Welcome to a city more exquisite, more idiosyncratic, more bold, and more fun than you ever thought a city could be.
Benvolgut a Barcelona! There’s a whole lot more here than Gaudí’s architecture and the incredible clubs, and Let’s Go will show you the way—at the end of the day, you’ve always got Gaudí and the clubs to fall back on.
You’ll find that the locals consider themselves Catalan first and Spanish a distant second. Barcelona is quite proud of its Catalan culture and language, which is the default and which you’ll probably hear much more frequently than castellano. Everybody in Catalonia speaks Spanish—they just generally prefer not to—and even if your Spanish-language skills don’t extend beyond hola and cerveza, you’ll get by just fine.
Whether you’re strolling through the broad tree-and-modernista-building-lined avenues of l’Eixample by day, bar-hopping beneath the walls of Gothic churches of the Ciutat Vella at night, or napping off that hangover in one of Gràcia’s shady plazas, if you take a second to look around you’ll be mesmerized by the city’s ubiquitous charm. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a beach? Save it for last, because once you head to the beach, you’ll never see anything else.
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The Barcelona Top 5
The projected completion date is 2036, but we wouldn’t bet on it.
Arc de Triomf
Unlike the one in Paris, it's actually reachable and not swimming in an ocean of tourists.
It's worth the lines.
Catedral de Barcelona
Its sheer size and magnitude will have you in a state of wanderlust.
Gaudí’s design ranges from the incredibly rational to the seemingly insane.
So, if you have only one day to visit Barcelona, your best bet to see the most important parts of the city is either the City Tour bus or the Bus Touristic. They cost around 30 euros, but you can get off and on as many times as you like during the day, as long as you have your ticket with you. Buses come to each site at intervals of about 7-10 minutes depending on how central/popular the site is. The two rival companies take tourists to every important site throughout the city, and you can´t walk 2 blocks in […]
The insanity of San Fermin.Editor’s Note: In anticipation of this year’s San Fermín festival, here’s Wesley’s harrowing account of running with the bulls in 2014.
The craziness that was San Fermín has now ended, and the city of Pamplona is entirely changed. Yesterday was a long and eventful day that I’ll never forget.
It started at 5:30 when I woke up freaking out that I was actually going to run with the bulls. My flatmates and I got out by 6:30 and headed into the city. We walked onto the path of the bull run and tried to figure out where we […]
Reporting semi-live from somewhere between Barcelona and Dublin. I am on my way home after six weeks in Barcelona and Costa Brava with the most amazing people. I don’t have the words in Castellano or in English to describe how fortunate I am to have been an au pair for the Circuns family. They showed me the true heart of what it means to live and grow up in Cataluña and Barcelona.
Most nannies working in Barcelona and other European cities are simply employees. They show up at the apartment in the morning, look after the children for five to eight […]
Day 6 in Barça. No signs of peanut butter. But, I’m not complaining. I’ve seen so much of Barcelona, and spent this past weekend in Montras, Palamos, and other villages in Costa Brava, which is to Barcelona what Cape Cod and the islands are to Boston, but bigger (more on that later).
On Thursday night, my host family took me to the center of Barcelona, el Barrio Gótico, to see la Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Barcelona, la Boquería, las Ramblas, We crushed it. I don’t think I could have seen Barcelona in a better way.
Here in Barcelona the weather is perfect, the people are friendly, the food is unreal, and the healthcare system is decent.
Yep. Within about 4 hours of arriving here, I got the chance to review the Hospital del Mar in Barca first hand. Lucky me. About 0.5 seconds into a Marco Polo-ish game of “Lima Limón,” (a game in which I’m still unclear on the Spanish rules) I hit my head in the swimming pool, and got a straight cut across my nose. It was a clean cut, but lot’s of blood, pretty sure I scarred some Spanish children for life […]
“What *is *that?” was my common refrain in Barcelona. I spent a week there after my dig, and the shift to a big city was full of surprises, especially in a city as strange as Barcelona.
Barcelona is the epitome of a tourism-made city. Before the Olympics held there in 1992, Barcelona looked little like it does today. The Olympics brought revenue, buildings, and tourism, all of which forever changed the Catalonian city. The flagpoles that once held a flag from every country competing in the Olympics are now empty reminders lining the beachfront. The old stadiums are now tourist sites, […]
The tourist trappiness of Parc Guell.
Hey guys, the title says it all.
I am spending my last night in the DJ’s airbnb flat. We have running water and toilet paper, so I have survived.
Today was my last day in Barcelona. I went to Parc Guell, which is a set of summer homes on a mountain that Gaudi built for some rich family back in the day. It’s supposed to be one of the main attractions of Barcelona, because it’s really pretty and looks over the city. To be honest, I thought it was an overpriced tourist trap. While it was cool, […]
Hunting for spectacles in Astorga.
There’s a famous pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago, where backpackers travel to the statue of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. They trek various designated paths across Spain, are easily identifiable by their walking sticks or enormous backpacks, and stay in alburgues, which typically host them for one evening for free or very cheap. Santiago de Compostela is the most westward town I will be traveling to this summer, and my route happens to be right along the path of the pilgrimage.