The old town of Badalona

Badalona, one of the oldest cities of Catalonia, has a long history behind. There are several walking routes to discover and explore how the Iberians and Romans lived here.

The Iberian village is located at Turó d’en Boscà. With 200 meters of altitude over the sea, the Iberian village offers a panoramic view of the environment. Is a privileged place where you can delight a view of the plain Barcelonès , visit the city wall or the defense tower. There are some streets that conserve the old stone paving and also a house built on the rocks. The origin of the village has been estimated around 800 – 600 years BC. Can you believe that you can even walk on the same ground that your ancestors stepped?

Monestir de Sant Jeroni de la Murtra

Foto: Monestir de Sant Jeroni de la Murtra by aikijuanma

But not only Iberians walked over there. Baetulo, the Roman city of Badalona, was one of the biggest villages which belonged to the imperium.

Romans who landed in Empuries, the north of Catalonia, founded several cities and towns, including the old Badalona.

The visit of the Roman Baths is a must of the attractions of the old city. Remains in a very good conditions and is placed under the Museum, were you can learn a lot about the Roman culture and way of life. During the tour, you can see the parts of an old street with shops and a tavern, some edifications and the Roman sewerage system.

But Badalona history does not end with the Roman Empire. The middle age edifications around the old Roman ruins are also a very interesting attraction.

Dalt de la Vila is one of the more picturesque parts of Badalona. You can visit the Constitution square, Santa Maria church - which was demolished and rebuilt again for the safety of the visitors - and some adjacent streets, conserving the essence of the X century.

Walking away from the city center, in Sant Jeroni de la Murtra, you can visit the monastery founded during the XV century and still used for religious purposes. Belongs to the late gothic style and you can visit the cloister, the defense tower, the monastic dependencies or the curch, rebuilt after the big fire in 1835 where most of the building was lost.

If we move a bit until the XIX century, the most important attractions are the Anís Del Mono factory - an aniseed liqueur company – and San Miguel glassware. Inside the liqueur factory, you can visit the stillroom with a modernist architecture, the lab or the archive.

The guided tour over the glassware factory shows the process of the fabrication of the blown glass, from the oven until the ending of a glass piece, all in a traditional way.

Badalona offers lots of options if you are looking for a cultural holidays. Sant Jeroni, the Iberian, the Roman villages or the modern factories are only a few of the attractions you can visit.

It is up to you, we only offer some tips. Wear comfortable shoes and go explore along the history of Badalona.