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The Mediterranean Diet: Eat these 10 foods in Barcelona

The Mediterranean Diet: Eat these 10 foods in Barcelona

We’ve all heard about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, but do people in Barcelona actually eat this way? The answer is yes, on average. Here are a few foods that make up the daily diet of most people in Mediterranean Catalonia, which should be on your list of edibles to sample: 1. Ham » 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

18 tips for eating like a local in Barcelona

18 tips for eating like a local in Barcelona

Yogurt is not for breakfast. Omelets are for dinner. Espresso after meals. Napkins not in your lap… These, and many other customs, have been part of my Spain dining education over the past eight years. I’m still not an expert, but these are a few tips on how to eat like a local when in » Read more

Four foods to fall for this autumn in Barcelona

Four foods to fall for this autumn in Barcelona

As the weather shifts, restaurants and markets in Barcelona change their menus and displays, offering the best of seasonal fall foods. Here are four to look for this year. Wine The grape harvest depends on the region, and usually the further south you go the earlier the harvest is. In Penedès, a wine producing region » 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

Chow down at Barcelona’s Mercat de Mercats food festival October 18-20, 2013

Chow down at Barcelona’s Mercat de Mercats food festival October 18-20, 2013

Recently, I had visitors from the United States staying with me in Barcelona. Two of them had gluten-free diets, and were also not able to eat tomatoes, ham, dairy, peppers and almost all meat except fish and chicken. I spent quite a bit of time fretting over what the heck these friends would eat. Turns » 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

Four Negative Aspects of Barcelona and Their Solutions

Four Negative Aspects of Barcelona and Their Solutions

All those guidebook photos of azure sky, dripping gelato, vast beaches and otherworldly Gaudí architecture may sell an image of “perfect” Barcelona, but this city is far from flawless. Here are four negative aspects of visiting or living in Barcelona, with their (sometimes quite simple) solutions. 1. CROWDS The center of Barcelona is crowded, especially » Read more

5 Easy Ways to Save Money in Barcelona

5 Easy Ways to Save Money in Barcelona

You’ve just got to go into La Sagrada Familia so that’s €12, and then you think you might do the bus tour of Barcelona, which is another €30, not to mention the tour fee to see Palau de la Musica for €10. Before you know it you’ve spent €50 and it’s only day two of » 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

Best Barcelona Hotels for the Beach

Best Barcelona Hotels for the Beach

Depending on your concept of “cold,” the Mediterranean that splashes up on Barcelona shores is swimmable from May-October. I’ve rarely swum in May, because I feel the water is still too chilly, even though the sun is shining. For many years, I’ve had my last swim of the season around October 10th. As the weather » Read more

Cheap Eats for the Summertime in Barcelona

Cheap Eats for the Summertime in Barcelona

I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to lose weight, which means eating less ice cream and going to the gym. Luckily for me, I’ve got nature and the season on my side. Barcelona in the summer is hot. And humid. And though this year has been colder than others, it’s 86°F » Read more

Barcelona: Bargain shopping at Encants flea market

Barcelona: Bargain shopping at Encants flea market

Most of my friends were shocked to hear that in my eight years in Barcelona I’d never “done” the Encants flea market. I assured them that I had wanted to, but had just never found the time, or the urge, to dig through piles of used junk one early Saturday morning. My Encants flea market » Read more

Free summer activities in Barcelona

Free summer activities in Barcelona

My friend Kris is a “freegan.” What’s that? You’ve never heard of a freegan before? It’s like vegan but instead of a strict diet, they are very strict in their belief that they should find and get things for free. This lifestyle can be taken to extreme levels, like dumpster diving and eating expired foods. » Read more

Barcelona: Best “off the beaten path” hotels for Cheapos

Barcelona: Best “off the beaten path” hotels for Cheapos

On one hand, staying in a touristy area of the city makes your trip to Barcelona easier because everything you might need is in close proximity. Need food? Lots of restaurants on La Rambla. Need an ATM? Carrer Ferran is lined with them. Afternoon snack? Gelato shops on every corner in the Gothic Quarter. But » Read more

Barcelona’s best hotels for the summer months

Barcelona’s best hotels for the summer months

Summer in Barcelona means long dinners on breezy plazas, a hearty paella at the beach after a morning of sunbathing, festivals, white wine and holiday season. It also means heat. While this spring has been unusually cold and rainy, summers are normally hot and humid in the city. Keep the weather in mind while you’re » 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

How much does food cost in Barcelona?

How much does food cost in Barcelona?

As a visitor to Barcelona, you’re counting out your euros, dollars, pesos, or whatever currency you earn in, and wondering: how far is this going to get me in Barcelona? Good question. For one thing, it depends if you buy your food, snacks, coffee, beer, etc. in a cafe, hotel mini-bar or supermarket. While I’ve mentioned » Read more

Barcelona: Four cheap hotels with personality

Barcelona: Four cheap hotels with personality

Even in a city as vibrant as Barcelona, staying in a ho-hum hotel can make a grand vacation bland. Your stay will be much more enjoyable if you can find accommodation that feels as alive as the city itself. Truth be told, though, most of the hotels and hostals featured on EuroCheapo’s Barcelona page have » 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 Wine Bars: 3 picks from a self-confessed “wino”

Barcelona Wine Bars: 3 picks from a self-confessed “wino”

When I meet someone new in Barcelona, I prepare myself for the “Three Questions”: Them: “How long have you lived here?” Me: “Almost 8 years.” Them: “Do you like it?” Me: “Yes.” Them: “Why did you move to Barcelona?” Depending on my mood, I give some long-winded story about adventure and heartbreak, blah, blah, blah, » 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

A Room with a Loo: 4 budget hotels with great bathrooms in Barcelona

A Room with a Loo: 4 budget hotels with great bathrooms in Barcelona

The WC, loo, bathroom, restroom, toilet or in Spanish, servicios. How important is the loo to you when you travel? Personally, it’s a pretty important feature and can make or break my hotel experience. When looking for cheap hotels in Barcelona (and all over Europe) you will come across many hostals and pensions which offer » Read more

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