Barcelona is one of the most important cities in our country, largely because of its cultural wealth, its monuments and the buildings that keep a lot of history behind it. Although in Aerobús we have recommended you the most typical corners of the city, such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló or the Gothic quarter, in this post we discover spaces to meet another side of the city. We promise that it will not leave you indifferent!
Remember that with Aerobús you have the option of arriving at the terminals of the Prat Airport, but you can also move between the nerve centers of the city, such as Pl. Catalunya, Sepúlveda-Urgell, Pl. Espanya, Gran Vía-Urgell, and Pl. Universitat, with a frequency of five minutes. Buy your ticket online to save yourself unnecessary queues and anticipate.
Rediscover one of the most incredible cities in the country and visit city enclaves that will leave you surprised, such as the Botanical Garden, Casa Vicens or the most spectacular cemeteries from an architectural point of view.
The botanical garden
Botanical gardens are the most special corners for nature lovers who live in large cities. They allow you to be in touch with the most incredible plants and trees in the middle of the entire city movement. The current Botanical Garden of Barcelona was built to complete equipment for the city’s Olympic Games, designed so that you can study and appreciate the plant species of Barcelona’s biodiversity. The architecture of this Garden stands out, with collaborations by Carles Ferrer, Josep Lluís Canosa or Joan Pedrola. You can find it in the mountain of Montjuic, with 14 hectares.
With the literary universe of Carlos Ruiz Zafón The Cemetery of forgotten books, we are already entering the gothic and magical atmosphere that cemeteries in the city of Barcelona give off. We highlight the Cementeri de Poblenou, the first cemetery in the city that was built outside the city wall, by the hand of Napoleonic troops. You also have the option to visit the cemetery of Montjuic or Collserola, all of them with a wake that will not leave you indifferent.
Without a doubt, one of the most incredible corners of Barcelona from the architectural point of view, but also sensory, is the Casa Vicens. This is Antonio Gaudí’s first work in Barcelona, built between 1883 and 1885, as a rest house for the Vicens family. In 2005 it was chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage and its cover, all its rooms, the garden and the cultural offers it offers today are especially interesting: both the restoration option at the hands of the renowned Hofmann School of Hospitality , as per the aromatic sensory experience created by Ernest Ventós. All of it gives off the genuine magic that all the works of Catalan genius contain.
La Rambla is one of the places in the city that attracts tourists from all over the world, the busiest street for tourists and locals. It extends for 1.2 km in length: from the Plaza de Catalunya to the Columbus viewpoint. It has its origins in the eighteenth century, when it was wanted to make a path that followed the route of the medieval city wall. In it you can find important buildings such as El Gran Teatro Liceu, the Canaletas fountain, the Palau de la Virreina or the Boqueria Market.
Mercat de Sant Antoni
One of the most interesting cultural centers to visit in the city of Barcelona is the Mercat de Sant Antoni, where you can buy the best fresh products and also the best books every Sunday. The building is one of the points that most impresses its visitors, built by Rovira i Trias: it has an octagonal center from which the corridors that give a cross to the construction flow, and that is where the stalls are located.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
This is one of the most different and original places to visit in Barcelona, since it is an amusement park with a lot of history behind it. It is known as the Happiness Park and its construction began in 1900, with the first major attraction being a funicular. Years later it would become the reference amusement park throughout the city. Its retro style was driven by the sale of postcards or its automatic scales, some of the most innovative points of the place.
Then there would be other great attractions such as telescopes, binoculars, swings, bowling or the carrier pigeon station. If you want to relive the magic of the witch “Pirula” and enjoy other attractions that contrast with the vintage spirit, you can continue visiting this unique corner.
This is another of the modernist works of the genius Antonio Gaudí, built between 1900 and 1909, with very straight shapes that were not common in the artist. His inspiration was taken from a medieval castle of Martín I el Humano, a king of the Casal Catalan dynasty, from Barcelona. A mixture of Gothic and modernist style on medieval remains and part of a set that also has gardens. In 1969 it was declared a Cultural Interest Property of Barcelona.
The Mountain of Montjuic is one of the corners with more history of all Barcelona. In a single enclosure it combines several important buildings such as the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Poble Espanyol or The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. In this district you can also visit historical stages for the city such as the Olympic Ring, one of the great emblems of the Olympic Games. A corner to lose you that continues to maintain a strong personality.
Sant Jordi astronaut
One of the most curious sculptures that you will be able to appreciate in the city of Barcelona is that of Sant Jordi astronaut, located on the facade of the Palau de la Generalitat that faces Bisbe Street. It is an ornate late Gothic style among which we can see a large medallion sculpted by Pere Joan, in which San Jordi is represented. There are many visitors who say that their helmet is more of an astronaut helmet than a warrior helmet.
Palau de la Música
The Palau de la Música is a modernist building built between 1905 and 1908, by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This construction is located in the district of Sant Pere and one of the only architect jewels of the city of Barcelona. In 1997 it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO and is one of the most important points for lovers of the city’s culture. Both the interior and the exterior are worth admiring, for their sinuous form, for the materials used and for the colors that the sculptor included in the construction.
If you want to visit the city of Barcelona, don´t forget that you can access the city center from the Airport with Aerobús. A quick and economical way to get around Barcelona with the best comfort and transport guarantees. Don´t lose this opportunity!