Both boyfriend and I had visited Barcelona previously and done the usual tourist things, so I decided to find a few things to do in Barcelona that were off the beaten track.
We headed out to Parc del Laberint d’Horta near the university, and Mundet Metro station. It, as you may have guessed, is a park with a labyrinth in it. The park is 2.23 euros to enter fully and there are some nice fountains, pavilions, and woods areas to see. The eponymous labyrinth is a bit lackluster to be honest, but its a nice park especially if you want to avoid the tourist crowd.
Our next stop was to the el Carmel bunkers. During the Spanish civil war an air defense thing was put on top of the hill (Barcelona is hilly). Subsequently, it was used as barracks and then as shanty towns after ww2. So you can trek to the top of the hill and see the remnants of the structures, and an epic 360 view of the city. It’s quite a climb to get up there so get your walking legs on!
Once again there was hardly anyone there. It is also quite close to Parc Guell which was mobbed with tourists as usual. Surprising since you now have to pay 8euros to see the main chunk of the park- basically all the gaudi mosiac bits. The wooded bit near the top is still free and I got to spend 10mins queueing for the toilet, then we left.