i’ll try and give you the essence of my barcelona:

10. montjuic. because it has incredible view of the city, fundacio joan miro (i recommend the in-house bistro), mnac, font magica (check the timetable of the show), mies van der rohe pavilion, caixa forum (currently, they have goya and delacroix), estadi olimpic, piscina municipal (yeah, the one in the first 30 seconds of kylie’s video), funicular and teleferic.

9. skaters everywhere: boys and girls on long boards mostly, but not exclusively. barcelona is skate central: the smooth and downhill streets make it the ultimate skate city.

8. the beach. summer for 9 months. beach downtown. beach culture and style will never hurt a city’s mojo.

7. la barceloneta. former fishing village turned actual beach-adjacent tapas hunt.

6. raval.with a bit of a bad reputation, it features people of all colours, but a slew of cool new galleries as well. also, mercat de la boqueria.

5. eixample. passeig de gracia, la pedrera (try to be on the terrace at sun down), casa batllo, fondacio antony tapies (don’t miss the quiet terrace), elegant residential neighbourhood, sagrada familia (take a virtual tour here), many art galleries, high end retail, one of the few places where a girl wouldn’t look weird in heels.

4. bari gotico. macba, cccb (they currently have an ambitious photojournalism show), casa camper, museu picasso, shopping, el born barrio aka hipster headquarters.

3. street life. between the ubiquitous cafes/bars/terraces, there’s a lot going on in the bcn streets. from old ladies to full on hipsters, you’ll find your crowd soon enough!

2. low age average. the streets are heaving with kids at all times so sue me if my calculations are wrong.

1. gaudi. as often as one hears it, it’s still true: you cannot take the gaudi out of barcelona! a wonderful genius!

a few random tips:

* use the articket. costs you 30 euro instead of 66 and allows free entrance and no queuing to 7 important art attractions

* walk to park guell. it is worth it!

* have tapas in barceloneta


photo credits: google search