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Things to do in Barcelona

At the center of Barcelona’s old city lies the Gothic Quarter, a maze of narrow medieval streets packed with intriguing shops and cafés surrounding the Cathedral de la Seu, which is composed of Roman ruins and Gothic structures. Architecture buffs can’t miss Antoni Gaudí’s modernist structures, like Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, and his masterpiece, the still-unfinished Sagrada Familia. Gaudí’s genius is represented in every imposing structure and whimsical detail of his constructions.

A walk down La Rambla is an unparalleled way to absorb the city’s energy. This tree-lined pedestrian street starts near Plaça de Catalunya and ends at Rambla de Mar, by the water. Find newsstands, souvenir kiosks, street performers and sidewalk cafés along La Rambla, and stop at La Boquería, a magnificent food market, for a bite to eat.

Head to Plaça d’Espanya, a grand square built the 1929 International Exhibition, to be welcomed by the Venetian Towers. Nearby, the Font Mágica de Montjuïc provides a beautiful spectacle of dancing fountains, lights and music in the evenings with the Palau Nacional in the background. For soccer fans, taking a tour of Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC, is a must. You’ll never run out of things to do in Barcelona.

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    Dubbed the “Spanish Armani,” Galician designer Adolfo Dominguez tailors ready-to-wear suits for both men and women. Constructed in brown, khaki, an... More
  • Almacén Marab

    Argentine designer Marabís tiny atelier is filled with her handmade patchwork animals; the playful dolls, which have been displayed at the Museu d'... More
  • Anthony Llobet Salon

    The salon is staffed with multilingual, London-trained stylists. More
  • Atram

  • B Lounge

    Located on the main floor of the Barceló Raval Hotel in the Raval neighborhood, B Lounge serves tapas and fusion cuisine. The menu contains à la ca... More
  • Ball Centre

    A five-story dance school in the Sants-Montjuïc district, Ball Centre provides dance instruction in several different styles. Classes that don’t re... More
  • Bar Mandri

    Claim an outdoor table in the folksy Sarrià district’s stalwart bar and try the city’s definitive patatas bravas. More
  • Bar Raval

    Slide into a leather booth at this watering hole and you'll be immersed in the chatty camaraderie of the professors, writers, artists, and theater ... More
  • Barceloneta

    A colorful fishermen's quarter, the laid-back Barceloneta is lined with seafood restaurants and lovely beaches. More
  • Barceloneta Beach

    What to Expect: Located partly on a peninsula near the old-but-still-working harbor in the traditional fisherman’s quarter of town, this three-quar... More
  • Barri Gòtic

    Ancient Roman walls and Gothic palaces frame the Barri Gòtic's pedestrian streets, which are filled with antiques stores and cafés - all surroundin... More
  • Bateau Lune

    This colorful Grácia store was founded by husband and wife Fabian and Anna, who moved to Barcelona from Paris. Bateau Lune is committed to selling ... More
  • Beatriz Furest

    Down a narrow stone alley in Born, near the Cathedral Santa Maria del Mar, designer Beatriz Furest's handbag store is marked only by a simple white... More
  • Belvedere, Barcelona

    To ease out of a long workday, stylish Barcelonians stop by this polished Eixample town house for Bloody Marys and tumblers of whiskey. In summer, ... More

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