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!
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.
Musings, reflections and advice based on my multiple experiences of moving from the UK to beautiful Barcelona…
Eixample Esquerra is the perfect neighbourhood for those who want to live the highlife in Barcelona.
For debonaire dandies and fashion-forward quaintrelles in Barcelona.
A foodie’s guide to eating and drinking in Barcelona during the Christmas season! Essential festive bites!
Panoramic views across Barcelona’s Gothic skyline, from the mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea – soak up the views and capture the best photos.
From the best traditional bakeries and churro stands to artisanal ice-cream parlours, here’s where to get your fix in the foodie capital of Barcelona.
Shop for big brands and indulge in rooftop dining with sweeping views at Barcelona’s bullfighting ring turned mega mall.
A story-filled exploration of Barcelona’s historic centre packed with essential bites and sights.
What you need to know before setting foot in the Catalan capital.
A boundless city of culture, architecture, art and history, there’s so much to see and do in Barcelona. Here’s how the Barcelona City Pass will save…
You could easily spend a lifetime exploring Barcelona but the good news is that its compact size and walkable layout means you can see many…
The freshest, healthiest and most delicious cold press juices and acai bowls in Barcelona.
Celebrated every September, Barcelona’s La Mercè is the festival of all festivals. Here’s my guide to what and where to get involved.
Ever wondered what the difference is between jamón serrano and jamón ibérico?
One of only three two-Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona.
Martin Ebner from Ebylife is a Scottish personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist who wants to help you reach your heath and fitness goals in Barcelona.
With FREE walking tours, bike tours and bar crawls in Barcelona, Original Europe Tours make the dazzling Catalan capital more fun and affordable than ever.
Progressive, refreshing and extraordinarily creative, Disfrutar (‘Enjoy’ in Spanish) elevates Catalan cuisine to a whole new level.
To celebrate #WorldPhotographyDay this year, I’d like to share a few photos that I took of Barcelona.
An enchanting gastro emporium housed in a 14th century palace with undulating stone arches and a delectable array of 17 speciality eateries.
Wondering what the best time of year to visit Barcelona is? Wonder no more.
Escape the crowds and enjoy a moveable Spanish feast at one of Barcelona’s very best local picnic spots.
Treat yourself to the best cheeses from Spain’s rural producers and discover a whole new world of flavour and texture.
Discover the most famous Antoni Gaudí buildings and very best Modernista architecture in Barcelona.
The Donkey Republic bike rental app makes it quicker, easier and cheaper than ever to explore Barcelona’s 200 km of designated cycle paths, leafy parks, world-class architecture and sandy beach boardwalks.
Quality coffee, beastly brunch, lunch and dinner options, as well as home-brewed craft beers, Caravelle is your go-to gastro spot at any time of day.
One of my favourite craft beer sipping spots in Barcelona.
Experience what it’s like to tear through Barcelona like a billionaire. Unreal.
Sant Antoni is the perfect neighbourhood for a foodie stay in Barcelona. Seriously!
Updated for your gastronomic pleasure in January, 2018.
The place to be for blissful brunches and caffeine-charged chinwags.
Mariachi Bar is one of Barcelona’s original clandestine bars…
Dine like a true Barcelona local with home-cooked paella and tapas treats at Chef Teresa’s home.
Classic Sail Barcelona’s boat Gemini is the perfect vessel for a relaxed and romantic sailing trip along Barcelona’s dazzling Mediterranean coast.
I’m often asked why I love Spanish food so much and my answer is always the same: “Because…
With 27 museums and attractions included FREE on the Barcelona Card, you’ll save money and time as you experience the heart of Catalonia!
Sip 10 quality wines at some of Barcelona’s best wine bars and bodegas and discover the best of Spain’s fertile vines. Highly recommended.
Located just an hour-and-a-bit up the coast from Barcelona, Salvador Dalí’s beloved hometown of Figueres makes for a surreal and sublime day-trip.
The Barcelona Eat Local food tour is the perfect way to see, eat and drink your way off the beaten track…
It’s the pirate’s life for me, with a boat trip along Barcelona’s glitzy Mediterranean coastline. It was the promise of “life on the Mediterranean” that cemented…
Real ramen and superior sushi, The Tatami Room is a serene escape from Barcelona’s boisterous tapas trail.
Whether you’re in Barcelona with friends, a loved one or alone, the Food Lovers Company food tour presents the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded travellers whilst eating all the right dishes at all the right places in Barcelona’s best neighbourhoods.
Palo Alto Market is the biggest “creative market” in Barcelona and showcases the latest trends in design, street food, culture and entertainment.
With its sweeping sea views, pine-scented trees, live music and irresistible BBQ food, it’s no surprise that La Caseta del Migdia is where the locals go to escape the crowds of the city below.
Live from Las Vegas… in Barcelona, Greg Miller’s “Rockking” production is one of the best Elvis tributes you’ll ever see.
From avant-garde design hotels to timeless temples of luxury, here is my cherry picked selection of Barcelona’s very best boutique sleeps. A premiere destination for those…
Foodies rejoice! Barcelona’s street food scene is now bulging at the seams with delicious foodie markets, but Eat Street was the one that started it…
Tucked away just a few steps off the glittering Passeig de Gràcia, this sophisticated food hall is divided into eight distinctly different dining spaces…
A collaboration between Spanish brewers Naparbier and Michelin-starred chef Miquel Aldana, this thoroughbred gastro-brewpub is a must for gourmets and beer freaks in Barcelona.
Legend has it that this ancient bar was where Barcelona’s saltiest sea dogs and wildest artists came to sip on illegal absinthe in the late 1800s.
Indulge in organic, whole-wheat heaven at this artisanal bakery in Barcelona’s old fisherman’s quarter.
Vikings and craft beer snobs rejoice! Ølgod craft beer bar brings a touch of Scandinavian sophistication to Barcelona’s bohemian Raval neighbourhood.
Free tapas when you or a drink? In Barcelona?! Yes, really! Here’s where…
The best neighbourhoods and best hostels, hotels and apartments in each. All budgets and tastes considered.
Whether you’re flexitarian, vegetarian or 100% vegan, it’s never been such an exciting time to eat in the Catalan capital.
As central as it gets! All of these cherry-picked hotels are just a gentle stroll away from Las Ramblas and the very best that the Catalan capital of cool has to offer.
From Catalan soul food perfected by between the Pyrenees and Mediterranean Sea to the latest hipster eats and traditional Spanish tapas, this is your definitive Barcelona gastro guide.
There’s no menu at this iconic market stall bar, but the dickie-bowed owner Juanito Bayen will make sure you get exactly what you need.
From candlelit Asian fusion fare to Michelin-starred Catalan cuisine, here are the most romantic restaurants in Barcelona.
It’s such “a thing” now that I consider having brunch in Barcelona an essential experience for all visitors. Here’s where >
Sheltered from the masses down one of the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine passageways, L’Arca offers an exquisite selection of antique bridal wear and high-end vintage fashion…
From the dazzling Modernista architecture and labyrinthine streets of the Gothic Quarter to the palm-filled parks, mountains and glistening beaches, this is my inside guide to the best FREE things to see and do in Barcelona.
Words and photos by Ben Holbrook.
Moving to Barcelona and finding my dream home, becoming a full-time travel writer and travelling across Spain and Portugal… the last year has been one hell of a ride. Whether you need a little inspiration for the new year or you just feeling nosey, this is the post for you.
A Barcelona Must-See: Lazy palm trees and sprightly water fountains, Parc de la Cuitadella is one of Barcelona’s most revitalising green spaces.
Housed in a five-star eco resort just 30 minutes outside of Barcelona is one of Europe’s most sensational spa experiences…
The start of Barcelona’s coffee to-go revolution…
Brunch, lunch, dinner or just coffee… Barcelona never had it so good!
From traditional tapas bars to lavish restaurants, sushi joints and gourmet burgers, here are my personal recommendations…
Great news for the quiet Barcelona neighbourhood of Sants, and even better news for beer lovers.
Just the right amount of raunchy and full of whole-hearted laughs, El Molino’s Cabaret Experience is everything you could wish for from an authentic cabaret show.
Food tour guide Renée Christensen from Devour Barcelona Food Tours reveals her personal favourite foodie spots in Barcelona.
This is what Barcelona is really like in September…
Sip on the best craft beers from Catalonia, Belgium, Italy, Britain, Germany, USA and beyond, right in the heart of Barcelona’s chic Eixmaple barrio.
Experience Barcelona’s best nightlife, cultural attractions, shopping and beaches on a budget.
From backstreet dives to beachfront beauties, here are my favourite places to drink vermouth in Barcelona.
It’s taken me some serious slurping hours and countless blurry mornings, but here is my essential guide to the best craft beer bars in Barcelona. Updated 08/07/17
Located right next to Paral-lel metro stop, La Confitería bar is one of Barcelona’s best spots for vermouth aperitifs and pre-theatre gin and tonics.
Essential insider advice on visiting Gaudi’s seminal masterpiece – La Sagrada Familia. By Barcelona blogger Ben Holbrook.
Local blogger Ben Holbrook shares his inside tips on Barcelona’s most opulent and sumptuous luxury hotels. Prepare to be dazzled.
The latest brewpub to grace Barcelona’s booming craft beer scene… The Stones jangle through the air, the twang of Richards’ sping-spangled licks piercing the honk of bearded…
Stumbling distance from Barcelona’s vibrant city beach and the luminous Mediterranean Sea, here’s where you NEED to eat. By Ben Holbrook.
Manolete is the perfect place for a lazy lunch or a boozy pre-fiesta dinner in Barcelona.
Live like the gods and experience superior relaxation at Barcelona’s sumptuous Arab baths
Forget sangria, in Barcelona it’s all about the life-enhancing, sparkling beauty of cava. The Penedès wine region is located less than an hour outside of Barcelona and…
For exhilarating mountain views over Catalunya and a true taste of the region’s wine and food, this Montserrat and Pla del Bages vineyard tour near Barcelona…
Ultra-hip yet totally down to earth, the Militello brothers at Bro Grill & Bread knock out Argentinian happy food that will change your life forever. The Vibe From…
I recently met up with Alex Lazarowicz from Barna-Brew, one of Barcelona’s newest and most exciting craft beer brands, to talk about his Brussels-Barcelona beer…
Serving up a wholesome dollop of vintage Americana, Brunch & Cake is quite literally putting brunch on the map in Barcelona. And it’s about damn time……
I was lucky enough to be invited along on one of Devour Barcelona’s first food tours here in Barcelona. As the sister company of the wildly successful Madrid Food Tour, my hopes were high. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed…
I’ve always thought that the best way to get acquainted with a new culture is to study its cuisine. And wandering through the enchanting streets of Gracia, Barcelona’s darling neighbourhood, eating and drinking … well, that’s the kind of studying you can do all day long!
Whether you’re visiting Barcelona for the first time and want to get off the beaten path, or you live here full-time and are looking for a fresh perspective, Devour Barcelona Food Tours are a delectable and intriguing way to do it. Read on to find out why.
1. Because Who Doesn’t Enjoy a Champagne Breakfast?
OK, OK, in Spain it’s called cava and not champagne, but it’s actually the same decadent drink of your dreams. In fact, Catalunya produces the bulk of the world’s cava, and here in Barcelona, when it’s served with a few sliced butifarra (Catalan sausages) in an oven-warm baguette, it is pure and unadulterated pleasure.
Tucked away on a sunny backstreet in the charming neighbourhood of Gracia, you’ll find La Vermutería del Tano: a time warp and one of Barcelona’s…
Dive into the many different sides of Barcelona and discover what makes it one of the most dynamic cities on the planet. 1. It’s Fast and…
When I moved to Barcelona, it was because I wanted to live on the Mediterranean Sea, but it didn’t take long to realise that Barcelona has so much…
This post shows you exactly how I spent my 30th birthday weekend in Barcelona and provides you with my personal recommendations so you can do the same.…
During the first year that I lived in Barcelona I lived off only €800 per month, and that had to cover all of my living…
After more nights of debauchery than I care to remember, this is my inside guide to the very best bars and nightclubs in Barcelona! It’s time to go loco…
UPDATE: I moved back to Barcelona! Click here to see my latest guide to the best restaurants and tapas bars in Barcelona! As much as…
Written for FromBarcelona.com > Original post available here For those of us who have spent an extended period in Barcelona, the city never really leaves…
After living in Barcelona for 5 years I have compiled a list of my “Best Things to do in Barcelona”! It’s fun, grimy and ESSENTIAL!
Liya is a friend of mine from Barcelona, she’s always out taking pictures of the city and I wanted to share them with you. This…