Barcelona

Get lost in the charms of Barcelona – Spain’s second-largest city, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino. The city became an international household name when it hosted the Olympic Games in 1992. Since then, Barcelona has seen a shift towards the modern, all while retaining and celebrating its history.

Outdoor markets, museums, churches and restaurants, Barcelona has much to offer the curious visitor. From the lively Las Ramblas, one of the world’s most famous boulevards, to sunny Mediterranean beaches, to the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona is a city made for walking and exploring. Be enchanted by the works of architect Gaudi and Pablo Picasso. Barcelona is noted for its extensive Metro – so you won’t have to worry about getting anywhere.

Explore El Raval, a once seedy, now hip district. Futbol enthusiasts should check out Nou Camp, one of the largest and most presitioug stadiums in Europe. Hikers might be interested in Montiguic, a mountain that has several rewarding attractions when you get to the top, besides the view. Tibidabo Mountai is a larger mountain with an even better view of Barcelona. For day excursions right outside the city, you can find villages, vineyards, mountain ranges and monasteries to explore. Barcelona is a city to take your time in – revel in the sights around you, and don’t forget to try some of the best seafood you’ll have in Europe.

Making Marabi magic heart felt

Share The outside of this little shop on a muted side street in Barcelona pales in comparison to the bright colors held inside. Mariela Marabi, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up with this toy-making magic. Her mother opened the family toy store when she was young, and has since opened seven more shops in Argentina.…

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See how Barcelona comes alive every night

See how Barcelona comes alive every night

Share Barcelona rebirths at night.  During the day, the city is a bustling mixture of culture, history, architecture, and color.  After a mid-day siesta, the city comes alive again, offering various types of nightlife experiences for anyone’s wishes. Sandra Garcia Nolan, a Barcelona local and tour director for EF Tours, gave suggestions for experiencing Barcelona…

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Where to find Basque’s best pinxtos

Share Within the handful of restaurants in the tiny Basque fishing village of Getaria, only one has had the honor of being awarded for the best pinxtos three years in a row. What originally started out as a joke between two friends about owning their own restaurant ended with the opening of Bar Giroa in…

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Climbing into mystery on Montserrat

Share Rising up from the grassy slopes of farmland and vineyards, its jagged peaks carve the sky in two like the serrated edge it was named for. Montserrat, meaning “saw moun- tain” in Catalan, is 20 minutes from the Spanish town Collbató and less than an hour from Barcelona. But to visitors, it seems worlds away.…

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Custo Barcelona is affordable, high-end fashion

Custo Barcelona is affordable, high-end fashion

Share Down the boutique and restaurant lined Calle Ferran, the vibrant colors and bold designs donned by slender mannequins posed in the windows of Custo Barcelona lure in wandering fashionistas searching for psychedelic, California-inspired apparel.   Though the original location is in Barcelona, the brand has locations worldwide with prices ranging from $45 for their…

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Shop elevates espandrilles to high style

Share Braided hemp shoes with squishy, comfortable soles suited Spanish farmers well in the 14th century. As peasants tended fields, they wore canvas shoes that allowed them to care for crops and livestock with ease. These functional shoes, known as espadrilles, can still be found in grassy fields, but they’ve traded days of plowing for…

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Montjuic mountain holds Olympic history

Montjuic mountain holds Olympic history

Share Antonio Rebollo, a Spanish Paralympic archer, stood in the spotlight of the 1992 Olympic opening ceremonies, feeling calm. Rebollo released the arrow, engulfing the torch. “My feelings were taken from the people who described to me how they saw it,” he said in an interview with NBC. “What they felt, their emotions, their cries.…

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Monasterio de Leyre a physical place for a spiritual journey

Share The spirits of the past echo through the room like the voices of the present as they perform Gregorian chants. Filing in one by one, they pause to bow before the Virgin Santa María de Leyre in reverence. As the monks kneel in prayer, each contemplates his spiritual condition. They perform this ritual between…

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Pintxos bring people together through small plates

Share Friends and family gather as the aromas of sweet bread, grapes with a touch of cedar and savory ham fills the air. Guests line up with insatiable appetites and plates in hands, as they move through a myriad of dishes. Though the decadent spread may appear so, today is not a holiday. Rather, this…

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Columbus’ legend continues to unfold in Spain

Columbus’ legend continues to unfold in Spain

Share The story: The smell of oranges and lemons permeates the air in the nearly 55,000 meters of gardens. Perfectly trimmed hedgerows stretch for what seems like miles, lining long sparkling ponds, which reflect the surrounding flora typical to Córdoba, Spain. These grounds, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, mark the site of the agreement between…

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