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.

Gaudí's architectural works are scattered throughout the city. A highlight is this church, his unfinished symphony of modernist high notes.

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 toys and items that encourage children to use their imaginations and to learn.

Set in a former basement car-repair shop, the loftlike gallery showcases cutting-edge international and Spanish artists such as local painter Miguel Macaya.

Every Thursday, the Plaça Nova, at the base of the massive 15th-century Catedral de Barcelona, the city’s most famous edifice (not counting the Gaudís), hosts an outdoor flea market.

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

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 types who live nearby in the streets surrounding the Meseu d'Art Contemporani.