Barcelona: famous for its historical landmarks, traditional Spanish cuisine and, not forgetting, the 4-kilometre-long sandy beach. But what hidden gems does the city have to offer? From vintage shopping in old gothic streets to the best sandwich you’ll ever eat, here’s how to experience the real Barcelona…
The places to visit: Gothic Quarter and El Born
Escape the tourist buzz of Las Ramblas and explore the Gothic Quarter and El Born instead. Think classic gothic architecture, pretty winding streets and vintage shops selling designer clothing, retro interiors and contemporary prints you can take back home with you.
The sight to see: Santa Maria Del Mar
Situated in the heart of The Gothic Quarter, Santa Maria Del Mar has the charm of La Sagrada Familia without the long queues and hefty ticket prices. Go in for free and don’t leave without lighting a candle at the chapel.
For lunch: Bode de B
Bode de B is a strong contender for the best sandwich you’ll eat in Barcelona. The hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop is well worth the queue, and it’ll only cost you 3.50€.
For dinner: El Nacional
Don’t miss El Nacional – the first indoor food market in Barcelona that specialises in recipes from around the Iberian Peninsula. Choose from four different culinary and bar areas – including El Nacional’s famous oyster bar that’s known as the meeting point.
In the evening: La Fianna
If you’re looking for an authentic Catalan bar, La Fianna is for you. Expect candle lit chandeliers, traditional Spanish tiles (inspired by Gaudi) and the best caipirinha’s in the city.