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Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

Toulouse, France
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Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

Hello all,

My wife and I have been to Spain a few times, two times of which were in Barcelona. We have done all the major tourist things and have ventured out to Girona and Tarragona. Are there any things to do that you all can recommend in Barcelona that are "off the beaten path?" Meaning, are there any other cool things to do that are not major tourist attractions? Thanks!

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1. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

Sure are. But first, it would help to know which of the major sites you have visited (many people miss some of the best - like the Palau Musica and Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau) and what you are interested in.

Washington DC...
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2. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

In advance of your response, this recent thread asked the same question and you may find it useful: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18749…

Malaga, Spain
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3. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

One of my favorite museums:

Museu del Modernismo Catalan (Calle Balmes, 48) - For beautiful Art Noveau.

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4. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

Your dates would also help.

Barcelona, Spain
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5. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

Two visits of how many days to do the "major tourist things"? How long ago the visits were will also be relevant. Casa Vicens opened this year. The Recinte modernista Sant Pau complex in its current museum form is also fairly recent.

Some ideas: wandering around neighbourhoods like Sarriá and Gracia, Poble Sec and Hostafrancs. The parks on Montjuic (the cactus garden, for example).

New York City, New...
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6. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

another that comes to mind (and not discussed here often) is Torre Bellesguard

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7. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

a couple more: the Pedralbes monastery and the design museum at Glòries.

Washington DC...
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8. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

While awaiting the OP's response, I would add Colonia Guell, including Gaudi's unfinished church (aka the "crypt").

Toulouse, France
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9. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

Thank you all for your responses. We were in Barcelona in 2014 and 2016. We visited Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Cathedral, Las Ramblas, Boqueria, Montjuic, Parc Guell,Poblenou Cemetery. We will be there in mid to late December this year. We enjoy doing outdoor activities (if possible) and love parks and also like visiting old churches and cemeteries. We appreciate all the recommendations thus far and have added them to our list!

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10. Re: Off the beaten path of things to do in BCN?

prompted by outdoor activities and park, maybe Parc del Laberint d'Horta would be up your alley.

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