Long lunches, late dinners and even later drinks – Barcelona was made for the good life. Despite high youth unemployment rates and social turmoil due to a contentious movement towards independence from Spain, the laid-back spirit of Cataluña lingers throughout its capital.
Many use Barcelona as an easyJet weekend destination and head straight to the beach with a beer in hand. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find the city’s narrow streets and cobbled squares are home to an international culinary scene, a rising number of boutique hotels and design-led concept stores.
Days in Barcelona are spent by the sea, or wandering the winding roads of the city’s Gothic Quarter while seeking shade from the Mediterranean sun. By night, settle into a taverna with friends and stumble out of its doors hours later when the neighbourhood fairy lights guide your way home.
The city always smells like sea salt, marijuana and sometimes, sewers. It’s as beautiful as you’ve always imagined it, which makes it nearly impossible to leave.
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