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"Capital of a stateless nation, Mediterranean port city, the place where anarchism triumphed, the site of the rebirth of the Olympic movement in an orgy of spectacle and urban potential… Barcelona is all of these things at once." — Robert Davidson, A Companion to Catalan Culture, 2011 (p. 112)

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Our Favorite "Secret" View: Parc del Turo del Putxet; Casa Comas d'Argemir

 

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Formally referred to as the Catalan Coastal Range, Barcelona is blessed with a number of hills as elevation gradually increases across Catalonia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees. Within Barcelona city proper, the two best-known hilltop viewpoints are Montjuïc — famous for Montjuïc Castle — and Park Güell — famous for its Gaudí-designed entrance to what was intended to be a suburb.

The viewpoints from Montjuïc and Park Güell over the city and toward the sea are lovely, but these areas essentially always are swarmed with tourists. Whether you live in Barcelona or are just visiting, there certainly are times when it is nice to retreat to a quieter hilltop and admire the view without being hit in the face by hordes of selfie-stick wielding tourists.

Parc del Turó del Putxet

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For those who appreciate peace and quiet, travelgasm.com is pleased to share our favorite "secret" hilltop in Barcelona, Parc del Turo del Putxet. Even among locals, there is debate about how to spell Putxet, and some prefer Puget or Putget, just to keep things interesting. However, the name likely translates into English as something like the "park at the apex of the hill."

At the time we first wrote this piece, Parc del Turo del Putxet had yet to surpass even the top 400 attractions for Barcelona on the big tourist advisory sites under any of its spellings. Despite being an easy walk from the metro, the vast majority of tourists in Barcelona never make it to this hill, and we think it is a worthy addition to our 7 Things Tourists Don't Do in Barcelona, but You Should accordingly.

Although the land first was earmarked for park use in 1917, Parc del Turo del Putxet finally was made into a proper city park in 1970. Compared to Park Güell, with its iconic Modernisme landmarks, Parc del Turo del Putxet is a simple park with its running trails, plants, and ocean views as the sole attractions.

Casa Comas d'Argemir

Barcelona being Barcelona, you don't have to go far to spot some Modernisme architecture, though.

While you are in the area, take a peek at Casa Comas d'Argemir, too. Designed by architect Joseph Vilaseca — best known for Barcelona's Arc de Triomf — Casa Comas d'Argemir is an under appreciated Modernisme gem built in 1904. It combines elements of Gothic architecture and Arte Nouveau and resembles a playful castle that looks like it could have been inspired by a fairytale.

Casa Comas d'Argemir is an occupied building, so at least for now, your admiration will have to be limited to its outside and tours are unavailable. It is nowhere to be found on tourist advisory sites, either.

Where to Eat & The Best Walking Route

To eat nearby, one convenient option is Ben Tips, immediately outside Vallcarca station's Argentina exit. Ostensibly a tapas bar — and it has some Catalan options also — but its menu is centered more around hamburgers and Belgian-style chips. Alternately, if it is a sunny day — and it often is in Barcelona — you easily could buy a morning coffee and snack from the Vivari bakery chain next door or a put together a picnic lunch from the Jespac supermercat or Superverd green grocer and eat in the park itself while admiring the view. Be sure to discard any trash appropriately.

Below, we have mapped out the most convenient route up the hill — the one equipped with an escalator — as well as the short walk to the nearby Casa Comas d'Argemir.

How to Get Here: Take Line 3 (Green) to Vallcarca Station and use the Argentina Exit (Sortida Avinguda República Argentina). After exiting, turn right, cross the street, and turn right again to begin our suggested route up the hill.

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All 7 Things Tourists Don't Do in Barcelona, but You Should:

  • 5) Parc del Turo del Putxet
  • 6) Sant Andreu
  • 7) La Guineueta-Verdum
  • 1) Modernisme Beyond Gaudí
  • 2) Rambla del Poblenou
  • 3) Sant Antoni
  • 4) Sarria

Be sure to see our Top 7 Things to Do in Barcelona, too.

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  • Writing & Photos By Brock Kyle. All Rights Reserved. Verification Published 7 January 2023. Feedback.