Barcelona has long been one of Europe’s most desirable tourist destinations. Guell Park, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, La Rambla, Casa Batllo, and countless more are just a few of the many reasons why millions of tourists flock to the Catalan capital every year. And as you might expect from a city of Barcelona’s size and diversity, there are plenty of offbeat attractions and activities to enjoy that aren’t featured in the standard travel guides. This article will highlight several unique, less-visited spots in Barcelona that are ideal for those searching for a break from the typical tourist traps in the Catalan metropolis.
1. Barcelona Ghosts and Legends Tour
2. Tour of Jewish Landmarks
3. Experiencing Barcelona's Past Through Its Medieval Architecture
4. Explore Gaudi's Casa Vicens
5. Check Out One of Europe's Most Stunning Medical Facilities
6. Investigate a Relic of the Roman Empire
Among the city’s lesser-known attractions is a Roman temple dedicated to Augustus, which should not be overlooked while discussing Barcelona’s alternative attractions. This ancient temple was built in the first century B.C., but the passage of time has not been good for it. Only a few Corinthian pillars, each measuring 9 meters in height, remain today.
This temple is unique because, unlike many other Roman structures, it was not demolished and rebuilt atop an earlier structure. The location is now held by the Hiking Club of Catalonia, which oversaw the restoration of the columns and the construction of a visitor-friendly courtyard with a classical appearance. The temple’s ruins are located at number 10 on Carrer Paradis in the Gothic Quarter. We highly doubt anyone who walks by them would recognize the building’s significance without first reading about it.
7. See the Castellers Construct a Tower Out of Humans
Suppose you’re searching for some truly unique experiences during your time in Barcelona. In that case, you should definitely check out the Castellers as they construct a human tower. Groups of people (of varying ages and sizes) known as “Castellers” perform at most of Barcelona’s street fairs and festivals. As part of their performance, they stack human beings from tallest to shortest (the last layers usually consist of children).
Santa Eulalia (February), the Gracia Festival (August), La Merced (September), etc., are just some of the many events and festivals where you can catch a performance by a Castillo. They spend much of the year preparing for competitions at the city’s biggest festivals, where they aim to create the tallest human towers they can. Their performance is captivating to witness regardless of the outcome.
8. Observe a Flamenco Show at No Cost
9. Get Drunk in an Enchanted Wood
10. Enjoy a 30-Course Meal.
A genuine two-Michelin-star restaurant with a 30-course menu may be found in the heart of Eixample (on C. de Villarroel). A meal at Disfrutar, one of Barcelona’s finest restaurants, won’t come cheap, but it will be well worth it. If you’re a severe eater searching for unique activities in Barcelona, don’t miss out on this.
It will take you around three to four hours to finish all of the tastings, but it will be time well spent. This is one of the top restaurants in town, so you may want to call ahead and make a reservation.