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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
A photographic tour of Barcelona
Barcelona; an energetic, vibrant city, and of course, part of the fun of staying in such a lively place involves capturing the special places you encounter on your stay. Here is a list of the top places to take photos and/or watch the world go by…
Montjüic is essentially a tall, leafy hill; a mound of hidden treasures perched atop the city. A perfect escape from the hub of the centre, Montjüic offers incredible, sweeping panoramas of Barcelona from above, and from the other side (by the castle) an intriguing vista of the thousands of cargo boxes that enter and leave the city every day at the port. Other attractions include the eerie Montjüic cemetery, an enormous space winding around the side of the hill towards the sea, with some Mausoleums housing important families from the turn of the 19th century.
The rickety streets of La Barceloneta
Take a sharp swerve off the tourist trail of La Rambla de Barceloneta and you will find yourself in its narrow, dusty backstreets; the sleepy ancestral homes of many a fisherman’s family. Entire households recline outside their apartments in their pajamas, languidly wiling away the hours as they recount the latest neighbourhood gossip beneath rows of washing lines. This isn’t the best place to stand around gawping, but it might be possible to sneak a few shots of street-life here if you ask nicely.
Parc de la Cuitadella
The leafy pastures of El Parc de la Ciutadella attract leisure-seeking folk of every age and social genre, making for a colourful people-watching spot. Flat-capped petanque-players rub shoulders with dreadlocks and bongos, expensive suits take a moment to recharge before rushing back to the office and truanting school children loiter nervously by the hedges. By the lake, loved-up couples schmooze on boats and pretty little meringue-dressed cince añera princesses pose for photographs by the fountains. Take a seat on the grass, on a bench or at a café and watch life unfold around you.
La Boquería market
If you can peel yourself away from bed (or if you’re still awake), take a walk through the bustling fish market in La Boquería as fresh hauls from the Mediterranean are packed onto the market stalls. Be careful not to get in the way, as some beasts are pretty hefty! Fisheye optional.
La Rambla 91
KOWASA photographic bookshop and gallery
If you´re looking to find out what´s hot on the Spanish photography scene right now, KOWASA photographic bookshop and gallery is your one-stop shop. KOWASA is a real mecca for the latest collectors’ editions of your favourite photographic books, fresh off the press.
KOWASA Photography bookshop and gallery
Carrer Mallorca 235
Photographic art can be a gratifying souvenir to take home. 4-photos.cat is a small artisan shop located in the narrow backstreets of Born and the perfect place to pick up an artistic black and white print of Barcelona. They sell a wide range of unique images aside from the standard photos of Gaudi, and make for excellent gifts.
Carrer dels Vigatans 11
If you´re into kitsch photography paraphernalia, Chandal is your place. From DIY pinhole cameras, a wide-range of offbeat analogue cameras to Polaroid, medium format film and the entire spectrum of cult vintage trinkets (think mexican iconography, vinyl records and eighties video games), this place is a mecca for all your old skool inclinations and analogue photography needs.
Carrer Valldonzella 29