Barcelona is a city of contrasts. Each neighbourhood is a whole different world and, if you need to do a photography session or a shooting in Barcelona, now that the warm season is approaching, there's nothing better than going out to the streets to look for the charming places that the city offers. From Aclam we want to make a small compilation of some locations perhaps unknown to some, or that for others is like being home, but above all they have that charm that only a city like Barcelona can offer.
L'Allada Vermell Street
Located in the middle of the Born, this street unites the charm of the neighbourhood with the modern and alternative atmosphere that Barcelona offers. It’s decorated by façades from all eras, connecting small narrow alleys and passages with entrance arches, embellished with urban art and terraces full of people. This street, which we could almost call a boulevard since it’s barely frequented by vehicles and decorated throughout its path with trees, has on its balconies and entrances flowers and plants more than what is usually found in the city. Even one of its portals is famous for its floral decoration at the entrance. An ideal space to unite life in the city with urban nature.
Sant Gaietà Square
Hidden past an alley, just behind the Sarrià market, we find an invisible jewel of the city. At first glance it seems that we access a neighbour’s backyard, since the floor is decorated with red tiles and walls almost invaded by plants and flowers and, having a single access (which, if you do not know, it is almost impossible to recognize as the entrance to a square) makes it an ideal space to have privacy and be hidden from the tourist's eye. At most, you will be only bothered by the curious look of a neighbour from the window of his house.
Past España Square there’s one of the most interesting places of cultural interest in Barcelona. Can Batlló (or the Joan Batlló’s Old Factory) is an old industrial complex formed by several warehouses and buildings that hosted textile factories and their workers. Over time it has become a space self-managed by the residents of La Bordeta and, although now part of the complex is under construction to host the new headquarters of the EMAV (School of Audio and Visual Media), there are many accessible spaces with long paved streets and aged red brick façades, with the characteristic style of textile factories of eclectic architecture.
Sant Felip Neri Square
Within the Gothic quarter we find a square with an old, almost medieval style, where the stone and the forged iron become the protagonist of the setting. The square has a couple of entrances, which makes it quite accessible, and is often frequented by children who play near its fountain located in the center. The charm of the square is especially in the different walls and stones that decorate it and turn its gray and old atmosphere into a very interesting game of textures and spaces.
Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens
Finally, looking at the port of Barcelona on the back of the mountain of Montjuïc, we find between the parks of Poble Sec and Montjuïc the Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens. These gardens are inhabited by a great variety of plants of tropical and desert origin, specialized in cactus and succulent plants. The contrast of the sea with the great variety of plants such as cactuses and aloe vera make it a very special location where green and sand-yellow are mixed with the panoramic view of the sea offered by this privileged viewpoint.