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Barcelona Features

  • 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

  • The Catalan Language

    Throughout a history of political ups and downs, prosperity rarely abandoned Barcelona, as the city continued to generate energy and creativity... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Ground Rules for Coffee

    Coffee culture in Barcelona has certain linguistic peculiarities. A normal espresso, black coffee, is simply un café. Try saying café solo, Madrid-style... Read more

  • Barcelona's Lover's Day

    Barcelona's best day? Easy. April 23—St. George's Day, La Diada de Sant Jordi, Barcelona's Valentine's day—a day when kissometer readings go... Read more

  • Architecture of Barcelona

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

  • El Call: The Jewish Quarter

    Its name derived from the Hebrew word qahal ("meeting place," or "place to be together"), Barcelona's Jewish Quarter is just to the Rambla side... Read more

  • The Fragrances of Sant Ponç

    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... Read more

  • The Barrio Chino

    Sandwiched between the Pigalle-like Avinguda del Paral.lel and the lower Rambla, Barcelona's most notorious district, the Barrio Chino, has raged... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Dining with Children?

    Barceloneta's beachfront paella specialists are great favorites for Sunday lunches, with children free to get up and run, skate, cycle, or generally... Read more

  • Barcelona's Must-Eat

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

  • Move Over, Milan

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

  • Lodging Alternatives in Barcelona

    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 money... Read more

  • Affordable Lodging in Barcelona

    No matter how old you are, you can save on lodging costs by staying at hostels (albergue juvenil, and not a hostal, a popular term for a modest... Read more

  • 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 (cod)... Read more

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