The cultural experiences you’ll only find in Barcelona
Everyone that has been to Barcelona will say that it is the dream city for every traveler, and that it has everything you could hope to find in a urban break. From art museums to designer shops, going by unusual activities, everything is possible in Barcelona, even going to the beach ! But while living there, I discovered some very unique experiences that you can only find in the catalan capital. Here’s 10 cultural experiences you can’t miss in Barcelona, wether you wish to live there or just visit !
Walking by in the shadow of the wind
One of the most acclaimed contemporary Spanish author, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, based its most famous novel, The Shadow in the Wind, in Barcelona. Although the book is fictional, it is possible to to take a “shadow in the wind” in the city and visit the many places that appear in his book. Most of them are important places of Barcelona, which makes the visit entertaining, but it’s still a very unique way to explore the history and architecture of the city.
|La Casa Pedrerà d’Antoní Gaudí|
Discover the masterpieces of catalan modernism
It may seem less original than the rest, but it still remains a huge cultural specimen of the city : Antoní Gaudí is the most famous and renowned architect of Barcelona after all. With its contemporary Lluís Domenech I Muntaner, he is considered as a pioneer in the historical movement of catalan modernism, in the late 19th century. He stands out for his accent on curves and natural patterns in architecture, asymmetry and dynamic shapes, and many symbolic buildings of Barcelona can be associated to that movement. I strongly advise you to visit principal modernism buildings such as la Casa Batllò , le Palau de la Mùsica ou La Pedrera to get familiar with this architectural and historical movement, but also think of just walking by in the city, cause you might be surprised by modernist buildings at some street corners (in the Example for instance).
The Magic fountain
The magic fountain is a splendid free show of lights, music and colors that takes place at the fountain built at the bottom on Montjuïc hill, down the stairs of the MNAC (Museum of National Arts of Catalunya). The fountain was constructed in 1922 to become one of the stars of the international exhibition of 1929 in Barcelona, but was transformed throughout the years, with notably the addition of music in the 80s to be perfect for Olympic Games of 1992. It actually takes its water from a water plan located… under the Ramblas and Liceu !
Nested in the streets of Raval, a part of the city considered as a no go zone place for a long time, the Marsella bar is one of the most famous bar in Barcelona. It is locally renowned as it was frequented by Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, amongst many other artists and writers, and it is also one of the only bar specialized in the sale of absinthe, an anise liquor named “The Green Fairy” as it is very strong in alcohol (45 to 74%).
|Les Gigantes de la Mercè|
The Tibidabo amusement park
This is ain’t an exclusive tradition of the city of Barcelona but rather a Catalan tradition, you must absolutely know if you are in the region between January and march. The Calçotada is a big meal where Catalans eat a special kind of sweet onion called calçot ; which is in between the leek and the onion. It is cooked on a barbecue before being plunged into a nut sauce called romescu. Eating a calçot can be very dirty between the sauce and the wine that usually comes with it, but it is so delicious and friendly !