20 Unmissable Hidden Gems to See in Barcelona

Are you thinking or maybe already planning to visit Barcelona? Welcome to one of my articles as part of my Barcelona Travel Guide, where you will find all the best-hidden gems and best kept secret spots to see in Barcelona.


Part of everything you need to know to plan your perfect vacation in the fantastic city of Barcelona, discover these epic places even locals don't know about and get out of the beaten tracks.


20 Unmissable Hidden Gems to see in Barcelona

In this article, you will find all the best-hidden places I found that most travellers don't know about.


I genuinely hope you will stay the right amount of days in this beautiful Spanish city, so you will see everything Barcelona has to show you.


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1. Casa de Les Punxes:


Casa Terradas (house of spikes) is a large Gotic residential house in the city's centre. It is possible to visit it by purchasing a tour ticket, learning all the secrets of this fantastic building, and enjoying beautiful views of the city.


Address: Avinguda Diagonal 420, 08037 Barcelona.

How to get there:

from Placa de Catalunya, catch the Metro L3 (green), direction Trinitat Nova.

Get off at Diagonal Station exit via Passeig de Gracia/Pau Claris, turn into Carrer del Rossello' (east side of the Passeig de Gracia), walk for a few minutes and cross the Avinguda Diagonal, turn right walking down Avinguda Diagonal. The house will be on your left.

 

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2. Portal de l'Angel:


Portal de l'Angel is a trendy street well known by locals, but because many tourists opt to stay in Barcelona for only a couple of days, they only walk up and down Las Ramblas. In this way, they miss visiting many beautiful places in this city.


That is why I decided to add it as a hidden Gem.

In this Ciudad Vella street, luxury boutiques mix with historic streets and buildings. It is an excellent place to explore the city centre, have some street food, and see some parts of old Barcelona.


How to get there: It starts from Placa de Catalunya, on the southeast side.


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3. Mirador Mediterraneo W:


Behind the famous W Hotel, there is a lovely terrace on the sea where you can go to enjoy a beautiful sunrise or go any time of the day to relax and look at the sea.


Many tourists don't get there because they think there is only a hotel, so have a walk on the west side of La Barceloneta and walk till there to look.


It is a charming and relaxing place where to take beautiful pictures.

To check out the prices and availability of the W Hotel, click here.

 

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4. Palau del Baro de Quadras:


Palau del Baro de Quadras is another beautiful building to admire. It is located on Avinguda Diagonal and is the work of Josep Puig I Cadafalch that has been commissioned by the Baron de Quadras to refurbish a residential building on Carrer Rossello'.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit it every day, so click here to check prices and availability.


Address: Avinguda Diagonal 373, 08008 Barcelona.

How to get there: after visiting Casa Mila, keep walking up Passeig de Gracia, and when you get to Avinguda Diagonal, turn right and see the house a few meters away on the right side.



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5. Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm:


Do you like Cerveza (beer)? If you have never been inside a Beer Factory, this is the right moment to book your ticket.


Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm was built in 1905 and worked until 1992. Now it is used for cultural and musical events. Click here to check ticket tour prices and availability.


I advise you to visit it when visiting the Sagrada Familia because they are pretty close.

Address: Carrer del Rossello' 515, 08025 Barcelona.

How to get there: from La Sagrada Familia, walk up to Avinguda de Gaudi and turn right into Carrer del Rossello', walk around 8 minutes, and the factory will be on your left side.


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6. The Fairy Bar:


I found this bar just passing outside of it. I got curious by the sign "El Bosc de Les Fades". This is a bar all decorated to look like a fairy forest. Drinks may be a bit overpriced, but popping in for a look won't cost you anything.


Unfortunately, this is the only nice picture I have of it. When I went there a few years ago, I only had my phone with me, and as you can see, my phone was not a good one.

Address: Passatge de la Banca 7, 08002 Barcelona.

How to get there: While walking up to Las Ramblas, turn right inside Passatge de la Banca. You will end up in front of the Wax Museum. Turn right and keep walking. The bar will be on your right.


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7. Bunkers del Carmel:


MUHBA Turo' de la Rovira, where anti-aircraft guns were installed during the Spanish civil war, is a panoramic view to enjoy a wonderful panorama of the whole city.


It is a bit far from the centre, so it might take a while to get there and come back, but if you have some spare time and want to explore new places, look at this.

Address: Carrer de Maria Labernia, 08032 Barcelona.

How to get there: from Placa de Catalunya, catch the metro L3 (green) direction Trinitar Nova and get off at Vallcarca exit via Avinguda Republica Argentina. Walk across a bit of garden to reach the bus 22 stop. Catch the bus direction El Carmel and get off at Gran Vista-Turo' de la Rovira (Mirador de les batteries), walk toward career del Turo' de la Rovira and keep walking till you get on top of the hill.



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8. Casa Golferichs:


Casa Golferichs, or as they also call it, El Xalet is a house designed by Joan Rubio' i Bellver for Macari Golferichs in 1901.


It was almost destroyed in the 1970s. But it was fortunately saved by the local authorities and converted into a cultural centre.


Many activities happen in this building, like concerts and exhibitions. Click here to see all the activities available.

Address: Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes 491, 08015 Barcelona.

How to get there: you can walk there, from Placa de Catalunya it will take 15 minutes. From the north side of the square, turn left and walk on Ronda de la Universitat, keep walking till you get to the end of it, turn right, then left and walk on Gran via de les Cortes Catalanes. Cross the road and keep walking on the Gran Via till you reach the house at the number 491.



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9. Mercat de Santa Caterina (Santa Caterina Market):


Mercat de Santa Caterina is my favourite market in Barcelona. (sounds weird? Well, it is not). This is the local food market where locals buy their food and have breakfast and lunch.


Prices there are not overpriced like in La Boqueria (the tourist one).


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At Mercat de Santa Caterina, you can find anything you need to prepare your picnic or to have lunch like a local. I highly recommend a visit.


My suggestion is to ask for a plate with a mix of Jamon Serrano (Spanish cured ham), other delicious cured meat like chorizo and some Spanish cheese. They have many options, so choose some different ones or ask the owner to prepare a mix of his choice. You won't regret it.


Address: Avinguda de Francesc Cambo' 16, 08003 Barcelona.

How to get there: It is located not too far from the Cathedral so you can really go there often to buy some delicious and fresh food. From Placa de Catalunya, is only 10 mins walk. Walk down Portal de l'Angel, turn left into Carrer Comtal, keep walking till you reach Via Laietana, turn right, keep walking a few minutes, and turn left into Avinguda de Francesc Cambo'. The market will be on your right-hand side.

 

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10. El Beso de Joan Fontcuberta:


You can find El Beso de Joan Fontcuberta (the kiss) in an alley nearby the Cathedral. Joan Fontcuberta created it to mark the 300th anniversary of the Spanish War of Succession on the 11th of September 1714, when Catalonia fell.


The big opera is made with 4,000 tiles that form the Kiss, and it was supposed to be a temporary installation, but the city council decided to keep it permanently.

Address: Placa d'Isidre Nonell, 08002 barcelona.

How to get there: with the Cathedral at your back, walk into career dels Capellans, turn right into career dels Sagristans and then left into Placa d'Isidre Nonell.


 

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11. Cat, Fernando Botero:


The Cat of Fernando Botero is the symbol of the El Raval quarter. This statue was bought by the Barcelona city council in1987 and is now located in La Rambla del Raval.


How to get there: from Las Ramblas toward the sea, turn right into Carrer de l'Hospital, and keep walking till you get to La Rambla del Raval.

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12. La Granja Chocolate 1872:


La Granja is one of the best places to get hot and thick chocolate with churros, but they also serve other kinds of Spanish sweets with coffee or tea.

How to get there: from Las Ramblas, walking toward the sea, turn left into career de la Boqueria, keep walking till you reach career dels Banys noun, turn left, and La Granja will be on your right-hand side a few metres further.

Address: Carrer dels Banys Noun 4, 08002 Barcelona.

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13. Cosmo Caixa Museum:


Cosmo Caixa museum is a brilliant modern science museum (it reopened in 2004 after being closed for renovation). Inside, you can play with experiments and interactive activities.


See a flooded forest, marine life, mechanical energy and scientific discoveries. It has both temporary and permanent exhibitions.

Address: Carrer d'Isaac newton 26, 08022 Barcelona.

How to get there: from Placa de Catalunya, catch the L7 (brown) direction Avinguda Tibidabo and get off at Avinguda Tibidabo, turn left into Passei de Sant Gervasi (on the left side of the station, when you have the mountain in front of you), turn left into career del cister, keep walking till you get in front of the museum.



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14. La Caseta del Migdia:


La Caseta del Migdia is very simple but loved by locals bar grill. They serve only one main course, grilled sausage and chicken with bread, and as a dessert, they have crepes or some cakes.


The service was quite chill when I went there so don't expect five stars service, but it has a lovely sea view, it is cheap and in nature.

The perfect place where to stop for lunch after visiting Montjuic castle.


Address: Mirador del Migdia, 08038 Barcelona.

How to get there: when on the Mirador de Montjuic, outside the Montjuic Castle, keep walking on the right side (when looking at the sea) along a footpath, for about 10 minutes. You will get to the Mirador del Migdia,