Barcelona handy tips
Maintaining a special diet can be quite a challenge when you're abroad and don't know where to go or what to ask for. Use this handy online guide to find restaurants that offer gluten-free options:
Barcelona has a large international expat scene, with many informal get-togethers, groups and clubs meeting each week. You'll find everything from bar crawls to themed evenings and cultural visits. Check out what's happening when you're here:
Ok, ok, we all know you want to show off a tan when you get back home. But slap on that SPF: getting burned or UV'd just isn't worth it.
If you’re staying in a 4* hotel, chances are you've already got a rooftop pool to enjoy. The good news for everyone else is that each district has a municipal pool which offers daily access to the public, such as the Centre Esportiu Municipal de la Ciutadella (Paseo de Circumval•lació, 1), with its gorgeous outdoor pool and friendly vibe, and Club Natació Atlètic (Pl. del Mar, Barceloneta) for fantastic sea views.
Best bars for World Cup action
It all kicks off on the 12th June, and just because you're in Barcelona doesn't mean you need to miss a single game; make the most of being on holiday and watch them all in a great ambience! Our favourite spots are the Irish owned Flaherty's Irish bar, on Pl. Joaquim Xirau, just off the Ramblas and The Quiet Man Pub on C/ Marqués de Barberà, which both also offer excellent pub food.
Beat the tourist office queue in Plaça Catalunya
Avoid the queues at the main tourist office below Plaça Catalunya and go to the one in Palau Robert instead, on Passeig de Gràcia, 107, next to Diagonal metro. Its large gardens are an oasis of calm where you can plan your day under the morning sun, accompanied by the squawk of parrots. Another plus is the Palau's free photography exhibition by Zed Nelson, a visual reflection on the global obsession with beauty.