Your ultimate Barcelona guide

Restaurants and bars, films, dance, art, concerts, clubs, shops, and more

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Top 10 beaches in Catalonia

Fancy a break from city beaches? A short journey by train or car will get you to stretches of stunning coastline

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Rooftop bars: drinks with a view

Relax, sip a cocktail and even take in a concert with spectacular views from Barcelona's best rooftop bars

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Weekend in Barcelona

Make the most of your city break in Barcelona with our guide to a great weekend getaway

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Don’t be a tourist

We've come up with 16 alternatives to the touristy plans and spaces that normally take over a BCN city break

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Things to do in Catalonia: Summer 2015

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Gastronomic getaways

Catalonia is well-known for its great food (and drink), bringing in waves of the gastronomically curious every year

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Family getaways

In this selection of family excursions around Catalonia you'll find activities for the adventurous as well as the less daring

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Cultural getaways

With its famous artists, Roman remains, and even historic village shops, Catalonia is filled with culture at every point on the compass

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Nature getaways

From the sea to the mountains, by hot-air balloon or bicycle, t’s always a joy to discover the variety of landscapes in Catalonia

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Barcelona's best...

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Brunches

From hangover restoratives to fancy breakfast feasts, dig in to Time Out's guide to the best brunches in town

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Museums

Museums

In Barcelona's museums you'll find Picasso, Dalí and Velázquez, among other biggies, but also plenty of collections that span medieval times to the present

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Bars and pubs

Cocktail bars

Whether you prefer red-velvety classic interiors and a classic cocktail or a more modern ambience with your original tipple, we've got the place for you

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Patatas bravas

We dare to pick the 20 best places in Barcelona to get this popular tapa of potatoes served with a spicy sauce

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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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Catalan cuisine

We rate the top 10 restaurants in Barcelona for the best in Catalan cuisine

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Tickets & Attractions

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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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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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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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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Art in Barcelona: must-see exhibitions

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Michael Snow. Sequences

This retrospective of the work of Canadian artist Michael Snow takes a look at what this multidisciplinary artist has produced and reflects on the plurality of media and techniques he's worked with, including music, films, video, painting, sculpture, photography, books and installations. The exhibited works span the 85-year-old artist's entire career, and many of them are presented for the first time in Europe. Michael Snow's work seeks to explore the expressive capabilities of sound and image, challenging the duality of vision/representation. His creative approach requires audience participation, suggesting you see the object, perceive it, and engage with it. In his compositional strategies there is a will to direct attention in different ways and involve the viewer in the process of creation. The transfer of limits leads to not only the interaction between works, whether objects or pictures, but the appreciation of space as an artistic, audio and visual element, rather than a neutral container of creations.

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Tàpies: An Artist's Collection

Sometimes, I love reading the small print. For example, there's a letter in this exhibition that records how Tàpies exchanged nine of his own works for five by other artists, which were the property of US gallery-owner Martha Jackson. I look at the measurements and characteristics of the pieces by Tàpies, and the measurements and names of the artists his work was exchanged for: Pollock, Kline, Motherwell, de Kooning and Sam Francis. The proportion is approximately two to one, both in number of works and size. This small detail highlights the worth of the young Antoni Tàpies at the height of the New York informalism movement, when it was the new capital of the artist world.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Joan Ponç. L'enigma

This exhibition includes a selection of 16 works, among which highlights include paintings and drawings from between 1947 and 1968 as well as the screening of the video 'Joan Ponç – J.V. Foix. La piel de la piel'. Ponç was a solitary, visionary and damned painter. Some say he was crazy. The artist was one of the creators of the Dau al Set movement along with painters Modes Cuixart, Antoni Tàpies and Joan Tharrrats; painter Joan Brossa; and philospher Arnau Puig. Ponç was an artist who was most faithful to the principals of the group throughout his artistic career and one of the top names in post-war painting in Spain. This is his second individual exhibition in the gallery.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Revers / Anvers (1972-2015)

'Revers / Anvers' looks at the 40-year career of sculptor Sergi Aguilar. It's a review of his works that aren't grouped chronologically or by stylistic periods, conceived by curator, and friend to Aguilar, Valentin Roma, which seeks to emulate the orderly chaos of the artist's studio. Nature, concern for space, references to landmarks and registration numbers, interest in materials and other creative and stylistic concerns are present in this retrospective.

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Pis(o) Pilot(o)

Beyond their differences, the Colombian city of Medellín and Barcelona are of comparable size, with a long relationship of mutual collaboration, and both have international significance for having promoted an inclusive city plan with many public spaces in the service of social redistribution. However, like many other cities, both still haven't successfully tackle the urgent subject of guaranteeing the right to housing. 'Pis(o) Pilot(o)' is an exhibition focusing on the reflection of housing. The main objective is to develop proposals that respond to the challenges of housing and its relationship with public spaces on a global scale by selecting two specific contexts, and they're in the two starring cities of this exhibition: Barcelona and Medellín.

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Big festivals and major events in Barcelona

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Summer

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Autumn

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Winter

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Spring

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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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