Article by: Ian Michael Stewart (AKA Beeftrain), the founder and guide at Free Walking Tours Barcelona
Spain is a country that enjoys the outdoors. In this article, we have compiled a list of five terraces that you must see in Barcelona.
The Plaza Real is located a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Ramblas street in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The square was created in the 19th century with a neoclassic design and to pay homage to the royal family, hence the name Royal Square. Nowadays, the square hosts a plethora of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. The Bar Glaciar has a great terrace to while away the afternoon enjoying an ice-cold beer. For the architecturally inclined, this square also boasts Antoni Gaudí’s first and only public commission. One of his more discrete works, let’s see if you can find it (or them!).
No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to its world-famous beach, La Barceloneta. Originally a small fisherman’s port, la Barceloneta now is a great place to wander around eating tapas, go for a run, or, my favorite, enjoy a beer in one of the many beachfront terraces. Spend the morning at the beach and take a break from the hot Mediterranean sun at one of the many Xiringuitos beach bars.
This square hidden away in the Gothic Quarter is a bit off the beaten track as it has had a bad reputation in the past, but for me, it’s one of the most authentic squares tucked away in the neighborhood where I can get a decent bite to eat and bask in the Spanish sun. Come at any time of day, and there are a variety of restaurants and terraces to choose from. If it’s hard to find, don’t worry, we’ll pass by this square on the Gothic Quarter Free Tour daily.
Yes, everyone should visit Las Ramblas. And everyone should also visit La Rambla de Poble Nou. There are actually many Ramblas in Barcelona, and each one has its own character. The Rambla de Poble Nou is a bit more authentic than the OG Rambla in the Old City. Start your walk at the top of this Rambla, accessible from the metro stop Poble Nou, and meander down towards the beach. Have a look at the Mediterranean Sea if you fancy, or take a seat at one of the many terraces and spend the afternoon people watching. You won’t be disappointed.
People don’t talk about this one too much as it is a bit outside of the center of Barcelona, it's away from the beach, and there are no Gaudi buildings nearby. For me, it’s a perfect place to get away from all the hubbub of the busier parts of Barcelona and get a real experience in one of Barcelona’s most authentic neighborhoods, Sants. Easy to get to from the Plaça de Sants metro stop on the green line, you’ll find this great little square has a load of restaurants and terraces to choose from. Ask your guide on your free tour how to get here if you need help.
Which one is your favorite?
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