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Spots to visit in the city to boost your creativity

Written by Christine

There’s no better city to inspire you and help you get your creative juices flowing than Barcelona. With its rich history of art, architecture, literature, and music, there is a little bit of inspiration to be found around almost every corner if you know where to look. Head to some of the places on this list to bring out your creativity and talent.

Park Güell

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Parc Güell is one of Barcelona’s top attractions due to its array of beautiful colors, dazzling designs, and overall uniqueness that makes it a place that you will never forget. Gaudí’s masterpiece is a place that you can explore and feel the magic and imagination that helped it become one of the most iconic places in Barcelona. There’s no doubt that after a couple of hours wandering the park you will leave feeling inspired and ready to create.

Gothic neighborhood

Barcelona’s Gothic neighborhood is the nucleus of the city, dense in history, art, and culture. Take a stroll through the winding streets and alleys, getting lost in the oldest part of Barcelona. The stories from the past, along with the beautifully-kept architectural works from centuries ago, will help you to see more of the city’s creative history. Get lost in the neighborhood and along the way, you will find your creativity levels beig boosted.

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Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is another stunning example of Antoni Gaudí‘s genius and innovative architecture that has become a symbol of Barcelona. This house on Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most recognized monuments in the city and for good reason. Every time that you pay a visit to Casa Battló, you pick up new details in the design that you might have missed before. While officially the story is that the house represents the well-known tale of Saint George and the dragon, the amazing colors and design make it possible for you to invent your own story behind this work.

The Bunkers

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The Bunkers are a restored heritage site that sits atop of a hill, giving you an amazing 360-degree vantage point of Barcelona. From here you can see the bright city lights at night or take in the skyline and surrounding area by day. Let the views inspire you, perhaps by taking some photos or sketching the scenery. Here you will see Barcelona in a new way and gain some new perspective, creatively.

Raval neighborhood

Take a walk through El Raval neighborhood to learn some more about Barcelona’s past and present. This historic area is famous for being diverse and eclectic and is always changing and evolving. You can find work by famous artists, like Botero’s cat on the Rambla del Raval, or other forms of street art and street performance. Enjoy the hip restaurants, bars, and boutiques in the area which liven up one of Barcelona’s oldest quarters.

Boqueria Market

La Boqueria is Barcelona’s best-known market and for a good reason. Boasting dozens of vendors with hundreds of products, you can easily get lost in the overload of colors, smells, tastes, and sights. The market is a sensory overload that highlights many of Spain’s staples like wine, Iberian ham, and delicious desserts. Head to the plaza behind La Boqueria and you will be sure to find fellow artists with sketch pads recording their memories from their trip to the market.

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La Rambla

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No trip to Barcelona is complete without a leisurely stroll down La Rambla, Barcelona’s bustling thoroughfare. On La Rambla, you will find many examples of Barcelona’s iconic architecture, as well as dozens of street performers and musicians that add to the magic and the ambiance here. Strolling down La Rambla is a great way to get to know Barcelona but also to kick-start your creativity as you take in all of its sights and sounds.

Anywhere where there is street art

There really are no limits as to where you can find street art in Barcelona but some of the easiest places to find great examples are El Raval, Gràcia, and the Gothic neighborhoods. You are sure to find interesting art on the walls, such as drawings or graffiti, or a trend of spray-painted soda cans that spell out messages. The interesting thing about street art is that it is always changing, so something that you saw on your walk today could be replaced with something totally new and different tomorrow. Keep your eyes open for sources of inspiration everywhere!

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About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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