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Meet the unknown Barcelona

04-11-2016

Now that the beach plan seems to be ruled out, and at 6 pm it is practically at night, you can choose to stay in your university apartment after school or to discover the most unknown Barcelona.

At this point surely you have already taken advantage of your free time to visit the Sagrada Familia, the Nou Camp, Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gracia ... and all those representative places of the city that are part of the "tourist route". And of course, we love those places, but we invite you to meet others, much less known and with a very special charm.

We started in the gothic quarter. Surely you have already walked its streets with your roommates, or college. You know the Cathedral, Plaça Sant Jaume and maybe you have already eaten in one of the restaurants in Plaça Reial. Bustling, lively places with its tourists, bars and souvenir shops.

It is surprising, among so many people, to find a place like this: Plaça Sant Felip Neri. It is a small hidden square, a few meters from the cathedral. It is a place full of meaning for Barcelona. In the center of the square there is a fountain in which you can sit and watch the facade of the church, where you can see the shrapnel impacts resulting from a fateful aerial bombardment during the civil war. More than 40 people died, and it seems that, when entering the square, the visitors mute in their memory. It is a very special place that we recommend to visit.

Now we change neighborhood. Surely this neighborhood is more withdrawn from your student housing, as it is somewhat removed from the center. It is the neighborhood of Horta, where we recommend to visit the known as Parque del Laberinto. This garden dates from the end of the 17th century. It is a large green area where, as its name suggests, it hides a labyrinth that transports us to many cinematographic scenes, formed by carefully cut cypress trees.

 

Our last recommendation takes us back in time once more, to one of the blackest periods of our country, the Civil War. Do you imagine touring Barcelona through underground tunnels? Some of the air raid shelters are open to the public, such as the Diamond Square Refuge, built 13 meters deep, with a length of 250 meters and a capacity of 200 people. It is also interesting to immerse yourself in the so-called "refuge 307", in the street Nou de la Rambla. 400 meters of tunnels from where you can still distinguish stays such as washbasins or an infirmary.

What do you think of these plans? We recommend that you take advantage of your study stay in Barcelona to know its most authentic part, its history and its less known places.