10 Unusual Ways to Visit Barcelona

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Are you thinking about visiting Barcelona? Are you seriously planning to grab a guide and be an ordinary tourist? As here at Lomography we love experimenting and exploring, here is your short guide to be an unusual traveler through 10 unusual perspectives! And, of course, get 10 unusual opportunities to shoot great analogue pictures! Pack your bag and let's go!

Credits: ariannapaloma

1. Juggling @ Parque de la Ciutadela
El Parque de la Ciutadela is one of the biggest parks in Barcelona. There you can find big green areas, a lake and a waterfall, exotic plants, and even a zoo! During the day it becomes a real quiet place to relax, study or just sunbathe. So, what’s unusual here to do? Everyday, you will find lot of small groups of people juggling and playing: slack-lines, balls, and hula hoops even some coming with guitars and music. I’m sure you’ll be welcome in any group and you will spend a wonderful time learning how to juggle balls or walk on a suspended rope. Not so useful, maybe, but I’m pretty sure it will be so much fun!

Some friends and me juggling.
A picture of the lake inside the park.

2. “Skater-spotting” @ Macba Museum
If you love contemporary art I’m sure you know Macba, Barcelona contemporary art museum. Its super modern structure is set in the heart of El Raval – one of the most famous areas in the city – surrounded by narrow streets and old buildings. Just for this strange contrast it’s worth the visit! In front of the museum you’ll find a big square, also known as an international skateboarding haunt. So, I suggest to bring your analogue camera and start “skater-spotting” to enjoy one of your best photo opportunities!

Skaterspotting at Macba Museum in a sunny day. Ektar 100 was the perfect film!

3. Drinking tea @ Barrio Gótico
Lost among the alleys of the Gothic quarter, you’ll find one of the most charming and coziest places I’ve ever been to. Its name is Salterio but you can simply call it La Tetería (the tea shop). I used to go there in wintertime to warm up, sipping hot tea, reading, studying, or just chatting with a friend. It’s definitely the perfect shelter from city life, with it’s dreamy smell of incense and its infusions prepared with calm and care, as they had forgot about the chaos out there.

Some pictures of us at La Tetería.
Drinking tea.

4. Sitting in the middle of a square @ Barrio de Gràcia
Gràcia is a big neighbourhood outside the city center, famous for its lively nightlife: small bars, pubs, music clubs, ethnic restaurants, old cinemas, night libraries…The best thing to do here is enjoy the crowd! Plaza de Rius i Taulet – best known as Plaza del Reloj, Plaza Virreina, Plaza de la Rivoluciò, del Diamant, del Sol: just choose one, grab a beer and don’t be shy!

Before and after the party at Gracia!

5. Be tattooed! @ Barrio de Santa Caterina
Searching for a more, hmm…permanent souvenir of your visit? I suggest to stop by Sta.Demonia, a small tattoo and piercings studio run by two very nice, friendly, and professional women. Soledad is the tattooer while Sara is the piercer: they will help you find the perfect “long-lasting souvenir” with their beautiful drawings and original piercings. And while you’re there, don’t forget to stop to visit Sta.Caterina Market. Its roof is designed by a famous architect. Take a look at its website to check out why it’s so peculiar.

Soledad Aznar tattooing my back.

6. Taking some Fisheye shots @ Barrio Gótico
While you’re shopping in Carrer de Ferran and Carrer d’Avinyò, I suggest to stop and take a look at a really analogue attraction. La Plaza Redonda is a small square – not properly squared! – shaped as an octagonal circle. It’s the perfect subject for your Fisheye or super wide angle shots.

This square seems to be created for Fisheye shots.

7. Listening to some analogue music @ Barrio Gótico
After a long lomographic day, why don’t you spend a dance-filled lomographic night too? Polaroid is an active and lively bar, entirely devoted to the wonderful 80s. Inside, you’ll find a giant Tetris reproduction, old vinyls and posters, a flying ET, original costumes of superheros and, last but not least, a stunning collection of old Polaroid cameras! Ask the bartender to take a picture of you, and they’ll add your Polaroid to their hall of fame. WOW!

Polariod’s flier in 2008.

8. Eating Venezuelan food @ El Born
If you are tired of paella and tapas, let’s try some foreign food. La Taguara offers a super wide range of arepas, a typical Venezuelan dish. The arepa is a flat, round, unleavened patty made of cornmeal or flour which can be grilled, baked, boiled, or fried. It can be topped or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes, salad, cheese, shrimp, or fish. La Taguara serves the best arepas in town and it’s so good and cheap that it’s always full of people. Don’t get discouraged and join the queue!

9. Discovering hidden places @ Montjuïc hill
El Fossar de la Pedrera is Montjuïc’s common grave. Probably a graveyard wasn’t your first choice when you think about fun, but I’m sure you’ll fall in love with that place as soon as you arrive. Getting there is part of the magic: you must pass through the silence of the old cemetery, getting a relaxing walk among the trees. The common grave stays at the end of a large garden, surrounded by big rock cliffs. I think this place is one of the most stunning I’ve ever been to. You just have to sit and enjoy the peace and silence. I suggest that you read something about Barcelona’s history to deeply appreciate the importance of this place. For more information about the history and how to get there, visit this website.

10. …Don’t forget your analogue camera and have fun!!!

If you want to learn more about Barcelona visit Wikipedia, Barcelona city hall page or this interesting website.

written by ariannapaloma on 2012-06-29 in #world #locations #fisheye #analogue #urban-adventures #juggling #food #analogue-music #barcelona #skate #requested-june #unusual-perspective #tattoo #pictures #museum #spain #shoot-from-the-hip #tea #requested-june-2012

7 Comments

  1. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    i love this city. hopefully i´ll be there again in november. born is definitely the barrio to go for me. awesome food locations - both buying food and restaurants or snack-bars. since i was there last november there is a new burger-location which is a blast. at least i read this and a friend of mine told me it really is.

  2. carlos_perezderozas
    carlos_perezderozas ·

    Genial. Gracias a artículos como éste podemos hacer llegar Barcelona a tanta gente.

  3. photomood
    photomood ·

    wow perfect! I'm going to barcalona tomorrow! :D

  4. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    @photomood yey! have fun!!!! and let me know if this guide has been helpful! ;)

  5. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    Those arepas are delicious!

  6. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    I agree @bloomchen Brone is amazing, but when you come visit try Gracias at night it's amazing, great bars and music on the street.

  7. curly-
    curly- ·

    thank you so so so much for Salterio! I've read about it in this article and after an 1,5 hour long search walking through these little alleys I've found it and it was absolutely amazing. Lovely spot, great tea and the Sardos were delicious. :)

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