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Cook, taste Catalonia

Barcelona is one of those amazing cities that can easily whisk you off your feet, enthrall you and before you know it, you’re on your way home, breathless and consumed by a whirlwind of impressions and vague memories. There’s so much to see and do in the city that you’ll soon find yourself zooming from […]

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Port Vell and the W Hotel, Barcelona

Plane views: Barcelona

Barcelona is one of my favourite European cities. Known the world over as the home of Gaudi and Miro, Barcelona boasts some of the most famous landmarks in the world such as the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. For visitors, Barcelona offers great shopping, world-class museums, a picturesque historic centre, a vibrant culinary scene, pumping […]

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Barcelona's beaches.

Ten things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the world’s ultimate city break locations. No matter what time of year you choose to visit Spain’s second largest city, you will find fabulous sights, fine food and a carnival atmosphere. Bursting at the seams with unique experiences, world-renowned works of art, spectacular architecture and sporting excellence, Barcelona is one of […]

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Ten city peaks for the most breathtaking views

There’s nothing more spectacular than a city with an imposing skyline and a nearby mountain-top from which to enjoy the view. There’s just something magical about it. I guess it’s the adventure of getting to the top of the mountain and the first moment you feast your eyes on the incredible view. It’s always an […]

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Our guide explains the sights

Zooming around Barcelona

When I received the itinerary for the travel bloggers’ trip to Catalonia last December, the first thing that caught my eye was the Segway tour of Barcelona. I’d heard of the Segway, a two-wheeled electric vehicle; I’d seen groups of Segway riders in the streets of Amsterdam and Hamburg before but I was rather apprehensive […]

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Seafood stall at the La Boqueria market in Barcelona.

The delights of La Boqueria

Markets everywhere in the world are a delight for the senses. A visit to a local market is certainly one of my favourite ways of getting acquainted with local customs. One of the most delightful markets I’ve ever visited is the La Boqueria market in downtown Barcelona, just off the famous Ramblas boulevard. This market […]

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