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One of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe is Barcelona.  Known for its unique Modernista architecture and independent sensibilities, Barcelona is also one of the most welcoming and friendliest of the major European capitals.  And the food-- you can't beat the food.

For some helpful tips and ideas, check out the Barcelona Tourist Guide.

Other Places

From my blog:


There are all types of places in Barcelona, and no shortage of truly stylish places. Here's what I'm looking at now, but feel free to email me with your favorites!

  • Hotel Constanza
    33 Bruc, 08010
    011-34-93-317-4024 (fax)
    Located three blocks from the Passeig de Gracia, this modern and very pretty hotel is convenient  to some of the big Gaudi sites, as well as a pleasant walk from the Placa Catalunya and the Ramblas.

  • Hotel Gran Via (Juan Gomez)
    Granvia de los Cortes Catallanes 642
    011-34-93 318-1900
    011-34-93 318-9997 (fax)
    A pleasant if old-fashioned hotel with clean, serviceable rooms.  Also close to Placa Catalunya and the Ramblas, the staff is especially warm and helpful here.

  • Hotel Toledano, 34 93-3010872, Las Ramblas 138. You can't beat the location at the top of the Ramblas, but this basic inexpensive hotel offers warm hospitality as well as low prices.


  • La Fonda, Carrer dels Escudellers, 10, (34) 93 301 75 15, A favorite lunch and dinner spot just off the Ramblas, about 100 meters south of the Placa Reial. People line up every evening to get in to this airy place that specializes in Catalan home cooking in a relaxed but elegant atmosphere. Paellas are large and usually meant for two, but try any of their seafood specialties are great and inexpensive.

  • Els Quatre Gats, Montsió 3, 011-34-93-302-41-40, in the Barri Gotic off of Portal de l’Angel. Famed as a hangout for artists, not the least of whom was Picasso, the Four Cats has atmosphere, as well as delicious food.  It's not cheap, but worth it for a special meal out.  The “Four Cats” is Catalan slang for “just a few people”) and this fin-de-siècle cafe has been the setting for poetry readings by Joan Maragall, piano concerts by Isaac Albéniz and Ernie Granados, and murals by Ramón Casas.

  • Taverna Basca Irati, (34) 933-023-084 A block off the Ramblas, behind arcade at Carrer Cardenal Casanyes 17, Metro: Liceu. Serves all kinds of hot and cold Basque pintxos --open-faced sandwiches. Grab a plate from the waiter, and help yourself. It works on the honor system: youpay according to the number of toothpicks left on your plate when you’re done.

  • Cal Pep, (34) 93-310-7961, 8 Plaça de les Olles. A wonderful, noisy, hectic, boistrous, brimming over with energy and personality. Try the small baby clams in a broth seasoned with Jabugo ham, hot peppers, garlic and parsley, lightly fried artichokes, fresh, fat, lightly fried sardines, anchovies served on layers of potatoes and tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil; oven baked bacala topped with sauteed greens; razor clams (“havalles” in Catalan) cooked on the grill; fried peppers; fried calamari that dipped in allioli; and an oven baked llobina (whiting) with garlic, red chile pepper, and olive oil.

  • El Xampanyet, (34) 93-319-7003, 22 Montcada. This tapas bar is a great place for Cava with some local anchovies.

  • Bar Pinotxo, (34) 93-317-1731, 66-67 La Boquería market.  A good stop while you're shopping in the Boqueria or on the Ramblas.




La Boqueria.  Go there. One of Europe's great food markets, just off the Ramblas, and a wonderful place to pick up cheeses, Jamon de Jabugo, as well as the tastiest little anchovies you've ever had. Official site.

La Sagrada Familia, Calle Mallorca, 9-6(Oct-Mar), 9-8 (Apr-Sep). Without doubt, the most visited construction site in the world, Antoni Gaudi's expiatory temple of faith is magnificent even half-built.

Picasso Museum, (34) 93-319-6310,  15-19 c. Montcada, Tue-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-3pm. One of the most highly touristed  places in Barcelona, but the collection is not-to-be-missed, and worth the wait.

Fundacio Joan Miro,  Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, (34) 934.439.470.  The ultimate collection of Catalan artist Joan Miro.


National Museum of Catalan Art or MNAC, Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuïc,

Modernism Center, (34) 93-488-0139, 41 Passeig de Gracia, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday till 2.  A good place for information about Gaudí and other modernist architects. At the center you can pick up a map and discount tickets to the Palau de la Música and three museums.

Casa Milà (la Pedrera), (34) 93-484-5995, 92 Passeig de Gracia, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Casa Batlló, (34) 93-488-0666,  43 Passeig de Gracia, open Sunday till 8. One of the three fabulous Modernista houses that make up the Manzana de Discordia, or block of Discord. Batllo tell the story of Barcelona's patron St. George.  The roof of the house depicts the spine of the dragon St. Jordi fought, and the macabre bony balconies show the grisly remains of the  dragon's victims.

St. Eulalia Cathedral, (34) 93-315-1554,  Pla de la Seu, closed for the long Spanish lunch.

Parc Güell, (34) 93-213-0488, Carrer d'Olot, Park free; museum €1.80, May-Aug: 10am-9pm. Gaudi's fantasyland of open spaces and relaxing shady passageways isn't easy to get to, but worth the trip.

Palau Guell, (34) 93-317-3974,  3-5 Nou de la Rambla, $3 , The Palau is closed until January 2009.

Barceloneta. That part of town was built after King Philip V pushed all the workers out of the area east of the Born in order to build his new fortress, the Ciutadella. It’s still got the feel of a working-class fishing village — laundry hung from balconies, the smell of fried seafood in the air. The streets are close and a little gritty, but if you look straight down them, you’ll get beautiful views of sand and sea.


Gran Teatro Liceu - La Rambla, 51-59; +34 93 485 99 00. Barcelona's grand opera house.


Palau de la Musica - Pasaje Palau 4, off Via Laietana, Metro: Urquinaona; +34 93 295 72 00. One of the most beautiful concert halls in Europe, designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

Mercat de les Flors - Lleida, 59; +34 93 4261875. A venue for contemporary dance.

L’Auditori- carrer Lepant 150, Metro: Glories, Monumental. A modern venue for traveling jazz and contemporary music groups.


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