Your ultimate Barcelona guide

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Barcelona terraces with views
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Barcelona terraces with views

Barcelona's got plenty of outdoor spots to take in stunning views – and get a drink and a bite while you're at it

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Barcelona's best...

Cocktail bars
Bars and pubs

Cocktail bars

From red-velvety classic interiors and cocktails to modern joints and creative drinks, we've got a spot for you

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Paellas
Restaurants

Paellas

Barcelona does paella right, and our list of 10 of the best restaurants for paellas and rice dishes will guide you in the right direction

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Live music venues
Music

Live music venues

Time Out's list of the top venues in town for live-music aficionados

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Tapas
Restaurants

Tapas

Dying to try tapas but not sure where to go? We help you find the restaurants, cafés, bodegas and tapas bars serving the best mini-meals in Barcelona

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Gay bars
LGBT

Gay bars

Looking for the city's best gay and lesbian bars? You've come to the right place

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Museums
Museums

Museums

In Barcelona's museums you'll find big names, but also plenty of collections from medieval times to the present

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Enjoy summer in Catalonia

10 ways to discover Catalan culture and tradition
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10 ways to discover Catalan culture and tradition

These ten experiences will help you get to know Catalan traditions linked to work and leisure

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10 gourmet getaways in Catalonia
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10 gourmet getaways in Catalonia

Feast on these ideas to satisfy even the most demanding of palates and have a great time to boot

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10 family getaways around Catalonia
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10 family getaways around Catalonia

Get in on these activities for the whole family, from the youngest to those who have reached a certain age

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10 adventure getaways around Catalonia
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10 adventure getaways around Catalonia

If you're in the mood for something exciting and new while you explore Catalonia, these ideas are for you

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10 nature getaways in Catalonia
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10 nature getaways in Catalonia

Nature is ever-present in Catalonia, and if you want to explore it, you've got a thousand and one options to choose from

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More summer getaways in Catalonia

Special pages

Summer of culture
Things to do

Summer of culture

We dive into the most innovative activities with the most creative artists in the city. Opera, cocktails, cinema, restaurants... A thousand activities that prove this is the summer of culture!

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8 places in Barcelona that aren’t what they seem
Restaurants

8 places in Barcelona that aren’t what they seem

An organic supermarket with its own restaurant, where you can sample the products on sale? A sandwich bar with a secret cocktail speakeasy? A clothing shop with a nightclub hidden inside? You're about to discover these and more

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The best of flamenco in Barcelona
Music

The best of flamenco in Barcelona

Barcelona is full of bars, restaurants, tablaos, dance schools and every kind of event where flamenco takes centre stage

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Summer getaways to the Costa Daurada
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Summer getaways to the Costa Daurada

We show you routes to discover the nature, culture, gastronomy and beaches of the Costa Daurada

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Summer trips near Barcelona
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Summer trips near Barcelona

Everything you need to know to plan getaways outside the city

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Tickets & attractions

City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover the ancient, medieval and modern sights of Barcelona on this convenient City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. With your 1-day or 2-day pass, travel by open-top, double-decker bus along three routes to visit major Barcelona attractions including La Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, Park Güell, the Picasso Museum and Parc de la Ciutadella. Customize your own itinerary and hop on and off as you please at more than 44 stops around the city.

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PortAventura and Costa Caribe

PortAventura and Costa Caribe

Enjoy fun for all the family at Spain’s top theme park and aquatic center: PortAventura and Costa Caribe! Simply head inside the parks with an entrance ticket and enjoy the rides at your own pace. Discover roller coasters, accelerator rides and ‘Sesame Street’ adventures in PortAventura, or head to Costa Caribe to splash around with water jets and free-fall slides.

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Barcelona Card

Barcelona Card

See and do everything Barcelona has to offer with this great value city sightseeing and discount card. Choose from 3, 4 or 5 consecutive day passes and receive free entry, great discounts and offers to Barcelona's major attractions.

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Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

Explore the beauty of Barcelona on this Best of Barcelona Tour, which offers a comprehensive view of this exquisite Catalan city, including a visit to La Sagrada Familia. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour will show you the city’s most iconic sights and allow you to discover some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. You'll enjoy skip-the-line access at La Sagrada Familia, so you can avoid the long queues at this popular attraction. You’ll also visit the hill of Montjuïc and the Gothic Quarter. On this small-group tour, you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

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Spring-summer getaways on the Costa Daurada

Iberians, sport and culture by the sea
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Iberians, sport and culture by the sea

As well as the fine sand of its beaches, Calafell is full of cultural and historical treasures 

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Altafulla: Living history
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Altafulla: Living history

Enjoy all the calm and beauty of a coastal resort with an important artistic and cultural heritage

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Getaway to L’Hospitalet de l’Infant i La Vall de Llors
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Getaway to L’Hospitalet de l’Infant i La Vall de Llors

A tranquil, mountainous interior combines with popular blue-flag beaches 

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Immerse yourself in the Tarragonès region
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Immerse yourself in the Tarragonès region

The Tarragonès region is much more than Tarragona. It’s also amazing villages, landscapes and beaches

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Escape to Salou for sun, sea and fun
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Escape to Salou for sun, sea and fun

Fine sand, flat beaches, family holidays, gastronomy and water sports are all on offer

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More Costa Daurada getaways

Art in Barcelona: must-see exhibitions

Vivian Maier. In Her Own Hands
Art

Vivian Maier. In Her Own Hands

The Fundació Foto Colectania hosts an exhibition of photos taken by this nanny who, since being discovered by chance a couple of years before her death in 2009, has captivated audiences with her images. The story of the photographic legacy of Vivian Maier has become part of her legend. In 2007, John Maloof, a young history researcher from Chicago, bought the belongings of an unknown woman called Vivian Maierin a small neighbourhood auction. What he couldn't have expected was that they contained an immense body of photographic work, more than 120,000 negatives, home videos and sound recordings, which would change the history of photography.  

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Anthony McCall: Solid light, performance and public works
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Anthony McCall: Solid light, performance and public works

New York–based artist Anthony McCall (England, 1946) has always had a real passion for passion and interest in film and performance. This passion declares itself in terms of experience, of exploration of the process, time, the materials of art and the activity of the audience. He came to work with light almost by chance, as a result of his reflections on cinema. His immersion in the use of the film has proved fundamental, and he utilizes cinema as an expressive structure. He works for the most part with three-dimensional sculptural projections, with which he generates space.

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Ignasi Aballí. Infinite sequence
Art

Ignasi Aballí. Infinite sequence

If I say to you 'Don't think about the exhibition of Ignasi Aballí at the Fundació Miro'..., if you've already been to it, you'll think about it. And what about if you haven't? That's my dilemma. If I outline a series of pieces from the show and, as is habitual in conceptual art, explain to you what they're about, you'll create an image of something that has nothing to do with what you'll actually find. It's not the same to read a review about the religious painting of the 'Divine' Morales at the MNAC, than to read one about the exhibition of Ignasi Aballí at the Fundació Miró. Morales painted and Aballí metatheorises about the act of painting, of the act of looking and of the passing of time... which is another form of painting.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Luis de Morales. Between the human and the divine
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Luis de Morales. Between the human and the divine

His name may not be as well-known as contemporary El Greco, but Luis de Morales was certainly one of the best Spanish painters of the 16th century. Dubbed 'The Divine' thanks to his concentration on works with religious themes, he painted using a style of extreme realism. Living at the time of the Counter-Reformation, and influenced by different schools including the Lombardy and Flemish ones, De Morales produced numerous portrayals of the Virgin mother and child, his meticulous, detailed approach creating rich, starkly memorable paintings that are very much of the Mannerist movement.

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Harun Farocki. Empathy
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Harun Farocki. Empathy

Two years after the death of Harun Farocki (Nový Jičín 1944-Berlín, 2014), this exhibition features the films and installations of an author who was also a film-maker, artist, critic and activist, and counted among the most important creatives of the second half of the 20th century. At the show, you can see a series of emblematic works that explore ways of working that respond to the demands of capitalist production, especially those that have demanded the mobilisation of more subjective and human aspects that previously remained on the sidelines. The notion of empathy, taken from a text by Harun Farocki, heads up the selection of works being shown at the Tàpies Foundation.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Big festivals and major events in Barcelona

Summer
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Summer

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Autumn
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Autumn

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Winter
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Winter

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Spring
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Spring

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Barcelona by area

Barceloneta and the Ports
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Barceloneta and the Ports

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The Barri Gòtic
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The Barri Gòtic

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The Born & Sant Pere
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The Born & Sant Pere

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The Raval
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The Raval

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Gràcia
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Gràcia

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The Eixample
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The Eixample

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