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     ‘Everything you can imagine is real’ — Pablo Picasso

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     ‘Everything you can imagine is real’ — Pablo Picasso

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     ‘Everything you can imagine is real’ — Pablo Picasso

How to enjoy Barcelona

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Barcelona is unashamedly romantic, artistic and unexpected, shaped by the vivid imaginations of its abstract sons, Miró, Gaudí, Piccaso and Dalí

  • The Picasso Museum is a must. It features much of his early work, including his Blue Period, reflecting on the time he lived here
  • Get tickets to the Nou Camp to see Barça play at home. Currently regarded by many to be the world’s finest soccer team, it is famously owned by its fans
  • For a delightful shopping experience, mooch your way down Passeig de Gràcia where handmade jewelry stores nestle among luxury names

If you do nothing else on your trip to Barcelona, put on your walking shoes, find your way to La Rambla and stroll. This pedestrian street runs straight through the heart of the city, down to the sea. It buzzes with street performers, buskers and artists and is filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Stop en route to admire the pavement mosaic by Miró, Gaudí’s street lamps in the palm fringed Plaça Reial and the colorful market, the Mercat de la Boqueria.

If Gaudí’s street lamps caught your imagination, wait till you see what else he brought to this city. His Park Güell was designed as a garden city where workers could live. It could have come straight off the set of the Wizard of Oz and features an inviting, winding tiled bench that offers views across the entire city. His (unfinished) Familia Sagrada is a cathedral like no other, with spiking spires reaching to heaven and stunningly detailed facades.

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    When to visit Barcelona

    Visit at the end of September for lovely weather and Barcelona’s annual five day quirky street party, La Merce. It features parades of giants (Gigantes), human towers topped by children (Castellers) and fire runs (Correfocs). Really.


Hotels we adore in Barcelona

  • Gourmet guide

    Now that Ferràn Adriá has all but closed El Bulli where do you go in Barcelona for knockout food? His brother Albert has taken the helm at upmarket tapas bar Tickets, so put that on your list. You could try one of his spiritual successors such as Alkimia or young gun Jordi Cruz’ two Michelin starred ABaC Restaurant.

    There’s much hype around the new(ish) Moments restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, which garnered its first Michelin star within days of opening, and its second a year later. Overseen by Chef Carme Ruscalleda whose Sant Pau, just outside Barcelona in the coastal town of Sant Pol de Mar, has retained 3 Michelin stars since 2005.

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