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50 musts: sights and attractions

Museums, squares, gardens, historic buildings... discover Barcelona's 50 best sights and attractions

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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

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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Music

Live music venues

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

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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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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

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

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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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Top 10 beaches in Catalonia

You don't have to travel far to plant your umbrella in one of the top 10 beaches in Catalonia

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50 must-see places in Catalonia

Get out and explore the Pyrenees mountains, quaint villages, miles of coastline with charming coves and more!

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Catalan restaurants with Michelin stars

These 53 restaurants in Catalonia have been awarded with one or more prestigous Michelin stars

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Art

The 10 best museums outside Barcelona

Get out of town for insight into art, archaeological sites and the history of Catalonia – plus, some incredible views

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Time Out wine & food fusion experience

Just 15 km from the city centre of Barcelona are vineyards that face the sea and produce salt- and mineral-infused wines from local grapes. Enjoy this day trip, where you can not only visit these vineyards but also experience an incredible wine pairing with a five-star menu prepared by the principal chef from SlowFood in Barcelona, Gonzalo Martínez. Catalan winemaker Oriol and Martínez will put on a dazzling food and wine show, and guide you on your exploration of wines from Alella and Mediterranean cuisine.

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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

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

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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Spring-summer getaways on the Costa Daurada

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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

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

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

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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

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

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Art in Barcelona: must-see exhibitions

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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

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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Bruce Davidson

This is the first retrospective of Bruce Davidson's work in Spain; Davidson is one of the most important exponents of the humanist photography movement, and a member of the Magnum agency. The exhibition looks back at the entirety of his career, more than 50 years of work, and features some of his most famous series, such as 'Brooklyn Gang', 'East 100th Street' and 'Time of Change: Civil Rights Movement'. In addition, the selection also includes his latest works, 'Nature of Paris' and 'Nature of Los Angeles'.

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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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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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Autumn

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Spring

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Summer

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Barcelona by area

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Barceloneta and the Ports

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The Barri Gòtic

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The Born & Sant Pere

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The Raval

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Gràcia

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The Eixample

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