One of Europe's coolest & comeliest cities, with a Catalan-Spanish-international vibe; Mediterranean weather; history, architecture & culture stretching back to Roman times; & of course kick-butt dining, shopping & nightlife. Benvinguts!

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Why Barcelona is the place to be for international students

Stunning architecture, sea views, and sandy beaches, vivid and passionate culture, superb cuisine — hese are just some of the many reasons why Spain's second-largest city is a wonderful place to live. And to study, as Barcelona is home to some of this country's most prestigious universities. Both traditional and innovative universities along with state-of-the-art campuses welcome thousands of international students every year. Let’s take a look at what allures them: read post

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Bon Nadal! Welcome to Christmas in Barcelona

Like so many European cities and towns, as of the last week in November, Catalonia's capital dons its Yuletide best and does its best to transform the dark, chilly days of winter into a festive celebration, lasting through January 6 (the "12th day of Christmas", also eagerly awaited by all the children of Spain for the visit of the gift-giving Three Magi). So you're looking for a holiday getaway next year, the mix of culture, history, dining, shopping, and nightlife is supercharged by…

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Chasing ghosts, ghouls & the devil in Barcelona

Dank chill, drizzle, and streetlamps shrouded in fog are bad weather? A bad time for touring? Depends! In fact, they were just perfect for a nocturnal outing I had in Barcelona last winter that was hair raising – in a good way. And what better day than Halloween to tell you about it? Like most ancient cities, Catalonia’s capital is chock-full full of history, legends – and ghosts. And if that kind of thing gets your ecoplasm going, the city’s tourism office runs a creepy little stroll that…

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Highlights of Barcelona province in 'Spain's Fantastic Catalonia Region at a Glance'

  Millions of visitors flock to Catalonia in Spain's northeast each year, lured especially by its marvelous beaches and spectacular capital Barcelona. But there's a lot more to this varied land, from medieval towns to wine to ecotourism, all flavoured with a venerable culture and language reaching back nearly two millennia. For the most part, its four provinces offer a little bit of everything, so it might be helpful to provide an overview of what you'll find where, to help guide you on your…

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