The 5 best out-of-the-box sights close to the Ramblas Barcelona

Anatomical theatre

Carrer del Carme 47

Raval

This stunning anatomical amphitheatre is wher students of medicine used to watch as their teachers cut into human bodies, spread out on the marble slab in the middle. This neo-classicist space with Baroque flourishes served all through the 18the century. Only open on Wednesdays, between 10 and 12 am. Admission is free.

Betlem Church

Carrer del Carme 2

Raval

The Church of Betlehem boasts a Baroque façade (from 1681), which is rare in Barcelona. The interior however was destroyed during the Civil War. The church is quite popular around Christmas time because of its traditional nativity scenes.

Antigua Casa Figueras

Les Rambles 83

Raval

Located halfway down the Ramblas, this former pasta factory was built in 1820 an decorated by modernist artist Antoni Ros i Güell in 1902. It's as heavily decorated as a wedding cake, only with mosaics, wrought iron and stained glass. Look for the plaque in the pavement with symbols of various trades.

Corte Inglés Terrace

Plaça de Catalunya 14

Eixample

+34 (0)902 22 44 11

 

There's really no reason to be at Plaça de Catalunya, except when Barça is celebrating a victory. If you want to get a good sense of the square, you'd better visit the El Corte Inglés department store. The cafetaria on the top floor used to be hilariously outdated, but in 2016 it had a makeover and now it's a delicatessen bar. The view is as great as ever.

Plaça del Bonsuccés 6

Plaça del Bonsuccés 6

Raval

The Ramblas can get very crowded. If your agoraphobia kicks in, it's good to know that you only have to turn the corner to find this adorable little square. It's a good place to sit down and relax.

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