Why should I come? Barcelona has everything: amazing architecture, weather, cultural life and food – plus the sea.
Where should I stay? The coolest neighbourhoods are Sant Antoni and Poble-sec, which are within walking distance to the centre and its museums, offering good places to eat and drink.
What should I pack? Barcelona has beaches, yes, but it’s not a seaside resort; avoid walking the city in swimwear and flip-lops. The sun can be fierce, so pack sunglasses, sunblock and a hat – rather than buying one of the Mexican sombreros sold in the souvenir shops.
I’m there! Where do I go first? Explore Barceloneta, the district closest to the sea, and stop off for some tapas or paella. Avoid big bars and terraces populated by tourists, and take your cue from the locals for the best spots to eat.