The secrets of Barcelona under your feet

The most usual when visiting a city for the first time is to fix the view on the unique buildings, on large monuments or in the profile that all draw with the sky background. Barcelona does not escape the same treatment, strolling through the city you can see groups of tourists raising their eyes astonished by the towers of the Sagrada Familia, the curves of La Pedrera, or from the top of the discovered buses photographing everything they see Your step and you have already seen in the travel guides.

But Barcelona is a city with a lot of history and full of details, with this post we want to give you advice on how to discover those particularities of Barcelona that normally remain unnoticed. The story untold in most Barcelona guides are at your feet, literally under your feet, on the ground that you tread during your exploration.

We will explain some of the information that you might not notice or interpret. When you walk through Barcelona, look also to him, not only to see where he steps, but also to discover that he is treading.

The Modernist Panot

The panot are the compact concrete pieces that form the sidewalks of the city, and there are two very characteristic models of the city. The first is the flower of Barcelona, a piece designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who originally used it to pave the entrance to the Casa Amatller, one of its most famous and iconic buildings, located on Passeig de Gràcia. In this piece you can see a flower of four petals, currently can be found in many of the neighborhoods of Barcelona.

The same flower also indicates the Route of Modernism and is placed in front of the modernist buildings. So when you see a tile with the inscription Ruta del Modernisme you can look up and find an architectural jewel.

Following in the Passeig de Gràcia we can find other characteristic tiles of the city. These are of hexagonal form, but also have a modernist origin. In this case they were designed by Antoni Gaudí to place them inside the Casa Batlló, but finally they were mounted in La Casa Milà or Pedrera. In this case with vegetal motifs and with representation of the seabed.

Miró’s Mosaic

At the end of La Rambla you can see a colorful mosaic designed by the painter Joan Miró. In a circular and colorful way it does not go unnoticed in its path, but most passers-by are not aware of stepping on a work of one of the most recognized artists.

Roman Empire Wheel Mill

In the heart of Barcelona, on the narrow Paradís street that connects the back of the cathedral with Sant Jaume square, we find a topographical landmark dating from the old Roman empire. This stone indicated the center of Mons Taber, the highest point of the ancient Barcino.

Tricentennial map

In the final part of Passeig Lluis Companys, so that we can understand each other in the lower end of the Arc de Triomf and touch of the Park of La Ciutadella, we can find a map of the city in 1714. It details the points of interest Were keys during the siege of the city by the Bourbon troops.

Rosette of the winds

Next to the Museum of History located in the port at the entrance to the Barceloneta neighborhood are recorded the names of the winds, indicating their address. As a curiosity there is one letter misplaced, leaving a N in the form of Z. Error design or construction?

Centennial Shops

Barcelona over time is becoming a commercial center, powered by the big brands and their franchises. This implies a loss of traditional trade, but you can still find many centennial shops with a lot of history and tradition for the inhabitants. All of them are marked with a metal plate located on the ground, which indicates the year of opening of the establishment.

Tree identifiers

Some of the alcorques of Barcelona have a small plaque where the species of the planted tree is indicated. In the city you can find different species among the more than 154,000 trees planted, but mainly stand out banana trees. Currently the number of banana trees is being reduced due to the allergies they cause.

Cycle paths

Barcelona is certainly not on the same level as other European cities on bicycle lanes. But the increase of the kilometers during the last years must be emphasized.

Barcelona has a public bicycle rental system, very used and easy to use mainly if you go in direction mountain to sea.

Hydraulic floor

The buildings of Barcelona were paved with small pieces called hydraulics. I leave you a link where you can discover their colorful designs. As you say an image is better than a thousand words. Hydraulic floors.

Think that these same places where we put our feet today have been trampled by millions of people for hundreds of years, and that their glances (now yes), elvaron to admire the wonders of Barcelona.

Updated on December 9th, 2016