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You're Going to Love Barcelona

The capital of Spain's Catalonia region, Barcelona could well be the ideal destination for a European urban getaway. This historic, artistic, gastronomic, sporting hub is full of great food and attractions for everyone to enjoy.

Barcelona is the kind of place where you can stroll arm in arm down elegant boulevards in Eixample, rub shoulders with street performers on Las Ramblas or take in the fresh sea air by the city beach. You can see some of the world's most creative architecture at the Sagrada Familia or Parc Guell, take beautiful panoramic photos from Montjuic and descend into the city to dine on exquisite tapas at restaurants like Ouimet i Ouimet.

If sports are your obsession, you can book tickets to the Camp Nou. If art is your passion, the world's biggest collection of Picasso paintings is on your doorstep. Easily accessible from US cities and ready to welcome everyone, Barcelona is a destination that is tough to beat.

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Barcelona is one of those destinations that doesn't really have a time to avoid. Summer might be a little hot for some, but with the beach nearby you can always escape the worst of the heat. Spring is a great time to see the sights, and might be the best time to visit thanks to cultural events like the Primavera Music Festival (in early June), but fall is fine as well.

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Where to Stay in Barcelona

There are plenty of neighborhoods and styles of accommodation to choose from in Barcelona. In the very heart of town, hotels in the Gothic Quarter include the Hotel Hesperia, which features a fitness room, and the Hotel Adagio, located right on the Ramblas. For a seafront option, you might look at W Barcelona, a modern hotel with a rooftop pool. Upscale visitors could also try boutique hotels like the Grand Hotel and Murmuri - but there are excellent hotels all over the city.

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Shopping Streets

Barcelona has a number of neighborhoods packed with high-end stores and boutiques. Some of the best apparel boutiques can be found in Passeig de Gracia, where options include Burberry, Prada and Valentino. For a completely different shopping experience, stroll down Las Ramblas, where street vendors sell food, souvenirs, antiques, portraits, clothing and much more. La Boqueria is another place to shop. The city's main market, it's crammed with produce and food vendors as well as wine merchants and craft stalls.

Groceries and Other

Aside from the food market at La Boqueria, Barcelona has plenty of places to shop for groceries. Look for stores like Carrefour, Mercadona and Alcampo, all of which offer cheap prices and a wide selection. Groceries won't be expensive by New York or San Francisco standards, with a gallon of milk costing EUR3.30 and a pound of apples about EUR1.

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Where to Eat in Barcelona

Dining is one of Barcelona's premier attractions. Few cities in the world have as many great tapas restaurants and wine bars to savor. High quality tapas bars in the center include Quimet i Quimet, Polleria Fontana and El Xampanyet. Alternatives include the quick and delicious Asian sandwiches at Koku, gourmet European cuisine at Xerta and Michelin-starred eateries like Moments, run by chef Raul Balam. The best restaurants come with a price tag of around EUR50-100 per person, but midrange tapas meals shouldn't cost more than EUR20.

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