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1. HOLA 2. Neighbourhoods and tours 1. CIUTAT VELLA: (p. 8) Raval, Gòtic, Born, Barceloneta. Fresh Markets Tour (p. 15) 2. EIXAMPLE: (p. 19) Dreta Eixample Wine and Deli Shops Tour (p. 29) Panoramic Terraces Tour (p. 34) 3. SANTS-MONTJUÏC: (p. 40) Poble Sec, Montjuic, Sants Vermouth Tour (p. 45) Design Tour (p. 49) Hidden Squares with Charm Tour (p. 53) 4. GRÀCIA: (p.56) Vil.la de Gràcia 5. SANT MARTÍ-BARCELONETA: (p. 62) Poble Nou, Vil.la Olímpica, Diagonal Mar, 22@ Cañas&Tapas Tour (p. 66) Pleasure and Relaxation out of the City Tour (p. 71) 3. Useful tips

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The Invisible Tourist is, in fact, a traveller, not just a tourist. This person not only visits cities but lives and enjoys them. The Invisible Tourist gets involved in celebrations and traditions, without being noticed, this one walks and gets lost in alleys and find a table in the trendiest restaurant of the moment. The Invisible Tourist does not collect pictures or magnets as souvenirs, but experiences and memories to talk about later.

The Invisible Tourist

Today, The Invisible Tourist has arrived to Barcelona. ¡HOLA!

During your stay in Barcelona, you will feel like one more of its inhabitants, by means of this guide. We’ll take you to 5 different neighbourhoods (Ciutat vella, l’Eixample, Sants-Montjuïc, Gràcia and San Martí) sharing our favourite spots with you. We love design, gastronomy, culture and the Mediterranean life style. That’s why we have prepared several specific tours with the places that you shouldn’t miss. This guide aims to transform you from a tourist into a Barcelona native. Therefore, you’ll find advice, tips and some surprises that will help you acquire the local vibes. See you at some terrace!

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Ciutat Vella is the soul of our city. The remaining of the Roman Barcino (name given to the city between the years 15 and 10 b. C., under Caesar Augustus’ ruling) was the base for the beginning of the Medieval Barcelona, which housed civil Gothic residences and the most opulent architecture from the 18th to the 21st Centuries. A heritage of thousands of years of history gets along with art galleries, design ateliers, trendy bars, ancient restaurants and colossal museums. Ciutat Vella, always overcrowded with tourists, is the favourite party area for the night lovers of Barcelona, because some of the best discos and pubs of the city can be found here. It’s a nice place to use our guide and turn into an Invisible Tourist.

People from Barcelona didn’t dare to walk down some of the alleys of the Raval Neighbourhood for years. Fortunately, that situation changed when the American Architecture Richard Meier built The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) in 1995. Ever since that moment that hostile area has been turning into one trendy zone for citizens who share a cultural lifestyle, offering home for artists, designers and young curators who now make it look as a colourful place. Walking from the MACBA’s square, it is possible to take Joaquín Costa Street, where the trendiest fashion and design shops are located. It’s the perfect place to buy an original gift at little shops like the soap shop Les Toppetes, vintage Fusta’m or at the El Bigote del Señor Smith art gallery, where you can buy some works by young artists. Rambla del Raval has also been refurnished and it is now a place to get away from the noisy surrounding Ramblas and have a drink at comfortable places like Casa Leopoldo, which was often visited by the Barcelonan

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detective novel writer Vázquez Montalbán. This restaurant has been, since 1929, recognized for its spoon dish food, with supplies bought in a nearby market called Mercat de la Boqueria.

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In Barcelona, as in the rest of Spain, we usually eat lunch and dinner a bit later than in the other countries of Europe. Lunch is usually served from 13:30 on, and dinner from 21:00.

CAÑETE BAR The Fogones del Cañete have such a wide offer, and such wonderful dishes and stews as to frighten the boldest one, served in a fresh and natural way to the customers who everyday gather at its tables. This crowd want to continue tasting the excellence with their daily portion of plain cuisine. Fried food in the Cadiz style, muffins, seafood from the Percebeiro de Vigo, Imanol’s food, everything for the brave ones eager to drink and dream, as the list of wines available is far from short. Long live God Bacchus! Mr. Cañete at your order

BARCELÓ RAVAL HOTEL The unique atmosphere of the Barceló Raval Hotel (Rambla del Raval, 17-21) has renewed the Rambla del Raval. This modern and chic hotel has become a popular work meeting point for meetings and after work drinks in its astonishing terrace, with 360º views over Barcelona’s downtown. On Sundays, they serve a delicious brunch at the BLounge, a place full of suggestions which, at night, turns into a cocktails bar.

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Raval, and Ciutat Vella in general, is a place of busy people. But, if we are not in a hurry, we like entering to walk and breathe peace in Sant Pau del Camp Gardens and Romanesque Church, one of the oldest religious temples of the city, built in the 10th Century. This ancient benedict monument, located outside the walls of the medieval Barcelona hosts, nowadays, classical music and folk music concerts which are always celebrated for a little audience. It is also the perfect place to enjoy reading a good book. If you don’t have one at hand, feel welcome to take a look at the endearing La Central Bookshop, on Elisabets Street, 6. Thinking of music again, not so far from there, on the other side of the Ramblas, we find the Plaza Real always teeming with people. Despite being one of the places where a large number of tourists concentrate in, locals also like to come here, especially at night, to watch one of the famous jazz concerts organized at the emblematic Jamboree. This place has brightened up the musical atmosphere of the city for half a century, and many important artists have stepped on it. For example, Bill Coleman, Chet Baker and Tete Montoliu, a Catalan who initiated his career here and ended up being an international jazz composer. And what is the secret to avoid the crowd? If you come during the week days, you’ll find shows everyday. And, after enjoying a good performance, go and have a glass of wine somewhere far from the touristic sight. It could be at Hotel Do Terrace, located in Plaza Real, Centonze Restaurant in Méridien Hotel, or at the intimate veranda of Bagués Hotel. These are excellent and privileged places to enjoy the Ramblas first-rate. Another place that would be a mistake to miss it’s Hotel Mercer’s orange tree courtyard, a perfect place for relaxing and drinking a glass of wine inside the ancient Roman walls. Shall we continue? Let’s move on to the Gothic Neighbourhood, a very busy and noisy maze that we love from the bottom of our hearts. It’s a place where history is present in every

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corner; it hides some spots that many locals ignore, like Augustus’ Roman Temple, whose columns are hidden inside a house located on Paradís Street, or the Gothic Civil Yards, open to the public, like the one in dels Lledó Street. vALOr3 People from Barcelona keep quite alive the tradition of having breakfast or the afternoon snack at chocolate shops, popularly known as granjas. The best of these shops is Chocolatería Valor ( 10, La Tapinería Street), an oldfashioned place where the special dish is hot chocolate with churros (Spanish fritters), a classic option that is made everyday. But if you are feeling like tasting something new and different, then go for any of the gourmet chocolate drinks they offer, like the Azteca (with pepper) or the Maya (melted with cinnamon).

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Moving on from the Gothic Neighbourhood to the other side of Vía Laietana way, a big avenue built at the beginning of the 20th Century to connect Eixample with The Port, we enter the BORN NEIGHBOURHOOD, a trendy spot that locals enjoy. Vintage style and the most innovating one share the same streets where artists, designers and bohemians integrate together with old residents. Here we find enchanting boutiques selling amazing pieces of clothing, like Loisaida Barcelona, On Land, MTX or The Box. Barcelonans are certainly very proud of one thing: the restoration of the old Born Market1, which was shut for years and has recently been rebuilt and reopened as a cultural centre with a mix of art, history and gastronomy, turning into an unforgettable spot of Barcelona. If you feel like is pleasing your hedonistic wishes, there are 2 famous spots in Born where that is possible: the cutest Hofmann Patisserie2 (44, Flassaders Street), serving delicious chocolate imitating the classic tiled floor of Barcelona’s streets; and the Aire de Barcelona3 (22, Picaso Street) Arabian baths which in ancient times were the city’s reservoirs and currently remind us of the enchantment of public baths, common among our Roman ancestors during the Barcino period.

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Despite the cosmopolitan influence spirit in Barcelona, locals have never forgotten one of their most ancient traditions: buying groceries in the fresh markets. Boqueria Market2, (91, Rambla), at the heart of Las Ramblas, is maybe the most emblematic one, but of course not the only one. There are some other spots in the city, less famous, but still magnificent places to visit and get lost while tasting the best local products and mixing with the inhabitants of the city. Near the Cathedral, you’ll find the recently restored Santa Caterina Market4 (16, Francesc Cambó Avenue.), which is the second oldest of the city, after Boqueria. It was built in 1846 and nowadays it is a good place to buy olives, anchovies, Spanish cheese or fresh fruits. It is also perfect to drink a glass of wine while eating tapas in any of the nearby pubs. For a more native environment, you can visit Concepció Market3 (313-317, Aragó Street), five blocks from Sagrada Familia; taking its name from Concepció Churh. Near the beach there is another place where it is possible to find fresh products, especially seafood: Barceloneta Market5 (Poeta Boscà Sq.). It was built in 1884 and renewed at the beginning of the 21st Century by architect Josep Miàs, who was recognised with the Barcelona City Award for it. Sant Antoni Market1 (1, Urgell Street) is also within Ciutat Vella. It is another good reference for basket groceries shopping like a local. The best moment to visit it is on Sundays because we can

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find great variety of brand new products inside the market, as well as lots of second hand articles such as books, magazines and coins, outside the market. Sunday is the ideal day to visit them, and there you can find a wide offer of fresh products, as well as a second hand market for books, magazines and coins in stalls placed surrounding the market.

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The most common names around here are Montserrat, Mercè and Núria for the ladies, and Jordi, Joan and Marc, for the boys.

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There was a time during which Barcelona was a dirty, dark and overpopulated city. In the midst of the 19th Century, the city was still enclosed by medieval walls that limited its growth. And this was one of its biggest challenges to face. After some controversy, the walls were destroyed and in 1860, architect Ildefons Cerdà initiated the construction of a neighbourhood that would remain part of the city’s physiognomy: L’Eixample. Originally built as a residential area, it is here where the Catalan modernism was born and where nowadays, the most important commercial streets of the city are located. Ciutat Vella and Eixample are two of the busiest and most touristic districts of Barcelona. Nevertheless, there are several spots that remain free of curious crowds, places that locals reserve for their own joy. A good example of that is Diagonal, on Bruc Street, where you’ll find one of the Modern buildings built in Barcelona that is not as popular as famous landmarks such as Casa Batlló1 or Casa Amatller, located at Passeig de Gràcia, and it is Casa Terrades2, that we usually call Casa de les Punxes (the house of spikes), name derived from its spiky towers. It’s a private building, so its inner areas cannot be visited, but its façade is worth seeing to take a look at the beautiful colourful glasses, decorative ceramics and forged details. From Diagonal we can head Passeig de Gràcia, the biggest commercial artery of the city. It’s a luxurious avenue hosting international and national boutiques in privileged sites where walking around is a guilty pleasure. Among the most prestigious boutiques, you’ll find Lladró3, Carrera & Carrera4 and Santa Eulàlia.5 A secret: inside this last one there is a wonderful

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terrace with gardens, ideal for a good breakfast or a snack at midday. Some of our brands with important international projection, like Zara6, Women’s Secret7, Mango8 and Imaginarium9, have their shops at Passeig de Grà cia and at its parallel street Rambla de Catalunya.

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tHe HistOric estreLLA dAMM breWery At 515 Rosello Street, only 7 minutes walk from the iconic Sagrada Familia is the historic Estrella Damm brewery. The building, designed by a German architect, resembles a German castle and was opened in 1905 with production continuing on site until 1992. Today, whilst the brewing facilities have moved, the building is still used by Grupo Damm as their global head office and has played host to many social, cultural and sporting events including the awarding of FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi’s three golden boots! The old brewery’s brewing facilities have been fully restored to the original layout and design and it is well worth seeing the front gate which was designed by the famous artist and designer Javier Mariscal who created, amongst other things, the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Mascot.

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Passeig de Gràcia is only 1km long, but it is also where some of the most luxurious hotels are located. For example, here we find the Majestic Hotel1 (Passeig de Gràcia, 68-70), in a neo-gothic building at the corner with Valencia Street. Locals love its piano bar (where many social and political agreements were reached) and its terrace: La Dolce Vitae, where locals go for a drink at special nights to enjoy a view of modernist pieces by Domènech i Montaner and Gaudí. The curious Egiptian Museum2 (284, Valencia Street) is also in València Street, in a hidden corner. It was created by Jordi Clos, a passionate about Egypt, with a collection of more than 1 million pieces representing the Egyptian civilization. It’s not the place where most people go, so it is easy to take a look at years of history in an almost intimate atmosphere. And, very close to this museum, you’ll find one of Barcelona’s milestones: Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera3 (261-265, Provença Street). Before Gaudí, no one had ever imagined such an extravagant way to decorate the roof of a building. If you’d like to visit it but avoiding the crowds, then you’ll have to do as locals do: attend to one of the jazz concerts that are organized at the upper terrace during summer evenings. It’s a good option to see its famous chimneys while listening to good music and drinking a glass of cava. After a long day of shopping and cultural sightseeing, you might be tired. Just 2 blocks from Passeig de Gràcia in Pau Clarís Street, you can relax in one of the most exclusive Spas of Barcelona: Mayan Luxury Spa4 (668, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes), recognised by international Media as the best in town.

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If looking for a restaurant, you’d better not waste your energy at Passeig de Gràcia; walk to the left side of the Eixample. In Aribau Street you’ll see L’Angle Restaurant1 (214, Aragó Street), by the famous Catalan chef Jordi Cruz (awarded with one Michelin Star), who has a very particular way to understand gastronomy: based on memory, creativity and the product. In Rosselló Street, another chef, a she chef, Ada Parellada, created the menu of one of the most famous restaurants in Barcelona: Semproniana2 (148, Rosselló Street). The place has been completely decorated by Ada herself. Her Delirium Tremens, is a classic desert in the menu that no chocolate addicts can miss. Not too far from there, you’ll find one of our favourite Tapas restaurant: Paco Meralgo3 (171, Muntaner Street), where no one gets out before eating “patatas bravas” or some of our popular sausages: fuet de Vic. On the left side of Eixample you’ll find one of our dearest spots: Enric Granados. It’s a street with two lines of plane trees, typical of Barcelona, dotted with trendy restaurants, local shops and delightful cafés, like Cosmo & Café4 (3, Enric Granados Street) that also hosts an art gallery. We find patisseries that represent a huge challenge to anyone who walks by and does not have time to buy something, and at the corner of Enric Granados with Aragó Street (next to a quiet park called Doctor Letamendi) we see La Pastisseria5 (228, Aragó Street) the ultimate temptation, owned by Josep María Rodríguez: a very young winner of the 2011 Bakery World Cup.

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We love sweets and there is a specialty for each occasion. Among the most popular ones you’ll find: monas de pascua, a pie decorated with chocolate figures which is traditionally given by Catalan godparents to their godchildren on Easter Day; panellets, almond and sugar pastry; bunyols de vent (sweet dumplings), a tradition during the first days of November; and neules, a kind of wafes, eaten especially during Christmas.

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Another uncommon place for tourists but beloved by students and solitary readers is Barcelona University’s Cloister, a little heaven of peace in front of the busy Plaça Universitat. It was finished in 1882, complementing Carmen Convent, which , at the beginning of the 19th century resulted small for the Faculties, Law and Theology. If you are looking for a corner to sit and relax while reading a good book, this is the perfect place. A couple of novels would be appropriate for the occasion, with Barcelona as the main character: La Sombra del Viento or El Juego del Ángel by Carlos Ruíz Zafón; and also La Catedral del Mar by Ildefonso Falcones.   TOUS1 Tous (18 Passeig de GrÀcia Avenue), founded in 1920, has developed a unique and innovative concept for jewellery. Its original bear has reached all corners of the world, with shapes for all ages, has turned into a Symbol of Barcelona. Along the years, Tous has also created a landmark for the fashion sector thanks to the variety of accessories, fragrances and watches they offer. The flagship store of the company, located in the middle of Passeig de Gràcia, has impressive products and gives a glass of cava and a gift to all its visitors. VINOTECA TORRES2 At the heart of Passeig de Gràcia, a main way of our city, you’ll find La Vinoteca Torres: a meeting point for gastronomy and oenology lovers. It’s a perfect place to taste a great variety of wines, from the most exclusive ones to the most traditional beverages, and to buy a delicious bottle to enjoy at home. It’s an ideal place to immerse in the wine culture and deepen in the wines produced by Bodegas Torres. It’s main bar, a huge table where customers share their

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experiences, and its private room, create a special environment to participate in a wine tasting occasion along with the best tapas or dishes of the menu. It’s a very original culinary and oenological proposal that no visitor should miss.

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Catalan people don’t need much excuse for organizing a meeting for family or friends around a well-supplied table. In Spain, the gastronomic sense is so deep inside our culture that we don’t only like eating out in good restaurants, but also we are very demanding when choosing ingredients to prepare meals at home. That’s why we truly need to live near specialized shops to buy good wine, Iberian products or homemade jam. Vila Vinateca8, (Agullers street, 7) at the heart of Born, is one of those delightful specialized shops, selling Spanish and International wines. There, customers can also buy all kinds of Spanish delicatessen, like the Acorn Iberian Ham, which makes it a bad idea to visit the shop while being hungry. A secret: they organize tasting courses. El Corte Inglés Gourmet Club5 (Cataluña Square, 7) also offers premium gastronomy; located in downtown, at Catalunya Square, and is also a perfect place for eating jams, pâté, etc. Celler Gelida2, (Vallespir street, 65) located in Sants, has been on for over 100 years, managed by 5 generations of the same family. Their options are based on wines with Catalan Origin Certificates, representing a good place to find local artisanal liquors such as Ratafía (made out of nuts) or spirits with herbs like Aromas de Rupit or Aromas de Montserrat. All these products are very original souvenirs that anyone would like to take home. Idyllica3, (Rambla del Prat, 11) located in Gràcia neighbourhood, is an exquisite place specialised in wine. Its decoration is contemporary

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and elegant, with a great variety of Spanish wines, among them, one of our favourite ones: crianza 2010 by Ramón Bilbao, with amazing balance and versatility. This place also offers takeaway food, wine accessories and household items. Lafuente7, (20, Ferran Street) is another classic of Barcelona, it was opened in 1906, nowadays selling at 4 different shops around the city; they have a variety of more than 5 thousand wines, Spanish most of them. Alaparra1, (3, Joanot Martorell Street) is another place we love, located in Poble Sec, in one of the old horse stables from 1800, with a tasting room placed at a high platform that used to be the place where the horses ate. CINCO JOTAS6 Pata Negra ham’s quality and original flavour are the result of a historic promise of rejecting the mix between 100% Iberian swine and other breeds. Today, these native animals are raised in complete freedom in ancient dehesas, a unique environment in which they intensively exercise all the time, with special feeding based on acorns. This, plus the curing process traditionally carried out in old cellars located in Jabugo have turned Cinco Jotas in one of the biggest treasures we have in our national heritage. They have 3 restaurants in Barcelona where clients can enjoy the great variety of their products. (3, Comtal Street; 91-93, Rambla de Catalunya, and 373-375, Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes).

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Eixample features a couple of unmissable places to buy and taste excellent Acorn Iberian Ham or caña de lomo ibérica. It’s the case, for example, of La Cuina d’en Garriga4, (308, Consell de Cent Street) with some little tables to eat right there, offering delicatessen, homemade bread, wines and take away products. Casa Pepe9, (98, Tanger Street) is another place that is part of our lives and that has been offering its services since 1947; it has 3 shops which are in the middle of being a charcuterie, wine shop and tapas bar. It’s a temple for foodies. RAMÓN BILBAO The Origin Certification of Rioja has a tradition of years in making good quality wines, recognized worldwide because of their variety and versatility, which allows it to be consumed at almost any moment. Ramón Bilbao, a wine cellar, was founded in 1924, located at Haro (Rioja), famous for their careful attention of all details of the production: from the field to the bottle. Ramón Bilbao considers the wine production an art, and that’s why we love drinking their fresh wines as appetizers and as perfect companions for stews and vegetables.

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The best way to get to know Barcelona is walking and getting lost by its alleys and streets: discovering the magic of its spots, finding amazing surprises after each corner, getting the vibe, blending with the rhythm of the Barcelonans‌ but we need to have a birdeye view of its streets, coming down to its shapes and composition, from the privileged post offered by the heights. There is no better option for that than relaxing in one of its many terraces enjoying the impressive views:

Skybar1 (Grand Central Hotel) with views to the sea from the Gothic neighbourhood, as well as the Torre Agbar, (211, Diagonal Avenue).

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The Cathedral and its surroundings can be seen from Ohla Terraza Chill Out2 (49, Via Laietana) Mercer3 (7, Carrer dels Lled贸) offers the best views over the Gothic neighbourhood.

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W Hotel (1, Rosa dels Vents Sq.) and its open air terraces with views of the city from the sea. From the terrace of the Bagués Hotel (105, La Rambla) you have a privileged view over the ramblas (boulevards). La Isabela Terrace (1898 Hotel, in 109, La Rambla) offers one of the best skylines of Barcelona. B Hotel4 (389-391, Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes) offers its views over the Olympic mountain of Montjuic. Alaire5 (in Condes de Barcelona Hotel, 73, Passeig de Gràcia) is perfect for a wonderful sunset facing the Tibidabo, with views over the Sagrada Familia). The Dolce Vitae6 (Majestic Hotel, 68, Passeig de Gràcia) gives you the best photo-shooting place to the Modernist buildings. El Terrat7, (in Mandarin Oriental, 38-40, Passeig de Gràcia) offers a complete view over the Passeig de Gràcia. From Ànemos8 (in Cram Hotel, 54, Aribau Street) you can see the whole Aragón Street. The Terraza del Omm (265, Rosselló Street) provides you with a unique view of the famous Casa de les Punxes. You can get a super view over the roofs and the terraces of the Eixample from the Terraza del Claris10 (150, Pau Claris Street) Terraza del Ayre Rosselló Hotel 11 (390, Rosselló Street) offers a detailed foreground photo of Sagrada Familia.

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The perspective from the Terraza de Àmister Art Hotel (93-95, Roma Avenue) is perfect to have a bird-eye view over the Eixample. And for a complete view of the whole city, come to Gran Hotel La Florida (83-93 Vallvidrera-Tibidabo Road ) or Miramar (40, Mirarmar Road), two wonderful terraces.

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Barcelona is a city surrounded by mountains, which are its source of clean air and the core of sport activities. Montjuic, the most popular hill, was the place for the 1992 Olympic Games hosting stadium and there you’ll find some of Barcelona’s landmarks like Palau Sant Jordi and the Olympic Stadium, a place where travellers and athletes love going. Nearby you’ll find Poble Sec, which has been the heart of the theatre world, ever since the beginning of the 20th Century until nowadays.

Montjuic gives us the fresh air breath when we need to get away from the asphalt jungle in which we live every day in other parts of the city. Get your sneakers on and grab your curiosity or running cravings, that’s all you need to enter the green area of our map. There we have 3 unknown and quiet parks to be visited on sunny Sunday mornings. One of them is called Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens, a quiet and easy place located next to the busy and noisy Miramar viewpoint. Another one is called Laribal Gardens (Passeig de Santa Madrona), a spot that seems to be from a different time, hiding the mythic Font del Gat (Passeig de Santa Madrona, 28), which got known by all locals after being the inspiration for a popular song. “Baixant de la Font del Gat, una noia, una noia, baixant de la Font del Gat, una noia i un soldat” (“Coming down from the Font del Gat, one girl, one girl, coming down from the Font del Gat one girl and one soldier”).

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That is the catchy verse of the song, joking about couples who tried to find privacy in such separated spot of the city. And last, but never least, we can also go to a green area inspired in contemporary concepts: Barcelona’s Botanical Gardens (Passeig del Migdia), where we find a very complete encyclopaedia about Mediterranean plants, with 1.400 species. Under the thick green ceiling formed by trees, in Montjuic you’ll also find places to drink a coffee while enjoying an amazing view of the city. We suggest Fundació Miró Terrace (Montjuic Parc) and the little porch in front of Catalunya’s National Art Museum (Mirador del Palau Nacional, Avenue of the Montanyans), a place usually crowded that offers panoramic views difficult to compete with. You must have your camera with you when visiting this place because it is here that the classic picture of Barcelona framing Sagrada Familia, Eixample and Plaça Espanya can be taken. And it is in this last spot, Plaça Espanya, where you’ll find 2 of the most recently built viewpoints: the one over a fashionable shopping centre called Arenas (373, 385 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes) (that turned the old bullfighting arena into a shopping temple) and the B-Hotel Barcelona’s Terrace (389, 391 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes), where the view can be enjoyed from its infinity swimming pool. This district also has places that art and architecture lovers don’t mind visiting more than once. One of them is Mies van der Rohe Pavillion (7, Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia Avenue) a building built for The 1929 World Fair. It’s a particular construction made of crystal, steel and marble, where the first silla Barcelona (a symbol of design in the 20th Century), created by Van Der Rohe to decorate the building, is on display (along with its Ottoman and little table games). Not so far from there, you’ll see a textiles factory built by Casimir Casaramona, a business man who asked for the building

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to be erected according to the trendy inspiration for architecture at the beginning of the 20th Century: Modernism. It was none other than Puig i Cadafalch, Casa de les Punxes’ architect, the one in charge of shaping the particular factory that today hosts CaixaForum (6-8, Francesc Ferrer I Guàrdia Av.), an association between a foundation and the Cultural Service of Barcelona from La Caixa. This cultural centre offers permanent exhibitions of old, modern and contemporary art, and also concerts, theatre and performances and literary gatherings. But, if it is your appetite what needs to be pleased, we’ve got the answer. At Poble Sec, the premium bohemian neighborhood, we have some restaurants usually not among the tourists’ options. In 7, Lleida Street, Espai Kru, where 70% of the menu is made of dishes prepared with no oven or cooker. We love its cocktails bar and its open kitchen. In 104, Tamarit Street, Lolita Taperia (104, Tamarit Street), serving appetizers in the form of croquettes (ham and squid are the most famous ones), fresh anchovies, pork dishes and our traditional Conejo con Caracoles (rabbit with snails).

Poble Sec is also a trendy night destination, not only due to the variety offered at theatres that light up evenings on Paral.lel venue, but also due to the presence of historic and famous nightclubs. El Molino (99, Vila I Vilà Street.) is an icon of the transgressor Barcelona (that even challenged the past condemnation); it’s an old-fashion cabaret theatre, with feathers and music hall, offering flamenco shows. Some squares from there, we find Sala Apolo (113, Nou de la Rambla Street.), another night club where we go to listen pop, rock, folk, electronic or indie live music. They have a concerts programmed for every night all the year long.

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In Barcelona all sandwiches are made with pà amb tomàquet. For us, dishes are incomplete if they don’t come with some slices of this Catalan bread. To make it, it is only necessary to have bread that was just taken out of the oven, cover it with fresh tomato picked from the garden and add a generous quantity of that delicious liquid gold-like we produce here: Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Our favorite, the one from the brand La Española.

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Vermut (vermouth) is a kind of wine, aromatized with herbs, that takes its name from one of the aromatic plants used in its preparation. According to the tradition, on Sundays, before lunch, everyone should look for a pub, order a glass of this wine, usually with a squirt of soda water, and take a while to drink it and enjoy some snack. The best option? Some Conservas Ortiz anchovies. The fer un vermut (drink a vermouth) ritual is very old and, despite its popularity went down beaten by beer, for the last years, this wine has been drunk more and more again. Why? Many clubs (old pubs with new faces) have been serving it, some of them even elaborating their own. There is no better way to experience the Barcelona’s lifestyle than having a vermouth on a Sunday. In Poble Sec, a place that represents a must-go for everybody is Bodega 19002 (91, Tamarit St.), by the star awarded chef Albert Adrià (Ferran Adrià’s brother). Despite continuing with tradition, innovation is a characteristic of their products and a symbol of the business. Within the same area, tradition makes you stop at Quimet Quimet1 (25, Cabanyes Poet St.) , the most traditional pub of Barcelona and one of the most famous ones, running business since 1914. It’s a tiny place with only 2 tables and an always-crowded bar. They serve the classic Reus vermouth, draught vermouth and even their own beer. If we happen to go to Eixample, we’ll find Morro Fi4 (171, Consell de Cent St.), where it is always possible to drink a very cold draught beer, a glass of homemade vermouth or a glass of high quality wine (for a fair price). And something to eat? They offer essential preserved appetizers: stuffed olives, Ortiz anchovies, cockles, etc.

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Rosso 233 (68, Comte Borrell St.), in Market Hotel, offers a vermouth produced by themselves, at a sophisticated environment resembling the Shanghai of the 30s. Their best tapa is fresh sea urchins from Costa Brava. L’Avi Manel Bar5 (416, Consell de Cent St.), is also located in Eixample. It’s a place with ancient flavour, classically decorated with wine barrels. ORTIZ PRESERVED FOOD Conservas Ortiz is undoubtedly the Spanish master of canned and preserved food, since 1891. They produce their merchandises in an artisanal manner, respecting the traditional fishing rules. Their best products are anchovies, bonito del norte, ventresca, escabeche mussels, piquillo peppers and caballa eggs; which are to be directly tasted, without further ingredients, although they can also be prepared following the recipes that Ortiz publishes on the web.

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Barcelona is one of the World Design Capital, an acknowledge which started after the 1992 Olympic Games in the city. The headquarters of that event were located at Montjuic Mountain, the same place that some decades before had hosted the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. That fair left some emblematic buildings, still on today: Palacio Nacional1 (house of MNAC, Catalunya National Art Museum) (Montjuic Park), Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion 7, (7, Francesc Ferrer I Guàrdia Av.), Pueblo Español6 (13, Francesc Ferrer I Guàrdia Av.), Montjuic Stadium (named Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys2 (17-19, Olympic Prom.) etc. Next to the last one, that was adapted to the Olympic event, there is a big esplanade structured in many levels. There is where Palau Sant Jordi3 designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, National Institute of Physical Education of Catalunya5 (12-22, Stadium Av.), by Ricardo Bofill, Communications Calatrava Tower4 (8, Minici Natal Prom.) and other buildings, restored for the occasion, are located. Designing is not only present in Barcelona’s architecture, also in the shops and its windows. Catalan brands have been evolving in the international market for some years. It is the case of Munich9, specialized in sports footwear and with its flagship at l’Illa Diagonal Shopping Centre, 557, Diagonal. Not far from there, there is another local designing shop: Custo Barcelona,10 in the same Shopping Centre. At Eixample District we find a growing interest in interior designing: in 256, Roselló Street, you’ll find Showroom, by the Catalan designer Nani Marquina12, specialized in peculiar rugs.

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In 96, Passeig de Gràcia, you’ll find Vinçon11, founded in 1941 by Hugo Vinçon and Enrique Levi, nowadays represents a landmark of the city where you can buy decorative objects created by Spanish companies with international recognition. Roca Barcelona Gallery It belongs to Roca, a worldwide brand, leader in designs for bathrooms spaces and interior decoration, initiated by Catalan architects Carlos Borja and Lucía Ferrater. The shop has a rectangular base and a huge crystal façade, like a giant shop window. At night, it turns into a big light box using LED illumination in perfectly arranged places. This stunning building is an all-purpose facility used for several exhibitions, events and professional meetings ( 211-213, Joan Güell St.).

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There are different types of squares: monumental, simple, made of concrete, with gardens, near the beach or presenting astonishing views of Barcelona. But there is a very uncommon type: the ones that are hidden in neighbourhoods, out of sight for tourists. You cannot find them on your way, you have to look for them. Plaza Sant Felip Neri 2 is one of the prettiest squares in Ciutat Vella, with lots of history and with the presence of a Baroque Church, buildings of old medieval guilds and a fountain springing the water in the shade of its trees. Sant Pere de les Puel.les. Square3, is another magic place where time does not pass by; located in front of a Romanic church of the same name, that once was owned by the first benedict convent for women in Barcelona, founded in 945. Duc de Medinacelli Square1, is located in the old city, in front of the sea and under palm trees and, where some scenes for Todo sobre mi madre (All About my Mother) film, by Pedro Almodóvar, were filmed. Gràcia District is one of those tempting places for going out and finding little charming spots. Two very popular squares of this area, full of options all year long, are La Virreina Square5, and La Revolució Square4; classic for Sunday morning activities or for an ice cream in a summer afternoon.

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In Barcelona we celebrate different festivals all year round. We have the Mercè Celebrations (in September) and also each area has typical festivities. The most famous ones are Sant Medir Celebrations (in March) and Gràcia and Sants neighbourhoods Celebrations (in August).

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Walking from Eixample, it is only necessary to cross Diagonal to be in a neighbourhood which makes a world apart. No one admits to be Barcelonan there, they all say “I am from Gràcia”, a little town that was never part of the city until the end of the 19th Century. People from Barcelona love it and tourists haven’t discovered it yet, despite housing one of Gaudi’s most emblematic works. A place the Invisible Tourist shouldn’t miss. Gràcia is our particular urban bubble. A neighbourhood we firmly preserve just for us: it’s residential, alternative, hipster and keeps the atmosphere of that town it used to be. Its traditional celebrations, in August, are the most colourful parties of the city and an important date that we always must leave a while for. To enter this place by the main door, you have to get to Salvador Espriu Gardens1, commonly known as Jardinets de Gràcia, place where once our grandparents enjoyed an alternative or a Clint Eastwood western film, at the Casablanca Theatre. In those gardens it is also possible to find a building made by the great modernist artist Domènech i Montaner: Casa Fuster1. There, the exquisite Café Vienés2 is a good place to mix with the Barcelonans, since it is one of our favourite places to have a drink in especial occasions. By the way, Casa Fuster is the place where film director Woody Allen plays his clarinet when in Barcelona with his jazz band.

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The avenue that begins at Salvador Espriu Gardens is called Gran de Gràcia. It’s the only one with two lanes in this neighbourhood of narrow streets, alleys and passages where a car is unnecessary most of the times. Gran de Gràcia is the main street of the town from which it takes its name. There, we find some places with a lot of history, like Botafumeiro3, classified as the best seafood restaurant of the city, by the locals. Eating at the bar is an irresistible temptation to taste traditional delicious dishes and tapas, everything very classy. Camiseria Pons4, is also around there, a centenary shop where customers can have a suit made. In this shop they keep their traditions together with today’s trends, even offering personal shopper service. Some blocks ahead, where Gran de Gràcia crosses Carolines Street, it’s where you’ll find Casa Vicens5, the first big work that Gaudí was hired to do after graduating from the Provincial School of Architecture in Barcelona, 1883.

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It’s a summerhouse that a Catalan businessman had built in the outskirts and that has remained private property until now. After so many years, we are happy to know that it will soon be opened as a museum. By the way, Casa Vicens is one of the Unesco World Heritage spots that we have in Barcelona. On one hand, we love Gràcia because it has beautiful squares and it is possible to go around shopping in the old-fashion way with a wicker basket. On the other hand, some years ago the old routine of buying in bulk and purchasing second-hand clothes started to reappear again at the trendy shopping centres. And the best part is: it’s eco-friendly and cheap! Young people come and buy grams of nuts at Granería Sala1, litters of wine at La Bodegueta2 and bread at Barcelona-Reykjavik3. Locals won’t realize you are foreigners if you buy something at these traditional-like shops or if you go to Abacería Central Market4, most visited by lovely old ladies. You’ll find the vintage fashion in shops without big illuminated displays, like Cucharada5 or Retro City6, where you’ll be able to buy shoes that once belonged to a twist dancer, for a rather cheap price. Squares: those places we find at the end of a narrow alley, as Verdi Street, always lively and scenery for shows that take place at any time. We have fun squares like Plaça del Sol, Plaça Virreina or Plaça Villa; literary squares, like Plaça del Diamant, with a Colometa statue statue reminding us its link to the Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda and her novel about the after war Spain: The Times and the Doves (“La Plaça del Diamant” translated to more than 40 languages). We also have musical squares, like plaças del Raspall and Romaní, places where the gypsy community gathers. There is a sign on a wall located at the Romaní square that reminds us about Gato Pérez, who lived there, not far from the Pescaílla’s: Catalan Rumba singers who developed a rhythm as popular as the Rumba Flamenca and Cuban Music. Forever immortalized in

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a song by Gato Pérez called La Rumba de Barcelona: “La Rumba que coneixem no és de la Xina ni del Japó. La nostra Rumba de Barcelona està marejada el voltar el món”

(The Rumba we dance is neither from China nor from Japan. Our Rumba from Barcelona is getting dizzy of being danced all around the world).

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All Catalans are bilingual. Our official languages are Spanish and Catalan. Although Spanish is the national language, you will mainly hear people speaking in Catalan in the streets. It is the pride of our rich culture.

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People from Barcelona have been living turning their backs to the sea for years: when we felt like going to a nearby beach, we usually chose Sitges or the Maresme Coast. But it changed after 1992 Olympic Games, when the Port and the Olympic Village were built, improving the aspect of the Barceloneta. This coastal city grew to the North, from the neighbourhoods of Poblenou to the Besòs River, an area that today hosts the creativity and businesses of our active city.

Barcelona has 7 km of beach. The beaches that locals prefer are Bogatell (loved by surfers), Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella. It’s our marine getaway and we go there all the year long for: running, surfing, family relaxation or simply bike riding. In fact, bicycles have turned into our favourite urban mean of transportation: we are in love with that European inclination for leaving the car at home and making the city a bit less grey. There are bike lanes in many areas of the city and some of them are along the coast: truly enchanting, crossing dunes and gardens. But, human beings cannot only live on sand and sea. Barceloneta and the maritime path in front of the Olympic Ville are classic places when our stomachs ask for fish. It’s the place where we love staying, especially in winter, when days are granted with sunshine, inviting us to sit in the terraces. There you’ll find Barceloneta Restaurant; advisable to book a table before getting there, otherwise it could get difficult to find a place to sit. What is its secret? Fresh fish and good service in a huge balcony towards the Old Port. Another good place is Xiringuito Escribà, serving for sure the best paella of Barcelona and where visitors can eat with their feet almost in

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the sand. You must keep some room for dessert because the place is so well known for its famous pâtisserie. There are two spots that we love, which are closer to heaven than to earth: Dos Cielos, a privileged place on floor 24 of Hotel Melià Sky Barcelona, serving original food (2 Repsol Suns awards); and Enoteca, located at Hotel Arts, a gastronomic temple managed by Paco Pérez (2 Repsol Suns awards).

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When we order a clara in Barcelona, it means a beer mixed with sparkling lemon.

Entering Poblenou neighbourhood coming from the sea, you’ll find the 21st Century Barcelona, that one in between old industrial constructions from the 19th Century and extra up-to-date buildings, designed by important architects. This new Poblenou (turned into 22@ neighbourhood) has an unquestionable symbol: the chameleon-like Agbar Tower, 144 metres high, soon to open like a luxury hotel. It was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the same professional that created the profiles of the extremely unknown Parc del Centre del Poblenou, located some blocks down the Diagonal. Despite its beautiful landscape and architecture, it is rare to find tourists don’t usually drop around there. And, as an added value, it is the green area that breaths clean the air of this historically industrialized zone.   Back at the feet of the Agbar Tower, we see Fira de Bellcaire, commonly known as “Encants Vells” (old charms). It is possible to buy from a second-hand book to a second-hand wedding dress there. Everything is possible in this spot, which was recently moved its location after centuries in that place, just a few metres further, on to a new and futuristic structure made of aluminium and zinc. The truth is that Poblenou is exactly that: a place where Barcelona’s skyline is constantly modified by cranes. Being in this super new

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atmosphere, we cannot forget about a building that has already turned into a symbol: Disseny Hub Barcelona, a building with such an impossible design that, despite its short life, was already assigned a nickname: “la grapadora” (the stapler). The New Design Museum will soon be opened there, and we are very anxious about it. Melià Sky Barcelona is another unmissable architectonic landmark, by Dominique Perrault. Parties at its swimming pool (Le Pool) are very noteworthy, usually attractive for celebrities and pretty people who like to see and be seen. How to get away from the stressful noise? In YHI Wellness by Silom Spa, located in the same hotel. REPSOL GUIDE The Repsol Guide has been published for 35 years now, helping travellers not only to find the best routes, but also to choose the best accommodations and restaurants. This edition presents 502 restaurants with Repsol Sun award, the highest recognition given to food businesses in Spain. The criteria used to decide which restaurants deserve one, two or three Repsol Suns award are based mainly on culinary excellence: the quality of raw material and its cooking process

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Going out with friends to eat some tapas or any appetizer is a social ritual that we practice all over Spain, from Andalucía to Galicia, and, of course Barcelona is not an exception. Classic tapas are very simple and can be served cold (olives, anchovies, etc.), or hot (croquettes, squids,…) However, in the last years these dishes have evolved to much more elaborate methods, and sometimes we could even refer to it as eating high level gastronomy in mini portions. One of the last trendy Tapas places recently opened in Barcelona is Mercat de la Princesa2 (21, Flassaders St.), in Born. Here, the area is shared by many restaurants, offering all kind of tapas: simple, sophisticated and with international flavours. Here we find oysters, tortillas, anchovies in vinegar and many other interesting things. Around the same area you’ll find Bar del Pla1 (2, Montcada St.) offering tapas and traditional dishes made with local products, whose sumiller, Sergio Ruiz, was the winner of the prestigious award Nariz de Oro (Gold Smelling Nose) 2013. Casa de Tapes Cañota4 (7, Lleida St.), .) brings to Barcelona the Galician gastronomy, with tapas made of seafood, Padrón peppers and delicious octopus. A place with funny and informal decoration frequently visited by both national and international clients.

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CAMPOFRíO3 Campofrío is the leader brand in the meat products market of Spain. It has been with us since 1952, inside our homes and exporting Spanish products to more than 90 countries. We love their cured ham, sausages and fuet tapas, which we usually eat with pa amb tomàquet (tomato rubbed on a slice of bread with olive oil). Going to Poble Sec, on Paral.lel, we have Tickets Bar5 (164, Paral.lel Av.), the new world temple of Chef Tapas, managed my Albert Adrià, a Michelin Star awarded chef. In order to avoid being seen as disoriented tourists, it is good to know that eating here means booking a table various months in advance, otherwise it becomes impossible to find a sit. Two more places to eat tapas in Gràcia: Brasería La Vila7 (19, Verdi St.) and Las Euras6 (1, Vil.la de Gràcia Sq.). The former, a good option for an informal occasion, before or after going to the film at the nearest cinema: Cine Verdi, where, by the way, we can watch films in their original version. It’s an easy-going place, kind of humble, perfect to drink a very cold beer while eating Catalan fuet or sausage. Euras presents similar characteristics, located at Plaça Vil.la de Gràcia, serving the most famous patatas bravas in the neighbourhood. El Bar Canigó8 (2, Verdi St.), cannot be missed either; it’s one of our historical places where the current owners’ grandfather served drinks much before the war. Down, on the other side of the Diagonal, we find the Bar Mut, a modern pub which has succeeded in recreating the ancient taverns. It’s perfect for a tapa by the bar or for an informal dinner.

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ESTRELLA DAMM Estrella Damm is a firm favourite with local Barcelonians. Brewed in Barcelona for over 138 years, the beer’s story began when a young August K. Damm and his wife Melanie fled to Barcelona from Alsace to escape the Franco-Prussian war. August, a Master Brewer, and Melanie settled in the Mediterranean with the dream of starting afresh and doing what they did best: brewing beer. In 1876 they founded their own brewery and developed a unique beer, adapted to the Mediterranean’s warmer climates and using local ingredients, this was the birth of the Mediterranean lager beer. To this day Estrella Damm is still brewed to the original 1876 recipe and uses only 100% natural Mediterranean ingredients including Malt, Rice and Hops.

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In Barcelona people say gracias/gràcies for thanks, but sometimes you’ll also hear merci. Our name for a ham and cheese sandwich is bikini and for a half-pint beer is mediana.

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From time to time we like to get out of the city, get away from the urban environment for a day. We like to get close to the origins of some of our daily gastronomic products. Just 45 minutes away from Barcelona, you’ll find Freixenet, (Carrer Joan Sala, 2) ancient cellars, from 1914, located in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the heart of Penedès, an excellent wine region. The tour informs clients about the elaboration process as well as purchasing, conservation and consumption tips. If you have enough time, the best option is to take a tour including food pairing and cava tasting. Freixenet Cordón Negro is one of their recognized products: a cava that is exported to more than 140 countries, and is one of our best options in special occasions to make toasts with. Within Penedès we also find Cavas Vilarnau, (Calle Espiells, 0), a modern cellar in a minimalist space, totally integrated in the vineyards. The construction reflects the values and personality of this cava: contemporary and elegant. They don’t abandon the tradition and have been running business since the middle of the 20th century. From its beginnings, Vilarnau bet on up-to-date elaboration techniques, resulting in the production of high quality cavas and wines. Visiting this cellar is a complete enotouristic experience, including 3 cavas tasting, Nordic walking and even riding a horse among the vineyards or a helicopter trip ride.

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In Cataluña we don’t only drink cava during celebrations, usually we drink it at family gatherings and there are some people that even have it in the breakfast.

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This rich region does not only produce grapes for wine. There is a unique place called Centro de Visitas de Bodegas Torres, (Carrer de Miquel TorresCarbó, 6), surrounded by wine areas, at the heart of la D.O. Penedès, that today is a reference for enotourism. It is a paradise for any wine fan, located in Pacs del Penedès, 5 minutes from Vilafranca del Penedès, 55km from Barcelona, that offers an unforgettable ludic, cultural and sensorial experience to discover wine, from the grape to the bottle. Enjoy their products, breathe purified air and relax while tasting the world of wine.

Caldes de Malavella, a thermal location, is at the north of Barcelona, in Girona Providence. Its natural springs produce Vichy Catalán (internationally known as VHC Barcelona): water with carbon and other minerals globally recognized for its quality. Apart from bottling water for human consumption, Vichy has, also in Caldes de Malavella, a hotel called Hotel Balneario Vichy Catalán, (Avinguda Doctor Furest, 32) where customers can live the Vichy philosophy in a hydrotherapy centre offering bicarbonate waters that emerge at 60 ºC. The place has 20.000m2, including gardens, convention rooms and a restaurant named Delicius, making it ideal to mix health with business and gastronomy.  

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When the night falls and we are out of the city, we love going to a Parador Nacional: a historical place which offers accommodation food and activities.

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Useful tips

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When arriving in Barcelona, you will need the currency in Spain, euros, so if you have to change money, the best place is Global Exchange. You will see Global Exchange offices in the airport, in the Departures and Arrival areas of the T1 and T2, where you can change up to 80 different currencies, and you can even book the exchange in advance through their Client Attention Service, with the free telephone 900 855 550, or in their web site www.grupoglobalexchange.com. And by showing this guide you get 15% off * in your currency exchanges with the code: ES07. Furthermore, if you come from outside the EU, and buy in the centres associated to the VAT reimbursement, you can also ask for the refund of the tax free in their offices. To be refunded the tax-free in advance, you can go to the City Cash Barcelona, a programme of INNOVA TAXFREE GROUP, which pays in advance the amount for the purchases done in the city. The office is in 5, Passatge Domingo, in Barcelona. To get to the city centre, we can use one of the taxis which are stopped by the Terminal exit.the minimum fee per ride goes from 20 to 30 €, depending on the destination and the day of the day. The luggage is paid apart, so we cannot be shocked if we are charged with 1.80 € per suitcase or bag. Another good option is the Aerobús (which is blue), that connects the two terminals, and can take you to Plaza Catalunya in less than 30 minutes. It also stops in Plaza Espanya and Plaza Universitat. The ticket costs 5.90 € per ride, and 10.20 € the return ticket, to be used within 15 days.

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The week days the shops in the centre of Barcelona are open nonstop from 10 to 22, but in the suburbs they usually close from 13:30 to 17:00. On Sundays, shops close. There is only one exception with special timetable, opening all days of the year from 10 to 22, the shopping centre Maremagnum, and with free wifi. Restaurants open to serve lunch at about 13:00, and for dinner at about 21:00, although it is getting more flexible to respond to all demands from tourists.

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For further information about the products listed in this guide, you can get it in the following webpages: Food Cinco Jotas: www.cincojotas.com Conservas Ortiz: www.conservasortiz.com Chocolates Valor: www.valor.es Bar Cañete: www.barcanete.com Campofrío: www.campofrio.es Dos cielos: www.doscielos.com La Española: www.laespanolaaceites.com drinks Estrella Damm: www.estrelladamm.com Freixenet: www.freixenet.es Cavas Vilarnau: www.vilarnau.es Ramón Bilbao: www.bodegasramonbilbao.es Vichy Catalán: www.grupovivhycatalan.es Torres: www.torres.es design Tous: www.tous.com Roca: www.roca.es others Eurodivisas: www.grupoglobalexchange.com Repsol: www.repsol.com La Caixa: www.lacaixa.es Barceló : www.barcelo.com Innova TaxFree: www.innovataxfree.com

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