A Badalona photography trip to explore a beautiful coastal town
Uncover Badalona’s best photography spots
Discover layers of history and famous architectural sites
Find a relaxed moment in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Barcelona center
From street graffiti to ancient Roman ruins, from the perfect sea views to Modernista houses and old parks with charm. Well connected to the center of Barcelona by underground, train and bus is the town of Badalona, an originally fishermen town located on the eastern coast of Barcelona.
With this post will discover the best city views with a Badalona photography trip that includes famous architecture, landscapes, modernista details and best photography spots. Below you will find also a video wandering in Badalona.
Badalona is a mix of visual elements. In the beginning we recommend a visit to the city’s historical part Dalt la Vila (Top of Town) filled with nice village houses and façades with old parks and fountains. We can continue our walk to the Museum de Badalona where the old roman ruins can be visited and also the Venus of Badalona, one of the well kept secrets of the city.
After this walk we can have a nice picnic in the city’s most famous park “Can Solei” where enjoy a selection of local sausages bought in the local Market Maignon (located in the town’s center) and a taste of the famous local anise “Anis del Mono”. Afterwards you can follow the sea route and have a glimpse of Badalona beach and coast ending our photography tour in the famous Pont del Petroli where is popular to photograph the Monkey that appears in the brand of the local liqueur.
In the end of your journey in Badalona you can decide if enjoying a sea bath (probably at summer time) or just having a nice meal at the claimed restaurant L’Estupendu for a reasonable price.
Founded by the romans in the 3rd century B.C. Badalona has a long history, maybe longer than Barcelona itself. The city’s first name was Baetulo and is located north east of Barcelona in an easy ride of not more than 20-30 minutes by metro or train from the center. It is very popular among tourists and Barcelonians for the lower property prices and for having less crowded beaches, making the littoral of Badalona one of the main points of attractions of the city.
“Badalona Beach is one of the main attractions with over 5 km of a sandy beach and a small harbour in the end where you can enjoy the Mediterranean sun in a relaxed environment.”
“Pont del Petroli, a symbol of the city, offers a wonderful city view and panoramic view of the coast.”
Dalt la Vila
Although almost every visitor starts the walk in the sea side or the Maritime Promenade, I’ll suggest beginning our Badalona photography trip on the historical old town area of Dalt la Vila (translation: Top of the town). There you will find nice photography spots with some modernista gems such as Casa Botey, that mixes medieval classical and modern elements; Casa Doménec i Planas not in a well state of preservation, the famous Santa Maria Church with a bell tower that distinguishes among other historical buildings and the Palace Torre Vella, where the noble families of Badalona lived. Other nice details as the fountains of Plaça Pau Casals and Plaça de la Constitució or the patterns of stone blocks of the streets can’t be missed.
Museum of Badalona
Built on top of the remnants of the roman ruins, the Museum of Badalona is one of the largest covered archaeological surfaces of Catalonia. It houses the roman termae and part of the roman city’s outline on the Badalona subsoil and preserves such relics as the Venus of Badalona, a scultpure carved in white marble, and the Tabula Hospitalis, among other relics. The Museum is one of the best examples of in situ preservation of the Roman ruins in the region and the museum displays it in an interesting combination of didactic material with light and sound offering an immersive experience of the Roman Badalona to visitors. Also the modern design of the building that houses the Museum makes it worth to be included in our Badalona photography trip.
Parc Can Solei
Preparing a picnic at Parc Can Solei is a great idea that will let you explore such Badalona photography spots as the Torre del Relotge (Clock tower) with several clocks and weather metering mechanisms. Among them there is a calendar, a barometer of Bourdon, an alcohol termometer, an electric rain gauge and a board that points the direction of the wind.
The park has nine hectars of gardens, scultpures, paths, lakes, vegetation and significant buildings justifying a visit to the area.
The coastal walk is a real pleasure for photographers. Far from the crowds and hustle of the center, this area invites to a relaxed walk in about 5 kilometers of beach with a clear division of the coastal area connected to the historical centre and the new modern promenade. The pedestrian axis of Carrer del Mar and the train station marks the limits that separate both areas.
If we begin our Badalona photography trip from the higher side of the village we can head down through Carrer del Mar, a commercial street full of old farmacies, stores and famous spots as the Zorrilla theatre, a nineteenth-century theatre.
A modern plaza with a nice city view is located in the southern limit where the Marina (Port) of Badalona is. With different levels this plaza highlights the use of materials as stone, sand and wood offering a good viewpoint to see the entire maritime front.
Pont del Petroli
A well-known photography spot of Badalona is Puente del Petroleo (Petrol bridge) a bridge used in the past to download petrol from ships and that now is a famous view point that stretches out 250m from the coast’ edge, offering lovely views and a great feeling of been separated from the main land. Just enjoying the sea breeze and been there for a while worth the trip. Just at the entrance of the bridge we will find a strange statue similar to those drawings of Darwin looking like a monkey that were so famous years ago. The monkey is looking at a bottle and it is actually the icon of “Anis del Mono”, one of the most famous anise liquors made in Spain. The destillery is just behind.
Badalona photography trip
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