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The Afar Guide to

Brimming with history and full of innovative spirit, this walkable Mediterranean city is all about work-life balance. Catalans love to work almost as much as they love to play, and all around town visitors will find restaurants, cafés, and theaters packed with a mix of locals, expats, and tourists. The weather is mild enough to support palm trees and parrots in droves, and there's loads to do for all kinds of travelers-outdoors enthusiasts, shoppers, foodies, and art aficionados.

Essential Barcelona Facts to

know before you go

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Chris CiolliBarcelona Local Expert

Here's my bio: Chris Ciolli is a freelance writer, translator and blogger based in Barcelona, where she writes about food, culture and travel in Catalonia and the rest of the world. Her work has been featured in LaVanguardia.com, , Sweet Lemon Magazine, Fathom, and The Barcelona Metropolitan, as well as other publications. Between projects, Chris paints, makes jewelry, and tries her hand at recreating the recipes she collects at every destination—available on her blog, Midwesterner Abroad.