On Spain's coast, Barcelona is its second largest city and the capital of Catalonia, a proud and borderline secessionist region of Spain. Most signs in Barcelona are in Spanish and Catalan, and you will find the odd barkeep who does not take kindly to your pidgin (or fluent) Spanish. Barcelona...more
Great example of repurposed historic buildings, this shopping mall is housed in a bull ring. Even if buying loads of stuff isn't your thing, visit the top for lovely views of Montjuic and pricey -ish food.
This district of Barcelona is central and atmospheric and has a number of streets which don't feel too touristy. You'll find sightseeing gems like the Picasso Museum, but also loads of cafes and restaurants, making it a great neighborhood to stroll through, people watch, and stop off...more
The Born district in Barcelona is cool and chic, with plenty of places to have tapas, shop, and generally hang out. It's far enough from the vomit-filled Ramblas to maintain a semblance of dignity and close enough to easily walk to. A winning neighborhood....more
A surrealist park atop Barcelona which was designed by Gaudi, the (justly) famous architect. Fanciful, windy benches and twisted sculptures punctuate the landscape and make for a wonderful meandering afternoon. You can also visit Gaudi' house, if you are inclined to learn a bit about the...more
A beautiful Gothic cathedral in Barcelona. However, the coolest thing about it is what happens in front on Sundays, when locals gather to dance the Sardana, the Catalan traditional dance. When I saw this, the plaza was full of people, there was a huge band, and what really made it lovely was that the...more
This old school hang out of Picasso's in Barcelona would probably price out most modern day starving artists, although the food is good and the atmosphere fun. You can order absinthe and pretend to be having intellectual, smoky discussions with Pablo and Henri...which will dull the pain of...more