9 things about Antoni Gaudí that you didn’t know

Antoni Gaudí is a name that is synonymous with Barcelona. Yet who was this curious man who dedicated his life’s work to architecture in Barcelona and its surrounding areas?

You’ve more than likely heard of this great architect and are familiar with some of his great masterpieces. From the Sagrada Família and Park Güell to Casa Battló and the Pedrera, these iconic monuments in Barcelona are a must-see on any visit the city.

Although he started as part of the Catalan modernisme movement, he quickly strayed away and developed his own unique style that has become renowned all over the world.

In this article we’ve put together 10 interesting facts about the man that was Antoni Gaudí. Enjoy!

Antoni Gaudí
9 things about Antoni Gaudí

1. Antoni Gaudí had a difficult childhood

Antoni Gaudí was born in 1852 in the coastal town of Reus where he lived for the first 16 years of his life in a small house with his parents Francesc Gaudí and Antònia Cornet. A sickly child, he suffered from rheumatism from a young age, which prevented him from playing with his friends and living the life of a normal boy. However, it was most likely because of this sad fact that meant the young artist spent a lot of time with his family in nature, which would later prominently feature in his work and become his greatest muse.

2. Antoni Gaudí’s first drawings were published in a school magazine

Around about the age of 15, his first drawings were published in the magazine El Arlequín (The Harlequin), which was edited by his schoolmates Eduard Toda and Josep Ribera (who also went on to become renowned figures). The magazine published mainly humour and poetry alongside Gaudí’s modest illustrations.

3. Antoni Gaudí was not the best student in the class

In 1868, Antoni Gaudí moved to Barcelona to study architecture, which was his greatest passion. However, it is said that he spent hours poring over images of oriental buildings, attending poetry readings and philosophy classes, going to the theatre, taking part in intellectual debates and exploring the surrounding areas of Catalonia.

Antoni Gaudí

4. Antoni Gaudí was a misunderstood revolutionary

Gaudí was terribly misunderstood, even by other artists. George Orwell called the Sagrada Familia one of the most ghastly buildings in the world. Casa Milà, which doesn’t contain a single straight line, was also heavily criticised in the press and was subject to great satire and ridicule. It was even nicknamed “the Wasp’s Nest” and “La Pedrera” (the Stone Quarry), which is the name it is known by today.

5. Antoni Gaudí never married

It is said that Antoni Gaudí only ever proposed marriage to one woman, who turned him down. Pepeta Moreu was Gaudí’s unrequited love. She married several times in her life, however, it was said that she admired Gaudí but didn’t particularly like him. Her refusal led Gaudí to retreat from society and focus on his work, religion and mysticism.

6. Gaudí avoided the use of straight lines in his architecture

As mentioned, in Gaudí’s pieces of architecture it is not uncommon for there not to be a single straight line. The reasons behind this are that he took great inspiration from nature and organically formed structures, which unlike man-made buildings, are curved, leaning, coiled and arched.

7. No one recognised Antoni Gaudí when he died

In the later stages of his life, the great architect dedicated every waking hour to his great masterpiece the Sagrada Família. His humble and rather unkempt appearance meant that, one day when he was unfortunately run over by a passing tram on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, nobody recognised the great artist and he was mistaken for a homeless vagrant.

8. 7 of Gaudí’s pieces have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Despite being a greatly unacknowledged artist of his time, today a total of seven of the artist’s works feature on the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. The outstanding universal value of the following works has been recognised: Park Güell and the Güell Palace; Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera); the recently opened Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and the Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; and the Colonia Güell crypt.

9.The Sagrada Família was meant to be finished in 2026

The construction of the Sagrada Família was scheduled to be completed in 2026 to mark 100 years since Antoni Gaudí’s death. However, due to recent events of the pandemic, the date of 2026 has been deemed impossible. Although an alternative date has not been given, the citizens of Barcelona have been assured that work on the Sagrada Família will not cease.

We hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about Antoni Gaudí!

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Complete Guide to a Romantic Break in Barcelona

A romantic break in Barcelona may not be as iconic as Paris, with its Eiffel tower and French cuisine, but we promise you it will most certainly be as idyllic, if not more!

Think quaint squares tucked away in the Gothic quarter, starlit meals overlooking the city, passionate live music concerts and long afternoon strolls…

A romantic break in Barcelona is the perfect plan to whisk your loved one off their feet and bring even more magic to your relationship. And, what’s more, we’ve created this complete guide to make sure you’re not stuck for ideas when wooing your beau.

Romantic Brea in Barcelona
Romantic Break in Barcelona

Where to Stay on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

At bizFlats we’ve got you covered for your romantic break in Barcelona with our most dreamy apartments, perfect for two people.

The Dandelion apartment is a luxury 1-bedroom apartment ideal for your romantic break in Barcelona. This light-filled rental is perfect for lazy mornings on its sun-drenched terrace and romantic dinners for two in this quaint flat tucked away in a quiet residential area.

The 2-bedroom Neo apartment with a terrace is perfect for couples looking for a spacious place to stay. Boasting tranquillity and peace, this dreamy haven in the heart of the city is within walking distance of the famous Sagrada Familia. You won’t want to leave!

For more idyllic places to stay in Barcelona, discover our top apartments by neighbourhood here.

What to do on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

On your romantic break in Barcelona what better way to impress your partner than a tour of one of Gaudí’s masterpieces? Check out our article for a list of ten of this Catalan architect’s most stunning buildings. Casa Batlló is one of our favourites and its magic nights include a guided tour followed by a rooftop concert and a drink. What could be more romantic?

As dusk settles over the city, why not head to the stunning Montjuïc fountain for an awe-inspiring display of colours, lights and music? Sure to impress, this show takes place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 9 pm and 10 pm. Find more information here.

Another couple-perfect plan for your romantic break in Barcelona is getting lost in the narrow cobbled streets of Barcelona’s beautiful el Born, the city’s trendiest of neighbourhoods. From marvelling at the impressive Santa María del Mar church to spending a lazy afternoon at the Parc de Ciutadella, without a doubt this is one of the most romantic areas of the city.

We’re sure you’ll want to be sure never to forget this romantic break in Barcelona, and what better way to capture it than an instagrammable snap in the city’s most passionate spot? The Kiss in Plaça d’Isidre Nonell is a unique photomosaic made up of shots of “moments of freedom” submitted by locals. Find more picture-perfect spots for selfies of you and your loved one that you’ll treasure forever here.

Where to Relax on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

What could be more romantic and relaxing than a couple’s massage after a long day of sightseeing? Luckily on your romantic break in Barcelona you’ll find an array of truly intimate spaces where calming body and mind side by side has never been so easy.

Aire Ancient Baths Barcelona (Passeig de Picasso, 22) is tucked away inside an 18th century warehouse and the ideal place to unwind surrounded by walls steeped in history. Or why not try something extra special and head to the The Urban Massage in Plaça Urquinaona, close to Plaça Catalunya, with treatment rooms overlooking the city for stunning views.

Where to Eat on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

A romantic break in Barcelona would not be complete without a starlit dinner at the Observatori Fabra (Camí de l’Observatori). This unique experience combining astronomy and haute cuisine makes for a truly unforgettable evening.

Some other of our favourites include Le Cucine Mandarosso (Verdaguer i Callís, 4), an authentic Italian tucked away behind the Palau de la Música, Pepa i Vins (Carrer d’Aribau, 41) serving an impressive selection of local wines in an intimate setting in Eixample, and Osmosis (Carrer d’Aribau, 100) if you fancy splashing out on a delicious tasting menu with wine pairings.

And if you’re looking for something truly authentic, check out our top Catalan restaurants for the best eateries to find local cuisine.

That completes our guide to a romantic break in Barcelona! We hope you’re well and truly loved up!

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6 parks in Barcelona you will love to visit

We’ve put together a list of 6 parks in Barcelona where you can reconnect with yourself and nature without leaving the city.

When it comes to parks and Barcelona, many of us immediately think of Parc Güell, however, Barcelona has much more to offer. From secret mazes to charming parks with sea views, you can visit them all, it’s worth it!

Parks in Barcelona that you will love

1. Laberint d’Horta

This historical garden is perfect for young and old alike. Get lost in its enchanting cypress-tree maze or wander its romantic gardens with hidden ponds, pavilions and sculptures. The oldest park in Barcelona can be visited at any time of year, but is especially magical in the autumn.

Note: It’s a very good plan for a romantic date or also for a photo shooting day.

Labertin d’Horta: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1

2. Parc de la Creueta del Coll

This expansive park offers three hectares of green space, flora and fauna to explore. Located in Gràcia, it is particularly popular in the summer thanks to its large family-friendly outdoor swimming pool. What’s more, with picnic areas, play parks, toilets and locker rooms, it makes for the perfect family day out.

Parc de la Creueta del Coll: Passeig de la Mare de Déu del Coll, 77

3. Turó Park

One of Barcelona’s most emblematic parks, discover art, architecture and nature all in one place. Unwind and relax on a Sunday afternoon with a book under one of its shady trees or go for a stroll around its many peaceful trails and paths.

Turó Park: Avinguda de Pau Casals, 19

4. Jardins de Joan Brossa

Named after the renowned Catalan Poet, Joan Brossa, this park was once home to the Montjüic theme park. This now expansive green area boasts beautiful gardens that bloom in spring and summer and three play areas for children. Don’t miss the fantastic views over Barcelona and its coastline.

Jardins de Joan Brossa: Plaça Dante – Avinguda Miramar

5. Parc de la Ciutadella

Another of Barcelona’s most popular green spaces, the Ciutadella park is located in the old quarter of the city. To get there, take a walk through the magnificent Arc de Triomf and inside the park discover its cascading waterfall, artificial lake with rowing boats, the “Three-dragon” Castle, the city zoo and much more.

Due to its location very close to the center of Barcelona, ​​robberies are common in Parc de la Ciutadella. Pay close attention and also check our article 10 Barcelona safety tips to avoid pickpockets.

Parc de la Ciutadella: Passeig de Picasso 21

6. Parc de Cervantes

If you’re looking to escape the crowds and discover a side of Barcelona that even many locals don’t know about, head to Parc de Cervantes. You’ll fall in love with its over 2,000 kinds of roses scattered around the park and adorning trellises. It makes for the perfect plan on a lazy Sunday afternoon. 

Parc de Cervantes: Avinguda Diagonal, 706

Parks in Barcelona - Parc de Cervantes

Theses are our 6 favorite parks in Barcelona, but there are 90! Check here the official website from the Barcelona City Council to locate all the parks in Barcelona and the closest to you.

What better way to welcome the end of lockdown than with a breath of fresh air. Unwind, stroll, relax or play in the heart of the city. 

We hope this list of 6 parks in Barcelona has helped you to build your route through the city. If you need more ideas you can check here our Top 10 places to visit in Barcelona article.

What’s your favourite park in Barcelona to relax and reconnect with nature? Let us know!

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TOP 22 Barcelona apartments by neighbourhood

Barcelona apartments are just what you are looking for with summer is just around the corner. To help you plan your upcoming summer getaway to the city, we’ve put together this fantastic guide to Barcelona apartments for rent by neighbourhood, so you can choose your favourite place to stay in some of the most privileged locations in the heart of the city.

Our first stop is Eixample, where modernism meets modernity. This sprawling neighbourhood is home to many of our midtown Barcelona apartments. Read on to find out more and book your favourite!

Barcelona Apartments: Eixample


Close to La Pedrera and La Casa Batlló, this 3-bedroom Barcelona holiday apartment with a terrace boasts gentlemanly charm. What’s more, its stately décor preserves the essence of the original architecture.

Dandi apartment with terrace


With 2 double bedrooms and full bathrooms, our Livingstone rental apartment in Eixample combines modernity with traditional pieces of furniture and art from South Africa.

Apartment Barcelona Livingstone

La Mimosa

A stone’s throw away from the luxury-shopping street that is Passeig de Gràcia, La Mimosa will charm you with its lavish finishes and designer furniture. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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This 3-bedroom Barcelona rental apartment boasts a prime location, close to the beach and the National Theatre of Catalunya. Bask in the tranquillity of this neighbourhood on the sun-drenched balcony or relax after a long day of sightseeing in the luxurious and spacious living room-dining area.

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Neo apt

With marble floors and pristine white walls, this light-filled Eixample apartment will bring harmony to your visit to Barcelona. Boasting 2 bedrooms and a terrace and located on a quiet pedestrian street, this is your home away from home, where you can unwind and relax.

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Simply indescribable, our Noname Barcelona apartment for rent has something that we can’t put into words. We urge you to experience this feeling of complete charm, luxury, and relaxation in this designer 3-bedroom flat within walking distance of the city’s renowned Plaça Espanya.


Art Blue

You’ll simply love the warm wooden details in this light-filled romantic penthouse. With 2 bedrooms plus a dedicated workspace, you’ll struggle to tear yourself away to discover the delights of one of the city’s coolest streets, buzzing with life in its shops, restaurants and bars.



Our Barcelona rental apartment that combines modernism, romance, architecture and luxury under one single roof. Every last detail in our KissMe apartment – located in a tranquil residential area of Eixample – adds to the luxury of your experience in this fully equipped apartment for all the senses, a 10-minute walk from Plaça Espanya and the Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC).


Garden House

This midtown Barcelona apartment is a true oasis in the heart of the city, a mere stroll away from the city’s famous Sagrada Familia. With its sprawling terrace shaded by a beautiful canopy and decorated with numerous plants, you won’t want to go home.


Last but not least, this rental apartment in Eixample lives and breathes luxury. From its state-of-the-art living room to its designer furniture and fully equipped kitchen, it is perfect for a business trip or a city break.

Barcelona Apartments: Zona Alta

Next on our list is the Zona Alta of Barcelona, where the exclusive neighbourhood of Pedralbes is located. Discover another side of Barcelona in this upscale residential area.

Ferran Batik

This luxury penthouse for rent boasts a spacious terrace with panoramic views and sun loungers from where you can enjoy the most breath-taking sunsets of the city. This light-filled 3-bedroom apartment is simply spectacular.

Barcelona Apartments: Gothic Quarter

Next we have Barcelona’s historical Gothic quarter. In the heart of the city you’ll find the following Barcelona holiday apartments perfect for any time of year.


A spacious, quirky Barcelona apartment for rent on the city’s most famous street – La Rambla – it combines a privileged location with utmost luxury. What’s more, it is also available as a monthly rental!


This exclusive Barcelona rental apartment with 3 bedrooms and a balcony is found tucked away on a pedestrian street and is within walking distance of Portal de l’Angel, Barcelona’s best shopping experience.

Bella II

Perfect for a romantic getaway to Barcelona, this one-bedroom rental apartment and its chic and glamorous décor will make you feel as though you’re in a movie.

Bella III

Located in the buzzing area of Raval, this modern apartment with original features is within walking distance of sights such as La Rambla, Plaça Reial and the Liceu Opera house.


Cosy yet chic, our favourite one-bedroom Barcelona holiday apartment boasts luxurious wooden details and a wonderful open plan kitchen that is simply perfect for entertaining or relaxing with a glass of wine.


Inside this stunning building you’ll find a Zen-like haven waiting to melt all your worries away and welcome you to this one-bedroom sanctuary with sleek, modern décor.


A stone’s throw away from the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar cathedral, relax in this Barcelona apartment for rent with stunning high ceilings and a private courtyard.


With a rustic yet contemporary feel, you’ll love the bare-brick walls, wooden floors and exposed beams. In the heart of the Gothic quarter, enjoy this trendy neighbourhood at your doorstep.

Barcelona Apartments: Les Corts

Discover our rental apartments in Les Corts: a quiet residential area within walking distance of the city centre, we invite you to delve into another side of Barcelona.


Exquisitely decorated and newly refurbished, Gatsby boasts 3 bedrooms with fun, natural decoration and a terrace with fantastic views of the city that is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner!


Picture yourself in this exclusive one-bedroom penthouse with a sun-drenched terrace. It’s waiting for you!

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Last but not least, our villas by the beach are available upon request. Located in the fantastic destination that is Sitges, a mere 25 minutes from the cultural hub of Barcelona.

La Llevantina

Our upstairs and downstairs villas, that accommodate ten and twelve guests respectively, are exactly what you have been looking for. Combining relaxation and luxury – one by the beach and the other in the mountains – you’ll find it difficult to choose which of these luxurious gems is for you.


Let us know, which is your favourite of our Barcelona holiday apartments? Book it now for your next trip!

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Barcelona Gay Guide: Bars, Clubs, and Beaches

The vibrant city of Barcelona is celebrated for its inclusive atmosphere and active LGBTQIA+ community. From its historical landmarks to its dynamic nightlife, the city offers a plethora of attractions for LGBTQIA+ travelers. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a curated guide to make the most of your experience in Barcelona.

Barcelona gay guide
Barcelona Gay Guide

Barcelona Gay Guide: Bars

La Federica

Owned by Albert Villaplana and Albert Macaya, is a vibrant LGBTQIA+ hotspot in Poble-sec. With its ’70s-themed decor, colorful shirts, and themed parties, it offers a welcoming space for the queer community. A unique haven that’s left a mark on Barcelona’s scene.

La Casa de la Pradera

Nestled on C/Carretas, La Casa de la Pradera adds a lively touch to the Raval neighborhood with its rotating cast of characters, free tapas, and cheerful LGBTQIA+ ambiance. This gay bar enhances the local bubble’s charm, offering a friendly and relaxed space. The bar’s queer enthusiasm and good beer contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of the area.

Punto BCN

Located in the heart of the “Gaixample”, Punto BCN is a cozy and welcoming spot known for its friendly staff and diverse clientele. With affordable drinks and a lively atmosphere, it’s a great place to start your night.

GinGin Gay Bar

Inspired in the comic Tintin, with a trendy atmosphere and creative cocktails, GinGin is a popular spot for the queer community. Its lively events and welcoming vibe make it a must-visit on the Barcelona scene. At GinGin, diversity and fun come together for a memorable experience.

Candy Darling

Born from a Berlin trip by Javier Meneses and Alex Schoihet, is a queer-friendly bar near Plaça Universitat. Named after the iconic trans actress from Andy Warhol’s Factory, it combines activism and fun. Enjoy creatively named sandwiches like Pastrami Queer, experience drag shows, circus acts, and a unique pocket disco. Adorned with queer art, from torrid photos to colorful installations, the bar merges ethics, aesthetics, and a safe haven for LGBTQIA+ individuals in an underground club atmosphere.

Moeem Barcelona

A stylish cocktail bar with a trendy vibe, Moeem offers a unique selection of cocktails and an extensive list of spirits. The art-filled interior and terrace create an inviting setting for socializing.

Boys Bar BCN

In the vibrant Gaixemple area, Boys Bar BCN stands out as a hub of great music, attractive attendees, and quality drinks. Catering to dance-loving guys, boredom is out of the question here. From Thursday to Saturday, the bar hosts diverse themed parties each night, ensuring a fresh and exciting experience whenever you visit.

Barcelona Gay Guide: Clubs


A colossal club featuring five different dance floors playing diverse music genres. Razzmatazz hosts occasional LGBTQIA+ events and parties, creating an inclusive environment for everyone to dance the night away.

Arena Experience

One of the most popular gay clubs in Barcelona, hosts Arena Madre and Arena VIP and offers an electric atmosphere with talented DJs spinning the latest hits. Its multiple floors cater to different music tastes, ensuring an unforgettable night out.

The Black Room

For those seeking a more underground experience, The Black Room is a hidden gem. Known for its electronic music scene, this intimate venue is a hotspot for LGBTQIA+ partygoers who love cutting-edge beats.

Sala Apolo “Churros con Chocolate” party

Embracing the spirit of being carefree, this event transforms Apolo into a wild and unpredictable experience every Sunday. From unexpected Raffaella Carrá’s impersonators leading an Easter procession to mariachi bands taking over, and even juxtaposing Mojinos Escozíos with Kylie Minogue, this party thrives on eccentricity.

Other annual events to include in this Barcelona Gay Guide are The Barcelona Pride, held in June, which features a vibrant parade, street parties, and live performances and The Circuit Festival in August which is one of Europe’s largest LGBTQIA+ festivals, bringing together electronic music enthusiasts and partygoers.

Barcelona Gay Guide: Beaches

Mar Bella Beach

This bustling beach is a favorite among LGBTQIA+ visitors. It has a designated gay section where you can relax, swim, and socialize freely. Mar Bella Beach offers a lively and energetic atmosphere, especially during the summer months.

San Sebastian Beach

While not exclusively gay, San Sebastian Beach is known for its diverse crowd and is welcoming to all. It’s a great spot to soak up the sun, enjoy beach sports, and embrace the city’s vibrant beach culture.

Bogatell Beach

Slightly quieter than Mar Bella and Barceloneta, Bogatell Beach provides a more laid-back setting for LGBTQIA+ beachgoers. It’s a fantastic place to unwind and enjoy the Mediterranean waters.

In a nutshell, Barcelona offers a thriving LGBTQIA+ scene with an array of options for every preference. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away, sip cocktails in a trendy bar, or bask in the sun on the beach, Barcelona has something for everyone. We hope you liked our Barcelona Gay Guide! Embrace the spirit of acceptance, explore with an open heart, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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The Best Catalan Restaurants in Barcelona

Which are the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona? Catalan restaurants in Barcelona are certainly not difficult to come by – here you’ll find some of the best eateries serving local cuisine, but how can you possibly choose?

One of the best parts of visiting and experiencing a city is taking a seat to try the best food from the region. In this article, we encourage you to pull a chair up amongst the locals and learn about their history with each bite.

Catalan cuisine in itself can be quite varied, ranging from the wonderfully simple, yet moreish pà amb tomàquet (slices of home-baked country loaf toasted lightly under a grill then rubbed with garlic and tomato), to more hearty dishes including the spring-time calçots (grilled long sweet onion) and butifarra amb mongetes (Catalan sausage served with delicious white butter beans).

So, where can you try these wonderful Catalan dishes? Look no further than our selection of the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona!

Cal Boter

Carrer Tordera 64

If you find yourself in the beautiful neighbourhood of Gràcia, we recommend dropping into Cal Boter. The best way to try its scrumptious Catalan cuisine is the menu del día: this daily set menu of seasonal specials is excellent value (€12.50 during the week and €14.80 at the weekend) as it comes with three courses, bread and wine. What more could you ask for?

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Cal Boter
Cal Boter – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

La Panxa del Bisbe

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 158, 08024 Barcelona

Also located in the quaint neighbourhood of Gràcia is La Panxa del Bisbe. On the menu you’ll find the most typical Catalan dishes with exciting modern twists and contemporary flavours. We’d advise washing it all down with a bottle of local organic wine which the waiters will be more than happy to recommend.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - La Panxa del Bisbe
La Panxa del Bisbe – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Punyetes

Marià Cubí, 189, Francesc Giner, 8-10 & Ciutat de Balaguer, 50

With the essence of a local tavern, these three restaurants are found in the north of the city. Run by three friends, Can Punyetes combines family tradition with the best quality local food. This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona specialises in grilled meats, and homemade desserts.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Punyetes
Can Punyetes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Taverna La Llesca

Travessera de Gràcia, 86, 08006 Barcelona

This tavern – that claims neither to be pretentious nor fancy – prides itself on serving local food with no additives. Visit this welcoming and homely Catalan restaurant in Barcelona where you’ll findhearty servings of traditional food, with, plenty of flavour and the best hospitality. Although they specialise in grilled meats, why not try something new and order the flame-grilled artichokes!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Taverna la Llesca
Taverna La Llesca – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Culleretes

Carrer d’en Quintana, 5, 08002 Barcelona

A two-minute walk from el Liceu and the famous Les Rambles, you’ll find one of the oldest Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. This old-world, sleepy tavern where history and tradition come together dates back to 1786. This restaurant takes its name (culleretes means teaspoon) from the phrase the head waiter would shout to his staff to prompt them to polish the cutlery. Serving an array of the most traditional Catalan dishes from roasted suckling pig, wild boar stew and baked a la llauna cod, everything on the menu is simply delicious!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Culleretes
Can Culleretes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Vilaró

Carrer del Comte Borrell, 61, 08015 Barcelona

The owners of Can Vilaró pride themselves on cooking and serving the best-quality food from the neighbouring San Antoni market for the best price. Sisco and Dolers offer everything from liver, tripe and trotters, and on Saturdays the fricandó beef stew in a wild mushroom sauce is simply to die for. Why not drop into a more conventional Catalan restaurant in Barcelona and discover its authenticity for yourself!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Vilaró
Can Vilaró – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Casa Delfín

Passeig del Born, 36, 08003 Barcelona

This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona has been serving food in El Born for over 100 years. It first opened as a 24-hour eatery for those who worked at the market, and is now well-know and loved among locals and tourists alike. It still conserves its traditional essence in both its food and ambience – the rustic rice dishes and crema catalana dessert simply cannot be missed.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Casa Delfín
Casa Delfin – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

On your next trip to Barcelona, why not try a selection of these restaurants and tell us what you think. Remember to make the most of your stay by booking a bizflats.com apartment for a privileged location close to all the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. Tuck in!

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10 Top Barcelona Travel Tips for First-timers

The best Barcelona Travel Tips are right here, so look no further! Hand selected by locals, these tips tell you everything you need to know for your first trip to Barcelona.

Find the answers to all the questions you have about visiting this wonderful city for the first time, plus some great Barcelona Travel Tips to ensure your stay is safe, fun and truly authentic.

This list will help you prepare for a fantastic trip to a city everyone should visit once in a lifetime! What are you waiting for?

Barcelona travel tips

1. Learn simple Catalana phrases to rock it

The first of our Barcelona Travel Tips is about language. You may not know this, but Catalan is very widely spoken throughout the region of Catalonia and in Barcelona. Although in most places you can get by with English, and Spanish is also widely spoken, we recommend impressing locals with some basic words and phrases. A “Bon dia” or “merci” (not the French kind) will go a long way! It’s also worth remembering that street names are in Catalan (carrer means street).

Check out our article here for 8 simple Catalan phrases you can’t visit Barcelona without.

2. Avoid being pickpocketed with these tips

Next on our list of Barcelona Travel Tips is a piece of advice to keep you safe: the city in general is very safe and most tourists (and locals) don’t experience any problems. However, pickpocketing is rife, above all on public transport and in the city’s busiest areas (La Rambla, El Gòtic area, etc.), so we recommend you always watch your belongings and never leave your bag, phone etc. on tables or in visible spots when you are eating.

Discover our article on more tips to avoid being pickpocketed in Barcelona.

3. Shall I go to a restaurant i Les Rambles?

Yes, Les Rambles is one of Barcelona’s most famous spots and we do recommend you visit it. However, the restaurants and bars near Plaça Catalunya and towards the beach are, quite plainly, tourist traps. One of the most important Barcelona Travel Tips you’ll hear is avoid these spots at all costs.

Head away from the busiest treats to the areas of Born, Eixample, Gràcia or Poble Nou for tasty tapas, international cuisine, light bites and more. On our blog you’ll find our favourite Catalan restaurants, our top vegetarian eateries and Barcelona’s best Japanese restaurants for those looking for something different.

4. Stay close to the centre

The next of our Barcelona Travel Tips is to stay close to the centre on your first trip to the city to make sure you can reach the city’s most popular sights on foot. The old quarter (el Gòtic) will have you within walking distance of La Boqueria Market, Santa Maria Basilica and Les Rambles. Stay in Eixample and discover Gaudí’s masterpieces on foot.

Don’t miss our guide to our best apartments by Barcelona neighbourhood when planning your trip for the most central short- and long-term rentals in privileged locations.

5. Free museums on Sundays in Barcelona

Another of our top Barcelona Travel Tips for first-timers and veterans alike is to hit Barcelona’s free museums on Sundays. Yes, you heard right! Many of the city’s museums open their doors on Sundays (subject to reservation). Discover them here.

6. Lets discover beautiful parks in the city

Barcelona is a thriving city and if you want to escape the hustle and bustle head to one of its beautiful parks to disconnect. Why not take a picnic and make an afternoon of it?

Find our top parks in Barcelona here!

7. How to get around Barcelona?

Getting around Barcelona is easy thanks to its well-connected public transport network. This list wouldn’t be complete without some Barcelona Travel tips on how to get around the city. We recommend buying a T-Casual ticket for 10 trips on the metro or bus or the Hola BCN! card for unlimited travel across the city.

8. Barcelona is synonymous with Gaudí

Barcelona is synonymous with Gaudí and we truly recommend visiting his masterpiece that is the Sagrada Família. Barcelona Travel tips will help you beat the queues and ensure your spot by reserving your ticket online in advance, as they can fly especially during the peak months.

Learn more about this beautiful monument and the architect behind it here.

9. Shall I tip in Barcelona?

To tip or not to tip! That is the question. It can be a complicated business, but the penultimate of our Barcelona Travel Tips is about tipping. Although this form of courtesy isn’t common in Spain, there are some situations when you might like to leave a tip.

Check out our article on how much to tip in Barcelona here.

10. Enjoy an amazing day trip from Barcelona

Last on our list of Barcelona Travel Tips is to make the most of your time in this wonderful part of the world. If after exploring the city you have a day or afternoon to spare, we recommend taking the train or renting a car and discovering some of the hidden treasures Catalonia has to offer in addition to its bustling beach destinations.

You’ll find our favourite day trips from Barcelona here.

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What language do they speak in Barcelona? A trapestry of culture and history

What language do they speak in Barcelona? Barcelona is renowned for its rich history, awe-inspiring architecture, and passionate culture. While modern-day Barcelona is a bustling metropolis attracting millions of tourists annually, its language reflects the intricate tapestry of its past.

Historical Context

To find out what language do they speak in Barcelona it’s only fair to give you some historical context. The linguistic landscape of Barcelona is deeply rooted in its history, with influences from various civilizations. The first known inhabitants were the Iberians, who likely spoke a language from the Iberian Peninsula. In 218 BC, the Romans captured the city and brought Latin, which became the dominant language over time. The fall of the Roman Empire led to the migration of Germanic tribes, such as the Visigoths, who left their mark on the language.

In the 8th century, the Moors, a Muslim group, conquered the Iberian Peninsula, including Barcelona, introducing Arabic to the linguistic mosaic. This era lasted until 801 AD when Charlemagne’s Frankish forces took control of the region during the Carolingian Empire. Consequently, the linguistic blend grew to include Frankish influences.

By the 9th century, the County of Barcelona emerged as an important political entity. As the region gained independence from Carolingian rule, a distinct Romance language, Old Catalan, started to evolve. This language served as the foundation for the modern-day Catalan language.

Did you guessed what language do they speak in Barcelona?

Today, Catalan is the official language of Catalonia, with Barcelona as its capital. It is also spoken in Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, and parts of France and Italy. Catalan is a Romance language belonging to the same family as Spanish, French, and Italian.

What language do they speak in Barcelona
What language do they speak in Barcelona?

Common Catalan Phrases for Beginners

If you’re visiting Barcelona as a beginner, learning some basic Catalan phrases can enhance your experience and show respect for the local culture:

  1. Hello: Hola (OH-lah)
  2. Good morning: Bon dia (BOHN DEE-ah)
  3. Good afternoon/evening: Bona tarda (BOH-nah TAR-dah)
  4. Goodnight: Bona nit (BOH-nah neet)
  5. Please: Si us plau (see oos PLOW)
  6. Thank you: Gràcies (GRAH-syes)
  7. Yes: Sí (SEE)
  8. No: No (NOH)
  9. Excuse me/sorry: Perdoni (pehr-DOH-nee)
  10. I don’t understand: No ho entenc (NOH oh en-TENK)
  11. How much is this?: Quant costa això? (KWANT KOHS-tah ah-SHOH?)
  12. Where is…?: On és…? (OHN ehs…?)
  13. My name is…: Em dic… (EM deek…)
  14. I’m from…: Sóc de… (SOHK de…)
  15. Can you help me?: Em podeu ajudar? (em poh-DEW ah-zhoo-DAHR?)

The Catalan language plays a crucial role in preserving the region’s identity and fostering a sense of community among its speakers. The language has been both a source of pride and a symbol of resistance throughout history. During times of political turmoil, such as under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, the use of Catalan was suppressed, further igniting the desire to preserve and promote the language.

In recent decades, Catalonia has gained a level of autonomy, and the Catalan language has experienced a revival in various domains, including education, media, and literature. Street signs, official documents, and public communication often appear in both Catalan and Spanish.

Language and Tourism

As a tourist, knowing a few phrases in Catalan can enhance your interactions with locals and make your experience more rewarding. Though many people in Barcelona also speak Spanish and English, using Catalan phrases can demonstrate your appreciation for the local culture and foster a deeper connection with the city and its people.

In conclusion, Barcelona’s language is a captivating tapestry woven with influences from the Iberians, Romans, Moors, and Frankish peoples. The modern-day language, Catalan, reflects the region’s unique history and identity. While visiting Barcelona, embracing the local language can open doors to unforgettable experiences and create lasting memories of this enchanting city.

So now that you know what language do they speak in Barcelona, are you ready to plan your next adventure to this wonderful city?

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