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Much of the attraction of Barcelona is the city’s wide range of sights. The architect, the design nerd, the football fan, the art historian, the city planner—there is something for all of them in the most self-assured city on the Mediterranean. A visit to Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Calvet is a must when visiting Barcelona.
Camp Nou

FC Barcelona is much more than just a football club. Sometimes it feels as if it carries the whole nation’s pride on its shoulders. Even those not interested in football will enjoy a visit. One reason is the large number of well-dressed spectators, another the masterful architecture of the arena.

​Address: Carrer d'Aristides Maillol, 12, Barcelona​Phone: +34 902 18 99 00​Website: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/camp-nou
Steel Donkey Bike Tour

Steel Donkey Bike Tours are the first and only alternative bike rides in Barcelona. Unlike with standard bike tours of the city, you won’t simply be learning about Barcelona you’ll be living it too…

​Phone: 0034 657 286 854​Website: http://www.steeldonkeybiketours.com
Barcelona Bus Turistic

The Bus Turistic is the offical hop on - hop off bus and probably the best way to explore the city on your own. There are one-day and two-day tickets for unlimited use on all three routes (44 stops). Ticket prices: Adults - 27€/35€ (1day/2days), Children - 16€/20€ (1day/2days) Child discounts apply from 4-12 years If you buy the tickets online in advance you will save 10%! With the printed ticket voucher you can hop on the bus right away at any stop.

​Website: http://www.barcelona-bus-turistic.com​Opening hours: 09hrs to 19hrs, in summer until 20.00hrs
Barcelona City Tour

The open red double deckers of Barcelona City Tour offer two routes with 35 stops close to all major tourist attractions, an audio-guide and a discount booklet. Tickets allow for unlimited use of the buses on the booked days. Prices: Adults - 27€/35€ (1day/2days), Children (4 to 12 years) - 16€/20€ (1day/2days), Seniors (+65 years) - 22€/27€ (1day/2days) Buy the tickets online to save 10% and board the bus at any stop with the printed voucher.

​Website: http://www.barcelona-city-tour.com​Opening hours: 09hrs to 19hrs, in summer until 20.00hrs
Casa Milà, La Pedrera

If you don’t have time to visit all of Gaudi’s landmarks, be sure to see this one and the Gaudi museum. In the summer time you can also enjoy a refreshing drink on the rooftop. The decorations here must have inspired George Lucas and his Star Wars movies.

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia 92, Barcelona​Phone: +34 902 202 138​Website: http://www.lapedrera.com

Leave the busy streets behind you for a moment and visit Barcelona’s museum of modern art. MACBA is short for Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona and here you find Spanish and Catalonian art from the 20th century.

​Address: Plaça dels Àngels, 1, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 412 08 10​Website: http://www.macba.es
Palau de la Música Catalana

This sublime concert hall designed by Domènech i Montaner a hundred years ago is not quite as wacky as some of Gaudi’s architecture. It is actually more representative of Modernism. The Palace of Catalan Music not only pays tribute to the musical heritage of the Catalans but to all music—as well as beauty, colour and joy.

​Address: C/ Palau de la Música 4-6, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 295 72 00​Website: http://www.palaumusica.orgSubway: Urquinaona
Santa Maria del Mar

Barcelona’s most beautiful church is probably the best existing example of the Catalonian Gothic, with a cleaner style than normally associated with Gothic architecture. The church has a wonderful feeling of spaciousness and weightlessness emphasized by slender pillars and very sparsely decorated chapels.

​Address: Plaça de Santa Maria 1, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 102 390Subway: Jaume I
L’Aquarium de Barcelona

The sharks are the stars at this Mediterranean themed aquarium, but you will be able to see almost all different kinds of water species here. L’Aquàrium is situated at the end of Las Ramblas and is very close to the city centre.

​Address: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 217 474​Website: http://www.aquariumbcn.com
Picasso Museum

The Picasso Museum has one of the most extensive art collections by the 20th century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The permanent collections stands for more than 3,800 works and this is one of the most popular and most visited museums in Barcelona.

​Address: Montcada, 15, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 563 000​Website: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.es
Maritime Museum

This is a ship museum with the largest shipyard in the world. Inside you will find reproductions of boats and maritime objects from different historic periods. They also have activities and workshops for children in the age of 3-12 years.

​Address: Avinguda de les Drassanes, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 429 920​Website: http://www.mmb.cat
Chocolate Museum

If you like chocolate then you should visit this delicious museum. Here you will find out the history of chocolate from the discovery of cocoa beans by the New World explorers to present time. When visiting the museum you should of course do some tastings of local varieties (hazelnut, pecan, mint etc.). They also offer workshops for children and adults.

​Address: Carrer Comerç, 36, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 687 878​Website: http://www.museuxocolata.cat
Open Air Cinema

During the summer months July and August the Montjuïc castle transforms the moat into an outdoor cinema. Come before the movie starts and enjoy live music such as fado, nova and flamenco.

​Address: Sala Montjuïc, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 302 3553 ​Website: http://www.salamontjuic.org

This town, only 35 km south of Barcelona, is a popular day trip destination for the visitors of Barcelona. Come here to have a lazy day on the beach or stroll in the cosy town. You will find trendy shops, beautiful sights and delightful restaurants. If you choose to stay overnight do not miss the well-reputed nightlife.

​Address: Sitges​More info: Trains leave every fifteen minute from Barcelona train station
Wine and Cava Tour

The area of Catalonia produce more than 380 million bottles of wine and Cava per year and Barcelona plays a big part in the Catalan wine industry. From the city there are a selection of different wine tours just for a day or overnight. At vineyards not too far from the city you will have the opportunity to see how the wines are made and of course to taste them.

​Website: http://www.foodwinetours.com
Park Güell

In this park with stunning views over the city you can admire several impeccable works of Gaudi. Actually, the entire park is designed by the artist himself. Statues and buildings in different colours and shapes stand side by side and the park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

​Address: Carrer d'Olot, s/n, Barcelona​Phone: +34 902 20 03 02​Website: http://www.parkguell.cat
Ciutadella Park

This park is situated close to the port and provides a relaxing oasis for the inhabitants and also tourists that need some greenery. Here you find sporting facilities, a lake and a waterfall, sculptures and also some important sights in the city, the Catalan Parliament building and the Barcelona Zoo for instance.

​Address: Passeig de Picasso, 21, Barcelona​Phone: +34 638 23 71 15
Gothic Quarter

Lose yourself in the narrow, winding pebbled streets in this old and historic quarter. Here are beautiful squares with charming cafés and superb restaurants so if you need to have a break there are plenty of places to choose from.

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The easiest thing is to divide Barcelona’s overwhelming range of restaurants into two parts: the new and the old. Some of the world’s most modern restaurants, managed by the world’s most innovative chefs (the most famous is Ferrán Adrià) can be found here, but there is also traditional Catalonian cuisine which despite being heavy on occasion, includes very good vegetable dishes (samfaina, a kind of ratatouille, escalivada, grilled, peeled peppers, aubergines and onions espinacs a la catalan, spinach fried with garlic, pine nuts and raisins). Best known is the simple rustic pa amb tomàquet: a slice of bread with olive oil, salt and freshly crushed tomatoes. "The new ones" in particular may be expensive, but many of the best known chefs’ apprentices have now opened their own lower-priced restaurants. Generally speaking, "the old ones" provide better value for money, although even the traditional restaurants know how to charge. You should always reserve a table in Barcelona. Dinner is not served until 21.00.
Cal Pep

Cal Pep is a very popular tapas bar and restaurant. It is best to jostle your way to the bar and let Pep himself recommend the best hors d’oeuvres. Otherwise, there are also tables and a quieter dining room further in. Offered is a mixture of traditional and innovative cooking.

​Address: Plaça de les Olles 8, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 107 961​Website: http://www.calpep.comSubway: Barceloneta
Cafè de l’Acadèmia

At Cafè de l’Acadèmia guests can enjoy slightly updated Catalonian cuisine in an attractive open-air restaurant or in the cool, natural stone walled interior. At lunchtime it is full of officials from the adjacent Town Hall and regional government buildings.

​Address: Calle Lledo, 1, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 198 253Subway: Jaume I

Alchemy, something along those lines is what they do, all those Spanish chefs. Here is Jordi Villa who has been awarded for his new interpretations of Spanish classics and his own innovations—what would you say to tuna slivers on a bed of mustard foam? Book well in advance to make sure you get a seat.

​Address: Carrer de la Indústria, 79, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 076 115​Website: http://www.alkimia.cat​More info: Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Do not accept American ExpressSubway: Sagrada Família

Salero offers elegant fusion in an almost completely white space. A typical Salero dish is tuna with spinach and konbu, Japanese seaweed. If you decide to dine here, have an aperitif at one of the bars in the Borh district.

​Address: Carrer Rec, 60, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 198 022​Website: http://www.restaurantesalero.com
7 Portes

"The Seven Doors" has been in business since 1836, and still has its original modernism interior—dark wood and tiles. However, eating here is far from stodgy. It is usually full of people enjoying traditional Catalan cooking. Try the crema catalana, the Catalan version of crème caramel, it’s considered to be the best in Barcelona.

​Address: Passeig d´Isabel II 14, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 193 033​Website: http://www.7portes.com
Casa Leopoldo

Sample Old Barcelona—both in terms of interior and the menu, which is rich in traditional fish and seafood dishes. Montalban, the city’s own literary commentator, crime novelist and gourmet, used to be regulars here.

​Address: Carrer de Sant Rafael, 24, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 413 014​Website: http://www.casaleopoldo.com
Tapas Bars

Spend an evening sampling the now world famous tapas dishes. Start with some nice traditional tapas combined with modern flavour at My way, on Calle Heures 6-1. Finish at Xampanyet, on Calle Montcada 22, with the anchovy banderilla and smoked tuna with goat’s cheese.

​Address: Carrer Heures 4-10, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 125 279 / +34 933 197 003​Website: http://www.restaurantemyway.com
Montjuic el Xalet

In the middle of Montjuïc mountain, in a fully restored building, you will find the fine dining restaurant Montjuïc el Xalet. Here you can enjoy Valencian specialities as well as a magnificent view of Barcelona while surrounded by natural open spaces.

​Address: Avinguda de Miramar, 31, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 324 92 70​Website: http://www.gruptravi.com
4 Gats

4 Gats offers delicious Catalan food and a charming atmosphere, as well as a piece of history. The restaurant was founded in 1987 by waiter Pere Romeu, inspired by “Le chat Noir” in Paris, where Romeu previously worked. Picasso’s fans will be thrilled to know that the artist used to spend much time in the 4 Gats during his youth and had his first exhibition in the great room.

​Address: Carrer de Montsió, 3, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 024 140​Website: http://www.4gats.com
La Biblioteca Gourmande

La Biblioteca Gourmande is a cosy restaurant with an open kitchen which offer you Mediterranean food to a reasonable price. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

​Address: Carrer Junta de Comerç 28, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 126 221​Website: http://www.labibliotecagourmande.com​Opening hours: Closed on Sundays
Con Gracia

Con Gracia is rather famous for their tasty "surprise menu", which contains seven courses of Mediterranean flavours with some Asian twists. It is a luxurious yet laid back restaurant boasting excellent cuisine and friendly service.

​Address: Carrer de Martínez de la Rosa, 8, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 38 02 01​Website: http://www.congracia.es​More info: Closed Sunday and Monday
Parrilla Alfonsina

Parrilla Alfonsina claims to be an "authentic Argentinian casa de comidas" and their huge steaks sure have been appreciated. Along with your prime meat you can enjoy home made fresh pasta as well as friendly and helpful service.

​Address: Carrer de la Diputación, 379, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93246 9168​Website: http://www.parrillaalfonsina.com
Restaurant Montiel

Restaurant Montiel has a knack for combining excellent food with the best wine. Memorable flavours as well as high quality service makes this a popular venue despite the somewhat higher prices.

​Address: Carrer Flassaders, 19, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 683 729​Website: http://www.grupmontiel.com

Osmosis is a restaurant that prepare market cuisine, using the best products and changing their courses every week. They offer a tasting menu that is very popular and are known for high quality and excellent service.

​Address: Carrer Aribau, 100, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 54 52 01​Website: http://www.restauranteosmosis.com​More info: Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Restaurant PLA has been around since 1998 and is still very much a great option when it comes to a romantic candlelit dinner. The ambiance is intimate and the menu holds mostly Mediterranean cuisine.

​Address: Carrer Bellafila, 5, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 12 65 52​Website: http://www.elpla.cat

This hidden gem will satisfy both your taste buds and eyes. In a trendy but still casual atmosphere, friendly waiters serve spectacular and delicious dishes. The philosophy of the restaurant is to make creative gastronomy from seasonal products to reasonable prices.

​Address: Carrer de la Fusina, 5, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 19 62 50​Website: http://www.llamber.com
Restaurante Carmesí

Restaurante Carmesí is a charming restaurant, away from the tourist districts. The décor is quite simple but the traditional Spanish food is delicious. This restaurant is most visited by locals and the prices are low.

​Address: Carrer de Blai, 28, Barcelona​Phone: +34 659 04 83 94
Barcelona’s café culture is half Italian, and comes with its own set of simple rules. Café con leche (café amb llet in Catalan) is for breakfast, preferably with a croissant. Mid-day, especially after a meal, the locals have an espresso, café solo (un café) or a cortado (un tallat), which is an espresso with milk. Café Americano is what some would call watered down versions of the two first coffees. In the afternoon, or after dinner, order a café solo corto, a strong espresso, or a carajillo—a café solo with Spanish brandy.
Café Zürich

Zürich is one of Barcelona’s prime gathering spots, which makes it perfect for people watching. The kissing greetings and checking of wristwatches for that late date never seems to stop. You will be asked to settle your bill when your coffee arrives. That way, you can leave when you want.

​Address: Plaça Catalunya, 1, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 17 91 53
Cafè de l´Òpera

The location of this café is perfect, since it is situated on one of the busiest streets in the city. La Rambla is a beautiful boulevard and many of the street merchants come here.

​Address: La Rambla, 74, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 177 585​Website: http://www.cafeoperabcn.com

The Ambar Café is a restaurant and coffee bar situated next the Rambla de Rival. Whether you choose to sit on the velvet couches inside or on the outside patio to enjoy the live music nearby, this is a great experience. They serve breakfast, lunch and snacks.

​Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 77, Barcelona​Phone: +34 +34 615 08 68 65
El Bosc de las Fades

This unique café is featured by the same people responsible for Museo de Cera (The Wax Museum), which by the way is right next door. This is an unusual environment, where you will be inside an enchanted forest, surrounded by fairy tale creatures such as gnomes and fairies.

​Address: Pasaje de la Banca, 5, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 317 26 49​Website: http://www.museocerabcn.com
Xarcutería Xaloc

Part café, part restaurant, this place specializes in top notch Catalan and Spanish ham, meat, cheese and wine. Try the tapas or the carpaccio!

​Address: Carrer de la Palla, 13, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 301 1990​Website: http://www.xalocrestaurant.com
Barcelona stays awake while the rest of Europe sleeps! Nightlife starts late, preferably at a bar. Spaniards believe it’s smart to eat while drinking, so most bars also serve tapas. Barcelona’s trendy nightlife is in a constant state of change so the best advice is to ask around for the latest and greatest places, especially in fashion and record shops, or to approach people who you think might know.

Have a drink enjoying the city’s most expansive view from the slopes of Tibidabo. Sit down either on the terrace or behind the wall-to-wall picture windows. After the worm’s-eye view from Barri Gòtic or El Born, it can feel good to have Barcelona at your feet.

​Address: Carrer de Manuel Arnús, 2, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 340 035​Website: http://www.mirabe.com
La Vinya del Senyor

La Vinya del Senyor is still the best place to sample wine in Barcelona with its location opposite the beautiful church of Santa Maria del Mar. The open-air restaurant in the church square has a great range of good wines and an excellent tapas menu.

​Address: Plaza Santa Maria, 5, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 103 379

Schilling is a friendly, fairly intellectual place, close to La Rambla and Barrí Gotic. If you walk around the Barrí Gotic you will most certainly walk pass it a couple of times.

​Address: Carrer Ferran, 23, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 176 787​Website: http://www.cafeschilling.com
Otto Zutz

Otto Zutz is a well-established nightclub with three levels accommodated in a former factory. It is spacious and airy and a good place to dance when the music is right.

​Address: Carrer de Lincoln, 15, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 380 722​Website: http://www.ottozutz.com
Sala Razzmatazz

This is a trendy club with several dance floors and very good underground house music. Do not forget to check the programme before going, they have different events every night.

​Address: Carrer Pamplona, 88, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 20 82 00​Website: http://www.salarazzmatazz.com
Bar Marfil

Bar Marfil claims to have the best sushi and most exclusive cocktails in the area of Paseo de Gracia. Here you are offered food, drinks and a trendy atmosphere. The bar was designed by famous interior designer Kelly Hoppen and has a sober and sensual ambience. This is the perfect spot for a drink before a night of clubbing.

​Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 104, Barcelona​Phone: +34 935 500 600​Website: http://www.murmuri.com/en/bar-marfil.php​More info: Located inside Murmuri Hotel
Sala Apolo

Sala Apolo is made up by two different clubs, Apolo 1 and Apolo 2. Both of them offer live music by new artists in different genres until midnight and after that DJ's hit the dance floor. The place is relaxed and attracts a young crowd, mixed of tourists and locals.

​Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 41 40 01​Website: http://www.sala-apolo.com
Marula Café

If you prefer old school music, an elegant setting and a more adult crowd, Marula Café is the place to go. This large club with bars and a dance floor to let it all out on is located in the old town, a location that results in a mixed international crowd.

​Address: Carrer dels Escudellers, 49, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 18 76 90​Website: http://www.marulacafe.com
Cabaret Berlin

At Cabaret Berlin guests can revel in the mystical and magical atmosphere a cabaret brings. Red velvet sofas, mirrors and dimmed lightening and of course artists and live music in combination with DJ's and a dancing crowd, you will find it all here.

​Address: Carrer de Bailèn, 22, Barcelona​Phone: +34 600 517 865 / +34 934 815 191​Website: http://www.carlitosgroup.com
Sidecar Factory Club

A night at this rocking club tends to leave its visitors memories of their best night ever. This is a place of fun and craziness and the guests coming here are ready for the time of their life. It features a mix of live performances and DJ's playing music, mainly rock, indie and punk.

​Address: Plaça Reial, 7, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 02 15 86​Website: http://www.sidecarfactoryclub.com
Magic Club

This rock club, located in the old town close to other bars and nightclubs, has been around since 1976 and still attracts a large crowd. It features two dance floors and is open to 6 am so prepare yourself for long night out.

​Address: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig Picaso, 40, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 10 72 67​Website: http://www.magic-club.net

At BeCool the night starts with live performances by local stars or upcoming international bands to then open up the dance floor for the party people. Visual effects accompany the pumping techno on the main floor and in the Red Room, upstairs indie pop rock gather another type of crowd.

​Address: Plaça de Joan Llongueras, 5, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 62 04 13​Website: http://www.salabecool.com
La Terrrazza

Barcelona has plenty of warm summer nights, and why go inside to dance the night away? La Terrrazza was the first club in the city to combine house music á la Ibiza with an outdoor dance floor and club. Come here to join the happy and sweaty crowd.

​Address: Avinguda del Marquès de Comillas, 13, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 72 49 80​Website: http://www.laterrrazza.com

If jazz music is your favourite do not miss Jamboree Club at Plaça Reial. This is the city's landmark in this genre and host live performances on a regular basis. Famous musicians like Dexter Gordon, Lou Bennet and Bill Coleman have all played at the basement scene here.

​Address: Plaça Reial, 17, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 04 12 10​Website: http://www.jamboreejazz.com

Carpe Diem Lounge Club is the place to go to see and be seen. You find this busy and funky club by the beach front and here you can hang out with the party-seeking jet set audience. Private tables by the dance floor shows who has the money to spend.

​Address: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 32, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 24 04 70​Website: http://www.cdlcbarcelona.com

Ginger Bar offers both a cocktail bar and a wine bar so whatever you prefer to drink, you find a good quality selection of it here. It is located right in the old quarter and its retro atmosphere and interior reflects the outside.

​Address: Palma de Sant Just,, 1, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 10 53 09​Website: http://www.ginger.cat
Dry Martini Speakeasy

This classy bar is said to be one of the best bars in the world. Well-dressed and discreet bartenders serve perfectly made cocktails to the guests and when it comes to the Dry Martini cocktail they have made over a million of them here.

​Address: Aribau, 162 - 166, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 17 50 80​Website: http://www.speakeasy-bcn.com
Semon 9 Night

The owner of this place is a true entrepreneur. Except Semon 9 Night, that focus on a more adult clientèle in search of a fun but yet mature bar to sip a cocktail with their friends, they also run a deli shop with catering services, three restaurants and also working on establishing the brand in Madrid.

​Address: Carrer de Santa Fe de Nou Mèxic, 15, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 01 55 07​Website: http://www.semon.es
Cocteleria Tahití

If you like your drinks fruity and exotic, head to Cocteleria Tahití. Here the drink list include Mojito and other rum-based cocktails. If you rather drink something without alcohol try one of their smoothies.

​Address: Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 39, Barcelona​Website: http://www.bartahiti.wordpress.com
Can Paixano

This garage-like bar is one of the most popular places to stop at for a glass of Cava and some tapas on the way back home after a day at the beach. Be prepared to squeeze yourself into the crowd and it might be a bit bustling but it is worth it. The cava costs approx. only 1€ per glass and the tapas are delicious.

​Address: Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 310 08 39​Website: http://www.canpaixano.com
Shopping in Barcelona offers lots of interesting browsing. Unusual shops can be found in most parts of the city, but those who want to be efficient should focus on Placa Catalunya and Barri Gotic. The amusing and gigantic department store El Corte Ingles is located by Placa Catalunya. Come here for the wares, but also for the people. Across the street is El Triangle, a grotesquely large shopping palace with a good perfumery and a Camper shoe store. Calle Avinyó, in Barrí Gotic, is possibly Barcelona’s most interesting shopping street. This is where Z is located, the crazy interior store selling both kitsch and comical trinkets. Other fun stores include street fashion store Soda, Angel Gimeno specializing in trendy shirts for men, and Loft Avignon, which caters to the more sophisticated set. Herborista del Rei in Barrí Gotic, is the best choice for herbs and spices. Visiting the La Boquería, half way down La Rambla, is something of a must. This covered market provides everything when it comes to food and the place is also popular for a lunch or a refreshing glass of cava. The El Born district is also a good place to shop for food. Casa Gispert offers coffee, dried nuts and fruits and Tot Formatge is one of Barcelona’s best-stocked cheese shops. For serious fashion shopping, make your way to Passeig de Gràcia, the parallel street, Rambla de Catalunya, and the surrounding district. You will find all the big international fashion names here, including Spanish greats such as Adolfo Domínguez, Armand Basi, Groc and the leather specialist Loewe. More economic alternatives such as Zara, Mango and Massimo Dutti are also represented. You can also find a good selection of trend-conscious designer fashions at Noténom.
La Roca Village

In the style of a traditional Catalan town, La Roca Village is an exclusive outlet shopping destination, 40 minutes from Barcelona, on the road to the Costa Brava. Discover savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price of revered Spanish and international brands.

​Address: La Roca del Vallès, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 842 39 39
L’illa Diagonal

This is an oval shopping centre drawn by Rafael Meneo, with over 130 shops. Many of the large international chains are represented, e.g. FNAC, Decathlon, Zara, Mango, Benetton, Diesel and Camper. Right at the bottom there is a fresh market and the grocery giant, Caprabo.

​Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 440 009​Website: http://www.lilla.comSubway: Maria Cristina
El Corte Inglés

Spain’s department store colossus is both loved and hated, but successfully performs the main task of the department store, which is to offer most things to most people. Designer fashions, their own low and medium-priced lines, enormous perfumery and make-up departments, leather goods in all price ranges, toys, children’s clothes, art materials, food and delicatessen, home furnishing devices, garden furniture, a tobacco department with humidors etc. However, the best thing about El Corte Inglés is the service. The staff is always friendly and helpful, garments are shortened and taken in at no cost and without a murmur. And the customer has the unlimited right of return upon production of a receipt. This sells.

​Address: Plaça Catalunya, 14, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 06 38 00​Website: http://www.elcorteingles.esSubway: Catalunya
El Triangle

El Triangle is another shopping palace on Plaza de Cataluña. They feature a good perfumery and Spanish brands like Camper, Desigual and Massimo Dutti. When you are in need of a quick snack, the sandwich chain Subway sells tasty baguettes.

​Address: Plaza de Cataluña, 1-4, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 18 01 08​Website: http://www.eltriangle.es
Loft Avignon

With all the right labels, Loft Avignon attracts trendy men and women looking for the latest cool fashion. Shirts, trousers and blouses from brands like Vivienne Westwood, Diesel and Helmut Lang are found here and the stylish designed shop tempt the customers to open their wallets.

​Address: Carrer de Muntaner, 99, Barcelona​Phone: +34 931 05 39 19
Herborista del Rei

Herborista del Rei, in Barrí Gotic, is the best choice for herbs and spices. The store has been here since 1823, and provides a somewhat odd experience. They also offer a wide selection of ecological wines and olive oils.

​Address: Calle del Vidre 1, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 180 512
La Boqueria

This covered market, half way down La Rambla, is something of a must. The fishmongers deserve most attention—their selection of mussels, seafood, and shellfish is overwhelming. Stop by Petràs Fruits del Bosc for the best mushrooms in town. Then sample the fresh baby octopus with garlic and parsley with a glass of cava at the El Quim or Pinotxo bars.

​Address: Rambla, 91, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 18 25 84​Website: http://www.boqueria.info
Casa Gispert

Casa Gispert is located on one of the long sides of the Santa Maria del Mar church. This store has devoted itself to roasting coffee since 1851. Dried nuts and fruit, cocoa, spices and mushrooms are also sold here.

​Address: Sombrerers, 23, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 19 75 35​Website: http://www.casagispert.com
Tot Formatge

This is one of Barcelona’s best-stocked cheese shops with both Spanish and foreign varieties. Revel in the smell and taste of all different kinds of cheese such as Manchego, Gouda, Cheddar and Camembert.

​Address: Passeig del Born, 13, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 19 53 75

In 1981, Camper opened its first store in Barcelona, today here are several boutiques and you will find one on almost every shopping street. The shoes are known for being extraordinary comfortable but still stylish and they come for both men, women and kids.

​Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 122, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 17 23 84​Website: http://www.camper.com
Adolfo Domínguez

The history of this Spanish brand has its roots way back to the 1950's but the first Barcelona Adolfo Domínguez store opened in 1985. Today there are shops all over Spain and also worldwide. The clothes, bags and shoes designed by Adolfo Domínguez are stylish and elegant and there are collections for both men and women and kids.

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 32, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 87 41 70​Website: http://www.adolfodominguezshop.com
Armand Basi

Right on Passeig de Gràcia you find the flagship store of Armand Basi, another Spanish brand. It has been around since 1987 and today the collections, with bright colours and edgy cuts, though still sleek and sophisticated, attract an urban and elegant young audience of both men and women.

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 49, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 15 14 21​Website: http://www.armandbasi.com

In a beautiful Art Nouveau building on the shopping street of Passeig de Gràcia, the luxurious Loewe is located. For more than 150 years, Loewe has provided men and women with luxurious well-tailored fashion and leather goods. This is the flagship store and it offers a VIP area with personal shoppers for those who need.

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 35, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 16 04 00​Website: http://www.loewe.com

This world famous brand soon has a store in every mid-size town and in Barcelona you find several outlets. Here you find the latest fashion for men, women and children, everything from street wear to the more up-dressed look.

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 16, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 18 76 75​Website: http://www.zara.com

At Mango, the urban young woman finds everything from sleek work-wear to the fabulous cocktail dress to reasonable prices. Match your new outfit with the perfect shoes and accessories that you also find here. There are several shops across the city and one of them is located on:

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 65, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 15 75 30​Website: http://www.mango.com
Massimo Dutti

Massimo Dutti has its focus on sophisticated business wear for both men and women. They are famous for their classic and elegant clothes and accessories made of high quality fabrics and leather, but still to affordable prices.

​Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 609, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 12 01 05​Website: http://www.massimodutti.com

Featuring labels like D-Squared, Filippa K, Seé by Chloé, Comme des Garçons and Sonia Rykiel, this trendy boutique provides its customers with the latest urban fashion. The shop has a sober interior and let all focus lie on the clothes.

​Address: Pau Claris, 159, Barcelona​Phone: +34 934 87 60 84​Website: http://www.notenom.com
Gonzalo Comella

This is a Barcelona institution in the world of fashion. The family run chain has been in existence for more than a century, with a wide selection of designer fashions. Here you find brands such as Marc Jacobs, Prada, Calvin Klein and Gucci.

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia 6, Barcelona​Phone: +34 93 416 1516

This home furnishings department store with cult status lies next to Gaudís Pedrera at Passeig de Gràcia. This large shop with two floors features design furniture, art and products and here is the perfect place to find that memorable gift for someone you care about.

​Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 96, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 15 60 50​Website: http://www.vincon.com
Colmado Quilez

Colmada Quilez also has cult status. This is Barcelona’s most famous food shop with thousands of tinned products, dried goods, and bottles on shelves that run from floor to ceiling all the way round the shop walls. There is an enormous range of wines and spirits. There is also cheese and a delicatessen, and you are served at the counter by male assistants in striped overalls.

​Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 63, Barcelona​Phone: +34 932 15 23 56​Website: http://www.lafuente.es

In the same genre as Mango and Zara you find Stradivarius. Racks with the latest fashion wear, together with high heels, ballerinas, scarves and accessories fill the shop and if you don't find your size, don't worry there are several outlets in the city.

​Address: Calle Pelai, 30, Barcelona​Phone: +34 933 17 53 55​Website: http://www.stradivarius.com
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Barcelona El Prat AirportGirona-Costa Brava Airport

Aeropuerto de Barcelona (BCN), Barcelona’s airport, is located 13 km southwest from the city centre. Several bus companies serve the different terminals every 5 minutes before leaving for the city’s centrally located Plaza de Catalunya Square. A single ticket with the Aerobus costs €6 and it takes about 35 minutes to the city. Local trains leave for Barcelona every 30 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes to the city centre and a ticket costs approx. €4. Taxicabs are available just outside the terminals. Price is set by taximeter and depends on traffic and day and time. The average price is around €30-35.

​Address: Barcelona El Prat Airport​Phone: +34 91 321 10 00​Website: http://www.aena.es / http://www.barcelona-airport.com / http://www.emt-amb.com / http://www.sagales.com​More info: Prices updated April 2014

Girona airport lies about 100 km from the centre of Barcelona, there are three ways of getting between the two places. Buses will take you to Estacio d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord. They departure on a schedule based on the flights arrival times. The price for a a single ticket starts at €16. A taxi to Barcelona city centre costs approx. €125 so a better option might be to stay overnight at Girona and travel by bus the next day. There are also trains to and from Barcelona, but then you also have to organize transport between the centre of Girona and the airport.

​Address: Vilobi de Onyar. Girona​Phone: +34 91 321 10 00​Website: http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es / http://www.gironacatalunya.cat​More info: Prices updated April 2014
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