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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!