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Best things to do in Barcelona

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“The Poble Espanyol, or Spanish Village, is one of the city's most popular visitor attractions: a unique combination of architecture, contemporary art, traditional crafts, shops, gastronomy and traditions, in a pleasant setting free of traffic which is perfect for all the family. Situated in one of Barcelona's most iconic areas, just a short distance away from the Montjuïc Fountains, the Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition and resembles an actual village with replicas of 117 real-life scale buildings from different Spanish regions. You'll find a typical Andalusian quarter, a section of the Way of Saint James and examples of Romanesque monastic architecture, among others. To make the most of the visit, Poble Espanyol has been restructured and presents a new territorial design. Moreover, you can enjoy the new Feeling Spain, five immersive audio-visual capsules created with the objective of allowing you to know and feel the diversity and cultural wealth of different parts of the Peninsula: the north, the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago), the Mediterranean, the south and the territory of El Quijote. Inside Poble Espanyol, there is also the Fiesta space a multimedia facility which allows visitors to discover the soul of a culture through its popular festivals, some of which have been recognised by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: the festival of San Fermin, La Patum, the Castells (human towers), the Tomatina festival, the Holy Week and others. The village is also a unique place to shop, open 365 days a year. There are more than 20 crafts workshops that open every day so you can see the craftspeople working on unique pieces of pottery, glass, leather and jewellery. The Museu Fran Daurel is another main attraction at the Poble Espanyol. It showcases some 300 works by major contemporary artists, including Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Admission to the museum is included with the ticket to the Poble Espanyol. You will also find Guinovart area, a vast and luminous space with a huge sculpture of Josep Guinovart. Moreover, there is the sculpture garden where 36 sculptures transform the garden of Poble Espanyol into an evocative space where art and nature embrace each other. At the end of the garden is a viewpoint with a marvellous view of Barcelona. Last, and by no means least, there's a wide choice of bars and restaurants that reveal the variety and wealth of Spanish gastronomy. And if the weather's fine, why not sit out on one of the pleasant café terraces?”
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Park
“This large park with lots of open space is also known as the Parc l'Escorxador (so named because it stands on the site of the old municipal slaughterhouse: escorxador in Catalan) and is used by visitors and locals from Barcelona's Eixample Esquerra to relax. This great urban "lung", full of possibilities, is located at the south-west end of the neighbourhood and is the perfect appetiser before you begin exploring the monumental Plaça Espanya. An artificial water channel runs parallel to Carrer Tarragona, lending coolness to this side of the Parc de Joan Miró. This is the site of Joan Miró's 22-metre-high monumental sculpture Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird). Like the park, it was dedicated in 1983, shortly before the artist's death. There is a public library on the other side of the park, which is named after Joan Miró.”
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Park
“huge park with table tennis, boccia / petanque, kids playground with slides etc. ”
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Historic Site
“The Poble Espanyol (literally, Spanish town) is an open-air architectural museum in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, approximately 400 metres away from the Fountains of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the museum consists of 117 full-scale buildings, which recreate an Iberian village. It also contains a theater, restaurants, artisan workshops and a museum of contemporary art.”
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Pedestrian Plaza
“The Plaza Osca is undoubtedly the jewel of lovers of the terraces in the Sants neighbourhood. Among all those who have a terrace the Fo Bar, HomoSibaris, Teta de Monja, La Mestressa and Terra d'Escudella. But there are other options. ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“the first self-service seafood restaurant in the group at the Sants neighbourhood, close to the train station. This restaurant was the beginning of what is now known as Grupo La Paradeta. A novel gastronomic endeavour that already offered a unique self-service experience back then.”
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Route
“Magic Fountain, the gateway to Montjuic, Arenas Shopping centre: A key architectural gem in Barcelona, now turned into a shopping centre. Boasts great shopping, restaurants and views of Barcelona.”
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Farmers Market
“local market, where you can get fresh vegetables&fruits, fish, meat (market stalls) etc... mercadona (supermercado) is located in the same building”
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Plaza
“Les Arenes is a magnificent, huge shopping mall located in a renovated bull-ring. Long out of use for bull-fighting, it was recently converted into a wonderful place to shop for items of all kinds, stock up on groceries, have a coffee or an ice-cream, etc. The terrace restaurants merit a visit. ”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“Nice and cozy restaurant. Perfect for a romantic dinner or to enjoy in family.”
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Thai Restaurant
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“Best Thai food in Barcelona. Family made food in one of the cutest alleys in Barcelona. Always full so book in advance.”
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Beer Garden
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“This is the most vibrant street in Barcelona (after the Rambla) with a shop every meter. It's said this is the longest shopping street in Europe with more than 2.1 km... You will not buy everything!”
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Establishment
“SHOPPING plus views on the rooftop (Dont use the lift in front, inside the mall you can use escalators for free:)”
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Route
“Longest shopping street in Europe. All kind of stores to buy anything you need. ”
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Subway Station
“Train arrival of all Europe and the El-Prat Airport. ------------------------------------------ Tren de llegada de toda Europa y el aeropuerto El-Prat. ----------------------------------------- ”
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