“I tried to give them their space, but I couldn’t help photographing their Barcelona love story as it unfolded before me.”
Your inside guide to the best things to do in Barcelona, as well as the best places to eat, drink and sleep. By city expert Ben Holbrook.
Written by Barcelona native Cristina Fernández Cubas, this collection of six thrilling short stories transport you to scenes of delight, delusion and despair in the sun-kissed Catalan capital.
From the Mediterranean metropolises of Barcelona and Valencia to the southern seducers of Seville and Marbella, here are the best and hottest places to visit in Spain during winter – even in the depths of December!
I interviewed Margaux from Mosaic Flowers in Barcelona to find out how she uses her creativity “to make people’s hearts smile”.
Joni from ExpatsinBarcelona.com shares his top tips on moving to Barcelona and creating the life of your dreams!
It was 10.45am when I woke up to Barcelona’s brilliant winter sun glaring through the huge doors and windows that opened onto my terrace. Normally…
I was always at my happiest up in Barcelona’s Collserola mountains. I felt at peace, like I belonged, that I was free to be me.…
“It often felt like only cool beer could relieve me from the heat.”
Ever imagined what it would be like to live in Barcelona and hustle a living as a travel blogger? This is an entry taken from my actual diary. Written in 2016, about a year or two after starting my career as a travel blogger in Barcelona, it sets the tone and, I think, hints at the challenges I faced while living off my wits.
I asked the Spotted by Locals Barcelona team to share 5 of favourite secret spots in Barcelona.
Located on Barcelona’s ritzy Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera (aka Casa Milà) is one of the most famous Modernista buildings in Barcelona, if not the world. Here’s everything you need to know.
A few months back, before COVID-19 forced us all into lockdown, I was hired to photograph and film the team from Devour Tours during their…
Discover the best family-friendly “barrios” in Barcelona, based on things like convenience, location, public transport, general safety and access to family-friendly facilities.
Tucked away in the heart of Barcelona’s glitzy Eixample barrio, Hotel Alma Barcelona is a grand deluxe 5-star design hotel and a soulful home from home.
My personal recommendations on the best flamenco and Catalan rumba shows in Barcelona!
Disfrutar is easily my favourite ‘fancy’ restaurant in Barcelona.
Every August, the street parties of Barcelona’s Festa Major de Sants offer an authentic insight into modern-day life in the Catalan capital.
Taking over the space that once housed the fabled Roca MOO, Mr Porter is an atypical chop house and an equally indulgent space to meet…
Whether you’re in need of a post-fiesta brunch, an evening feast with friends or a place to meet for drinks, GiGi Von Tapas is the sort of place you’ll want filed away in your mental Roladex of Barcelona restaurants.
With small groups, friendly guides and an admirable approach to responsible tourism, Buena Vista Bike Tours in Barcelona is a prime example of how all tour companies should be run.
April 23rd in Barcelona is all about celebrating love, literature and Catalonia’s dragon-slaying patron saint. Here’s how and where to do it!
A hotel I can confidently recommend to anyone looking for a little romance and luxury within walking distance of Barcelona’s best bits.
Fallen in love with Barcelona? Want to invest in something special to take home and remind you of your time in the Catalan capita? I’m…
If you’re looking at hip boutiques in the centre of Barcelona and want something a little bit more progressive, you’ll struggle to find anywhere that competes with this new trailblazer.
Just a short stroll away from Gaudí’s emblematic Sagrada Familia, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is one of the most spectacular examples of Catalan modernism in Barcelona. A must for all architecture lovers.
Commissioned by business magnate Manuel Vicens, Casa Vicens was the first house Antoni Gaudí ever designed and is credited for inspiring the Catalan Modernisme architectural movement.
Held over four days every September, as summer turns to autumn, La Mercè celebrates Barcelona’s patron saint and is unquestionably the city’s largest and most…
Celebrate Barcelona’s creative culinary community at All Those – one of Barcelona’s original pop-up foodie markets.
Barcelona’s street parties are legendary but the Festa Major de Gràcia (held every August) is the biggest and the best. A photo journal.
Photo Journal: The anarchic ’diables’ (devils) of Catalunya and their explosive ‘correfocs’ (fire runs) are immensely important features of Catalan culture.
There’s a reason why Dalí signed his work as ‘Gala Salvador Dalí’. Many reasons, in fact…
There are so many fascinating architectural designs and stories to uncover in Barcelona – Rafael Gómez-Moriana shares some of the very best on FLC’s Barcelona Architecture Tour.
An escape from the sticky July heat and maddening crowds of Barcelona.
Enjoy live jazz, Catalan cava and romantic city views from the rooftop of one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous buildings.
From dusty old bodegas where you can pour your plonk straight from the barrel to trendy wine bars specialising in natural and organic wines from the local vineyards of Catalonia – this is where to tip a few vinos back in Barcelona!
A small selection of my personal favourite tapas bars in Barcelona – perfect at any time of day or night, and on any budget.
A visit to Barcelona’s 113-year-old Modelo prison, the site of some 1,000 executions, the most recent of which was in 1974.
Soulfully gratifying British and American pies (savoury and sweet) lovingly handmade on the premises and expertly paired with local craft brews.
Looking for cheap, secure and convenient car parking in Barcelona city centre? This is your essential money-saving guide.
My new travel book, ‘Barcelona Precincts’, is now available worldwide – online and at all good bookshops! “A curated guide to Barcelona’s best shops, eateries, bars and other hangouts.”
I’ve written about Mano Rota before. So have a lot of people. It’s one of my favourite restaurants in Barcelona and their new vegetarian…
My essential tips on what to see, do and eat on your first trip to Barcelona, as well as essential advice on what NOT to do.
One of Barcelona’s oldest and most important hotels located in the city centre. Its sumptuous Art Deco style, refined dining options and impressive rooftop terrace (with pool) make this one of the most romantic 4-star hotels in Barcelona.
El Born is my absolute favourite neighbourhood in Barcelona’s historic old town and Wanderbeak’s ‘Born to Eat’ food tour is the ultimate way to explore it – one mouthful at a time.
I feel like I say this all the time, but I’ll say it again anyway – Sant Antoni is my favourite barrio in Barcelona.…
Thoughts, reflections and photographs from my life in Barcelona.
The Torre Glòries skyscraper is one of Barcelona’s tallest and most iconic buildings – every bit as recognisable as the peaks of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. When…
From sandy beach boardwalks and urban cycle lanes to pine-scented mountain bike trails and family-friendly parks, there truly is something for every type of rider in Barcelona. Here are my favourite routes.
An obvious choice for travellers in search of the good life in Barcelona.
My favourite time to be in the Catalan capital…
A funky 4-star design hotel right in the heart of Barcelona, near Las Ramblas and the best of the old town. A spectacular rooftop terrace seals the deal.
Because Barcelona is one of the jolliest places to be during the holiday season!
A few of my personal favourite French restaurants in Barcelona – here’s where to go when you’ve had your fill of Spanish tapas.
I don’t usually spend my Sundays hanging around train stations, but Barcelona’s Sants Estacio is not your average train station. It’s located just at the…
I’ve been living in Sants for a couple of years now and these are what I personally consider to be the best local restaurants and tapas bars.
Explore the best photography spots in Barcelona and learn how to capture better images.
Just an hour away from Barcelona, Tarragona is a Medieval metropolis boasting 2,000 years of history, traditional tapas bars and beautiful beaches.
Experience authentic flamenco (dance and music) in a 17th century Baroque palace.
From market nibbles and bodega bites to avant-garde tapas and ‘surf & turf’ delights, the Barcelona Food Experiences tour is a delectable way to taste and understand Catalonia’s world-class cuisine.
Half an hour away from Barcelona lies one of the most romantic beach resorts in Europe. Day trip, anyone?
Interview: Discover the best of Barcelona’s independent fashion scene with Marwa and Adela from Wandermoda shopping experiences.
And it’s not just because of the eternal sunshine and blissful city beaches…
After more blackouts and fuzzy mornings than I dare admit, this is my boozy guide to the very best cocktail bars in Barcelona.
I found some old photos the other day. They were the photos I took on my very first day in Barcelona…
A must for avid footie fanatics coming to Barcelona.
I’m still in shock, mortified by what’s happened. But this is still our Barcelona. This is still our city of peace, love and joy. A city…
Four-star contemporary design within strolling distance of Barcelona city centre and Antoni Gaudí’s Modernist masterpieces.
Sizzling cabaret shows, electrifying live music performances and fascinating history, Barcelona’s El Molino theatre provides an unforgettable night out.
Actor and all-round legend Larry Lamb meets the locals in Barcelona on his Mediterranean Cruise Mates adventure.
Find quality student accommodation in Barcelona with as little fuss as possible.
Hearty home-cooking, great cocktails and lazy neighbourhood vibes, à la Sant Antoni.
Luxury living for less. Modern rooms and a glitzy rooftop bar and pool. Outstanding value for money, one of the best budget hotels in Barcelona.
Innovative Mediterranean cooking, biodynamic wines and cool-but-casual vibes in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
It’s deep summer and the atmosphere is electric as Barcelona celebrates its annual Sant Joan festival.
Fast, fun and beautifully cheap, you can see way more of Barcelona’s best sights and attractions when you’ve got Zivile and Jurgis from Rent-Scooter.com on your side.
A line in the sand that marks the shift from relatively unknown Barcelona to megastar A-lister Barcelona.
Modernist architecture, Michelin-starred dining and fascinating conversation – this is a double deluxe taste of Barcelona’s high life.
7 lucky travellers, 7 totally different Barcelona experiences. Which one would you like to relive, and who would you take with you? I’m always fascinated…
The footie fanatics from CeleBreak share their inside advice on where to play football in Barcelona and how to get involved in local games.
Highlights include unrivalled views of Barcelona, first-class dining and a spectacular indoor/outdoor pool. This is the epitome of luxury Mediterranean living.
Paddle board, surf, kitesurf or sail… you can do the lot in Barcelona! Here’s how and where!
Experience the world like a local with personalised travel itineraries created by TripUniq’s global destination experts.
Barcelona brunch expert Claudia from Coffee & Brunch reveals her top 10 brunch cafes in the Catalan capital.
Whether you want watersports and volleyball or would prefer to kick back with a cocktail in your hand, here are the very best beaches in Barcelona!
Sip your way through 3 of the best wineries in Barcelona’s famous Penedès wine region.
Discover the very best of Barcelona’s old town, palm-filled parks and city beaches with Bamboo Bike Tours. If like me you’re passionate about cycling and want to…
Devour Belgian-inspired Catalan craft beers and gourmet tapas in Barcelona’s ultra trendy Sant Antoni barrio!
The Barcelona Food Sherpa market tour and home dining experience is a dream for anyone who wants to learn about Barcelona’s cuisine and eat really,…
Barcelona is positively brimming with trendy speciality coffee shops where passionate roasters and baristas are brewing the perfect cup. Syra Coffee is one of my favourites.
One of my all-time favourite tapas bars in Barcelona, Bar Cañete offers everything you could wish for: energy, exciting tapas dishes made with quality local produce and excellent wines.
Shop for A-grade vintage fashion and homewares at Barcelona’s biggest and best vintage store!
This bright and colourful tapas bar in Raval is not only a great place to meet friends for tapas and drinks, but is also an important hub of the local community.
From boutique hotels in the city centre to hilltop retreats, these are the most romantic hotels in Barcelona for couples in need of a little quality time.
Catalan market cuisine with international ingredients and their own creative style of non-conformist cooking. Highly recommended restaurant in Barcelona’s trendy Poblesec gastro neighbourhood.
Everything you need to know about this ancient Catalan food tradition and where to eat the best calçots in and around Barcelona!
Meet travellers and fellow international students and party till sunrise at Barcelona’s best bars!
Sip Catalan craft beers, feast on hearty American food and connect with Barcelona’s international community.
Highlights from my last year of life and travel around Spain…
In Spain, Three Kings’ Day (6th January) is far more important and exciting than Christmas Day. Here’s how to celebrate it like a true Spaniard. ¡Felices Reyes!
Musings, reflections and advice based on my multiple experiences of moving from the UK to beautiful Barcelona…