Eclectic Barcelona By J. A. Young
Updated: Jul 30, 2018
Barcelona is one of the world’s most romantic cities to visit. Its seaside location in the south of Spain makes it a favorite destination for travelers. Barcelona’s history and culture continue to inspire visitors from around the world. Yet, while all the guidebooks will showcase many of Barcelona’s best-known sites and landmarks, they may not provide information about the city’s eclectic side. The following article discusses some Barcelona venues that are well worth checking out. From a chocolate museum to a rare book shop, Barcelona has a surprising array of interesting places to visit.
The Museu de la Xocolata is a unique museum and showcases many confectionary delights centered on chocolate. This chocolate museum is a treat for the senses. Located at Comerc 36, the Museu de la Xocolata offers a plethora of information and displays about chocolate and also offers workshops which are perfect for school age children to attend. Visitors can sample world-class chocolate from the shop on the premises after they spend the afternoon amidst the historic world of cacao.
If you still can’t get enough Barcelona chocolate, pay a visit to Xocoa at C/Petritxol 11 in the Eixample district. Billed as a tea room featuring a myriad of gourmet teas, the shop also caters to chocolate lovers. This chic venue is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs for family and friends back home.
Of course, if a trip to Barcelona requires something a bit racier than confectionary treats, consider a stop at the Museu de L’Erotica. This museum is devoted to all things erotic and their holdings include sculpture, paintings, and even films. It contains holdings from all over the globe. Located at La Rambla 96, this museum is a one-of-a-kind and its collections are bound to delight, surprise, and amuse.
The Museu del Calcat is another of Barcelona’s eclectic museums that should be included on any tour of the city. Located at Placa Sant Felip Neri 5, this museum is devoted to the history of shoes and covers the international gamut of footwear. From lovely embroidered Oriental slippers to hand-painted party shoes, this museum is houses an eclectic array of shoes from the past through the present. Located in the medieval part of town, be sure to walk through the nearby streets to enjoy the flavor of Barcelona’s old quarter.
Of course, if shoes aren’t up your alley, consider visiting the Museu del Perfum. This venue is devoted to the preservation of perfume bottles from history dating back until Roman times. Located at Paseo de Gracia 39, this unique museum showcases perfume bottles and vessels from around the world. It also provides information about the history of perfume which dates to prehistoric times. It makes for a fascinating excursion that should not be missed on any eclectic trip to the city.
International rare book lovers will want to pay a visit to Comellas located at Rambla de Catalunya 15. Once a Parisian fixture, the book shop opened in Barcelona in 2001 and has created an old-world shop with a refined aura. This antiquarian book shop has an understated elegance that visitors love. Their collection is quite varied and includes old volumes and manuscripts of art, literature, science, and much more.
For truly eclectic shopping, head to the Placa de les Glories on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays to experience this phenomenal Barcelona antique and flea market. The Els Encants market is the place to find everything from inexpensive trinkets to high end antiques. This open-air venue is the perfect place to experience the beautiful climate of Catalonia and enjoy the delightful offerings of the market.
Another great outdoor venue is the Teatre Grec located on a picturesque slope of Montjuic Mountain. During the summer, the theatre is a bustling venue for performances of music, drama, and dance. Fashioned after an ancient Grecian theatre, this outdoor auditorium was actually built in 1929. Today, it is a fascinating venue for enjoying Barcelona’s arts.
As Barcelona is one of the best places to experience flamenco dancing, a trip to the Palacio del Flamenco (located at C/Balmes 139) is a must. The show is comprised of original dance choreographer featuring some of the best dancers in the city. Coupled with the performances of live musicians, this venue exudes the rich history of Barcelona dance. The restaurant offers singular cuisine comprised of the best dishes known throughout southern Spain.
Located in the Parc of Monjuic, the Botanical Garden of Barcelona is a gorgeous treasure trove of Mediterranean flora with a distinctive Catalonian flair. Some of Barcelona’s tallest trees are found in this historic garden which was begun in 1930. Specializing in the conservation of Catalonian plants, the Botanical Garden is one of the loveliest places in the entire city. Staff has worked diligently to create landscapes as they are found in nature. Their effort is a renowned garden that is popular with locals and travelers alike.
Barcelona offers so many interesting places and sites that are alluring to visitors. For a change of pace or two experience something slightly out of the ordinary, these venues will not disappoint!
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