Although his older sister Barcelona is the one who takes many of the praises, Badalona is a unique city with many secrets to discover. Corners, restaurants, beach and history make this city a perfect place for a few days of adventure and rest.
Third city in terms of size throughout Catalonia, Badalona is also one of the oldest cities, its past as a settlement dates back to Roman times, taking It shows how the beautiful Roman baths of Baetulo, located in the basement of the Badalona Museum . Being located in a large part of the Besós delta, its exposure to the sea made it a city rich in terms of trade and looting by Tunisian pirates in the Medieval era. The monastery of San Jerónimo de la Murtra emerged already in the fifteenth century as one of the most influential monasteries of those years, coming to raise the held there the courts s of 1472.
Already reached the nineteenth century Badalona turned, like most of the municipalities that surround it, towards the industry, making the rural population move to it, growing and making rail connections were growing. The Civil War was hard and the city had to survive several bombings. However, the strength of its streets, its culture and its people made this city shine again, becoming the beautiful town it is today.
There is not much to find places of interest within Badalona. Its beaches have had the Blue Flag quality label for years. Its Escola del Mar is a center distinguished by its work open to the public. Next to the beaches are two of the main attractions of the city: the Pont del petroli and next to it the already more than known statue in honor of the factory of Anís del Monkey . With green areas, Badalona also has very interesting places inside: the Iberian village Puig Castellar or the Monastery of San Jerónimo de la Murtra are two options among the many that This city offers its visitors.
Do you want to know a little more about all these places? Here we leave you 5 of the main places of interest in Badalona that you cannot miss:
Since 2009 this dock for the unloading of the oil workers has become one of the greatest attractions of Badalona. Open to pedestrians, currently its purpose is the enjoyment of any person who You want to get lost at your entrance to the sea. Communicated with the promenade that runs through the entire area of Badalona beaches, this breakwater is the symbol of the city and one of the biggest attractions to enjoy.
The best time to enjoy it? Any sunrise or sunset, when sun and sea come together in colours.
Badalona has a wide exit to the sea. Hence, one of its great attractions is its almost 5 kilometers of beach. Its quality in terms of services, access, care and Water has led them to receive the Blue Flag for several years, which speaks and very well of them.
The proximity of the promenade and the breadth of the beaches make these beaches a perfect place to enjoy the sea, go for walks, practice water sports or taste the typical food of our region.
If you like diving, do not miss the seahorse colony on the pylons of the Pont del Petroli !
This bronze statue located on the access platform of the Pont del Petroli is one of the most visited points in the city.
Created by the Sculptor Susana Ruiz, reproduces the image of the label that the Anís del Mono bottles was made in 2012 near the factory that has been creating this well-known liquor for more than a century and whose bottle, inspired by a French perfume bottle more than a century, is a symbol in the city.
To see it quietly or take a picture without stress, it is best to approach at dawn or in the morning .
With more than six centuries old, this monastery has great weight in the history of the Badalona region. With the help of John II and the support of the Catholic Monarchs, this small monastery became a monastery of great importance in the fifteenth century.Its defense tower, the church, the monacal dependencies and a double-height cloister with Gothic vaults are a set that transport its visitors six hundred years ago .
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The Iberian village Puig Castellar was one of the most interesting discoveries of the twentieth century. Elliptical and with three main streets, it has remains of more than thirty houses of the time Celtic, an iron morillo, a terracotta head of Tanit (Phoenician goddess of fertility) and a skull embedded in a possible enemy have been discovered.Currently it can be visited freely and free of charge, a part has been reconstructed its enjoyment and has explanatory panels for every visitor wanting to know a little more about its history.
With more than 50 years since its inauguration, the Badalona Museum is an exceptional place to learn about the beginnings of civilization in the region. Here you can directly visit the remains of the Roman baths at its base, a permanent exhibition of the first inhabitants of Badalona and the history and characteristics of the Roman Baetulo with very important pieces.The great diversity and findings of the last 3,000 years make this museum a place more than interest to visit.
The museum itself makes guided visits to various points of interest within Badalona. Don't miss it!
Catalonia and specifically the region that includes Badalona and Barcelona has a network of trails adapted to all types of levels, from simple routes to travel with children to the great routes. All of them especially highlight the latter, the long-distance GR routes, which allow you to visit the region in a special, different and sporty way, in which to enjoy nature and unique points of interest in a very special way.
If you want more information about the GR trails of Badalona - Barcelona click here .