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  Monestir de Pedralbes
by Belsaita

There are some very nice areas in town most tourists do miss because these are not right in the center. I do agree these are probably not for a first time visitor with too little time, but once you have seen the "musts", you can reach very interesting places, just 15-20 min. away from Plaça de Catalunya by metro. Some ideas:

- Les Corts/Sarria/Sant Gervasi: there my favorite is the Monestir de Pedralbes, a Medieval gem. You'll feel as if you were is a different town from the hectic city centre.

Then, walk down to Bar Tomás in Carrer Major de Sarrià 49 for the (allegedly) best 'patatas bravas" in town and if you have sweet teeth, do not miss Foix de Sarrià in Major de Sarrià, 57

If you're into sports, the FCB stadium (Nou Camp)is as well in the Les Corts area.

- Gràcia: I could write pages and pages about my favorite area in town!

Better go there and discover by yourself. Great shopping and eating. Ultra-modern fashion shops neat to old groceries. Lovely small squares to sit in a cafe seeing the world go by. Alternative clubs. All kind of ethnic restaurants. Traditional food market. All this just 10 min by metro from the city center... please don't tell anybody! ;-)))

- Sant Marti: this is a very big district, with quite different areas. The Rambla del Poble Nou is great to walk, shop, have a drink or a meal in a traditional Catalan Rambla. You can imagine how the infamous "Las Ramblas" were 50 years ago before being converted on the biggest tourist trap in town. Near the sea end you can visit the Cementiri del Poble Nou (very "Gothic" cemetery with beautiful artworks and tons of history, there are guided visits on Sundays but I believe these are only in Catalan and Spanish). The area known as "22@" (near Plaça de les Glories) is a mix of ultra-hype skyscrapers signed by the most famous contemporary architects (leaded by Jean Nouvel's Torre Agbar ) and old abandoned warehouses. If you want more ultra-modern buildings, take the tram to Diagonal Mar.

... and these are just the few places than come to my mind now. Each of these areas deserve a full day exploring. You'll be not bored!

Happy travels!

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  • Updated May 26, 2011
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