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Have you never been to Barcelona? If not then look to book a flight and go… NOW

Some cities can be left out of your list when exploring Europe, but Barcelona is not one of them. Why? There are only a few cities in the world that are as inspiring, exciting, and

Barcelona a city you can’t leave out of your list

Some cities can be left out of your list when exploring Europe, but Barcelona is not one of them.

Why? There are only a few cities in the world that are as inspiring, exciting, and still rough around the edges as Barcelona.

With the sea and mountains near, who knows? You might not want to come back. Find here a list of insiders recommendations of things to do in Barcelona.


Vermut time is very important in Barcelona.

Vermut


An aperitif in Barcelona is a serious business, and you can find several vermuterias dotted around, but there are not many as authentic as Quimet y Quimet.

Serving vermut since 1914, this is one of the most famous tapas bars in Barcelona. The reason is simple, quality tapas and exceptional service. Quimet and Quimet ‘s have a selection of over 500 bottles of wine and liquor that decorate the walls of the bar.

 

But what attracts its loyal customers are its montaditos (small sandwiches) and tapas prepared in the bar with cans of top quality products. They are specialists in preserves and never lack cockles, razors, sardines, clams, tuna belly, anchovies.

Calçots are a Catalonian delicacy that you need to try

Calçots


When in season – between November and April, eating calçots is a must. Calçots are longer than a green onion (10 to 15 cm long) and have a more delicate taste. 
This humble dish is grilled and then dipped on a romesco sauce.

 

The Romesco Sauce is very popular all over Catalunya. This sauce base is a stir-fry with tomato, paprika and nuts, a sauce that goes well with seafood, some fish, grilled vegetables, and of course, the calçots. Eating calçost can be a messy affair, but so delicious and fun.


There are many places where they serve them, but the ones we tried at Masia Nou Can Martí were pretty good. 

There are a lot of Flea markets and Craft markets in Barcelona.

Flea markets 

 

The popularity of the flea markets in Barcelona has flooded the city with craft and flea markets where you can find something unusual to add character to your home.
Encants flea market in Poblenou is the one we keep coming back to – it has that authentic feeling we love and to find a bargain it’s never too hard.

 

Another favourite flea market is Fleadonia, takes place not far from Filmoteca de Catalunya, at Plaça Salvador Seguí.
We recommend these two, but there are many more, so keep exploring. 

Barcelona has a lot of great gourmet coffee places.

Gourmet coffee places


The craze for quality coffee has arrived in Barcelona. It places this Spanish city firmly in the map to the best gourmet coffees of the world competing against cities like New York, London or Melbourne.

Here you can find two examples for the coffee connoisseurs. 

Nomad in Poblenou is where this high-end coffee importer serves, sells and roasts coffee. In this place, you can learn about and to try unusual varieties of delicious coffee. 

In Argentería, 64, you can find Cafés El Magnífico, a coffee shop and roaster that sell off single-origin coffees of exceptional blends. We had a particularly delicate cappuccino there, you might have to pay a little extra for your coffee, but it is worth it. 

The Olympic Port of Barcelona is a place you need to visit.

Baths at Port Forum

After the storm Gloria, beaches in Barcelona are not the best places to lie down, well, not until they’ve cleaned it up at least.

So in the meantime, you can go to the Baths at Port Forum. More than a beach, the Baños del Fòrum area is a large saltwater pool in the open sea.  It is the newest beach in the Barcelona Forum area. Remember that this beach has no sand and it only opens from June to September.

Sonar and Primavera are two of the most emblematic music festivals in Barcelona.

Music festivals and good food

If you need more excuses to go to Barcelona, remember that Barcelona’s vibrant cultural life is one of the most interesting in Europe.
Here you can find two exciting music festivals so you can plan a short break around them.


Sonar celebrates in June its 27th edition 


Sonar festival bring artist and fans from all over the world. Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering and unique cultural event in its format and content: a leading international reference thanks to a careful offer that combines the playful with the artistic, the avant-garde and experimentation with the new musical currents of electronics of dance. 

 

Primavera Sound 

 

How does it sound seeing Lana del Rey, Beck or Iggy Pop playing live in Barcelona? In Primavera Sound, you can see them and many more artists.
Another impressive fact is that this year’s edition the 46% of the lineup are women setting a new benchmark on gender equality.


In this city it's easy to find delicious tapas, fresh fish in a genuine setting.

Two legendary restaurants in Barcelona

Els Pescadors, Poblenou

 

If you are around when the festival is on, we recommend you to visit this restaurant. Untouched by the times, Els Pescadors Barcelona, is a restaurant where the organisation of Primavera Sound invites artists to try local dishes – is not strange to see the likes of Jarvis Cocker eating there.
But how about the food?
Every day they serve delicious fresh fish from the fish markets in Barcelona. Expect wholesome and traditional dishes prepared with love using seasonal ingredients.

 

Ca l’Estevet

 

The Ca l’Estevet restaurant has lasted for a hundred years thanks to its outstanding gastronomic offer. It was closed temporarily and remodelled, but it keeps its roots alive with a classic and authentic decor and memorabilia of famous guests. 

You can see pictures of Orson Welles or Lola Flores, one of the most famous flamenco Spanish artist. True to the famous and traditional Catalan cookbook, the Ca l’Estevet menu presents well-worked dishes at very reasonable prices.

Ideal for group visits, the restaurant has a room for eight people dedicated to Lola Flores that is worth booking.

There is a  lot more you can do in an out of Barcelona, but for a long weekend, these few recommendations should keep you busy and satisfied.

 

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