Jan Fleischer is Time Out's former Barcelona Editor.
The 30 best things to do in Barcelona
Everyone should visit Barcelona at least once. Everyone. No excuses. The Catalan capital is a bustling city that lives up to its reputation, a thriving cultural centre with brilliant museums, magnificent restaurants and the sort of nightlife that just keeps on giving. Barcelona is brilliant, bombastic, and bloomin’ marvellous. What are the best things to do in Barcelona? We’re glad you asked because we’ve done the hard yards and put together the ultimate Barna bucket list. You can’t go wrong with this place.
The 47 best things to do in Madrid
47 might seem like a lot, but the truth is, this could quite easily be a list of the 4,700 best things to do in Madrid. Heck, that is selling the Spanish capital short. Madrid is a magnificent city, one that ticks every box anyone could want. Looking for genre-defining art and elite museums? You’ll find plenty. Hungry? Madrid’s restaurants are the best in Spain. Short on cash? Not to worry, there is no shortage of excellent free things to do here too. Madrid is a city that does both. There is enough here to keep return visitors engaged while newcomers are in for the experience of a lifetime. Madrid is achingly cool, blissfully beautiful and delightfully convivial, all at once. You’re lucky to be here, we’ll say that much.
The 22 best hotels in Madrid
Looking for a top-notch place to stay? We’re here to help you narrow down your choices with our pick of the 20 best hotels in Madrid. Whatever you want, Madrid’s got it, from exclusive five-star luxury to boutique hotels and those with dreamy spas to the most affordable places to stay that don’t skimp on style and good taste. Plus, don’t forget that some of the city’s very best restaurants are also housed in hotels, which makes choosing where to go for dins that significant bit simpler. And we highly doubt it, but don’t worry if you can’t find your dream bolthole on this list – there are literally hundreds of other brilliant places to stay here. This is just the crème de la crème.
The 10 best Barcelona museums
We’ll cut right to the chase; the best museums in Barcelona are among the best in all of Europe. How could they not be? The Catalan capital is home to some of the greatest art on the planet, and the museums and galleries of the city pay homage to that long list of creative geniuses that this part of the world has given us. Cubism, Impressionism, Modernism, Post-Modernism, you name it, you’ll find it. Hopping from one treasure trove of art to another is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, especially when you can then head to a rooftop bar to consider all the magic you’ve devoured. Barcelona’s museums are one big love letter to art, with legendary permanent exhibitions and a conveyor belt of temporary ones that deserve all the attention in the world.
The 50 attractions and places to visit in Barcelona
Barcelona, baby! One of the most popular destinations on the planet, the centre of Catalan culture isn’t about to let that crown slip. The best attractions and places to visit in Barcelona are a celebration of this wonderful place. From the world-famous (the inimitable beauty of the Sagrada Familia) to the decidedly local (Benedictine monasteries, anyone?), Barcelona really does have it all. Yes, it can be a little vain from time to time, but you can’t really blame the place. Barcelona has enough to fill a lifetime, but these are the bucket list items for those on the clock. Don’t forget the appetite, because those restaurants are fire.
The 25 best things to do in Spain in 2022
With 50 provinces, 17 autonomous regions and at least five languages, Spain is just about as diverse as it gets. Every corner seems to throw up something new, with an incredible architectural variety and delicious food at the head of the table. The gorgeous beaches might have something to say about that, as will the cultural heritage, the vibrant festivals, the natural wonders and the achingly-beautiful people. Come to think of it, Spain is just one big top table. The best things to do in Spain showcase everything that makes it a special country. Sandy beaches and skiing bookend the experiences, with everything in between seemingly available. From Galicia to Catalonia, the Basque Country to Andalusia and the Canaries to the Balearics, this is Spain.
The 9 best clubs in Barcelona
If you’re the type of person who comes alive on the dancefloor, you are going to love Barcelona. Of course, there are so many things to do here that practically everyone loves Barcelona, but this city knows how to party hard. Barcelona’s nightlife scene touches on a host of moods and methods, from live music to international DJs covering every genre from R&B to rock and roll. When preparing for your journey, be sure to pack your dancing shoes because the best clubs in Barcelona will have you throwing shapes in no time.
Best paella in Barcelona: 16 must-try restaurants
Eating paella in Spain is a rite of passage. It is one of those things you simply have to do, like drinking Guinness in Dublin or eating pizza in Naples. Yes, there is a cliched element to it, but forget your cynicism and dig in. We all need more delicious food in our lives, and the best paella in Barcelona is just about as dictionary definition ‘delicious’ as it gets. Paella has its origins in Valencia (a simple day trip down the coast), but you’ll find plenty of options in Barcelona if you’re looking to sample this most traditional of dishes. Of course, the people of Barcelona will argue that their rice dishes (found on menus as arròs, not paella) are better than the others, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
The 8 best Barcelona beaches
Barcelona’s many attractions are beloved worldwide (those museums are spectacular, really spectacular), but it might just be the blind luck of weather that stands out as Barna’s most magnificent feature. Barcelona gets more than 300 days of sunny weather every year, you know. The summers are hot and humid, and the winters are not a million miles away from what is considered summer in the UK. Brits flock to Aberystwyth beach when the temperature hits 20; what will they do when it is in the mid-thirties in Barcelona? They’ll do the same, obviously, just in Barcelona. It has 4.5 kilometres of coastline, a gorgeous strip of land offering up the Mediterannean at every point, with gorgeous sands waiting for loungings, games and everything else. There are so many things to do here that it can be dizzying, so look after yourself and head to the best beaches in Barcelona for some relaxation.
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
26 escapadas diferentes para descubrir España
De Galicia a Andalucía, Cataluña o Extremadura, nuestro país es tan rico y variado que harían falta muchos viajes para recorrerlo entero. Tanto si ya habéis visitado los principales pueblos y ciudades como probado la gastronomía típica del cocido al ensaimada, seguro que todavía os faltan muchos destinos con encanto por descubrir. Como las vacaciones de este año tendrán que ser dentro de nuestras fronteras por la situación actual, os dejamos un montón de opciones para recorrer el país y disfrutar de ellas con toda seguridad. RECOMENDADO: Escapadas virtuales para viajar desde el sofá.
The 50 best restaurants in Barcelona
OCTOBER 2019: We value what’s older, established, experienced, and we praise what’s new, modern, exciting. So with this season’s update of the ‘best restaurants in Barcelona’, we’ve kept our favourite, Agut, in the top spot, as it never fails us, and you’ll also find we’ve added the likes of Casa Agustí and Windsor, the alpha and omega of traditional Catalan cuisine. But the winds out of south-east Asia are blowing with force in Barcelona, and this is evidenced by the addition of the phenomenal Last Monkey (which is well worth the prices). We haven’t forgotten the new major players in Catalan haute cuisine, either – the tiny Direkte Boqueria and the majestic Aürt are our latest faves, and they’re about to be yours too. Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked ‘best of’ Barcelona’s food scene. Tucking into Catalan cuisine is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, itself one of the world’s best cities when it comes to eating and drinking. The locals already know that, and so do the gastronomy pros who, year after year, award Barcelona restaurants with distinctions that must put the city among the world’s great gourmet capitals. The offer is varied, high-quality, monumental – from the neighbourhood tapas bar that’s been around for ever to the more than 20 restaurants boasting Michelin stars, as well as some stellar street food. Though it’s been quite the task, we’ve risen to the challenge and come up with a list of the 50 best restaurants in Barcelona, those with the
City envy: we want a laundry bar like Barcelona
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of doing your laundry among the masses in slot-machine washers and dryers, you’ll know the anxiety, impatience and boredom of waiting for the cycles to end. But not in Barcelona, where Marta Pérez and Gerard Navas have opened LaBar: a spot that’s half-laundromat and half-café/bar. You can hook up to the wi-fi in the bright and welcoming space, then relax with an excellent coffee for less than €2 or, even more cost-efficiently, a well-poured €1 beer. There are also eats such as homemade houmous, guacamole, sandwiches and cakes. All of this turns one of your mundane weekly chores into a sociable excursion where you’ll never ever have to suffer staring at your spinning smalls in sordid solitude. Sign up here to get the latest from London straight to your inbox.