans and dragons you see are thanks to the influence of this country on European architecture.
  24. Barcelona has its very own Valentine’s Day: Sant Jordi is celebrated every year on 23rd April. Read more about this romantic fact about Barcelona here.
  25. Last but not least, legend has it that if you drink the water of the Canaletes fountain – where Barça FC celebrates its victories – it’s said you will return to Barcelona. We hope to see you soon!
Facts about Barcelona - Santa Maria del Mar Barça
Facts about Barcelona – One of the windows of the Basílica de Santa María del Mar is dedicated to Barcelona FC

 Did we miss a fact about Barcelona off the list? Let us know!

Where to Run in Barcelona

If you’re wondering where to run in Barcelona this autumn, you’ve come to the right place. We’re living in strange times, with restrictions on our activities changing the way we live.

However, running is an outdoor activity that is safe and currently. What better way to get out of the house and enjoy the best this city has to over.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner, more and more people are hitting to the streets to run in Barcelona and enjoy the fresh air.

Whether you like to run at the beach, mountains, with scenic views or among the urban cityscape, Barcelona and its all-year-round mild climate is the perfect place to get your sweat on.

But where are the best places to run in Barcelona?

This city offers many possibilities to runners of all ages and abilities. With this article we’ve summed up our favourite places to run in Barcelona: from flat, short routes in parks that are perfect for beginners and after-work runs, to longer urban and rural routes perfect for training longer distances.

Read on to double check the current Covid-19 regulations when running in Barcelona.

Where to run in Barcelona: Covid-19 regulations November 2020

Before you discover the routes we’ve prepared for you, this a small reminder on the current Covid-19 restrictions on outdoor activities in Barcelona and Catalonia.

  • Individual sports activities may be practised outside and between adjoining municipalities (see below)
  • The 10 pm to 6 am curfew applies to all individual sports activities
  • Exceptions to the restrictions regarding mobility and entering and leaving Catalonia (and municipal areas on weekends) include doing individual outdoor activities

We recommend checking these regulations regularly as they may be subject to change in your area.

Read on to find out where to run in Barcelona!

Where to run in Barcelona: 5 of our favourite routes

Run in Barcelona at Parc de la Ciutadella

This famous park lies in the heart of Barcelona’s old quarter, the Ciutat Vella. If you’ve recently taken up running, or are looking for an easy run that is perfect for all members of the family, this is your ideal place.

Its dirt-sand tracks and flat surfaces make this an easy route for beginners. The route around the entire park is a total of 2 km. What’s more, there are many grassy areas where you can stop and take a break if needed. Let’s get running!

Where to run in Barcelona -Parc de la Ciutadella
Where to run in Barcelona -Parc de la Ciutadella

Run in Barcelona at Carretera de les Aigües and Collserola National Park

This is one of the most well-known running spots in Barcelona, and when you get there you’ll understand why. Get ready for breath-taking views over the city and pure nature, approximately 30 minutes from the centre of this cosmopolitan city.

This route can be adapted to all levels, with a total distance of almost 20 km there and back. The running route is almost all flat and is popular with runners, cyclists and dog walkers.

For those seeking a bit more of adventure, why not head to the Collserola National Park for some mountainous trail running routes in the heart of nature.

Where to run in Barcelona - Carretera de les Aigües
Where to run in Barcelona – Carretera de les Aigües (Collserola)

Run in Barcelona at Avinguda Diagonal

If you’re a runner who gets inspired by urban trails, Diagonal is sure to have the route for you. The entire distance of one of Barcelona’s most famous streets has wide walkways and room for cyclists, pedestrians and runners. No matter where you start from, it is well equipped to run in Barcelona.

For a 3 km running route, we recommend starting in Les Corts, from Francesc Macià and ending at Parc Cervantes, with its beautiful rose gardens and stunning views.

Another option for a run in Barcelona is to start at Francesc Macià and head down towards Glòries and the Torre Agbar with a total distance of 4 km to stretch your legs.

Where to run in Barcelona - Avinguda Diagonal
Where to run in Barcelona – Avinguda Diagonal

Run in Barcelona along the Passeig Marítim

Why not start or end the day with a run along Barcelona’s stunning coastline. This seaside promenade has ample space for runners, cyclists, skaters and dog walkers.

The best running trail starts from Barcelona and ends at el Fórum. You will pass the beaches of Puerto Olímpico, Bogatell and Mar Bella among others. This run in Barcelona is a total of 10 km approximately if you run there and back. So lace up your shoes and enjoy the sea breeze!

Where to run in Barcelona - Passeig Marítim
Where to run in Barcelona – Passeig Marítim

Run in Barcelona at Parc Güell

Another option to run in Barcelona is at the beautiful Parc Güell in Gràcia. What better way to get your dose of fresh air, than surrounded by nature and some of Gaudí’s masterpieces?

This park offers great routes and marvellous views over the city. Bear in mind that it is located in the upper part of the city and is perhaps more suitable for experienced runners. Be prepared to climb many a hill on this run in Barcelona!

Where to run in Barcelona -Parc Güell
Where to run in Barcelona -Parc Güell

Make the most of your run in Barcelona and plan ahead by choosing one of our running routes. We also recommend using Google Maps to check your route before starting. What’s more, remember to take a water bottle with you and apply sunscreen regardless of the time of year.

Where is your favourite place to run in Barcelona? Let us know!

Crema Catalana: Best recipe for Catalonia’s most typical dessert

Crema catalana is Catalonia’s most renowned dessert; made with an egg custard base and caramelised sugar topping, find it on the menu of almost any restaurant in the region and you won’t be disappointed.

Traditionally served in a clay dish, this dessert steeped in history and legend is will tickle both your curiosity and your taste buds. So what is the story behind crema catalana?

The chances are you’ve tried France’s crème brûlée or Portugal’s creme caramel – two desserts that are similar to crema catalana – however today we’re going to delve into the history of this sweet treat and explain to you step by step how to make it at home.

As far back as we can remember, crema catalana has been associated with Catalonia’s local holidays, being above all the typical dessert served on the day of Sant Josep in early spring (19 March). Yet, legend has it that the dessert became so popular in the region of Catalonia in the 18th century when the monks of a Catalan monastery served this dessert to a visiting bishop.

As the story goes, the flans the monks were going to serve to the bishop didn’t set, so instead the monks served crema catalana. When the bishop tried a spoonful of the dessert, which he expected to be cold, he cried: “Crema!” ­– which in Catalan means, “it’s burning hot!” And this is where this curious dessert gets its name “Crema Catalana”.

So now it’s your turn. Today we bring you a homemade recipe that uses basic ingredients you can find at any supermarket. What’s more it’s simple enough for everyone at home to join in and help.

So, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in: it’s time to make your very own Crema Catalana.

Crema Catalana - Crema catalana recipe

Crema Catalana recipe step by step

Ingredients

  • 1 litre of whole milk
  • 8 medium-sized egg yolks
  • 25 g of cornstarch
  • 250 g of white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • zest of half a lemon

Instructions

  1. First of all, wash your hands and all surfaces you are going to use thoroughly before starting to prepare this delicious homemade dessert. Now let’s get to work!
  2. Wash the lemon well and peel it. Be sure to remove all the white part from the zest, as it can give your crema catalana a bitter taste.
  3. Pour a glass of milk and add the cornstarch. Stir well to ensure the cornstarch dissolves.
  4. Pour the remaining milk into a large saucepan. Add the cinnamon stick and the lemon zest.
  5. Slowly bring the milk to boil on a low heat.  Be sure to stir regularly and make sure the milk does not burn.
  6. When the milk reaches boiling point, take it off the heat and cover with a lid for the cinnamon and lemon to release their flavours. Leave to one side to infuse and cool.
  7. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with 200 g of white sugar until combined.
  8. When the milk has cooled, add the egg and sugar mixture to the saucepan and combine well. Then, add the glass of milk with cornstarch and mix.
  9. Next, leave the mixture to heat slowly on a low heat. Stir for approximately five minutes with a wooden spoon always in the same direction (for example always clockwise) until the milk slowly begins to thicken into cream. It’s important not to let the mixture boil and to remove all lumps.
  10. Take the cream off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick and lemon zest. Pour the cream into a large ovenproof dish or individual dishes, depending on how you are going to serve it.
  11. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature. When it has cooled, you can store it in the fridge if you don’t plan on eating it immediately.
  12.  Before serving, sprinkle the crema catalana with the remaining sugar. Lightly burn the sugar topping with a cooking torch until it begins to turn golden brown and caramelise.

Now, grab a spoon and dig in to your very own homemade Crema Catalana!

Tips:

  • If you’re not a fan of cinnamon and lemon, remove them before leaving the milk to cool down in step 6. This will give the Crema Catalana a milder flavour.
  • Why not try infusing your crema catalana with something different? We suggest citrus fruits, lavender or even rosemary. Let’s get creative!
  • You can buy cooking torches from any hardware stores or specialist cooking stores.
  • It’s important you caramelize the sugar topping immediately after adding it, before the cream base absorbs it. This will ensure you get a solid caramel topping.

We hope you enjoy this traditional Catalan dessert! Bon profit!

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