Barcelona Travel Guide

This market hardly needs an introduction; La Boqueria has been chosen again and again, in all kinds of surveys, as the best market in the world. The place itself is a thing of beauty, with its incredible selection of produce on offer that has to be seen to be believed.

Sit on the steps of the palatial National Museum of Art (MNAC) and watch the "magic" fountain put on a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics, and lights in every color of the rainbow. Days and times vary depending on the season, check online for details.

What better way to really get to know Barcelona than through its rich culinary culture? In just a few hours, Barcelona Cooking's experienced expert chefs will instruct and inspire you to create your very own authentic Spanish feast.

While the tourists flock to Barceloneta beach, Bogatell tends to be the city beach of choice for locals during the summer months. Why? Maybe because it's bigger, cleaner and less crowded, with better facilities. Now the secret's out.

There can be a long wait to get in, but it's worth it, if only to see the extensive collection of portraits by the artist when he was a young man. Chart Picasso's remarkable career, from early childhood through his Cubist canvases, and the whimsical ceramics of his final years.

This is probably the best-loved park for local joggers, so head here if you're the sort of traveler who brings your running shoes with you. It's set in the middle of El Born (the youngest neighborhood in town), and is both gorgeous and huge.

This is the most historically relevant of all of Barcelona's neighborhoods—not to mention the most beautiful to visit. Most of the buildings here are centuries old and have no elevators; many streets are so narrow that there is a no-cars-allowed policy in most of the area.

Created by Barcelona's most famous architect Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1914, Park Güell was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

As well as being one of the most astonishing churches in the world, La Sagrada Familia is a true symbol of Barcelona. The masterpiece of the modernist genius Antoni Gaudí, this church—begun in 1882 and not yet completed—is his most widely beloved worked of art.

This unassuming shop stocks exquisite Italian leather goods: buttery-soft black flats from Pompeii and bags from the Sicilian line Bid Hand Made.

Cereria Subirà claims to be the oldest shop in all of Barcelona, although no one can agree on when exactly it was founded, and it hasn’t always sold candles. This “waxery” (or cereria) stocks home accessories, most of which have something to do with generating light.

Founded by Javier Serra in 1987, En Línea Barcelona is one of the city’s most prestigious furniture and interior design stores. The store sells items from such high end designers as Knoll, Louis Poulsen, and Maxalto.

Journey up to the Parc de Monjuïc to see the work of Picasso's Barcelona contemporaries at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

Founded in 1999 by the husband and wife design duo Xavi Gali and Cris Roca, this Barcelona boutique stocks fur, silk, cashmere, and leather pieces. Garments hang from racks inset throughout this minimalist showroom, which only produces 50-60 pieces annually.