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Beautiful old pharmacies in Barcelona

Written by Christine

While there are several pharmacies in every neighborhood of Barcelona, some of the older and more historic ones are truly beautiful and worth seeing. Get to know some of these places, which are an important part of the history of Barcelona and be prepared to be transported back in time.

Antiga Farmàcia Padrell

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Antiga Farmàcia Padrell has been a part of Barcelona since 1562, being reformed over the years until its current state. The last update was in 1903, being redone in the iconic Modernist style that has become known in Barcelona. Today, you can visit this pharmacy for all sorts of products, from medicine to everyday items.

Address: Carrer de Sant Pere Més Baix, 52

Farmàcia Sanchís-Tanganelli

Farmàcia Sanchís-Tanganelli is a Modernist marvel from the beginning of the 20th century. Its interior retains the original style and architecture that makes this pharmacy so fascinating. Even though this pharmacy is from the past you can find all of the modern conveniences here like all-natural remedies and beauty products.

Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 117

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Farmàcia Ferrer Argelaguet

Farmàcia Ferrer Argelaguet dates back to 1906 and retains much of the original architecture and design of the era. While walking through Eixample, make a stop by this pharmacy to get a true sense of the architecture from the turn of the 20th century. The pharmacy continues to hold a high standard of service for all of its patrons, providing medicine, home products, and alternative remedies.

Address: Carrer Roger de la Llúria, 704

Mestre i Boleda

Farmàcia Mestre i Boleda was built in 1902 and to this day remains as charming and as beautiful as it was more than 100 years ago. The front and the interior are painted a lovely shade of turquoise, and some of the original furniture remains inside to add to the magic of the ambiance. Also of note are the lovely stained-glass windows, decorated in flower patterns. This pharmacy is truly unique and should not be missed.

Address: Gran Via, 542

Farmàcia Hernández de la Rosa

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You can find Farmàcia Hernández de la Rosa right on La Rambla, where it has been since 1901. Take a look at the beautiful stained-glass, intricate carvings, and antique light fixtures that help this pharmacy to retain its original style and Modernist feel. You can’t miss this pharmacy as it is right in the middle of one of Barcelona’s most well-known attractions, La Rambla, a great place to take a stroll and marvel at the beauty of the city.

Address: La Rambla, 38

Farmàcia Flores

Farmàcia Flores was designed by famed Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner and completed in 1896. When you visit this pharmacy, take note of the intricately carved woodwork, the rich colors, and the fine details in the shelves and door frames. Little has changed over the years, so you will feel like you are being transported back in time when you visit this pharmacy. This venue is located near many other wonderful Modernist works of architecture, so tour the neighborhood to get a real feel of the magic of this era.

Address: Carrer de València, 278

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Farmàcia Bolós

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Farmàcia Bolós was completed in 1902 by Catalan architect Antoni Falguera i Sivilla. At the time it was owned by a famous pharmacist, Antoni Novelles i Roig, but now it is operated by the Bolós family. This pharmacy is quite beautiful, with its turn-of-the-century design and details. Today it specializes in hyaluronic acid, which can be used as a healing substance on the skin. Pass by Farmàcia Bolós, where the past meets the present.

Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 77

Farmàcia Guinart

Farmácia Guinart was founded in 1896 and since then has been passed down throughout the years to generations of the Guinart family. This pharmacy is not in the city center, but you can make the trip out to the Sant Andreu district and find it on the main street that runs through the neighborhood. Take note of the beautiful tiles, woodwork, and glass from the outside, and be prepared to be just as amazed when you step inside. The beauty of this pharmacy is in all of the fine details.

Address: Gran de Sant Andreu, 306

Farmàcia Nordbeck

Farmàcia Nordbeck was founded in 1905 and continues to serve the neighborhood where it was originally founded. In addition to beautiful stained-glass windows and intricate carvings, the wrought-iron designs are especially stunning. The floral patterns on the windows are colorful and add a special touch to the outside of the pharmacy.

Address: Carrer d’Ausiàs Marc, 31

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

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