I found an old hard drive recently from 2017/18 and it was like finding a wormhole back to my life in Barcelona, Spain. If you love Barcelona too, this is for you!
Category: Things to Do in Barcelona
“I tried to give them their space, but I couldn’t help photographing their Barcelona love story as it unfolded before me.”
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!
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.…
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…
My personal recommendations on the best flamenco and Catalan rumba shows 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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
My favourite time to be in the Catalan capital…
Because Barcelona is one of the jolliest places to be during the holiday season!
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…
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.
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.
A must for avid footie fanatics coming to Barcelona.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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,…
Shop for A-grade vintage fashion and homewares at Barcelona’s biggest and best vintage store!
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…
For debonaire dandies and fashion-forward quaintrelles in Barcelona.
Panoramic views across Barcelona’s Gothic skyline, from the mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea – soak up the views and capture the best photos.
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…
Celebrated every September, Barcelona’s La Mercè is the festival of all festivals. Here’s my guide to what and where to get involved.
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.
To celebrate #WorldPhotographyDay this year, I’d like to share a few photos that I took of Barcelona.
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.
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.
Experience what it’s like to tear through Barcelona like a billionaire. Unreal.
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.
With 27 museums and attractions included FREE on the Barcelona Card, you’ll save money and time as you experience the heart of Catalonia!
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
Essential insider advice on visiting Gaudi’s seminal masterpiece – La Sagrada Familia. By Barcelona blogger Ben Holbrook.
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…
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.
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…
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.…
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…
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!