Best hidden gems in Barcelona
- Refugio antiaéreo 307, Air-raid shelter
Originally known as the “Refugi 307”, this hidden gem in Barcelona was one of the 1.300 bomb shelters built in the city during the Spanish Civil War. In that time, the city was systematically bombed, so the town hall and the local government set in motion the construction of bomb shelters like the 307, which had the capacity for more than 2.000 civilians.
- Bo De B
Pronounced ‘Bo Day Bay’, you’ll find this tiny sandwich shop close to Barcelona’s beach. It’s easy to spot because of the near-constant queue snaking out of its front door.
With the freshest ingredients, mouthwatering sauces, and super friendly staff, you’ll always walk away from Bo De B with a smile on your face.
- Weekend Karaoke
There are lots of Karaoke in Barcelona. But, if you want to enjoy an intimate yet cheerful and uplifting atmosphere, very reasonable price for the drinks and a huge list of songs, Weekend Karaoke is for you. Plus, there are two separate lounges, karaoke and club, so even if you are not in the mood of singing, you will have a great time there.
- Casa Vicens
This is perhaps the most famous site within this guide, yet despite being designed and constructed by the city’s most renowned and recognised architect, Antonio Gaudí, Casa Vicens is still overlooked by many. Tucked away at Calle Carolinas 24 in the Gràcia district, this is a stunning piece of architecture, with oriental and Moorish influences, that dates back to 1883. Even just contemplating the exterior of the building will transport you to another time and place.
- Urban works of art
The last port of call in this guide is dedicated to two corners of the city in which a couple of well-known artists have erected their work. The first is the famous mural by Keith Haring – an American artist and social activist diagnosed with AIDS, which he later died from – titled Together We Can Stop AIDS. The original mural was painted in a poverty-stricken, seedy area in Raval known as the Barrio Chino, but it has now been restored to an outside wall of the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art). The mural depicts a syringe around which a large snake has coiled itself. The snake has the name AIDS. A couple in the shape of a pair of scissors cut up the reptile and another figure places a condom on its tail. It is painted in one colour, red, the colour of blood. The second piece of art is found on Barcelona’s most famous street, Las Ramblas. When you least expect it, close to the Boquería market, you will find that you are standing on a beautiful piece by Spanish painter Miró, which was inspired by the cosmos.