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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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  • 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:
  • 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

    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!

  • Can you help with suggestions for affordable accommodations in or near Barcelona?  If so, please respond by clicking on this like to "Ask A Travel Pro."
  • Hola a tots/todos!  A fellow Tripatini member needs suggestions for his upcoming visit to Barcelona. To help him out, please respond to this link at "Ask A Travel Pro."   Moltes gracies/muchas gracias!
  • Feliç Nadal, more like it! And a happy new year to you too, JMM. Let us know how you like Herminia, and have a great time in BCN. Wish I were going too!!
  • I am going to BCN on Jan 11: only for 8 hours, though, while in transit between Lisbon and Alicante on Vueling. Interesting lunch stop over: I will try to la Dolc,a Herminia this time, then cofee and book browsing in La Central...  and back to the airport...


    Feliz Navidad, btw

  • Love "Les quinze nits"! It's part of a growing chain of restaurants where each one is unique in décor and cuisine and has its own name, unlike a typical chain such as Olive Garden, where you get the same name, look and menu wherever you go. The one common point among all the restaurants: very reasonable pricing. Also in the Barri Gòtic, I also love "La Dolça Herminia." Can't wait to go back to BCN!
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