Barcelona Travel Guide

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Barcelona is a banquet for all the senses, though perhaps mainly for sight. Not far behind are the pleasures of the palate. The air temperature is almost always about right, more and more streets are pedestrianized, and tavern after tavern burrows elegantly into medieval walls. Every now and then the fragrance of the sea in the port or in Barceloneta reminds you that this is, after all, a giant seaport and beach city, with an ancient Mediterranean tradition that is, at the outset of its third millennium, flourishing—and bewitching visitors as it has for centuries. Today new architecture and design—including some of Europe's hottest new fashions in hip boutiques—provide the city with an exciting effervescent edge.

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Barcelona Hotels

The hotel trade may seem centuries removed from Miguel de Cervantes's 17th-century description of Barcelona as a "repository of courtesy, travelers' shelter"...read more

Restaurants

Barcelona Restaurants

Barcelona's restaurant scene is an ongoing adventure. Between avant-garde culinary innovation and the more rustic dishes of traditional Catalan fare, there...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Barcelona

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Barcelona Experiences

  • Barcelona Today

    Capital of an ever-more-autonomous Catalonia, Barcelona continues to thrive as a cosmopolitan, bilingual (Catalan and Spanish) city in love with... Read more

  • Top Barcelona Attractions

    The oldest mid-city, open-air market of its kind in Europe, the Boqueria market, a jumble of color and aromas just off the Rambla, is the heart... Read more

  • Barcelona Like a Local

    If you want to get a sense of local Barcelona culture and indulge in some of the pleasures treasured by barcelonins, start by familiarizing yourself... Read more

  • Barcelona Itineraries

    Stroll the Rambla and see the colorful Boqueria market before cutting over to the Catedral de la Seu in the city's hushed and resonant Gothic... Read more

  • A Walk Around La Rambla

    La Rambla is a live wire of energy, spilling over with people, markets, and cafés. Meander down this main artery, with a loop through the Boqueria... Read more

  • Flavors of Barcelona

    Long before the molecular gastronomy craze made Catalonia a culinary funhouse, Barcelona and its surrounding hinterlands had their own lush tastes... Read more

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