Barcelona

About Barcelona

Barcelona enjoys a perfect combination of sea, sun and city. It is also one of Spain’s largest cultural repositories, full of architectural feats such as Gaudi’s Sagradra Familia and Casa Batllo. It was the stomping ground of artists including Dali, Picasso and Miro, to name a few. Millions of tourists are attracted to the Catalan capital each year.
 
With ideal proximity to the sea, Barcelona’s culinary delights tend to revolve around fish: seafood paella, grilled langoustines and unctuous tapas of baby eel and squid salads. Food also rises to high art here, with world-renowned chefs, like Ferran Adrià, inviting gourmands to their restaurants across the city.

Find the latest bars, cafes, restaurants and boutiques in the streets and alleys around Via Parallel or sip sherry and absinthe at the always-bustling bar Marsella. Modern art connoisseurs will appreciate the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, where impromptu street performers and skateboarders gather in the nearby public square. Nearby beaches like Nova Icaria Beach and Mar Bella Beach are crowded but entertaining - both great places to spend the afternoon with a tapas picnic. 

Barcelona Travel Tips

  1. With so many Barcelona hotels to choose from, it’s better to select the neighbourhood you wish to explore in depth before choosing a hotel. Steer clear of Las Ramblas if you don't want to be in the tourist scrum. Some excellent hotel options include the 74-room Ohla Hotel between the Gothic Quarter and L’ Eixample neighbourhoods. Happy hour on its Terrassa rooftop lounge by the swimming pool is a great place to unwind and watch the city glow at sunset.
  2. Famous Spanish Chef Ferran Adrià's Tickets is a regional tapas restaurant with a decidedly modern flare. Though a bit pricey and very difficult to secure a table, this little gem is situated in the heart of Barcelona’s old theatre district, Sant Antoni, a hip neighbourhood of the city replete with new eateries, boutiques and markets.
  3. Barcelona’s bar scene shifts and specialises, and tiny bars like Morro Fi (Carrer Consell de Cent, 171, near Universitat) are a haunt for locals and tourists. Morri Fi is a vermouth bar in a shopfront with a metropolitan-chic feel. Enjoy the white wine infused with aromatic herbs and fruits, while nibbling on delectable olives, smoked tuna and sardines.
  4. Finding places to shop in Barcelona is never a challenge. The city is awash with named brands and emerging designers, especially at Santa Eulalia, a historic department store. Take a coffee break in Santa Eulalia’s garden-ensconced café and sample their fabulous sweet treats.
  5. Experience a sophisticated night out on the town in El Born. The neighbourhood is pretty, centrally located and popular among trendy locals crowding its cafes and bars. Check out La Fianna and La Luna bars.

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