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48h Open House Barcelona: free access to unusual sites


Article updated 23 March, 2020. 0 comments

If you're an architecture enthusiast or simply on the hunt for new places to visit, don't miss Open House Barcelona, the city's only festival devoted to architecture!

48h Open House Barcelona



Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October 2019

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For new discoveries

The 48h Open House Barcelona is an annual festival, held on 26th – 27th October this year, where a whole host of venues, some of which are usually closed to the public, open their doors for a weekend. Seize the opportunity and explore!

What is the 48h Open House Barcelona?

The 48h Open House Barcelona is a unique event designed to promote architecture as an essential element of local culture.

The project was launched by the association of the same name in 2010. Building on its success year on year, it now attracts international attention.

This year, over 200 venues will throw open their doors for the 9th edition of the 48h Open House Barcelona.

48h Open House Barcelona: what to see

During the 48h Open House Barcelona, you’ll be able to visit buildings in a whole variety of styles and from a whole variety of eras, all over Barcelona. From houses to museums, factories to monuments, apartments, schools, universities, libraries and churches, the list is seriously impressive!

48h open house barcelona building

Some of Barcelona’s most iconic monuments have joined the fun in recent years, including the Arc de Triomf, the church of Santa Maria del Pi, the Liceu, the magical fountains of Montjuïc, the Miró Foundation, the hopital de Sant Pau, the MNAC and Gaudí’s Torre Bellesguard.

All of the buildings involved have one thing in common: they’re unique – not to mention spectacular!

48h Open House Barcelona: routes

The 48h Open House Barcelona association suggests a number of free, themed itineraries, guided by architects or by the owners of the sites in question.

  • Note that you’ll need to sign up in advance for certain tours.

Enjoy exploring some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets!

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Olivia has always loved Barcelona: its modernity, the fantastic climate, the sun, the beaches, the tiny winding streets of the Gothic quarter, the joyful and festive atmosphere… Like all the best love stories, this one ends “happily ever after”, and Olivia has now set up home in the Catalan capital.