Heading south from Barcelona, the first relatively large city that you will come across is the beach town of Tarragona. Sure, it’s got its fair share of shoreline, but it’s also home to loads of festivals, and a host of Roman ruins that will transport you to ancient times when Tarragona was one of the [...]
Paella can definitely be hit or miss in Barcelona: with so many tourists eager to try it, most versions you’ll find at regular restaurants will, in all likelihood, be subpar. But if you head to the right place, such as those mentioned below — or even learn how to make your own paella masterpiece — then you’re in for a real treat.
One would think that few archeological findings could go missed for centuries in a big city like Barcelona — especially a synagogue. But indeed, it wasn’t until 1995 that one of the world’s oldest synagogues – some say even the oldest – was finally discovered, apparently serving as a warehouse beneath several floors of newer [...]
Sure, you’ve heard of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, but Barcelona has also been home to yet another famous local artist: Antoni Tàpies. Known as perhaps 20th-century Catalonia’s most notable artist, he left an indelible mark on his genre of art, and a lasting legacy with his Fundación Antoni Tàpies. Tàpies, who was [...]
La Sagrada Familia may be Barcelona’s most recognizable structure, but it’s not the only one that stands out among the city’s skyline. In fact, before your eyes ever fall on the spires of Gaudí’s famously unfinished church, you’ll more likely be captivated by the Torre Agbar. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel along with a [...]
Most cities in Spain celebrate their week of fiestas with carnival-like activities, traditional cuisine and garb, and sometimes even bull runs. But some towns across Catalonia take their festivities to the next level, quite literally, by building human towers called castells. These aren’t your usual cheerleading acrobatics, though. The multi-level people pyramids require that team [...]
So you’ve fallen in love with Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter: its moody medieval streets, its grand cathedral, its miniature “get lost in me” alleys. But if you venture just a little farther northeast, you’ll happen upon one of the city’s trendiest old quarter neighborhoods: El Born. El Born in fact forms part of a larger zone, [...]
If there’s one part of the city that you really shouldn’t miss, it’s Eixample. Home to modernist architecture galore, loads of shopping, and a host of trendy cafes and restaurants, this is a neighborhood that you’ll want to get to know.
Casa Batlló’s glimmering facade is undoubtedly a sight you won’t miss while in Barcelona – not just because it’s one of the city’s most impressive stops, but because it’s just too darn spectacular not to grab your attention as you take a leisurely stroll down Passeig de Gracia. While Casa Batlló’s original structure was built [...]
Few Catalan villages deliver pueblo perfection like that of Besalú. The arrival alone is one that can’t be beat: Entering the village, you’ll cross a high-arched, 12th-century Romanesque bridge, traveling through its gateway, and finally making a grand entrance into the quaintly packed city itself. Besalú not only serves up cuteness in Spanish spades (an [...]