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Discover the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona

Discover the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona

The Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona is architectural excellence, and with a great history, that does not have the same tourist thrust that other religious buildings of the Catalan capital, but it is of vital importance in the evolution of the territory.

Built between 1329 and 1383, this beautiful basilica is considered the best and most complete example of Catalan Gothic architecture, in addition to the great importance that was bestowed on it in its time, as this religious representation was built by parishioners, fishermen, workers (known as bastaixos) and the residents of La Ribera neighbourhood.

History marked by the attacks and their restoration

The authors of the project that gave life to the Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar were Berenguer de Montagut and Ramón Despuig. It is a church considered popular and of great importance to the people of the city, since it was financed by ship-owners and merchants, and a large part of the local population participated in its construction.

Even so, it should be noted that the image it presents today is the result of the restoration it has undergone in recent years, since different parts of the monument were destroyed because of the different wars that the city suffered. Specifically, one of its worst moments was the fire that anarchists and communists caused during the Civil War (1936), which destroyed the magnificent baroque altar and all the images and archives of the temple.

This fact is also the reason why the interior of the temple has a blackened aspect that only adds greater mystery and interest.

A jewel of Catalan Gothic

The Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona is considered the best and most complete example of Catalan Gothic architecture.

Outside you can see the peculiarities of this architectural style, such as straight lines and solid buttresses that give it a robust, compact appearance, very different from European Gothic cathedrals. The bell tower is octagonal and the doors are solid oak with iron decorations.

But, without a doubt, the main beauty of this temple is inside. The imposing structure has an interior with three naves, where the central one has great light capacity and its construction is based on the old ad quadraum technique. Composed of extensive bare and endless stone surfaces and slender palm-shaped columns harmoniously erect a connection between all its parts.

The combination of all these elements, the captivating magic of the basilica per se and its beautiful stories make it an example of the distinction in Europe in the Gothic era.

Different types of visits

The architectural monument is located in the Gothic quarter. Specifically, its address is Plaza de Santa María, 1; and you can easily reach it with Line 4 of the subway, getting off at the Jaume I stop.

The entrance to its interior is free, and it is open from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In addition, it should be noted that, although the entrance to the interior is free, there are different options at reduced prices to learn more about its architecture with the help of a guide; and access to the towers and terraces does carry a supplementary charge.

On the other hand, during summer sunsets there is also the option of visiting in very small groups to practically walk alone through the interior of Santa María del Mar. This special visit ends on the terraces of the monument, where you can contemplate the narrow alleys of Born, the main buildings of Ciutat Vella and an impressive 360º panoramic view of Barcelona when it gets dark.

Interesting, right? Well, it doesn’t end here, after planning the route through the Born area and walking through the most Gothic areas of the city, it is time to rest and the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel is perfect to discover all the secrets of the Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, the great jewel of Catalan Gothic.

5 villages close to Barcelona by train

5 villages close to Barcelona by train

Barcelona is a city that offers countless tourist alternatives and magical places that are worth getting to know. And we’re not just talking about sites in the city and its surroundings, but making the most of the great links with the whole territory thanks to trains and railroads allow you to discover corners away from the metropolis with a special charm.

Thus, taking advantage of the accommodation at the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel, in this new post we present five villages close to Barcelona by train that can be easily reached, and that should not be missed for anything in the world.

Girona

In a little over an hour by train (40 minutes by AVE) you will find the colourful and dazzling province and city of Girona.

It is one of the places where it’s a real pleasure to get lost, especially for its narrow streets in the historic centre. In addition, during the tour you will be amazed by its many Gothic buildings such as the impressive Cathedral and the old Jewish quarter, or Call.

Other places to visit in Girona are the bridges and the colourful hanging houses of the river d’Onyar, which separate the new part from the old one, the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, the Rambla de la Llibertat or the Parque de la Devesa, and you can end the day with a walk by the city wall.

In addition, if you are fans of the famous Game of Thrones series, you will be happy to know that key scenes were filmed in emblematic sites of the city.

The trip to Girona can also be combined with a small excursion to Figueres (the train is only 30 minutes more) where you will have the opportunity to visit the museum of the famous painter Salvador Dalí.

Sant Pol de Mar

If you are interested in coastal towns near Barcelona, there is no better option than Sant Pol de Mar.

Located in the Maresme region, land of fishermen and farmers, we find this typically Mediterranean town, with its white houses and narrow, stepped streets that rise forming beautiful corners where you can enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, at a cultural level it should be noted that the town retains beautiful modernist houses and churches that you will instantly fall in love with.

This beautiful Mediterranean town can be reached very easily by train, with the R1 RENFE Rodalies service, in under 45 minutes.

Sitges

Let’s keep talking about the sea, but this time in terms of one of the most charming villages on the south coast of Barcelona: Sitges. A little over 30 minutes by train, there is a place that was a refuge for modernist artists and the residence of the Indian bourgeois, and that still retains the sailor character that it’s always had since its origins.

Do not miss the walk along the seafront, and make sure you make time to wander through its narrow streets until you find the Cau Ferrat, a museum that was the residence of the artist Santiago Rusiñol.

Penedés Vineyards

In a brief train journey from Barcelona you can reach Vilafranca del Penedés, capital of Alto Penedés.

A terrain dominated by landscapes of vineyards and wineries, its excellent wines and its unmistakable cavas are famous in the area, and in addition you will find some of the activities offered to enjoy wine tourism, such as wine tasting, sleeping in a winery or an extensive walk between vineyards.

The Torres wineries are the most famous in the area – you can visit them on your own, or there is the option to buy a ticket for the Train of the Vineyards, a very inexpensive promotion that includes the round trip from Barcelona to the famous wineries.

Claramunt Castle

As a last option (but not least) we recommend a train ride to Claramunt Castle, located in the Anoia region.

In this case, to get there you have to take a train from the Generalitat Railways that start from Plaza España to Claramunt Village. Once there, you have to walk about 45 minutes until you reach the top of the mountain, where the castle is located. But the walk is worth it. Once at the top, you can visit one of the best preserved fortresses in Catalonia, while enjoying beautiful panoramic views of the Anoia region.

Do not fall into the trap of believing that Catalonia is only Barcelona. At a very short distance from the big city you’ll find places that will teach you a little more about the history and culture of the territory. What are you waiting for?

The 5 secret bars of Barcelona you can’t miss

The 5 secret bars of Barcelona you can’t miss

Barcelona, as in any other large city, is full of charming locations that are unknown to many. Places that don’t appear in the guides, away from the tourist sites of the Catalan capital, with a touch of magic to them and an air of wanting to be a quiet, different place for people who manage to find them.

And indeed, sometimes these places are so secret, like secret bars of Barcelona, that they are quite difficult to locate! But thanks to the advice we provide you from the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel, you will have no problem finding these delightful places for yourself.

L’Antic Teatre (Verdaguer i Callís, 12)

Enter an outdoor paradise in the Born district. L'Antic Teatre (“The Old Theatre”), as the name suggests, was the headquarters of the Teatro del Círculo Barcelonés de Sant Josep, founded in 1879, an amateur theatre space until 1976. Today, it has become a social and cultural centre that serves as a meeting point between artists, locals and groups.

Its main source of income is the local bar, next to its huge terrace, full of life and accompanied by a tree in the centre creating a very cosy atmosphere. In addition, keep in mind that it works in the traditional way: you cannot reserve a table and you have to order at the bar and take the drink outside. Still, its charm makes it all worthwhile.

Bar Mariatchi (Codols, 14)

Also located in the Gothic quarter is this nice place owned by the famous musician Manu Chao (that’s right, author of the popular song “Me gustas tú”). His personality is embodied in the Mexican murals that adorn the place and in the concerts they organise regularly.

This is a bar where you can enjoy great vibes, and where prices are not at all prohibitive. It’s a perfect option for a good time with friends without spending a lot of money.

El Arco de la Virgen (Varge, 10)

Now pay attention, write down the address carefully because this next place is one of the most secret bars in Barcelona.

In the Raval district, specifically on Carrer Varge 10, we find El Arco de la Virgen (The Arch of the Virgin). Push a small door and just like in “Alice in Wonderland” you will access a whole different world, where there are concerts, theatre and exhibitions, depending on the day you go.

An art centre that delights lovers of painting and performance arts, and perfect to have a good time with friends and enjoy an artistic atmosphere, very characteristic in the city.

Pipa Social Club (Plaza Reial, 3)

Is it possible to find a quiet place where you can talk with your friends, that’s practically unknown and in the centre of Barcelona? The answer is of course!

Right in Plaza Reial we find the Pipa Social Club, a six-room apartment overlooking the famous square, and with an eminent decoration of the nineteenth century. To enter you must ring the bell, and then go up some very narrow stairs, to finally reach a place that seems to be taken from the stories of Sherlock Holmes.

There are many alternatives and options to enjoy a good place of leisure and with very distinctive features that delight many.

To discover these secret bars of the city of Barcelona calmly and unhurriedly, we recommend that you spend at least one night at the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel, very close to the most unknown corners of the city.

Barcelona traditional food: 5 top dishes

Barcelona traditional food: 5 top dishes

Catalonia is a region with great culinary tradition. The numerous ancient recipes that are still preserved today are a good proof of this. Catalan food and, by extension, barcelona traditional food, offers dishes that you simply cannot miss.

Barcelona is a multicultural city that boasts a wide range of restaurants, but you will also find that in the vast majority of them you can enjoy exquisite dishes based on Catalan cuisine.

These are the five best traditional dishes you can taste in Barcelona!

The best examples of traditional food in Barcelona

Bread with tomato (Pa amb tomàquet)

This dish is one of the most popular in Catalan cuisine, and it is also one of the most traditional. The writer and journalist Néstor Luján assures that the first written reference of pa amb tomàquet is from 1884.

It is a simple recipe to prepare, but for it to be perfect you need high-quality ingredients. Good pagés-style bread, high-quality tomatoes and strong-flavoured extra-virgin olive oil are the keys to success.

There is no more traditional Catalan dish than good old tomato bread, accompanied by fuet in one of the many restaurants scattered around Barcelona. Read on to learn more!

Escudella and carn d’olla

The writer Francesc d'Eiximenis wrote in the XV century that this was a dish that was eaten in all Catalan houses every day. A dish consumed by people from all social strata. In Barcelona you will find many restaurants that offer this type of food and of high quality too.

Formerly it was a calorie-rich dish to help endure a hard day in the countryside, but today, in many households, it is eaten at Christmas time.

Suquet de peix

This is one of the most popular fish dishes in Catalan homes. It consists of a soup with clams, prawns, various types of fish, including monkfish, and a saffron sauce to make it even tastier.

It is a local Catalan dish characteristic of the coastal area, and a typical dish of fishermen. The Barcelona coast is the best place to savour a good suquet de peix and soak up the exceptional Mediterranean atmosphere.

Fricandó

This is one of the delicacies that can be eaten in Barcelona, and throughout Catalonia. It consists of thin steaks of braised beef with mushrooms and will delight even the most exquisite palates.

In the city there are many restaurants where you can taste this jewel of Catalan cuisine. A dish that was eaten in as far back as medieval Catalonia and that has been preserved to this day so you too can appreciate its rich flavour.

Crema catalana

The natives call crema catalana “cream of Sant Josep” because it is traditionally eaten on 19 March, the day of San José. It is the dessert par excellence of Catalan gastronomy and one of the most delicious that you can eat in Barcelona.

In Catalan medieval recipes we can find the term Catalan cream in the Llibre de Sent Soví from the XIV century. It is considered one of the oldest desserts in Europe and in Barcelona you can savour this delicious dessert in virtually any restaurant you visit.

These are the most representative dishes of the local food in Barcelona. Authentic delicacies that you can pair with local Catalan cava, the most representative sparkling wine of the area, made with the different varieties of Catalan grapes: parellada, xarel·lo or macabeo.

And to rest from your gastronomic tour in Barcelona, nothing better than staying at the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel. It is one step away from the main culinary temples of the city. Enjoy the best traditional food in Barcelona with the most exquisite traditional Catalan dishes!

7 reasons to experience an autumn in Barcelona

7 reasons to experience an autumn in Barcelona

Barcelona is a great place to visit during any season. It is a cosmopolitan city, with lots to offer in terms of commerce, culture and leisure all year round.

However, visiting the city between the months of September and November is something spectacular, as spending an autumn in Barcelona is one of life’s unmissable experiences.

There are endless reasons to come to Barcelona in the autumn, but if we had to summarise them in an article, we would do so with these seven reasons.

The seven most important reasons to visit Barcelona in autumn

Discover the seven most important reasons for a trip to Barcelona during this season:

1. Warm temperatures

In Barcelona you can usually enjoy very good weather, but in this season of the year the temperature is very pleasant, and in the middle of the day you can even wear short-sleeved clothes.

The thermometer can reach 20 degrees and usually doesn’t dip below 10. An ideal climate to visit the city without hot flushes or chills.

2. Fewer tourists

The agglomerations of tourists are reduced considerably, since they are less common in autumn in Barcelona.

You will spend less time in queues at the places you want to visit, such as Gaudí’s great monuments: the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera or Parc Güell. Visiting the Museum of F.C. Barcelona or the Aquarium are other activities you simply cannot miss.

3. Lower prices

Travel prices to Barcelona are also cheaper this time of year. Air, train and bus fares to the city in autumn are lower.

Thanks to savings in transport, you can enjoy more activities in Barcelona, such as concerts, theatre shows or cultural visits that will ensure you soak up all of the city’s essence.

4. Fun in the parks

The change of colour of typical autumn tree leaves is more than enough reason to visit Barcelona this season.

Get lost in the Parc de la Ciutadella, the Parc del Laberint d'Horta or in the highest area of Montjuïc, where you will discover some of the most spectacular views of the city.

5. The Castañada and Halloween in Barcelona

In autumn you can experience the festivities of the Castañada and Halloween. They are very traditional celebrations in the city (and among the local community), in which to taste the authentic flavour of a roasted chestnut in one of the spots distributed across the city, or to delight with the traditional panellets treats in local pastry shops.

Another alternative to enjoy if you spend autumn in Barcelona are the different parties organized for Halloween.

6. Music festivals

Barcelona is a city with a superior musical taste where there is an outstanding music festival offer in every season of the year.

Autumn sees the beginning of the Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona and the Mil·leni Festival. In addition, you can have a great time at the Cruïlla de Tardor.

7. The Manga Fair

And if you are a fan of Japanese manga and Japanese culture in general, you cannot miss the Salón del Manga in Barcelona.

At this event you will discover the latest news in publishing and participate in costume contests (cosplay). You can also meet first-hand the most prominent actors in the world. And if you dress like your favourite manga character, admission will be free!

Barcelona is a city with many attractions all year round. It is a very enriching location with plenty of activities each and every month. Autumn is, however, an ideal season to experience the city: without stress, with pleasant temperatures, great music and fun activities.

To rest from all this, you’ll find the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel in a very central location (next to Sants station).

Barcelona is a great city to experience all year round, and the autumn months are no exception. Come and experience it with your own eyes!

Alternative route to discover urban art in Barcelona

Alternative route to discover urban art in Barcelona

One of the things that characterises Barcelona are the large street mosaics, made with ink and spray, which can be seen in all its streets.

They are great works of urban art in Barcelona, that are usually very popular among young people, tourists and any art lover who wants to enjoy new works exhibited in the street. These graffiti can be found by simply walking through the city, or on a special route if you are passionate about these urban techniques.

The rebirth of urban art in Barcelona

Urban art is still present in several areas of the city, and numerous initiatives have even been launched that seek to find alternative ways for graffiti and city life to coexist in harmony.

Examples of this are the Big Walls campaign, from the Murs Lliures (Free Walls) platform, driven by the activism of local associations such as Rebobinart and other initiatives and associations such as Bombcelona that wish to encourage permission to practice the art of graffiti on disused city walls.

Another example of this could be seen this year when the Glories Shopping Centre promoted the Bloom Art Fest, an exhibition of the most popular urban artists.

The urban art route in Barcelona

Street art is concentrated today largely in the Raval, home to the most striking graffiti in Barcelona, but is also seen in the rest of the neighbourhoods, led by Gràcia and Esquerra de l’Eixample.

In order for you to discover all the art that the streets of Barcelona offer, we encourage you to join us on our special visit to the most prominent places in Barcelona. Let yourself be seduced by street art!

El Raval as the centre point of the graffiti scene

At the foot of the MACBA, the first graffiti routes have been organised through the Raval, one of the neighbourhoods with the longest graffiti traditions. In the Raval you will find works with a certain romantic quality, such as the iconic busts of Andrea Michaelson, known as BTOY.

Other works of urban art that you will find are the surreal beasts and monsters by artists such as Ozzy and Tod, suggesting ideas of necessary evasion, or the curious pantocrators of Omino79; the Japanese references embodied in one of Okokume's dead geishas are proof of how urban art in Barcelona is more a reality than a myth.

Poble Sec

After the Raval, you could do worse than visit the Poble Sec neighbourhood. Since 2012, outdoor spaces have been offered for urban artists to unleash their creativity.

The project, promoted by Rebobinart, began with the three walls of “Les Tres Xemeneies” (The Three Chimneys) and the initiative has been extended to other parts of the city, beyond the Poble Sec neighbourhood.

The Gothic Quarter

After visiting the Murs Lliures of the Poble Sec you should visit Ciutat Vella. Walking through its streets you will discover all the urban art hiding in the Catalan capital.

In the heart of this district, you will find the Gothic Quarter, the central district of Barcelona that will make you fall in love with the art impregnated on its walls. Cayetana Gomis, heritage manager, historian and guide, includes three mandatory stops on her graffiti route: the Hospital de la Santa Creu, Petritxol Street and Santa Llúcia.

Poblenou

Poblenou is another of the neighbourhoods that cannot be missing on your urban art route in Barcelona.

Bordering the coast, along the promenade, you will reach Poblenou. If you prefer not to walk, you can take the yellow line of the subway to see one of the most important urban art collections in the city.

The route through the graffiti of Poblenou is located by the Passatge Llacuna, number 22 and the block that includes Agriculture, Veneçuela, Treball and Pallars streets. Here you will find the well-known graffiti “Molt Honorable” by La Castillo, where Jordi Pujol appears represented as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather”.

In this neighbourhood, you cannot miss the works on Selva de Mar (number 127) and Pere IV (number 345) streets, where you’ll find “La Escocesa”, a centre of artistic creation.

There are many areas where you can enjoy urban art in Barcelona and where you will meet new artistic trends, or at least new ideas from artists that are completely different from the Velázquez or Goya classics.

After a busy day of urban art exhibitions, look for a space like the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel to rest from your route through the most representative works of urban art in Barcelona, and you’ll see with your own eyes how the city shines among spray paint and walls.

What to do in Barcelona when it rains

What to do in Barcelona when it rains

Barcelona is a sunny city with a pleasant temperature, full of life, where you can always take part in all kinds of outdoor activities and enjoy the magic of the city. But... what about when it rains? There aren’t many rainy days, but when they happen, the question arises: what to do on a rainy day in Barcelona?

To avoid you being stuck without something to do, we have prepared an article with the best indoor activities in Barcelona.

Where to take refuge in Barcelona when it rains?

One of the strong points of the city is that it has a fantastic subway network connecting all the main areas of the city, creating an ideal connection for visitors and transporting them to any part of the city to enjoy their activities.

Every one of Barcelona’s subway stations is close to a main tourist attraction offered by the city, no matter if you’re looking for an outdoor activity or a place of shelter from the rain, where you can take refuge and find out what to do in Barcelona when it rains.

You can go shopping or watch a movie in a shopping centre, attend one of the plays that are represented in Barcelona’s venues or pump up the adrenaline at an indoor activity, be it go-karts, living an exciting experience in an escape room, or bowling with your friends.

And what about giving yourself a treat in one of Barcelona’s traditional restaurants and enjoy its cuisine?

A rainy day at Las Arenas Shopping Centre

Las Arenas Shopping Centre is one of the most emblematic places in Barcelona. Packed with shops and covered spaces, here you can enjoy one of the most historic areas of Barcelona. It’s located in an old bullring and its characteristic circular shape contains many leisure options right in the centre of Barcelona. Shops, cinema screens, restaurants and a spectacular observation point with one of the best views of the city, Montjuïc mountain, are the secrets of its success.

An afternoon of theatre or musicals on Paral·lel

Barcelona is a city with many theatres, and where you will find art everywhere, in every corner of its streets. In the city alone there are more than fifty venues offering daily theatre and musical shows of all kinds, tastes and budgets.

Very close to the Paral·lel subway station and a few minutes from Plaça Catalunya, you’ll find the shows of the Condal Theatre, the Victoria Theatre, El Molino, BARTS and the Tantarantana Theatre.

Spread around the city there are other interesting theatres such as the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, near Glòries station, or the Sala Becket, next to Poblenou station.

Any of these are ideal to protect you from the rain while having a great time watching an interesting show performed by professionals!

Feel the adrenaline rush in an indoor Go-Kart race

If you love intense emotions, Barcelona is the best city to live in when it’s sunny and also when it rains. On rainy days, compete with your friends at a go-kart race and find out who’s the best. It's the perfect activity!

Indoor go-karts are one of the examples of high-octane fun where you can compete with your friends in a frantic go-karting race without getting wet.

In Sant Feliu de Llobregat, a few minutes from Sants station is Indoor Karting Barcelona, one of the most emblematic spots in the city, where a unique experience is guaranteed.

Tired of so many activities? A spot of relaxation is required. To rest well from a day full of activities in Barcelona, why not try the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel, very close to the Sants station.

Barcelona offers many possibilities for leisure, come rain or shine, and all of them will ensure you have a fantastic time. Discover them all and enjoy!

The Castanyada and Halloween in Barcelona

The Castanyada and Halloween in Barcelona

La Castanyada and Halloween are two different traditions that have existed side-by-side for years in Barcelona. We invite you to learn more about the Castanyada and Halloween in Barcelona with this article.

Castanyada in Barcelona

La Castanyada is a holiday celebrated on All Saints' Day, on 1 November, and is part of the Christian tradition. In the eighteenth century the bell-ringers rang the bells on the night of All Saints, without stopping, until dawn. To avoid fatigue, they ate panellets, typical Catalan sweet pastries made with almonds and pine nuts.

Since then, on 1 November Catalans eat chestnuts and panellets accompanied by Muscat. However, the influence of Halloween has meant that this tradition is usually celebrated during the night of 31 October.

On the days before and after this celebration, Barcelona bakeries and pastry shops offer panellets to their customers. In addition, in the most prominent points of the city there are chestnut trees and chestnuts stalls, where hot chestnuts are cooked and sold at street level to passers-by.

Mauri

Emblematic patisserie located on Rambla de Catalunya which supplies sweets of all kinds, such as panellets, since 1929.

Casa Vives

In the district of Sants-Montjuïc you will find a historic establishment run by four generations of pastry chefs with different recipes for panellets.

Castañeras (chestnut stalls) in Barcelona

From October to March, you can buy chestnuts in one of the 30 chestnut stalls scattered throughout the city: La Rambla (Ciutat Vella), Príncep d'Astúries (Gràcia), Plaça de Sants (Sants) , Fabra i Puig (Nou Barris), etc.

Halloween in Barcelona

Halloween is a festival dedicated to the walking dead that has its origin in an ancient Celtic festival, Samhain, and is celebrated on 31 October, coinciding with the vigil of All Saints. Despite being a foreign tradition, it is becoming more and more popular and more activities for adults are programmed. These activities have a clear horror theme and often they are unique experiences that cannot be missed.

Before and after this tradition, the most well-known areas of Barcelona are transformed into terrifying places.

Pueblo Español

Pueblo Español invite you to live a special Halloween from 1 to 3 November – they have prepared activities for the whole family, young and old.

Tibidabo

The Tibidabo amusement park also dresses up for Halloween. In addition to the Hotel Krüeger, when the park closes to the public there are organised terror-themed parades.

The Wax Museum

In the centre of Barcelona there is a special museum for Halloween night, the Wax Museum. It’s been organising themed activities since 2014.

Cemeteries of Barcelona

A few days before 31 October, Cemeteries of Barcelona organises night visits. One of the most popular is that of the cemetery of Poble Nou.

Horror themed Escape Room

A different way to enjoy Halloween with friends is to visit a horror escape room like Jigsaw Escape Room, on Carrer Indústria, or Atropos, on Carrer Garrotxa.

Horror Movies

Another interesting option is to go to one of the movie theatres in Barcelona to watch horror movies. Filmax Cinemas Gran Vía usually offer marathons around these dates.

Once you have celebrated the Castanyada and Halloween, you can stay in one of the various hostels that the city offers, such as the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel. It is one of the cheapest areas of the city to spend the night and one of the best situated: next to Sants station!

Enjoy the Castanyada and Halloween in Barcelona and forget about train schedules. Focus on the fun and get a good night’s rest in a hostel once you’re done enjoying the scariest night of all.

10 secret places in Barcelona you didn't know about

10 secret places in Barcelona you didn't know about

Barcelona has many magical hidden corners that don’t appear in tourist guides. It’s an ideal city for explorers and adventurers. Join us on this trip through Barcelona’s secret places.

These are places that go above and beyond Gaudí and all his building across the city. They are charming little corners, unknown by mass tourism and ready for a restless mind like yours to be discovered.

10 secret places in Barcelona

1.- Museum of Illusions. Located in the central Barcelona neighbourhood of Raval, it is the first museum of its kind to open in Europe outside of Russia. In this museum you can surprise yourself with optical illusions and visual games. The first museum in Europe of these characteristics. Pro tip: don’t forget to bring your camera!

2.- Tamarita Garden. At the headquarters of the Blanquerna Foundation of the Ramon Llull University, on Avinguda Tibidabo, there’s a wonderful garden to discover. A green area in Barcelona with excellent biodiversity: myrtle, henna, laurels, pittosporum, jacarandas, cypresses, lime trees, bamboos, etc. The Tamarita gardens are an example of a private garden adapted as a public space.

3.- Plaça Sant Felip Neri. In the Gothic quarter and a few meters from the cathedral you will find one of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona, and with a long, fascinating history. The holes in the walls remind us of the bombings that affected the city during the Spanish civil war.

4.- Air Raid Shelters. The civil war is one of the most momentous events that affected the city of Barcelona. A direct testimony of the bombings are the anti-aircraft shelters scattered throughout the city. At that time about 1400 were built in Barcelona alone. One of the best preserved is that of Plaça del Diamant, in the neighbourhood of Gràcia.

5.- The Kiss of Death sculpture (Poblenou Cemetery). A statue in Poblenou Cemetery wants to show us how death doesn’t have to be traumatic. On the contrary, it can be as sweet as a kiss.

6.- The cloister of the Monastery of Santa Ana. When in Plaça de Catalunya, one rarely thinks to enter this monastery. There are so many stimuli around and so much to offer tourists that this monastery goes unnoticed. Just a few meters from this square there is a monastery with a wonderful cloister.

7.- Clandestine bars and restaurants. In big cities like London or New York this concept is widespread. In Barcelona you will also find these places that are full of surprises. The Chi-ton is a restaurant located at number 300 on Carrer Provença and is accessed through a souvenir shop.

8.- Statue of Liberty (Arús Public Library). If you want to see in Barcelona one of the many replicas of the Statue of Liberty scattered around the world, you have to access the Arús Public Library, at number 26 of Passeig de Sant Joan.

9.- L’Antic Teatre. In the Born district there is a restaurant in an old open-air theatre. It stands out for its large interior terrace and the majestic tree in its centre. The bar is the main source of funding for the Social and Cultural Centre, as well as a meeting place for artists and one of the most charming places in the city.

10.- Barça emblem in Santa María del Mar. This famous church in Barcelona boasts great beauty that is easily comparable to the Cathedral or the Sagrada Familia. In addition to all its architectural charm, it reveals a curious detail in one of its windows: the Barça emblem. A unique element that is a must-see for fans of this football club.

If you wish to discover the secret places in Barcelona, we recommend that you spend at least one night at the Pere Tarrés hostel in Barcelona, very close to the most unknown corners of the city.