If you’re a movie freak, you’ll love Barcelona, because this city has plenty of things to offer for you! With lots of themed bars, restaurants, and of course the world-renowned landmarks, the city has been a favorite shooting location for several directors. So if you’d like to explore the city with your favorite stories in mind, then take a look at our itinerary!
#Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Such a well-known Spain-lover as Woody Allen is just couldn’t miss the opportunity to shoot in the marvelous city which Barcelona is. The famous director wrote and filmed the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a story about two American tourists travelling to Barcelona to discover this amazing city and spend the summer there.
The movie shows fabulous shots of the city as we know it, covering the picturesque landmarks. The director filmed scenes in some of the most emblematic points of Barcelona, such as Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família, the Tibidabo Amusement Park, Parc Güell, La Pedrera, La Plaza Felip Neri or Las Ramblas. In this movie, Barcelona is full of light, colors and very open to the world, but also it has a character, personality and all those things that make it unique. One must say that Allen captures the magic, but it’s the city that does the seducing.
But the scenes didn’t take place only at the famous landmarks, lots of little places and spots appearing in the movie are worth mentioning. One example among many is this bohemian bar full of poets, artists, and musicians – La Marsella, one of the best places for absinthe in town! This bar has been in business since 1820, and it has also served celebrities like Hemingway and Picasso.
#The Erasmus Barcelona
“L’Auberge Espagnole”, translated also as “Una Casa de Locos”, is the work of the French director Cédric Klapisch. It’s the movie you MUST watch if you are travelling to Barcelona, especially if you’re coming for an Erasmus or you’re going to live there for some time. There’s no doubt that it’s one of the best portraits of the life of a foreign student in Barcelona that has ever been done.
Cédric Klapisch’s comedy centers on Xavier, a twenty-something French student who leaves his life and girlfriend to study in Barcelona for a year. The movie takes place mainly in Plaça Catalunya, La Rambla, El Raval and Barri Gotic, without forgetting the Barceloneta Beach and La Sagrada Família. The movie is filled with the kinds of experiences one encounters while living abroad, and it’s bursting with images of many familiar Barcelona landmarks. The trailer’s claiming that “no-one speaks the same language, but everyone understands you” rings true.
If you are a horror movie fan, there is no way you missed the first REC movie in 2007, one of the first movies to be filmed with the hand-held camera effect, ever since the BlairWitch Project. This movie is probably the best in the franchise and guess what? It was filmed in Barcelona! The building in which the movie was filmed is located in the Eixample. So when in Barcelona, don’t forget to visit this spooky place!
Places to visit
#Pudding – a Harry Potter themed café
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you HAVE to try this place out. Located in the Eixample district, Pudding is the place to go if you want to take a break from the muggle world and be a part of what you love, the wizarding society. This place is entirely decorated to the colors of all the houses of Hogwarts, with easter-eggs everywhere. While being a coffee shop, the place is divided into 3 different floors plus a restaurant. The whole place is designed for children, so feel free to go with your family and friends if you love the story about the boy who survived!
Where: Avinguda Diagonal 515
When: Every day from 9 am to 9 pm
Price: The price varies according to the number of coffees, cakes & others you order
If you love themed bars that offer quality shows and luxury atmosphere, this is the one for you! Inspired by Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel The Great Gatsby, this bar is decorated with the same colors and shapes as the ones you can see in the 2013 version of the movie. The club consists of a large open space divided into different areas, with an elevated platform for performances, located directly behind a cocktail bar at the entrance. A central court dominates the space with sidewalks and a series of private tables organized around.
Where: Carrer de Tuset, 19, 08006 Barcelona
Opening hours: Wednesday & Thursday 9 pm to 2:30 am; Friday & Saturday 9 pm to 3 am; Sunday 7 pm to 12 am
Barcelona is known for the number of shops all around the city center, from luxury and designer brands to high street fashion, there’s everything you may need here. But I’m sure you love goodies, and Barcelona has a few stores worth visiting, whether you want to get the Harry Potter backpack of your dreams or maybe the latest comic books! Go to the Arc de Triomf area, and you’ll find a few comics books & collectibles stores next to each other.
If you’re looking for comics books, collectibles, goodies or mangas, head to Norma Comics! They have a huge selection of the latest comics books and mangas.
Where: Passeig Sant Joan, 9, 08010 Barcelona
Barcelona is filled with exciting things to see if you love movies, tv shows, comics or anything related! What is YOUR favorite place to visit in Barcelona that isn’t on the list? Let us know in the comments below!
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