Barcelona 101

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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Barcelona Blogs

1507, 2016
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The Steel Elephant

By |Barcelona, Culture, Spain, Transportation|1 Comment

Hi there, welcome to my blog! This first post recounts the day I arrived in Spain last August, where I would be living for the next five months…   August 8, 2015: So, here we are. We have arrived in Spain. And yes I do mean we, not just I, because I have traveled here with my entire family. Although college students decide to study abroad for a variety of reasons, I am fairly certain a significant motivator is the promise of independence; one can spend at least a few months frolicking around foreign countries while separated [...]

2312, 2015
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Eat: Meal Times and Meals in Barcelona

By |Barcelona, Food, Spain|0 Comments

Barcelona’s sense of time and, say, Boston’s are entirely different. The day here starts at 9am (at the earliest) and ends at 4,5,6am. This means that breakfast is at 10am, siesta from 2-5pm, and dinner begins at 9pm at the earliest (and lasts until the bars close). It also means that the day revolves around food and conversation: gossip over cafe con leche, banter and bocadillos, life stories with churros con chocolate, and flirting between sips of cava. (Dear Let’s Go traveler, if you try to find breakfast at 7am, lunch at noon, and dinner at 6pm, you [...]

2011, 2015
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Ten Free-ish Things to Keep You Busy in Barcelona

By |Barcelona, Culture, Food, Outdoors, Spain, Tips|0 Comments

· Park Guell. Park Guell features some of Gaudi’s most impressive designs. Until recently, admission was free; however, the park surrounding the area is still open to enter and has promises great views of the city. · La Rambla. La Rambla is a long walkway packed with shops, street performers, restaurants, bars, and wide-eyed foreigners— just like you. Although it is a tourist trap, it's definitely worth a wander, and if you keep your wallet shut tight, it won’t cost you a thing! · Plaza Real. Located right off of La Rambla, this main plaza is one of [...]

1611, 2015
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Top 10 Beaches in Costa Brava

By |Barcelona, Beach, Outdoors, Spain, Tips|0 Comments

Sant Francesc. This is a delightful little cove near Blanes. The water is crystal clear, green, and blue as you get deeper. You can see it from the gardens above, and sometimes you'll find local fisherman catching octopus while you swim. Bay of Roses. A very large bay with extensive restaurants and hotels along the shore. A popular tourist destination, the Bay of Roses features many water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. It is also family-friendly.  Lloret de Mar. Another popular tourist destination, the beach in Lloret de Mar is a party year round. Santa [...]

211, 2015
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Top 5 Day Trips Out of Barcelona

By |Barcelona, Beach, Outdoors, Spain, Tips|0 Comments

Montserrat. Head to Espanya station to purchase roundtrip tickets to Montserrat, which entails taking a train and cable car up the mountain. Once at the top, visit the Basilica, gaze upon the Virgin of Montserrat, and do some wine tasting. Don't forget your camera. Sitges. Sitges is a beautiful coastal resort town with nicer, less populated beaches than those in Barcelona. You can get there by a 25-minute car or train ride from Sants station. Enjoy the scenic landscape but be sure to keep an eye on your belongings when taking a dip at the beach.  Tibidabo. [...]

309, 2015
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The Art of Bargaining

By |Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul, Shopping, Tips|0 Comments

Admit it, we all secretly want to be that overconfident dude who walks into the street market and gets whatever price he darn well pleases. He knows he’s going to get that fez for some smooth lines, a grin, and maybe a 50% markdown on an off day. Really, who needs Black Friday or early bird specials if you can make up your own discount? But before you go plunging into the farmer’s market with a few dollars and a giant grocery list, take a minute to plan your strategy. Like any other fine art, bargaining has [...]

2606, 2015
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All of Barcelona in One Day

By |Barcelona|1 Comment

Or, how to successfully navigate the Gaudí lines. 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 [...]

2606, 2015
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I Successfully Ran With the Bulls.

By |Barcelona|0 Comments

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 [...]

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