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Barcelona Travel Guide

Barcelona Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Barcelona? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Design in Barcelona

Ever since the 1992 Olympic Games blew the lid off any lingering doubts about Barcelona's contemporary creative potential, new clothing designers...

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Sant Ponç Feast Day

The Raval’s big day is May 11, when Carrer Hospital celebrates the Fira de Sant Ponç, a beloved Barcelona holiday. The feast day of Sant Ponç...

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Barcelona's Jewish Quarter

Barcelona’s Jewish Quarter, El Call (a name derived from the Hebrew word qahal, or "meeting place"), is just to the Rambla side of the Palau...

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Barcelona Today

Capital of the autonomous Community of Catalonia, bilingual Barcelona (Catalan and Spanish) is the unrivaled visitor destination in Spain, and...

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Berenguer: Gaudí's Right Hand

Francesc Berenguer’s role in Gaudí’s work and the Moderniste movement, despite his leaving architecture school prematurely to work for Gaudí...

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Barcelona's Best Beaches

Over the last decade, Barcelona’s platjas (beaches) have been improved, now stretching some 4 km (2½ miles) from Barceloneta’s Platja de Sant...

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Best Foods in Barcelona

Top priorities for a trip to Barcelona might just read: see great art and architecture, enjoy the nightlife, eat ham. In all seriousness, you...

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Architecture in Barcelona

The city’s independent outlook has been spectacularly reflected in its anthology of architecture, which covers 2,000 years of history from classical...

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Top Reasons to Go to Barcelona

Gaudí: The iconic Sagrada Família, undulating Casa Batlló, and playful Park Güell. Food: From the Boqueria market's bounty to tapas bars...

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Barcelona Like a Local

If you want to get a sense of local culture and indulge in some of the pleasures treasured by barcelonins, start with these few highlights in...

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Barcelona's Lovers' Day

Barcelona’s best day? Easy. April 23—St. George’s Day, La Diada de Sant Jordi, Barcelona’s "Valentine’s Day." A day so sweet and playful, so...

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A Walk Around La Rambla

It’s a Mediterranean thing. Many towns have that one street in town (or barrio even) that runs from the town hall to the church or main street...

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The Boqueria Market

The oldest market of its kind in Europe, the Boqueria market is a labyrinth of stalls in a Moderniste wrought-iron shell just off La Rambla...

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Stalinist Chekas in Barcelona

The Stalinist purge carried out against Trotskyist elements in the Republican left, early in the Civil War, came very close to claiming the...

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Catalan Language and History

For a sizeable chunk of its history, Barcelona was ruled by outsiders. Five early events stand out: (1) In 801 the Holy Roman Empire, under...

Restaurants

Barcelona's Sweet Tooth

For a long time, desserts were the Achilles’ heel of the Barcelona culinary scene. Diners groaning in anticipation after devouring their lovingly...

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Barcelona's Cuisine

Menus in Catalan are as musical as they are aromatic, with rare ingredients such as salicornia (seawort, or sea asparagus) with bacalao ...

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What to Eat in Barcelona

These days chockablock with celebrity chefs and starred restaurants, Catalonia has become a foodie’s dream destination. But long before that...

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Tapas, Pintxos, Montaditos, and Other Bite-size Food

Barcelona arrived late on the tapas scene, which originated in Andalusia and flourished in the Basque Country, but Catalan restaurateurs eventually...

Hotels

Apartment Rentals

If you want a home base that's roomy enough for a family and comes with cooking facilities, consider a furnished rental. These can save you...

Nightlife

Ordering Beer in Barcelona

The standard local beers made by the venerable Damm company are basically two: Estrella Dorada and Voll Damm. The darker Voll Damm bock beer...

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Wine Bars in Barcelona

Wine-tasting (with cava-sipping on the side) has proliferated in Barcelona over the last decade. With light tapas for accompaniment, nomadic...

Shopping

Best Got-It-In-Spain Purchases

Saffron: the lightest, most aromatic, and best-value buy left in all of Spain—available in any supermarket or grocery Rope-soled espadrilles...

Sights

Picasso's Barcelona

The city’s claim to Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) has been contested by Málaga (the painter’s birthplace), as well as by Madrid, where La Guernica...

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The Barrio Chino

Sandwiched between the Avinguda del Paral.lel and the lower Rambla, Barcelona’s most notorious district, the Barrio Xino (Chinese Quarter),...

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