Non-Touristy Things To Do In Barcelona

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Barcelona has an abundance of attractions’ the architecture is outstanding and the tapas delicious. However, it is also refreshing to experience a city from the standpoint of the locals. Here is a sample of  some non-touristy things to do in Barcelona:

Visit Saint Catherine and Saint Anthony Markets

When in search of a market in Barcelona, most tourists head for the Boqueria market, however, to get away from the crowds, you can visit these two markets.

St Catherine’s market dates back to the middle of the 19th Century. It is a large market that was built on the site of a former convent. In 2005, a striking roof covered with multicolored ceramic tiles was added to it. 

This market is a great place for breakfast tacos or a morning cup of coffee. You will also find vendors selling fruits, flowers and vegetables here.

The Saint Anthony market, commonly known as Mercat de Sant Antoni is located in an iconic iron structure with towering windows. It has colorful stalls with fruits, vegetables, seafood, and other delicacies. The market is popular on Sundays for those searching for second-hand books.

Visit the Collserola Natural Park

The largest green space in Barcelona, the park covers an area of 20,000 acres in the Serra de Collserola coastal mountain range. Popular with the locals, the park offers spectacular views, an amusement park, and an observation tower.

In addition, there is a museum and castle ruins to explore. The park has a network of trails for hiking and jogging enthusiasts, and mammals such as foxes and wild boar have been spotted here.

Explore the Neighborhood of Sants

Sants is a neighborhood located in the southern part of Barcelona. It has industrial origins and is also the location of the main train station in Barcelona. Places of interest here include the Industrial Park where you can view the artificial lake, fountains, and sports fields. It is a great place to have a picnic.

Another place of interest is Carrer de Sants, one of the largest commercial streets in Europe.

Sants also has its own market, Mercat de Sants that has 35 food stalls plus numerous clothing and household stalls.

Visit Badalona Beach

If you want to get away from the crowds and sample a taste of the local culture, this is the best beach to visit. It is serene and peaceful and has play areas for children. Badalona beach also has a viewpoint known as Pont Del Petroli. It is a public walkway that stretches 250 meters into the sea, and it is popular with joggers,

There are lots of restaurants, and you may choose to just sit and enjoy views of the lovely white sandy beach. In addition, Badalona’s central boulevard is charming with pretty streets, cafes, restaurants, and local stores.

The Neighborhood of Poble Sel

Located on the hillside of Barcelona, this is a gem of pleasant streets, cafes, and family- run tapas bars. There is also a great viewpoint in the vicinity.

Going off the beaten track in a city is a source of great enjoyment. It completes your travel experience in a most satisfying way.