The Reial Monastir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes is a gorgeous Gothic monastery in Barcelona. The convent was founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada. It dates from the early 14th century and until 1983 it was inhabited by the nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. The highlight of the monastery is its three storey… Continue reading Monastery of Pedralbes – World’s largest Gothic cloister
One of my favorite places in Barcelona is Can Masdeu. Can Masdeu is a former leper hospital which had been abandoned for over 50 years. It is now occupied by squatters and serves as a social center, residence, and community garden. The grounds governed by the squats are used as gardens and for agriculture.
Les Roquetes is located in the Nou Barris district of the city of Barcelona. It’s a very vivid and interesting neighborhood. Walking through its streets doesn’t make you feel like being in Catalonia, more like being in Latin America or maybe the Canary Islands or Andalusia. Music and fiestas on the streets are very common… Continue reading An Andalusian neighborhood in Barcelona – Les Roquetes and Torre Baró
Jardins de la Tamarita is another of Barcelona’s quiet retreats that I discovered recently. These gardens are a great place to disconnect and get away from the city stress. The park does not have many visitors and it is surrounded by high stone walls which protect it from the city noise.
Visiting a graveyard may seem a strange thing to do if you are not actually visiting someone close to you and who now rests there. Nevertheless, Barcelona’s main cemetery is kind of a tourist attraction. Many times I heard it was worth a visit before I finally decided to go there and, to be honest, it was… Continue reading A walk through the city of the dead
After my last post I felt inspired to write some more about mysterious places in Barcelona. I recently stumbled on articles regarding abandoned, possibly haunted, metro stations. Lots of legends and tales are spread on the Internet and the city even offers guided tours to enjoy scary nights.
A nice quiet spot that’s very close the city center and las Ramblas but where you will hardly find tourists is the Mossén Costa i Llobera Park. The park is beautiful, it offers a unique collection of cactus and other tropical plants.