Barcelona, Spain: a Complete Travel Guide


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With its glorious weather, gorgeous architecture, and world-class gastronomy, Barcelona has everything you could want in a city. 

It’s why five years ago, I chose to move here from New York, ditching my all-black wardrobe, umbrella, and NYC attitude to embrace the Catalan capital’s wonderfully laid-back vibe and sunshine-filled days. 

As I’ve found, there’s plenty in Barcelona to keep visitors busy, from touring the Modernisme masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí to visiting outstanding museums devoted to Picasso and Joan Miró, and exploring the Gothic Quarter’s tangle of medieval streets.

But what I love most about living here is that most days are simply about relaxing: at a café on a scenic plaza, at a beachfront chiringuito with your toes in the sand, or on a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city, sea, and mountains.

If you have the means, it’s worth splurging on a Michelin-starred meal — Barcelona is one of the best eating cities in the world — and staying in a century-old five-star property. But you can have just as fabulous a time bedding down in a budget hotel and dining at local tapas bars. 

Here’s everything you need to know to plan the perfect Barcelona vacation. 

→ There are many modes of transportation in Barcelona and I’ve tried them all. Here’s how visitors can best navigate the city.

→ I’ve stayed in most hotels in Barcelona and these are the 10 places that always wow me 

→ I’ve lived in Barcelona, one of the world’s best dining cities, for 5 years — here are 10 places where you should actually eat and drink

→ 10 places to go in Barcelona beyond what you’ll find in most guide books, according to a local travel writer

→ Important advisories and travel precautions when planning a trip to Barcelona


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