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Barcelona: 8 tips for visiting Park Güell

Barcelona: 8 tips for visiting Park Güell

In 1984 UNESCO declared Barcelona’s Park Güell a World Heritage Site. It is one of the most impressive Gaudí projects in the city, and well worth the extra effort it takes to get up to the park from the city center. A visit to the park takes planning and the better part of a day. » Read more

Barcelona: Flamenco, art and music events to catch before Christmas

Barcelona: Flamenco, art and music events to catch before Christmas

Late September, all of October and November, and the first half of December are busy months in Barcelona. Everything has to get done before the holidays, which span December 20th-January 10th, roughly. These fall months are packed with work, but also play, as many concerts, expositions, festivals, and events take place from September to December. » Read more

Barcelona: In-Edit Film Festival celebrates music October 24-November 3

Barcelona: In-Edit Film Festival celebrates music October 24-November 3

Autumn means movies to me. The weather gets crisp enough to make meeting up for a flick appealing again, after a long summer outdoors in the sunshine. An autumn and winter of movies kicks off for me each year in Barcelona with what is probably my favorite film festival: In-Edit. This In-Edit Film Festival combines » Read more

Barcelona Neighborhood Snapshots: El Born

Barcelona Neighborhood Snapshots: El Born

Barcelona has no shortage of neighborhoods to choose from, each providing its own vibe and experiences. Today I’d like you to get to know El Born, one of my favorite ‘hoods in the city, through the photos and tips below. • Also see our complete list of Barcelona neighborhoods in our city guide. Where to » Read more

Montserrat: A hike from Barcelona that’s accessible by train

Montserrat: A hike from Barcelona that’s accessible by train

Most come to Barcelona for the urban excitement it offers. But what if you’re not much for cities? The crowds, the noise, the pollution… sometimes an escape is needed. Lately, I’ve been feeling burned out on the metropolis’ din and have spent most of the summer’s weekends hiking. Many hiking trails in Catalonia require a » Read more

Free cinema by the sea in Barcelona

Free cinema by the sea in Barcelona

Summer in Barcelona is amazing, but it can also be very difficult—if you’re an indecisive traveler. The city simply has too much to offer. Do you head straight for Barcelona’s beautiful beaches? Or do you take advantage of the many free summer activities the Catalan capital has to offer? Luckily, Barcelona has an event that’s » Read more

Barcelona: Park Guell and Caixa Forum to start charging for admission

Barcelona: Park Guell and Caixa Forum to start charging for admission

Remember the good old days when Spain didn’t have 27% unemployment and social and cultural services were free and easy? Yeah, well those days are gone. Welcome to the new Barcelona, where two of our favorite freebies have decided to start charging entrance fees. The first is Caixa Forum. This is a museum run by » Read more

Barcelona: Day trips to Tarragona, La Garriga and Sitges

Barcelona: Day trips to Tarragona, La Garriga and Sitges

If you just have a week in Barcelona, then it’s best to stay put and just see the city, which is large and packed with entertainment, distractions and foodie bliss. However, if you have a bit more time in Catalonia, or just have a yearning to get out of Dodge, then consider these easy day » Read more

Barcelona: 10 photos that will inspire you to visit

Barcelona: 10 photos that will inspire you to visit

Do you still need to be sold on visiting Barcelona? From its fascinating history to mind-blowing Gaudi architecture, the city offers so much for those in search of a rich cultural experience. Meanwhile, its affordable restaurants, bars and tapas spots make it a top destination for culinary tourists. Even those into more active vacations will » Read more

Barcelona: Rock out to these music festivals this summer

Barcelona: Rock out to these music festivals this summer

If all the UNESCO World Heritage sights, foodie thrills, and pristine beaches are not reason enough to come to Spain this summer, here’s one more: music. And a whole lot of it. Check out these spring-summer festivals in Barcelona and beyond. Primavera Sound May 22-26, 2013 From the 22-26 of May this festival brings us » Read more

Barcelona: Don’t miss these art and history exhibits in February and March

Barcelona: Don’t miss these art and history exhibits in February and March

In the winter, Barcelona is a different animal. Perhaps an animal in hibernation. I prefer Barcelona in the winter to Barcelona in August, when the humidity is overwhelming and the metropolis is jammed with tourists. Something about the quiet of wintertime begs a person to reflect, perhaps even ponder where we came from and where » Read more

Barcelona: Reasons to eat, dance, pray, sing, carouse and revel in 2013

Barcelona: Reasons to eat, dance, pray, sing, carouse and revel in 2013

Barcelona has an exuberant cultural scene throughout the year supplying no shortage of festivals, concerts, parties and food celebrations from which to choose. With little effort you’ll find something interesting going on each month, but here are a few highlights to look for in 2013. January: EAT calçots Winter means onions in Barcelona, and all across » Read more

Best Beaches Close to Barcelona

Best Beaches Close to Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I’ve said many times that I don’t swim in the waters splashing up on Barcelona’s beaches. I spend a lot of time along the city’s shoreline but rarely in a bathing suit. Some of my friends swim in Barcelona’s stretch of Med regularly and they think I’m overly concerned. » Read more

Barcelona: 4 reasons to take a day trip to La Garriga

Barcelona: 4 reasons to take a day trip to La Garriga

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I live in Barcelona, and mostly I love the city. Sometimes, however, I want to see trees, blossoms, birds that aren’t pigeons… and that’s when the day trip comes in. Although I do have access to a car, I often take day trips by train, and La Garriga, located about » Read more

5 tourist traps to avoid in Barcelona

5 tourist traps to avoid in Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Like any major tourist destination, Barcelona has its share of attractions that promise too much, but deliver too little… while usually draining your budget. These, my friends, are called “tourist traps.” They’re usually easy to spot (just look for crowds of tourists with nary a local in sight), but » Read more

Barcelona: Best locally-guided walking tours

Barcelona: Best locally-guided walking tours

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— There is a feeling among some backpackers and DIY-type travelers that tours are for, well, tourists. Granted, I don’t want to be one of 75 people following a guide’s orange flag through the city streets of Rome or London. Not only do those sorts of tours make me feel » Read more

Barcelona: Tips for celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Barcelona: Tips for celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— In Barcelona, and in fact all over Spain, the party seems to go on forever. While there are holidays, long vacations and festivals year-round in Spain, December is an especially merry month offering up nine days of “fiesta” instead of just the 25th and 31st/1st. So merry, it’s scary, » Read more

Barcelona: Tips for visiting the Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: Tips for visiting the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia or Holy Family, is one of Barcelona’s “Oh-My-Gawd” sights and is a real must-do. It’s impressive, it’s wacky, it’s Gaudí’s last project, and it’s a basilica now, thanks to the Pope. If you see no other Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, see this one. Due to the fact that it is awesome, in » Read more

Barcelona: Three plazas well worth the visit

Barcelona: Three plazas well worth the visit

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— For many, Europe = plazas, or squares. Cobblestone plazas corralled by cafes, grand plazas with state buildings looking down on passersby, and intimate, hidden plazas with bubbling fountains sprouting from their centers. Certainly, Barcelona has its fair share of city squares. The neighborhood with the most plazas in town » Read more

Barcelona’s September Bash: La Mercè Festival

Barcelona’s September Bash: La Mercè Festival

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Throughout the summer Barcelona neighborhoods throw local bashes which are something like a block party on steroids. Everyone from the barri, or “neighborhood,” gets involved in the festivities. Usually these parties will go on for a weekend or in some cases an entire week. It’s now too late to » Read more

Barcelona: 5 Park Güell survival tips

Barcelona: 5 Park Güell survival tips

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— In my six years in Barcelona I’ve been to Park Güell twice. Both times when I have gone up there I’ve promised to come more often because it really is a fabulous park, but the bus ride is so long to get up there that I rarely follow through. » Read more

Barcelona: 10 great things to do for under €10

Barcelona: 10 great things to do for under €10

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— You have a coffee, munch a croissant, ride the bus and buy a postcard for your mom and BAM!…. another €10 is gone! This is a city where it is very easy to spend money at a rapid clip. Here are a few places where it pays to lay » Read more

St. Jordi’s Day in Barcelona: Love, roses and books

St. Jordi’s Day in Barcelona: Love, roses and books

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— No box of chocolate See’s, no tacky stuffed bear, no lovey-dovey cards from Hallmark. Nope. The Catalans have an entirely different way of celebrating love: with books and roses. Men give one red rose (instead of a dozen) to their sweetie on St. Jordi’s Day, Barcelona‘s most romantic day » Read more

3 Winter Escapes from Barcelona

3 Winter Escapes from Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona—Barcelona is not known for its harsh winters. As I write this, it is 6 degrees celsius out – or about 43ºF – not exactly beach weather but also not a typical cold winter wonderland. However, it’s easy for Barcelona visitors who are in the mood for frolicking in the snow to » Read more

Barcelona: Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Barcelona: Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— Santa is secondary in Barcelona. The big day for the Spanish, and Catalans, is King’s Day, January 6. Still, there is plenty of festivity going down this month in Spain’s second-largest metropolis. Here are some of the best events to look for this holiday season: The Santa Lucia Christmas Market » Read more

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