One of Europe's coolest ad comeliest cities, with a Catalan-Spanish-international vibe; Mediterranean weather; history, architecture and culture stretching back to Roman times;and & of course kick-butt dining, shopping & nightlife. There's also plenty else to see and do in Barcelona province beyond city limits. Benvinguts!

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What not to miss in Barcelona

walkerssk/pixabay There's a good reason Spain's second largest city after Madrid is one of Europe's (indeed, the world's) most popular cities - famous and beloved for its art, architecture, culture, cuisine, and nightlife ever since hosting the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. It's also the capital of the region of Catalonia, one of Spain's nations along with Galicia and Euskadi (aka the Basque Country), with its own distinct language and culture. Well, there's a lot to unpack here, so let's get to…

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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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  • A look at the city´s attempts to control ¨overtourism¨: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/this-popular-spanish-holiday...
    This Popular Spanish Holiday Destination Really Doesn't Want You To Visit It
    Maybe we aren't going to Spain this year.
  • Having visited Barcelona several times in the past several years, I can attest that day trippers have been flooding its tourist-popular areas. And recently the city has been taking measures to address this, aiming to cut the number in half: https://inews.co.uk/news/world/barcelona-cracking-down-cruise-ship-...
    https://inews.co.uk/news/world/barcelona-cracking-down-cruise-ship-tourists-2241828
  • Architecturally, Barcelona is inevitably identified with the works of Antoni Gaudí. But its wealth of Modernism (Art Nouveau) is also represented by a number of other architects whose also remarkable works are often overshadowed by those of Gaudí, such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Guardian recently took a look at the latter, on the occasion of the centenary of his death, https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2023/feb/08/barcelona-other-grea...
    Barcelona’s ‘other’ great architect: five of his finest buildings | Barcelona holidays | The Guardi…
    Catalonia’s design gems don’t begin and end with Gaudí. The works of Lluís Domènech i Montaner deserve a closer look on the centenary of his death
  • And now comes the world's first kosher restaurant with a Michelin star, in the Eixample near Diagonal, and this article in the Times of Israel also discusses the city's recent campaigns targeting Jewish and Israeli visitors, called “Shalom Barcelona” and “Barcelona Connects Israel”: https://www.timesofisrael.com/hungry-for-jewish-tourism-barcelona-g...

    Oy! https://www.timesofisrael.com/hungry-for-jewish-tourism-barcelona-g...
    Hungry for Jewish tourism, Barcelona gets world’s 1st kosher Michelin-starred eatery
    The city is rolling out the red carpet and seeking to brand itself as a destination for Jews interested in exploring their heritage
  • The Guardian looks at how mass tourism to Barcelona is expected to come roaring back this summer, bringing many of the same ills that have divided locals in recent years: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/16/summer-barcelona-mass...
    ‘Summer will be monstrous’: Barcelona wrestles with revival of mass tourism | Barcelona | The Guard…
    As visitors return after easing of Covid curbs, talk of diversification of Spanish city has been drowned out by sound of ringing tills
  • Just saw "Uncharted" last night - silly but quite a ride (not surprising, since it was adapted from a video game) - but one of the things I especially liked about it was seeing locations in Barcelona - the Sagrada Familia, Montjuich, the Barri Gòtic, Santa Maria del Pi, and so forth! Here's the trailer: https://youtu.be/eHp3MbsCbMg
  • Just 5 more days to WIN win a flight for two to Barcelona or various other Iberia destinations in Spain and beyond, just by tweeting, on our Twitter-based contest #TweetandFly. Details/play at ow.ly/bl37s

    Good luck and happy flying!


  • Now on our blog: just down the tracks from Barcelona, the season begins in Sitges, one of Europe's top gay travel destinations.

  • Hola a tots!  Speaking of nightlife, we have a query from a Tripatini member who's going to be in BCN for New Year's Eve and is looking for suggestions for what to do that night.  To help her out, please respond to this link to our Ask A Travel Pro forumMoltes gràcies!

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