Badalona is the third most populous city in all of Catalonia. Today, more than 200,000 people live here. But not only stands out for that fact: Badalona is also one of the oldest towns in the entire Catalan autonomous community.
It is a Roman-founded city, and a large part of that past is preserved in its subsoil, today transformed into a cultural and tourist attraction. Next, we tell you more about this unmissable tourist destination.
The great surprise of Badalona
The truth is that the proximity to the great metropolis, Barcelona, means that on many occasions the attractions of Badalona are completely ignored. This is a real shame, because This population with more than 2000 years of history has a lot to offer, and not only its vestiges of Roman times. It has other claims of interest that we are also going to comment on here.
Badalona, the old Baetulo
If we think of places in Catalonia linked to the culture of Ancient Rome, we almost always think of Tarraco, the current city of Tarragona. However, the truth is that there are more examples, and one of the most unique is Badalona.
This is a city that the Roman legions founded around the year 100 BC and that they called Baetulo. Since then, the appearance of Badalona has changed a lot, since the city has grown enormously.
Nevertheless, the remains of its origins remained buried in its subsoil. For this reason, successive archaeological campaigns have brought many of those jewels to light. Most of them can be seen with a single visit to the Badalona Museum, which is actually a magnificent tour of the historic underground.
Museum of Badalona
The charm of this museum is that it offers visitors the chance to tour the ancient city on an elevated walkway. It is true that one should not expect grandiose Roman monuments in the form of temples or amphitheaters, but thanks to the tour and the interesting explanations, one can get an idea of what it was like Baetulo.
For example, old baths or the main streets are crossed in which, in addition, we discover how the engineers and urban planners of those years were capable of designing an entire network for the channeling of water. Likewise, the remains of the old Roman houses are discovered along the way, the houseto be able to imagine how those communities lived.
More Roman remains
Beyond what was previously mentioned, not all the Roman remains of Badalona are visited in the museum. You can also admire some impressive mosaics in the House of the Dolphins.
Similarly, a visit to the elegant Quinto Licinio Gardens is a must. Indeed, All of this can be visited with a single ticket..
The modernity of Badalona
If the visit to Badalona’s oldest past has been too little for you, more surprises still await you. Without a doubt, one of them is its long beach of fine sand. There are several kilometers from the beach of Badalonaso that no one thinks that in Catalonia there are only long beaches on the Costa Dorada and attractive coves on the Costa Brava.
By the way, at one end of this beach is one of the last ‘monuments’ incorporated into Badalona’s heritage. Its about Pont del Petroli, recovered as a continuation of the Paseo Marítimo after years of industrial use. For that reason, today is one of those obligatory and healthy walks next to the Mediterranean Sea.
Other attractions to end the visit
After the walk along the entire sea front and the Rambla, more surprises await us in the form of modernist buildings and also recovered industrial facilities. One of those converted old factories is the beautiful Can Casacuberta Library, which was originally a textile factory.
However, if we talk about famous industries in Badalona, we have to mention one with a special spark: the Anís del Mono factory, which is also open to the public.
To end the visit with a good memory, on this site you can buy that traditional liquor that, like all alcoholic beverages, is recommended to be consumed in moderation. Badalona has charms for all tastes!