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Awe-inspiring architecture, world-class cuisine, and vibrant Spanish culture collide in this dynamic seaside city. Barcelona is the capital of Spain’s region of Catalonia and thrives as one of the country’s epicenters of art and food, with modernist landmarks designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí, and museums dedicated to the country’s finest artists like Pablo Picasso. In the middle of it all is a food scene like none other, where you can nosh on tapas all day and night, and indulge in some of the world’s finest restaurants when that’s not enough. Its seaside location also offers limitless opportunities for top things to see and do. You’ll truly find something for everyone in Barcelona.

Cheat Sheet

Situate yourself in the city’s sought vibrant Gothic Quarter in intimate luxury at the Mercer Hotel Barcelona – Dive into traditional tapas culture at Tickets one of the best venues in the city — Stroll along tree-lined Las Ramblas for shopping, dinning, and some of the best people watching in the city — View stunning architectural works by Antoni Gaudi Basilica de La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell — Don’t miss a musical performance at Palau de la Música Catalana

What to do in Barcelona

Architecture reigns supreme in Barcelona. The city is the home of Catalan Modernism architect Antoni Gaudí. No visit to the city is complete without seeing his two major works, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. If art museums better suit you, the city boasts many opportunities for viewing art at Museu Picasso, Fundació Joan Miró, and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. At night revel at the many restaurants and bars along tree-lined pedestrian mall Las Ramblas, where the region’s prized jamón, and paella are in plentiful supply. You can also opt for upscale Michelin-Starred meals at one of the many highly rated restaurants throughout the city. If you’re itching for activity after all the eating, head to the coast where you can stroll or bike along the coast.

What to bring to Barcelona

Barcelona is easily traversed by walking and using the metro, so always pack comfortable shoes and layers for the weather in preparation for long days of sightseeing. Sunny summers also warrant plenty of sun protection, sunglasses, and light breathable clothing. And if you’re planning on hitting the beach, don’t forget your gear for that. No matter what time of year, pack everything you need for taking photos — there’s plenty of eye candy around in the architectural playground.

What to bring home from Barcelona

Take a piece of Barcelona home with you by packing all the delicious things you ate and drank on your trip. Jamón, vermouth, and specialty Spanish olive oils are all great candidates, along with local sweet treat Turron. Espardenyes is the authentic Spanish name for espadrilles, which are the traditional cloth shoe of people from the region. Also scour the local shops for other wears like leather goods and designer pieces.

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