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Top 10 neighborhoods to visit while in Barcelona

Barcelona may seem large and daunting at first approach, with its maze of windy cobbled alleyways; but after awhile, it suddenly feels like home. Streets untangle into a patterned network and neighborhoods (barrios) that once seemed remote are just a short walk away. From the Medieval and Roman history of the Ciutat Vella, […]

The Best Places to Eat Calçots in Barcelona

In the Catalan countryside surrounding Barcelona, young, sweet onions break ground in mid-winter, growing tall and pale in the rich Mediterranean soil packed around their roots. The fertile earth guards the tender white shoots from the sun, leaving them delicate, delicious, and ready for grilling. Calçots—as these indigenous winter onions […]

5 Cozy Places to Eat & Drink in Barcelona in Winter

The winter months in Barcelona are fast approaching, and with them will come humid cold and a touch of rain. While the typical tiled-floor, big-windowed, wooden-chaired restaurant or bar is the norm in Barcelona, you can also find plenty of places to pass a cozy afternoon or evening with a […]

5 Fantastic Hikes in Catalunya for Food Lovers

Beyond the urban hive of Barcelona, the natural wonders of Catalunya await. Mountains, vineyards, forests, and coastlines; the region has it all! Hiking is a popular pastime here and should be at the top of the list for any visitor with a passion for both recreation and authentic cuisine, as […]

A Foodie’s Guide to Learning Spanish in Spain

Spanish may not be the language of love, but investing the time to pick it up is certainly a labor of love. It is a commitment to learning both the language and the culture where it’s spoken, and while it’s not always easy, it’s nevertheless one of the most rewarding […]

Your Essential Guide on Riding the Train in Spain

I woke up early in the morning, when the sun was just peeking through the industrial blue curtains framing the small window at my head. It took me a moment to place myself, since it’s not often I awake to that gentle, reassuring sway that makes traveling by train such […]

10 Best Terraces for Summer in Barcelona

Nothing is more desirable in Barcelona than that perfectly-sun-splashed table on the tiny terrace in the charming plaça that seems perpetually occupied. It may not seem like it, but people do eventually pay their bill and leave, you just must be patient. In the summer—and most of the rest of […]

How the Moors Influenced Spanish Cuisine

With every bite of their Sunday paella, Spanish families—whether they realize it or not–are paying homage to the old Moorish kingdom of Al-Ándalus, one of the greatest civilizations that Iberia has ever known. How did this relationship evolve? It began in the year 711 C.E, when the Moors soundly defeated […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Human Pyramids of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 16, 2006 Location: Terrassa, Spain About: One of the most astounding cultural events one can see in Spain, is the castell of Catalunya. A castell is a human tower traditionally constructed in festivals; which translates to “often, as festivals are as ubiquitous in Spain as jamon. During these festivals, teams compete against one […]