When you overhear your co-worker gush about their day in “Badalona”, don’t assume they’re mispronouncing “Barcelona” just yet. In fact, Badalona is a small, coastal town just outside of Barcelona city centre. After a 15-20 minute Renfe or Metro ride, it’ll feel like you’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of cental Barcelona. Though summer months will inevitably attract tourists, Badalona Beach will always be significantly less crowded than those in Barceloneta.
Pont de Petroli
While strolling along the five kilometres of sandy shores, make sure to check out Pont de Petroli. This historic pier juts into the Mediterranean and offers a panoramic view of the sea, hills, and city. In recent years, it’s become a symbol of Badalona, and is among the top five list of “must-sees” for visitors. While exploring, take a selfie with the bronze monkey statue called, “Anís del Mono” created by artist Susana Ruiz. Look for the meteorological and oceanographic station at the end of the pier that studies climate change, sea levels, and solar radiation. Or, simply walk along while soaking in the sensation of “floating” above water.
Museu de Badalona
If you don’t feel like soaking up the sun, the Museu de Badalona boasts the oldest Roman settlements on the Iberian Peninsula. Baetulo was the name of this Roman civilisation that would later become Badalona. The latest excavation of these ruins was in 2010, and there’s still plenty more to be discovered. With an admission price of just €6, you’ll gain access to not only the museum, but the Dolphin House and Fifth Licinio Garden as well. The House of Dolphins is named after the mosaic dolphins that decorate the impluvium, or pond where the Romans collected rain water. The Fifth Licinio Garden will further contextualise how the Baetulenses lived. This segment is reportedly the least exciting of the three, but utilizes video to depict what a lavish garden would have looked like in 9th century BC. For more information, visit Museu de Badalona’s official website.
Plaça Assemblea Catalunya, 1 08911 Badalona
La Rambla de Badalona
If you’ve ever been to the overflowing Ramblas in Barcelona, this will be a refreshingly slower paced experience, for a change. La Rambla de Badalona runs parallel to the water and is the most popular pedestrian walkway in the city. The promenade is bordered by beautiful views and lush palm trees. Grab a drink, eat some tapas, and enjoy the Mediterranean breeze as you along the way. On weekends, La Rambla de Badalona is particularly packed with tourists and beachgoers. However, on weekdays, you’re more likely to find yourself amongst commuters, locals, and schoolchildren. Though this particular street doesn’t offer options for shopping, there are a few pedestrian shopping streets to check out nearby.
Monastery of Saint Jeroni la Murta
This is one of Badalona’s most important gothic jewels. Built around the 12th Century, this monastery was, amongst many other things, the meeting point for Christopher Columbus and the Catholic kings after his first trip to the New World. Today, the monastery is inhabited by 10 people, and offers a peaceful space to walk, observe, and reflect. Guided tours are available every Sunday at 10:30am and 11:30am. Other tours can be arranged via phone call. For more information, visit their official website.
Camí del Monestir s / n. 08917 Badalona
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So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to find some peace of mind away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona city centre, Badalona may be a great option for a day trip!