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Barcelona Cheap Eats: 4 local dishes worth trying

Barcelona Cheap Eats: 4 local dishes worth trying

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Spanish food and wine is as diverse as the many regions that make up the Iberian Peninsula. Here I narrow in on a few must-eats in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain! 1. Tapas You can’t come to Spain and not have tapas, which are like appetizers. In some parts of the » Read more

Tipping in Barcelona: When to tip and how much

Tipping in Barcelona: When to tip and how much

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— I just got back to Barcelona after spending two months in the United States and Canada. It’s normal to have a little culture shock when going in-between countries, and one of the aspects of life back in North America that always confuses upon return is tipping. In Barcelona, and » Read more

Moving to Barcelona: What you need to know

Moving to Barcelona: What you need to know

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I came to Barcelona in 2005, and my goodness there was a lot I didn’t know! An ex-pat friend and I often joke that if we had known what it would take to establish ourselves in this sunny metropolis by the sea, we never would have come. Yes, it » 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: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Barcelona: Which neighborhood is right for you?

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I’ve lived all over Barcelona, from the upper Eixample by the Sagrada Familia, to the ancient heart of the city in the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). I now live near the sea, which suits me best. Which barri is right for your trip or move to Barcelona? That depends » Read more

Barcelona: 4 divine ice cream shops in Barcelona

Barcelona: 4 divine ice cream shops in Barcelona

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— One of the top five reasons I live in Barcelona is the weather. I’m from the Pacific NW in the United States, which is lovely when the clouds lift. Sick of the rain, I wanted to be in the sunshine which motivated me to move to Costa Rica, Guatemala » Read more

Barcelona’s Summer Sales: Tips on how to save

Barcelona’s Summer Sales: Tips on how to save

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— July in Barcelona means humid days on the beach, lots of visitors in the city, tons of cool music and cinema festivals and the second best sale of the year. Sales are held in Barcelona twice a year, in January and in July. Of course, these are the times » 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 Salons: Haircuts, styling and spas for Cheapos

Barcelona Salons: Haircuts, styling and spas for Cheapos

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Beauty takes pain. Or at least that’s what my mama always told me, and anyone who has been waxed is sure to agree that being “bikini ready” is not for wimps. While beauty treatments may sting, they don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are » Read more

Barcelona: 6 ways to avoid crowds during high season

Barcelona: 6 ways to avoid crowds during high season

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Suddenly flip-flops, sunglasses, reddened skin and the smell of coconut suntan lotion are filling the air. This can only mean one thing in Barcelona: spring, and high-season, are here. As the summer approaches the city streets will swell a bit more each month with visitors, tourists, cruise-ship goers and » 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

Barcelona on a Serious Budget: One day on less than €20

Barcelona on a Serious Budget: One day on less than €20

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Barcelona on €20 a day? It is not easy, but let me tell you, it can be done! Here’s the Cheapo guide how to go super shoestring in the Catalan Capital city. 1. Sleep super cheap. Unless you have friends in Barcelona, you are going to have to pay » Read more

Barcelona: Best bakeries for delicious cheap eats

Barcelona: Best bakeries for delicious cheap eats

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Bakeries are a tasty way to save big in Barcelona. There are SO many bakeries in this town that it’s hard to walk two blocks without running into one selling flaky croissants, baguettes, chocolate napolitanas, and large loaves of pa de payés, a Catalan farmers’ bread. Bakery sandwiches Bakeries » 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

Barcelona: Local cheeses worth nibbling

Barcelona: Local cheeses worth nibbling

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— When I first came to Spain over five years ago I didn’t know much about cheese. I remember my first trip to the Spanish market to buy some cheese slices to make a sandwich and being overwhelmed when the Cheese Man asked, “What do you want?” I had no » Read more

Barcelona: Where to find cheap concert tickets

Barcelona: Where to find cheap concert tickets

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— The good news for music lovers is that there is music every night somewhere in Barcelona. The bad news is that tickets can be spendy! But fear not. Here are a few ways to enjoy great music in Barcelona a Cheapo’s budget: Atrapalo Web site The absolute first place » Read more

Barcelona: 7 affordable non-Spanish restaurants

Barcelona: 7 affordable non-Spanish restaurants

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— As much as I love Rioja wine, Manchego cheeses, golden olive oil and paella, there comes a time when one tires of Spanish food and wants a bit of curry or guacamole in life. Barcelona’s non-Spanish/Catalan foods scene improves each year (I’ve seen a big change in the five » 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’s El Prat Airport: Tips for getting there on time

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport: Tips for getting there on time

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona—Barcelona‘s main international airport, El Prat, is one of the cushiest I have ever been in. It has elegant Spanish and Catalan shops, tasty cafes serving up strong espresso and sweet croissants, and an openness to it that makes wandering around or running to catch a connecting flight fairly easy. » Read more

Barcelona: The best Catalan wines for the holidays

Barcelona: The best Catalan wines for the holidays

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Cheers! The holidays are here, and in Barcelona this means about six serious celebrations, beginning tonight, December 24. This is quickly followed by Christmas Day, Sant Esteve (December 26), New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and King’s Day (January 6), all of which are celebrated with the same gluttonous » 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

Barcelona’s Best Outdoor Markets

Barcelona’s Best Outdoor Markets

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— What’s on your shopping list? Some chubby prawns? Sweet potatoes for fall dishes? Candied almonds and dried figs? All of this and much, much more can be found at the local outdoor market in Barcelona. The many markets of Barcelona Every barrio or neighborhood in Barcelona has its own market. » Read more

Barcelona: 3 amazing dessert spots in the city

Barcelona: 3 amazing dessert spots in the city

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— When I moved to Barcelona five years ago, I thought yogurt was a breakfast food. Oh how wrong I was! It took some time, and I was not an easy convert, but I now eat yogurt (Greek yogurt if possible, with honey) for dessert. Other favored local desserts include Crema » Read more

Barcelona Transportation Tip: How to use the bus system

Barcelona Transportation Tip: How to use the bus system

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— As I said last week, it took me a while to figure out Barcelona‘s transport system, especially the buses. Now that you’ve learned (and I have too) how to see the sights of Barcelona on the public transport system, it’s time for some of the finer points. Here are seven » Read more

Barcelona Transportation: See the sights on the public buses

Barcelona Transportation: See the sights on the public buses

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— Don’t be afraid to take the city bus in Barcelona. Though the bus maps (located at every stop in the city) look like blueprints for alien ships, with a little research and care, you can learn to make sense of Barcelona’s overground system. Since it took me a while – about » Read more

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