Barcelona is full of secret and hidden corners, they are spread all over the city but they still go unnoticed for most of the visitants and even the citizens. We are talking about all those magical and not so known places in the city that will definitely make the difference on your holidays. Finding one of this spots is like finding a real treasure that you will probably never forget. Here you have a list of 3 of them, but remember, they are all around and it’s up to you to find them.
Air raid shelters
The recent history of Barcelona hosts quite a few shocking chapter, some of them still palpable in the city. The civil war of 1936 and its bombing forced the inhabitants of Barcelona to build authentic engineering works in the underground in order to ensure their survival. Nowadays these shelters are open and can be visited.
For example, the shelter of Plaza del Diamante, which was built 13 meters deep, with a length of 250 meters and capacity to host 200 people. Remember you have to book in advance if you want to visit it. Another interesting shelter to visit is the one located in Nou de la Rambla street, known as “Refuge 307” it consists of 400 meters of tunnels, where it’s still possible to distinguish rooms such as toilets and the infirmary.
The Statue of Liberty
Very few people know that apart from the Statue of Liberty in New York and the smallest version of it in Paris, there is a third original piece from the XIX century that you can visit in Barcelona. This unique piece is located in the Arús library, one of the most beautiful libraries in the whole city that it’s worth visiting just for its charm. You will find it in Passeig de Sant Joan 26.
Columns of the Augustus Temple
Walking around the Gotic neighborhood, where many of our holiday apartments in Barcelona are located, is something you can’t avoid when looking for secret and hidden corners of Barcelona. Its narrow streets and the combination of so many architectonical styles make this spot of the city one of the most attractive and charming ones.
There is a very special spot that even the inhabitants of the city ignore, and that is the medieval patio located in Paradís Street number 10. There you will be able to admire four columns that are 9 meters high. They used to be part of the Augustus Temple, which takes us back in time more than 2000 years.
And this is just the beginning, the city is packed with this kind of little secrets that help us understand better the history of Barcelona. Just open your eyes and wonder around, I’m pretty sure you will end up coming across some of them. Remember to share them with us when you do so!