Uncommon Barcelona

There's No Shortage Of Creativity In Spain's Most Avant-Garde City

Like something out of a surrealist dreamscape, the Catalan capital gets its mojo from Modernism, a cultural movement from the early 20th century that sets the tone for just about everything in this cosmopolitan city. The magical port on the Mediterranean is a bustling metropolis that clings relentlessly to its ancient Spanish charms.

The neighborhoods are as versatile as the city. Antoni Gaudí's monumental Sagrada Familia cathedral, which rises hundreds of feet above the downtown is at the center of this utopian melting pot, in the elegant L'Eixample district, filled with galleries, boutiques and cafes. Antiquity meets modernity in the Gothic Quarter, a mix of old and new in a labrynth of cobblestone streets. Walk the adjoining La Rambla, the most famous pedestrian promenade in Spain, a gradual one mile descent toward the sea. When it comes to an escape from the city, locals head to the "magic mountain," Tibidabo, for a ride on a 100-year-old Ferris wheel, or take the funicular to a monastery on Montserrat mountain, where choir boys sing on high.

With our curated guide to Barcelona, discover the many colors of Spain's coolest city, a hub of high culture and carefree bohemianism, where the uncommon awaits around every turn, each step offering the opportunity for new discoveries.

Stories from Barcelona

Rescuing Relics

A Local Artisan Is Preserving Barcelona's Past, One Tile At A Time

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Rescuing Relics
A Thousand Words

One Of The World’s Most Visually Appealing Cities Comes Into Focus On A Photographic Tour

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A Thousand Words
Sounds Of The City

A Classical Conductor Discovers Rhythm Around Every Corner

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Sounds Of The City
On The Move

See The City Differently With A Guided Running Tour Arranged By Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

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On The Move
A Room With A View

The Iconic Gran Hotel La Florida Is A Mountaintop Majesty

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A Room With A View
On Par

Play 18 Holes At The No. 1 Golf Course In Spain With Hotel Camiral’s Resident Pro

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On Par
Scenic Retreat

At Hostal de La Gavina, A Walk Along The Sea Leads To Secluded Beauty

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Scenic Retreat
Modern Musings

A Local Museum Director Sets His Sights On The Catalan Capital

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Modern Musings
Rooftop Hideaway

El Palace Barcelona’s Diana Garden Invites Visitors On A Sensory Exploration

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Rooftop Hideaway
Modernist Menu

Architecture And Gastronomy Mix In An Immersive Food Experience At Hotel Casa Fuster

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Modernist Menu
Shoe Business

A Barcelona Shoe Shiner Continues A Hotel Tradition Started A Century Ago

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Shoe Business
In The Bag

Hotel Casa Fuster Guests Receive Insider Access To The Brand's Gracia Atelier

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In The Bag
Secret Foodie Tour

A Gastronomic Journey Through Girona Finds Local Flavors Off The Beaten Path

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Secret Foodie Tour
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Local Recommendations

Flavor Adventures

Catalan Cooking At Its Most Delicious

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Flavor Adventures
Shining Sons

Picasso, Miró On The Walls

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Shining Sons
Bakery Bites

Breads And Pastries, Fresh From The Oven

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Bakery Bites
Picturesque Excursions

Where To Escape The City

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Picturesque Excursions
For Art's Sake

Where Great Works Live

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For Art's Sake
Tapas Trail

On A Quest For Delicious Small Plates

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Tapas Trail
Cultural Heights

Live Performances Emerge From Unexpected Places

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Cultural Heights
Art Crawl

Recycled Works And Repurposed Buildings

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Art Crawl
Reeling It In

Catch A Movie In Any Language

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Reeling It In
To Market

As Interesting Outside As In

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To Market
Cocktail Bars With Personality

Where The Drinks Pour, So Does History

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Cocktail Bars With Personality
Hearing Is Believing

Classical Venues Revered For A Reason

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Hearing Is Believing
Hitting The High Notes

A Heavenly Mountainside Retreat

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Hitting The High Notes
On The Town

Checking Out The Neighborhoods

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On The Town
Going Green

Walks In The Park

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Going Green
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