Visiting Barcelona: beaches, arts and gastronomy

photo by Flickr user angelocesare

photo by Flickr user angelocesare

“The worst thing for anyone wanted by the police in a city like Barcelona is that all the shops are closed until late.” That’s what George Orwell thought of the Catalan city. Today – apart from the fact that being sought by police is something to be avoided – the situation is completely reversed, so that those who live there have the opposite problem of reconciling sleep with the nightlife.

But Barcelona is not only nightlife: those who decide to visit Barcelona can also count on beaches, art and gastronomy, a golden triangle running from Barceloneta, through to the Sagrada Familia, the cathedral designed by Gaudi, and ending up in one of the great restaurants where Pepe Carvalho, the private detective created by the writer Manuel Vazquez Montalban, found refuge. Most frequent quotes are for Casa Leopoldo, but there are other places that are growing in popularity and whetting the taste buds of tourists, such as the Petit Pau Restaurant, or perhaps the Tablao Cordobes, both of which also offer a flamenco show included in the price.

Barcelona is a top tourist destination for football fans: the Camp Nou is a temple that welcomes thousands of pilgrims every year, not only fans of the Spanish team Barca, but also fans from all over Europe for the Champions League. Attending a match with Messi playing can be a unique experience, but the Nou Camp is open to visitors even when games are not scheduled.

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