Your essential guide to where to stay in Barcelona
Is it possible to have a bad time in Barcelona? No, the answer is no, of course, that isn’t possible, but choosing the right area to stay in is an integral part of any fantastic Catalonian adventure. Being based in the right spot is important, after all. Barcelona has plenty of options when it comes to tip-top neighbourhoods, with ‘something for everyone’ status well and truly achieved. Barcelona is a 24-hour destination with potential adventures all over the place, so identifying criteria beforehand is super important. Are the galleries, museums and attractions within a decent distance? Are there any quality bars in the neighbourhood? How about top tapas? Quality bars and tapas are everywhere here, but you get the point. Barcelona has a busy city centre and lots of charming neighbourhoods, with plenty to love in all. Check out our pick of the best places to stay in Barcelona. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to best hotels in Barcelona
The 5 best day trips from Madrid
Quite apart from the endless array of brilliant things to do, restaurants and attractions within the city itself, Madrid is also an excellent base for exploring the rest of Spain – thanks in no small part to its location at the heart of the country. High-speed train connections will whisk you off to all the day trips from Madrid listed here, while coach and car rental services are also available for cheaper or more flexible travel alternatives. To the north are Segovia and Burgos, each brimming with striking architecture from times past and mouthwatering local specialities. In the east you’ll find Cuenca, renowned for its Hanging Houses and blessed with unforgettable natural beauty. Heading south, there’s Toledo and Córdoba, two cities that cling proudly to their fascinating, rich multicultural pasts. With marvels ranging from Roman remains to marzipan treats, centuries-old religious buildings to natural stone sculptures, you’ll no doubt want to stay in Madrid much, much longer – if only to make the most of the surrounding scenery. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Madrid
5 brilliant day trips from Barcelona
It’s no secret that Barcelona is bursting at the seams with things to do, is blessed with countless excellent restaurants and has great nightlife. But it’s also worth exploring Catalonia beyond its capital – because it’s a region with absolutely loads to see. Here we’ve chosen five places that are easy to reach on a day trip from Barcelona: down the coast are Sitges and Tarragona, two towns overflowing with history, beaches and good food; to the north lies the sacred mountain of Montserrat; and in the north-east you’ll find Girona and Cadaqués. The former is a prosperous town full of ancient remains (and one of the world’s best restaurants); the latter, once home to Salvador Dalí, is a fishing village rich with beauty and art. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Barcelona
The best hotels in Mallorca
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has been one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations for decades. Which is good news for travellers because in such an advanced market, the accommodation options are extensive if, it has to be said, not always cheap. Want a luxury, adults-only hotel overlooking the Med? Done. Prefer a historical building with spa included? No problem. Has to be family-friendly? Easy. Read on for our pick of 10 of the best hotels in Mallorca.
Girona bars with free WiFi
Nowadays most of us are simply incapable of living without internet access; without the ability to send WhatsApps, complain on Twitter and Instagram images about what's going on around us. And, paradoxically, it can still be difficult to find bars with free WiFi in some places, including Girona. After a lot of research and coffees, however, we've managed to put together this list. Bars where you can send mails, tweets and photos without worrying about your mobile bill at the end of the month. And if you find somewhere else not on the list, don't forget to add it in the comments section below!
Welcoming cafés in Girona
Girona is, probably, one of the cities in Spain with the most inviting cafés per square metre. These are places ideal for taking a break from it all, and enjoying a quality cup of coffee or tea. The list is pretty long but below you'll find some of the best ones in the city, as well as a couple worth going out of town for.
English-language cinema in Barcelona
When you're in the mood for catching a film on a screen bigger than your laptop, head to these Barcelona cinemas where you can see movies as they were meant to be seen – larger than life and in their original language. When you're looking at film listings, check that the feature is shown in 'V.O.' ('versión original'), unless of course you want to practise your Spanish or Catalan with a movie that has been dubbed... See you at the pictures!
Barcelona shops: Books in English
Whether you're calling Barcelona home for now or you're on holiday, it's always great to take some time out with a good book. Maybe you prefer reading in your native English, or you're improving your English skills. Either way, in these Barcelona bookshops that have sections of books in English or are completely dedicated to serving the English-reading community in town, you can pick up a classic or a bestseller, a brand-new or second-hand novel, guidebook or non-fiction, reading material for kids and more.