Tag: Barcelona

El Jardi, Barcelona

A lazy Sunday in Barcelona

8am A beautiful blue-sky day.  Autumn in Barcelona tends to be pleasant, especially for those of us used to cooler weather.  From December through to Spring, however, things can get distinctly chilly. We enjoy a cup of tea in the…

Urban Suites, Barcelona: Urban, sweet!

It’s beginning to feel as though the ‘real’ Barcelona is being squeezed out of the city centre by the rising tide of lookalike hotels, restaurants and ‘tiendas de cositas’. One area that has – so far at least – escaped…

Retrome hotel Barcelona recepcion

Retrome sweet home – a vintage hotel in Barcelona

Barcelona is booming.  Recent years have seen countless new bars, restaurants and hotels opening in areas which were previously almost entirely residential.  As well as the detrimental effect this is having on residents, another, aesthetic problem is arising.  All of…

El Molino, Barcelona: photos from another time

Before the summer Olympics came to town in 1992, Barcelona was a very different place.  Before the tide of money and regeneration, the city lived with its back to the sea.  Tourists were few and far between, even something of…

Cadaques barcas de pescadores

The weekend guide to Cadaques

Cadaques is possibly the prettiest town on the Costa Brava, and certainly among the most beautiful places in Spain.  Sitting in a rocky bay and surrounded by the hills of the Cap de Creus natural park, this old fishing town…

MACBA Barcelona

5 Unmissable Barcelona Museums (and how to get in for free)

Here at Gusto Guides, we are culture lovers and always on the lookout for things to do in Barcelona, our adopted home town.  A few weeks ago, we posted our picks of Madrid‘s best museums and today we turn our attentions to Barcelona and…

Pipa Club, Barcelona

Barcelona Pipa Club: secret cocktails on Plaza Real

  Unless you knew where to look, you wouldn’t expect to find the plaque hidden by an inconspicuous door on one of Plaza Real’s grey cloisters. You wouldn’t expect, when you rang the doorbell, to be buzzed up with nay…

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Granja Viader: Chocolate for breakfast in Barcelona

Churros.  If you haven’t heard of them, consider this a warning.  Don’t try them.  We repeat, do not even think about taking a bite out of one of these delicious hot doughnutty breakfast things.  And don’t even dream about dunking…

things to do in Barcelona

Top 10 things to see in Barcelona

1. Parc Guell Parc Guell is one of the city’s biggest draws for visitors but is equally popular among locals, who make grateful use of the green space for picnics, afternoon strolls and sneaky outdoor naps when the summer heat…