From Picasso to Hemingway, Gaudí to Dalí, this ever-varying city has played muse to many great creators in the past and the contemporary arts scene continues to thrive. Fashion-forward boutiques and independent ateliers sit alongside vintage design shops.
Gastronomy plays a major role in the city, and you'll find everything from trendy brunch spots and Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional tapas bars serving rustic mountain dishes and seafood. Catalonia’s ten official wine regions supply a tempting array of wine bars and bodegas, while the booming craft beer scene will rouse even the most hardcore of hopheads. There is also the 5-kilometre stretch of glorious city beaches, where you can take a gentle stroll along the boardwalk, stopping for cocktails at one of the sandy ‘chiringuitos’ (beach bars).
Maps, suggested itineraries and transport information make this a hard-working guidebook, while the award-winning design and fabulous location photography ensure it is a wonderful keepsake of your visit.
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