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Sun, food and culture: a summer in Barcelona

Most people will agree that European cities are charming, but Barcelona has a special something: its modernist buildings, the culture, the night life and its beautiful surroundings, that allow you to be in a completely different place in no time. Considering this, a summer in the city doesn't sound that bad, especially knowing that Barcelona also has beach. If you are planning on visiting the Catalan capital during your summer holidays, we invite you to take a look at this short guide by El Avenida Palace to make the most of your stay in Barcelona.

Gastronomy in Barcelona

Eating is a necessity, but it can also be a pleasure and a new experience when traveling abroad. Barcelona is a popular culinary destination, where you will find traditional dishes mixed with haute-cuisine. If want to see how and where it all starts, you can visit La Boqueria market, one of the oldest and most emblematic markets in Spain, and the best one in the world, according to CNN. It is located in the heart of Barcelona, La Rambla.

If you are looking for traditional Catalan cuisine, you will find many options in the city. If you are I El Gòtic, you can go to Restaurant Agut, a former tavern that offers traditional cooking with touches of seasonal cuisine. For proper Catalan home cooking you can have a meal at Can Vilaró, in the Sant Antoni district. You will finish full and happy.

ou will also find many restaurants for signature cuisine in Barcelona, but make sure to make a reservation in advance if you want to go to any of them. A very popular restaurant is Dos Palillos. For them, the tapa is a way of understanding gastronomy and they do it with a very spacial Asian touch. If you think of Catalan haute-cuisine you immediately think about Ferran Adrià. Well, his brother Albert Adrià is a very talented chef as well, and the two of them are in charge of Tickets. You will find delicious and original tapas that will make your dinner unforgettable.

If you are staying at El Avenida Palace during your holidays in Barcelona, you can also go to Casa Llibre. This historic building that opened in 1925 was a meeting point and it still is. A charming place with a delicious offer of meals.

Museums in Barcelona

This city is full of great museums, so everyone will find an exhibition that suits their interests. We made a selection of some of the best museums in Barcelona.

Fundació Joan Miró: Located in Parc de Montjuïc, this museum is in an amazing building designed by Josep Lluís Sert. If you visit Fundació Joan Miró, you will find Joan Miró’s work coexisting with cutting-edge contemporary art. MNAC: National Museum of Art of Catalonia, also in Montjuïc. As its slogan says, it is “one museum, a thousand years of art”. In MNAC you will be able to see a selection of Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th century.

Museu Picasso: This museum is defined as one of the keys to understand the formative years of Pablo Picasso. It is located in El Gòtic and it occupies five town palaces that date from the 13th-15th centuries.

MACBA: Museum of Contemporary Art. Inside the building designed by Richard Meier you won't find what you would see in most museums. Here, the edge is at a different level and some describe the permanent collection as “inaccessible to the uninitiated”. MNAC is located in Raval.

Fundació Antoni Tàpies: Antoni Tàpies is one of Barcelona's most important living artist and his foundation is dedicated to the study and appreciation of contemporary art. The exhibition starts outside, where you will see one of his creations on the top of the building.

Day trips out of Barcelona

Chances are you will have more than enough things to do while in Barcelona, but in case you want to see what else Catalunya has to offer, you can easily do one day trips and be back in the city in the evening. You can go up the mountain of Montserrat and visit the monastery that has the same name. You can chose how to get to the top (cog-wheel railway car, walking…) but however you get to the top, one thing is for sure: you will enjoy the views.

Even if you are not a fan of “Game of Thrones”, Girona is also worth a visit. The old town of this city was chosen to be part of the set of this famous TV series and we are not surprised. The cathedral, the narrow cobbled streets and the arcades will steal your heart.

If you feel like going to the beach but you don't want to stay in the busy Barcelona, you can go to Sitges. Less than an hour away by car from the city, you will be able to sunbathe and enjoy a relaxing walk down the promenade there.

If you don't want to leave the city but you still want to get away from the buzz, you have a great option: if you are staying at El Avenida Palace, you can go to the terrace and enjoy the swimming pool with views over the city.