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It is known to all the Mediterranean Barcelona, the one of the Games, the one of the Sagrada Familia, the one of the Park Güell or the one of the Market of the Boquería, even its exquisite cuisine that we saw in a previous article but ... did you know thatUnder the sleeping city an exciting parallel world of labyrinths with caves, waterways, medieval tunnels, Roman sewers, war shelters, artificial grottos and underground ghost stations?


We didn't want to go to Holy Land without writing this article that we are interested in a while ago following the publication of The Underground Barcelona of Mireia Valls. We were facing the "other Barcelona" less known, one for adventure lovers but inaccessible to most people, but to which we can reach some of its most exciting corners.

This little adventure is a journey in group raised in the short term which also has economic amounts in all your visits and, although there are multiple options to stay, it is well worth opting for one of the youth hostels in Barcelona as the most successful alternative to enjoy a great weekend in the city of culture and leisure. Are you coming to your underground city?


 

In Passeig Sant Joan Diagonal corner (previous registration in Fábrica del Sol, Passeig Salvat Papasseit, 1) organize visits within an environmental education program called Com Funciona Barcelona? which aims to show citizens how the city works from the point of view of sustainability. It is divided into 5 vectors, one of them the water cycle in the city, where the visits to the sewage system and the rainwater regulation tank. These Visits can be requested for groups of a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15, in the case of sewers, 25 maximum in the deposit. They also organize individual tours to these spaces for free within the four-month program of activities. You can ask for more information on 93 256 44 30 or email email protected


 

The Civil War also has its stage in this parallel world. It is in Nou de la Rambla, 169 where an anti-aircraft shelter from this era of history called Shelter 307 It can be visited from Tuesday to Friday with prior reservation and on Saturdays and Sunday from 10 to 14. Although there are others of this style, Barcelona was where they were invented and subsequently exported to London or Berlin, such as the refuge of the Palau de les Heures or the refuge of Plaça del Diamant and that of Plaça Revolució in the neighborhood of Gracia.

We are facing about 200 meters of excavated galleries (the initial idea was to dig 400 meters but they did not get it), equipped with toilets, children's room and even nursing, which can be visited for 3 euros on a tour of about 1 hour


 

The City also keeps under its ground stories of those that give off halo of mystery and esoterism in abundance, in the so-called Ghost Stations. These are up to 12 metro stations that for various reasons were never put into service or were closed, of which the most famous are those of Gaudi (L5), Banc (L4), Ferrán (L3), Correos (L4) and Travessera (L3)

To visit them, the thing is complicated a bit more, because the option is to stick to the windows of the subway in service and at full speed to look absorbed through the crystals seeing those spectra from the past. Another option is to make a place among the 300 privileged people who achieve a place in the only annual exit organized by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) framed in the "Cultural Spring" of the city


 

Something more touristy and known are the basements Palau Güell in Nou de la Rambla, 3-5 open from 10 to 17:30 in winter and from 10 to 20 in summer (except Mondays not holidays). We are facing one of the few spaces designed by Gaudí that have remained intact over the years.

These stables stand out for their brick arches, their flat brick vaults and fungiform capitals, and they have remained perennial since you were barely seen by the servants, forgotten by their knights. Its price is € 10


 

Returning to the mysterious and unknown areas of Barcelona and organized in the C / Tarragona corner Diputació (previous registration in Fabrica del Sol. Passeig Salvat Papasseit, 1), we can venture to underground tank Parc Joan Miró, one of the least known and pioneer facilities in all of Europe.

The network of deposits scale from the mountain to the coast, but it is that of Parc Joan Miró with 70,000 m3 of capacity the most impressive serving for flood control and purification environment. The visit lasts 1 hour and a half and is free.


 

In the discreet Plaza de la Vila de Madrid and open from 11 to 19, is the Roman Sepulchral Way, a different visit to the previous ones that has undergone a very avant-garde recent urban intervention and that hides in its subsoil the tombs that marked the traveler the way to Barcino.

We are facing a curious cultural space where the oldest history is breathed and whose entrance to the Interpretation Center costs € 2.


 

Finally, as an essential proposal, we find the Crypt of the Cathedral of Barcelona in the basement of the building, a Gothic crypt of the 14th century that houses the sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia, one of the patrons of the city.

The cruelty of the story centers on the martyrdom of a 13-year-old girl who died at the hands of the Roman governor of the city. You can enter with the general entrance of the cathedral for € 6 from Monday to Friday from 8-12'45 and 17'15-19'30 and Sunday and Holidays from 8-13'45 and 17'15-20.


 

Tunnels and sewers, anti-aircraft shelters, ghost stations, forgotten basements, underground deposits, ancestral tombs and crypts with terrifying stories, are some of the most mysterious proposals that "this parallel world" can offer, although the offer of leisure in Barcelona leaves us places like he Sidecar Factory Club, an alternative and underground room that occupies the space of an American bar that in the 50s filled the American soldiers that roamed the ramblas, or descended in the Camparo Milano Cocktail-Bar carefully set in an incomparable setting of the 40s, or even stroll through the old Born district in front of Parc de la Ciutadella and enjoy the old Arab baths in the Barcelona air.


 

While we are almost heading to Holy Land, Or not? ... Paula, we still have 6 days left ... !! That is not our plane! Monday more ...


Isaac and Paula, under Barcelona

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