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Sights

Torre Agbar

Torre Agbar

Known locally as the “geyser”, the “shell” and the “suppository”, as well as by many more obvious nicknames, the 142m-high Torre Agbar has become a modern symbol of the city. Sadly, as the headquarters of Barcelona’s water... More Read More

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona’s most iconic building still isn’t 100 per cent finished... there’s hope, however, that the spires will be completed by 2026, the centenary of Gaudi’s death (he was run over by a tram). Nonetheless you can’t miss this... More Read More

La Rambla

La Rambla

In medieval times La Rambla was a dry riverbed that acted as a gutter for Barcelona’s effluent. Cynics might argue it hasn’t changed much since! While there’s an undeniable sleazy side to this central boulevard, where hawkers,... More Read More

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Food & Drink

Tickets Bar

Tickets Bar

The brainchild of Albert Adria – with a little help from big brother Ferran Adria of elBulli fame – Tickets is currently the hottest table in town, and gourmands will have to play roulette with the restaurant’s online booking... More Read More

Romero

Romero

The ebullient, albeit linguistically limited, owner-chef of this small restaurant in Eixample likes to greet every group of diners personally and talk them through his lovingly compiled Mediterranean menu. Among the highlights is the... More Read More

Moritz Brewery

Moritz Brewery

Moritz first started brewing beer in Barcelona in 1856 before going bankrupt in 1978. Descendants of the Alsatian immigrant however re-launched the brand in 2004 to the delight of local residents. Now that production takes place in... More Read More

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Kids

Tibidabo Theme Park

Tibidabo Theme Park

This antiquated theme park boasts bags of retro charm (perhaps that’s why Woody Allen shot scenes from Vicky Cristina Barcelona here) and is situated right on the top of Tibidabo mountain to the rear of the city. It offers an... More Read More

Teleferico del Puerto

Teleferico del Puerto

The Transbordador Aeri del Port (aka Teleferic del Puerto) will take you, in an entertaining, albeit somewhat nerve-wracking cable car ride, across the city’s Old Port from San Sebastian beach to the viewing platforms on Montjuic... More Read More

Teleferic de Montjuic

Teleferic de Montjuic

Barcelona’s second cable car will take you from Parc de Montjuic, stopping off at the Mirador (viewing platform), before continuing up to Montjuic Castle. It’s more modern than the carriage which crosses the port and cheaper at... More Read More

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Shops

La Roca Village

La Roca Village

This attractive mock pueblo out in La Roca del Valles (you’ll have to board the special Village-bound “Shopping Express” bus from Barcelona to get there) is a bargain shopper’s paradise with over 100 boutique stores offering... More Read More

Pinzat

Pinzat

At the Pinzat workshop, recycled textiles are painted and sketched on by local artists and then shaped into funky backpacks as well as record/laptop/messenger bags. Even the bags’ belts and buckles are recycled, as they are made from... More Read More

Paella Showroom

Paella Showroom

An art gallery, fashion boutique, bookshop and vintage clothes store in one, the Paella Showroom is a haven for cool hunters on the look out for original souvenirs. Rare Spanish and Catalan designer labels, cult vintage sunglasses and... More Read More

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Day Trips

Tarragona

Tarragona

Colonised by the Romans, who had sailed over to intercept Hannibal on his way through Spain, Tarragona has the best Roman ruins in Spain, including the remains of a wondrous sea-facing amphiteatre, the city walls and the forum. The town... More Read More

Sitges

Sitges

Seventeen blue flag beaches (including several nudist ones), a delightfully quaint white-washed old town and a quality of light so beautiful that half of Barcelona’s artistic set decamped here in the 1930s... Sitges is easily the best... More Read More

Penedes

Penedes

This scenic wine-making region, with its rolling hills, sheltered valleys and crumbling churches, is right on Barcelona’s doorstep. While very decent table wines are produced here, the region is famous for Catalonia’s version of... More Read More

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Nightlife

Slow Barcelona

Slow Barcelona

Sophisticated partygoers flock to this swanky bar/club in Eixample to enjoy a dizzying array of gin and tonics – all the rage right now in Catalonia – and both classic and original cocktails, served with flair and expertise.... More Read More

Sala Razzmatazz

Sala Razzmatazz

One of the city’s foremost live music venues, Sala Razzmatazz hosts regular big-name concerts throughout the weeks. However the venue is yet more famous for being one of the city’s wildest clubs, with five rooms each dedicated to a... More Read More

Row14

Row14

The nearest thing Barcelona has to an Ibiza-style superclub, you’ll have to take the bus/taxi to join 1,000 other hedonists raving ’til sunrise on El Row’s terrazza every weekend (and even longer during its legendary Sunday after... More Read More

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Art & Entertainment

Steel Donkey Bike Tours

Steel Donkey Bike Tours

Dubbing themselves “the first alternative tour guides of Barcelona”, Steel Donkey offers tours by bicycle for small groups or you can book a private guide. It’s a great way to get an insider’s perspective of the Catalan capital... More Read More

Prostibulo Poetico

Prostibulo Poetico

Once a week, Barcelona’s textually frustrated residents head along to the Teatreneu in Gracia for intimate and erotic poetry recitals (in English, Spanish, Catalan and more) by some of the city’s sexiest scribes. The aim of this... More Read More

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

Picasso spent several years in Barcelona on and off between 1895 and 1905, and held his first-ever exhibition in the city’s now famous Els Quatre Gats café. This museum possesses 3,800 of his works, from early sketches to his... More Read More

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