Inside Barcelona with BarcelonaCitizen

October 30, 2015,

View of El Barrio Gótico from the Cathedral de Barcelona by BarcelonaCitizen                                                                                           View of El Barrio Gótico from the Cathedral de Barcelona by BarcelonaCitizen via IG

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities – after all, it was my first (and third) solo travel destination. There’s something special about this city – but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what that is. So, I’ve brought in an expert – BarcelonaCitizen. I found Eduardo (BarcelonaCitizen) while browsing photos of Barcelona (of course) on Instagram several months ago. I fell in love with his account and his photography – Eduardo captures wonderful scenes and moments of Barcelona and shares them with his following via Instagram, Facebook and his website. I’ve asked BarcelonaCitizen a couple of questions – some insider tips about his great city and he so kindly agreed to be interviewed (and was incredibly generous with his responses). Thank you Eduardo for your time and all of your wonderful information about Barcelona. Read on for the questions and BarcelonaCitizen’s response (English as well as the original Spanish response). After reading his answers, I want to go back to Barcelona all over again – there is so much to see.

Questions

1. What is the story behind BarcelonaCitizen?

2. Are you a Barcelona native? (If so, which part of the city did you grow up in? Which neighbourhood did you choose to live in now?)

3. To you, what is it about Barcelona that makes it such a unique city?

4. What are 3 “hidden gems” in Barcelona (monuments, places, parks…) according to BarcelonaCitizen?

5. What one thing should visitors coming to Barcelona know about the city/its people (that most might not know)?

Response in English (original Spanish version will follow) 

Labyrinto De Horta by BarcelonaCitizen                                                                                                 Labyrinto De Horta by BarcelonaCitizen via IG
1. I started with Instagram on 11 June 2011. And my life was very different to what it is today. BarcelonaCitizen occupies more than 50% of my time. In short BarcelonaCitizen it is a personal project for which I allow my neighbours to fall in love with the city and [share] a romantic idea of the city. Trying to whom the visit, look for something more in it dares to discover, etc ..

2. Yes [I am a Barcelona native]. I was born in Barcelona on September 29, 1981 but [at] 3 years old I went to live in the Aragonese Pyrenees. Click here to see a video of the area. 

3. It is an interesting question. I fear I should think much more about it before answering. But I’ll tell you the first thing [when] that comes to mind. 

Basicilia del Pi and Torre by BarcelonaCitizen                                                                                            Basicilia del Pi and Torre by BarcelonaCitizen via IG
4. The Basilica del Pi and Torre. It is a building that can be visited only for some time. It has become since I met him in a very special place for me. My fortress of solitude. 😉

The Labyrinth. I think an ideal romantic place to spend the day. If before you go looking for some history and symbolism of the park experience it is much better.

And the Modernist Sant Pau. Although I recommend especially in this building look too closely into their history. The visit would then be much more intense.

5. And where to eat is often the main fault trips to the city. First you need to remember that [you] should not eat at any restaurant within 250mt of any tourist spot. Especially the Sagrada Familia. I think the pillars of a culture are the simplest while aspects of this.

[Here] is a list of foods that I think every visitor should try. 1. Pa amp oli :bread with olive oil and salt. 2. Pa amp tomaquet: toasted to the barsa smeared with olive oil and salt tomato bread. 3. A wine from Penedes (the price does not exceed 18 € / bottle shop 10 € or less). Etc…

Barcelona Night. Walking parts of the city by day is a great experience. Born wander the cathedral etc .. night is a different [completely] experience. It is [best] not to do this Friday through Sunday. Given the recommended days are Monday through Thursday. From 1am the city is [special] at night. A magical experience if accompanied by the right music in headphones.

Do you want to discover the real city but also great places to visit? The solution is simple. Take transportation to get to the place, early it is better. [For] example, Guell park [is free] at 7:30. [Upon] Reaching take photos, enjoy and place back in transport encouraged to walk back down and across the entire neighborhood of Gracia. Another example would [be to] cross Sant Adria Sant Gerbasi. See the wake of the neighborhood on a Saturday morning is an experience that love. You can [visit] for breakfast where the smell or just enjoy a ride. The music will continue to be a great [partner] in those areas where ambient sounds are not [so] romantic. [For] Example, cruzando (la ronda del mitg).

Modernista de Sant Pau by BarcelonaCitizen                                                                                        Modernista de Sant Pau by BarcelonaCitizen via IG
Original Spanish response

1. Comencé con Instagram el 11 de Junio de 2011. Y mi vida era muy diferente a lo que es hoy en dia. BarcelonaCitizen ocupa más del 50% de todo mi tiempo. En resumen BarcelonaCitizen es un proyecto personal por el cual quiero permitir que mis vecinos se enamoren de la ciudad como yo al tiempo que exporto una idea romántica de la ciudad. Intentando que quien la visite, busque algo mas en ella, se atreva a descubrirla, etc..

 2. Si. Nací en Barcelona el 29 de Septiembre de 1981 aunque a los 3 años de edad me fui a vivir al pirineo aragonés. Youtube video here

Aquí crecí hasta los 11 años. Cuando regrese a Barcelona. Desde hace 15 años he vivo muy cerca del Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau. Mi pasión por Barcelona no comenzó hasta que descubrí Instagram. Desde entonces me enamore de ella al tiempo que aprendia todo sobre fotografía.

Sagrada Família by BarcelonaCitizen                                                                                                   Sagrada Família by BarcelonaCitizen via IG
3. Es una pregunta interesante. Temo que debería pensar mucho más sobre esto antes de responder. Pero te diré lo primero que me viene a la mente. 

4. La Basílica del Pi y su Torre. Es un edificio que se puede visitar solo desde hace algún tiempo. Se ha convertido desde que lo conocí en un lugar muy especial para mi. Mi fortaleza de la soledad. 😉

El Laberinto de Horta. Me parece un lugar muy romántico ideal para pasar el día. Si antes de ir buscas algo de historia y simbolismo sobre el parque la experiencia es mucho mejor.

Y el Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau. Aunque especialmente en este edificio recomendaría indagar mucho sobre su historia. La visita seria entonces, mucho más intensa.

5. Creo que: Donde y que comer es generalmente el principal fallo en los viajes a la ciudad. En primer lugar es necesario recordar que no deberían comer en ningún restaurante en un radio de 250mt de cualquier lugar turístico. Especialmente la Sagrada Familia. Creo que los pilares de una cultura son al tiempo los aspectos mas sencillos de esta. Hay una lista de alimentos que creo todo visitante debería probar. 1.- (pa amb oli) pan con aceite de oliva y sal. 2.- (pa amb tomaquet) pan tostado a la barsa untado con tomate aceite de oliva y sal. 3.- Un vino del penedes (su precio no supera los 18€/botella en tienda 10€ o menos). Etc… 

el Barrio del Rival by BarcelonaCitizen                                                                                                    El Barrio del Rival by BarcelonaCitizen via IG
Barcelona por la Noche. Pasear algunas zonas de la ciudad de dia es una gran experiencia. Pasear el Born, catedral, etc.. por la noche es una experiencia totalemnte distinta. Es mejor no hacer esto de viernes a domingo. Los días recome dados son lunes a jueves. Desde las 1am La ciudad es especial en la noche. Una experiencia mágica si se acompaña de la música adecuada en los cascos.(auriculares)
 

¿Desea descubrir la ciudad de verdad pero también visitar los grandes lugares. La solución es sencilla. Tome transporte para llegar hasta el lugar, a primera hora es mejor. Ejemplo. Parque Guell. A las 7:30 a 8 es gratuito. Llegar tomar fotos, disfrutar y el lugar de volver en transporte animarse a regresar bajando andando y cruzando todo el barrio de gracia. Otro ejemplo seria cruzar Sant Adria Sant Gerbasi. Ver el despertar del barrio un sábado por la mañana es una experiencia que enamora. Puede animarse a desayunar allí donde el olfato te lleve o simplemente disfrutar. La música seguirá siendo un gran aliado en aquellas zonas en las que los sonidos del ambiente no sean románticos. Ejemplo, cruzando (la ronda del mitg). 

Thank you BarcelonaCitizen for your generous response and the wealth of information you provide – and the work you do.

But now it’s your turn – have you been to Barcelona? What do you love about this city? 

If you enjoyed this post and these photos, I encourage you to check out BarcelonaCitizen’s website and follow him on Instagram and Facebook for great information and more beautiful photos of Barcelona. Inside Barcelona with BarcelonaCitizen

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  • Reply Ilena C. October 30, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I love this post! How wonderful to network with another blogger, BarcelonaCitizen, who was as you said, so generous and helpful!

    Have a great day in Paris and can’t wait for your subsequent posts and photos! ❤️

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