Barcelona Cheat Sheet

Ending the Barcelona series with a functional cheat sheet that I’m hoping you can use as a quick printed reference in your trip, or to help you in your overall planning.  Download the printable quick guide & map here. WHERE TO STAY: Save: Praktik Rambla at apprxoximately €80/night Splurge: Hotel Arts Barcelona approximately €300/night WHERE …

Splurge in Hotel Arts Barcelona

When was the last time you splurged?  That long ago?  Cannot even remember? Let Hotel Arts Barcelona remind you what a splurge can look like.  Click the photos to enlarge: Booking a stay at Hotel Arts Barcelona is a sure-fire way of adding a bit or a lot of splurge to your itinerary.  Located in Barcelona’s beachfront, the …

Save in Praktik Rambla Barcelona

The name suggests it quite clearly:  Praktik Rambla is a very practical choice for accommodations in Barcelona.  The location is great, service exceeds expectations and the hotel is beautifully designed with Modernista touches all over.  The best part?  The price:  With double-occuancy rooms going for around €77 per night, this hotel is a real steal …

Food map of Barcelona

There’s paella, and there’s wet yellow rice with 4 pieces of green peas mixed in.  Although Barcelona is known for amazing delicious food, it’s still not free from restaurants that serve… well… bad, inedible items they try to pass off as food.  ¡Que horror!  After 3 trips to Barcelona, I’ve had my own share of not so exemplary …

Cooking class in Barcelona

If you only have a weekend to spend in Barcelona, I will recommend the following itinerary: Day 1:  Get an overview of the city by visiting all of Barcelona’s highlights—very doable in one day; and Day 2:  Immerse yourself in a more hands-on activity like learning what the Spaniards possibly do best: cook amazing food. This is …

Barcelona: Modern or Modernista

Modernista & Modern are two different things.  The city of Barcelona eloquently explains the difference using its many beautiful buildings. Being in the heart of Catalonia—the birthplace/home of the Modernisme movement, it’s no wonder that the city hosts the best Modernista pieces in the world.  Gauid’s La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera are probably …

Enoteca: Paco Pérez’s obra maestra

In the past decade, the Spaniards were able to achieve a level of distinction and authority in the culinary world that no other can rival.  Every year since 2002, a Spanish restaurant has placed as one of the Top 3 restaurants in the world.  In fact, Chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli ranked No. 1 for 5 …

Barcelona’s best in a day

See Barcelona in one day complete with merienda and a Spanish guitar performance?  It’s very possible!  A weekend (or 2 days) in Barcelona is more than enough time which is good news for us time to those of us who don’t have a lot of vacation days to spare.  Here’s Part 1 of the series:  …