You know Barcelona perhaps for its pristine beaches and rambunctious party scene.

Maybe you know it as the home of one of the top football clubs in the world; FC Barcelona, a basecamp for world-class players like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Or perhaps you’re an architecture connoisseur who loves the works of Antoni Gaudí, who designed the world-famous La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Wherever or however you know it (whether it’s mainstream Ed Sheeran songs or low-key beats by George Ezra), Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of the most beautiful, lively, and vibrant places in not just Europe, but the world. Walking through its streets is to be washed over in a sea of color, mouthwatering aromas of seafood and tapas, and serenaded by the melodies of Catalan as you walk past its cathedrals, boutiques, and bars. Barcelona, for all its beauty in the aquatic shades of blue, turquoise, and green, isn’t without a storied past and current strife. Its role as the capital of Catalonia puts it in an important position regarding the future of Spain, as a current movement seeks independence from Spain. The modern independence movement began in 2006, and though the Catalan independence referendum on October 1, 2017 resulted in maintaining a united Spain, there is no doubt that tensions are still prevalent within the region. In this vein, Barcelona is a city full of people proud of their unique culture—a mixture of Spanish and Catalan traditions. Maybe you’ll pick up some of this pride during your visit to Barcelona as you watch the sun set with panoramic views sitting on the Bunkers of Carmel or relaxing on Plaça del Sol with a few estrallas or embracing the coastal breeze that fills Barcelona’s lungs with enough air to laugh, scream, and enjoy life.


SIGHTS

La Sagrada Familia

Parque Güell

Columbus Monument

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Parc de la Ciutadella

Sitges

Rosaleda de Cervantes

Museu Picasso


NIGHTLIFE

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Panika

 

Razzmatazz
 
Jamboree
 
Moog

A true jack of all trades, transforming from a calm breakfast spot to a bar specializing in creative cocktails

 

Five clubs in one, offering everything from live music to techno clubbing to indie-rock jams

 

A hip-hop and R&B club that's held its own for half a century

 

A tiny club with the best house and techno beats in town

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FOOD

El Pachuco
 
Bodega la Peninsular

 

Chök—The Chocolate Kitchen

 

Quimet & Quimet

Mexican-Spanish fusion—a tapas-style restaurant featuring some of the best Mexican food we've ever had

 

Possibly the best seafood in all of Barcelona

 

 

A kitchen featuring all things, well, chocolate

 

A famous, five-gernation-old establishment known for their bocadillos (small sandwiches)


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