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.

Chef teaches guests how to cook Catalan favorites

Share The unmarked door is almost lost among the crowded vendors and bustling tourists of La Ram¬bla, and the sign above is nearly too subtle amidst the raucous, eye-catching scarves, sweets and sou¬venirs on display. Though from the outside it demands little attention, the Barcelona Cooking School’s flair is unmistakable once Chef Cándido Cid opens…

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Save money abroad with these grocery store favorites

Share By Erin Armstrong, Tara Bullock, Courtney Davies and Anna Rae Gwarjanski When traveling abroad for weeks at a time, it can be economical to pick up snacks and even meals at a local grocery store. After visiting grocery stores in Spain and Portugal, these are a few of our favorite snacks. Portuguese Milanos –…

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Biking on the beach a great escape in Barcelona

Biking on the beach a great escape in Barcelona

Share Having limited time in a city like Barcelona can be a little bit overwhelming. The second largest city in Spain has tons to offer in the way of food, history, nightlife and shopping, not to mention one of the best fútbol teams in the world. But in trying to experience everything, it’s easy to…

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La Taqueria a ‘true fiesta’ in Barcelona

La Taqueria a ‘true fiesta’ in Barcelona

Share By Anna Todd and Mallie Crumpton Thank goodness for Barcelona locals. After an hour of wandering the side streets of the famous Grand Via, we resorted to using hand gestures and desperately pointing to our tourist maps to guide us to our destination. Then, finally, we found our Mexican restaurant at last! We saw…

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Website offers the chance to eat local food with a local Barcelonian

Share In Barcelona on March 17, I had the opportunity to eat lunch with a local family through a website called EatWith.com. This site allows you to choose a country you are traveling to, – right now the only choices are Spain and Israel, although more, including the United States, are coming soon – choose…

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Hiking through the Pyrenees: Ordesa y Monte Perdido national park

Hiking through the Pyrenees: Ordesa y Monte Perdido national park

Share Tuesday morning was met with a mixture of emotions. It was my third and final day in Barcelona, one of the most captivating cities yet. I had the pleasure of participating in the building of a human tower with the Castellars de Barcelona, watching the best fŭtbol club in the world FC Barcelona trounce…

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Social media roundup: March 19

We’ll be doing daily updates from the Alpine Living Staff as they travel around Spain from March 15-30. Be sure to check out alpineliving.ua.edu for stories and blogs from our fifth edition!

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Artist Market charming way to experience local passions

Share On Sunday, my team and I went out in the name of art.  The assignment was to talk to members of the Associacio de Pintor de Barcelona (Barcelona Painters Association) and to learn about them, their work and their inspirations.  The Association is a collective of sorts that allows these artists to have an…

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Cooking traditional Spanish food with a local chef

Share Tonight, I covered a cooking class called Barcelona Cooking and I could not have asked for a better experience. Our instructing chef, Candido, was both charismatic and helpful. At the beginning of the class, he gave different groups a course to prepare and how to do it. Throughout the class time, Candido would circle…

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Social media roundup: March 18

We’ll be doing daily updates from the Alpine Living Staff as they travel around Spain from March 15-30. Be sure to check out alpineliving.ua.edu for stories and blogs from our fifth edition!

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