The lesser known plazas of Barcelona
Barcelona is a city of limitless charm, enchantment, and architecture that is abound by hidden plazas and courtyards. These offer a soothing pause from sightseeing or just a break from everyday life. Whether you’re looking for a local cafe away from the bustle, spectacular city views, or a lush garden to read a book, here are our top picks for lesser-known and beautiful squares to visit in the city.
1. Plaça De La Vila De Gràcia. Neighbourhood: Gracia
La Placa de la Vila de Gracia is marked by a beautiful bell tower in its center which was the administrative centre of the former independent municipality. The Plaza is lined with trees, cyclists, kids playing, locals, and a border of local cafes and restaurants that make it an attractive place to dine, socialise, or just take a moment to yourself. The plaza is just as lively in the evenings as during the day.
2. Convent de Sant Agustí. Neighbourhood: El Born
The Convent de Sant Agusti and its hidden courtyard is a 16th century artifact that is almost invisible to the passerby. Upon entering the gothic-style courtyard, visitors can visit The Bar Convent which is a friendly cafe and restaurant with plenty of charm. The courtyard is a small, open space yet that offers the perfect opportunity for parents to enjoy a drink while their children run around free from the worry of traffic and crowds.
3. Jardins de Miramar. Neighbourhood: Montjuic
If you’re looking for a place to relax or dine with spectacular city views and few people, The Jardins de Miramar are the perfect fit. With 180 degree views over the city, fine dining options, and beautifully sculpted gardens lined with Renaissance-style statues, its a mystery why this plaza isn’t packed with people. Perhaps its simply that you have to walk all the way up Montjuic to find it. We think its well worth the effort.
4. Plaça del Sortidor. Neighbourhood: Poble Sec
The Plaza Sortidor is one of key squares in the up and coming neighborhood of Poble Sec. Situated just off Avenida Blai the square has a lovely local vibe and fantastic gastronomic offerings. ( Try El Sortidor for Catalan Tapas or La Pizza del Sortidor for authentic Italian-style pizza on the cheap). To add to its charm, every July the summer neighborhood festival of Poble Sec occupies the square with dancing, music, and decoration for locals and visitors to enjoy on hot summer nights.
5. Jardins de Rubio i Lluch (Better known as the Catalunya Library Gardens). Neighborhood: Raval
The library gardens are located within the hip urban area of Raval. Here students, musicians, locals, and visitors flock to experience a true oasis within the city. The vibe is more hippy than intellect considering its next to a library however, there are moody gothic corridors and park benches. The lovely terrace bar, El Jardi, is a perfect place for a vermut on a sunny afternoon.
Thank you to Jocelyn Mandryk, Director of Foto Ruta Barcelona
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