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Barcelona has become one of the most touristic places in the world, to the point that city officials and regulators are discussing ways to control the masses of tourists that visit the city every year. Do not be put off by this, be a traveler, not a tourist, and follow our recommendations: try to experience this amazing town with a different perspective, explore less crowded areas and be in the know. The masterpieces of Gaudi and the popular, sometimes packed, Barceloneta beach may already be in you must-see list. So, why not take a look at some of our suggestions of alternative things to see and do, and escape the super busy Barcelona sights whilst explore a more authentic Catalan side of town.

One of the most iconic things about Barcelona is its outstanding, groundbreaking architecture and breathtaking buildings scattered around the city. Surely magnificent, the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell should be on your list, but don`t miss other amazing projects by Gaudi like Casa Milà, Casa Batllò or Casa Vicens, the first house designed by Gaudi that will open to the public soon. And, although Gaudi… Read more »

Known endearingly to locals as “Born”, this neighborhood is not new but newly hip. The “place to be” in Barcelona, this trendy region is right by the good old Gothic Quarter and just across from hectic Via Laietana. Wander around its narrow streets and spend some time on Carrer de La Princesa, El Born’s hustle and bustle spot along with Passeig del Born. You will… Read more »

Skip the popular urban beach of Barceloneta, it can get really crowded on hot days. Try to skip Costa Brava as well, it is further away (officially from Blanes to the French border) but at the peak of summer can get equally packed with lines of cars and hordes of tourists. Go the Barcelonan way and head to the mostly overlooked Costa Maresme, which is… Read more »

What could be better than developing (or mastering) new skills whilst exploring a city? Whether taking photos is your hobby, for social media sharing or you simply want to take nice pictures to register a memorable experience in town, photography tours can be a fun and unique way to get acquainted with Barcelona. We found the Barcelona Photography Tour to be a perfect experience. There… Read more »

Even though the Flamenco actually comes from Southern Spain (Andalucia is well known for it), one feels like experiencing it when visiting the country. It is difficult to find authentic places in which to listen to and watch elegant and passionate Flamenco dancing without falling into a tourist trap. Los Juanele, in Eixample, is probably the closest you can get to a typical taverna full… Read more »

Would it be possible to go to Barcelona and not watch the mythical soccer team play? For sports enthusiasts this is a must, but even if you are not a soccer fan, a visit to legendary Camp Nou stadium is a good way to experience a bit of the sport and team that is said to have five hundred million fans worldwide. The stadium holds… Read more »