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Barcelona's Ancient Synagogue, Barcelona, Spain

Hidden Gems in Barcelona

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Barcelona is full of quirky shops, unusual attractions and beautiful green spaces. So forgo the subpar paella in Las Ramblas and skip the endless lines to see great works of art by Gaudí, Picasso and Miró. After over seven years living in Barcelona, I've learned which attractions are worth braving the crowds and where to find authentic local eats at a reasonable price. Oh, and I know the best places to shop, too.

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Parc de Cervantes, Hospitalet De Llobregat, Spain

Stroll among the roses at Barcelona's Cervantes...

Parc de Cervantes
Hospitalet De Llobregat, Spain
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Pavellons Güell, Avinguda de Pedralbes, 7, Barcelona, Spain

Pose with the dragon at Pavellons Güell

Pavellons Güell, Aving...
7 Avinguda de Pedralbes, Barcelona, S...
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Barcelona's Ancient Synagogue, Barcelona, Spain

Explore one of the oldest Sephardic sanctuaries...

Barcelona's Ancient Sy...
5 Carrer de Marlet, Barcelona, Spain
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La Monumental, Barcelona, Spain

See a show at La Monumental (formerly a bull-fi...

La Monumental
749 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, ...
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Sagrat Cor and the Tibidabo Theme Park, Barcelona, Spain

Pray and play from high above the city on Barce...

Sagrat Cor and the Tib...
71 Carretera de Vallvidrera al Tibida...
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Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona, Spain

People watch and paddle around the lake in Ciut...

Parc de la Ciutadella
2 Passeig de Lluís Companys, Barcelon...
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Dada Flor, Barcelona, Spain

Admire avant-garde floral arrangements

Dada Flor
181 Carrer de Provença, Barcelona, Spain
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Strata Bakery, Carrer de Provença, 158, Barcelona, Spain

Satisfy any cravings for sweets at Strata Bakery

Strata Bakery, Carrer ...
158 Carrer de Provença, Barcelona, Spain
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La Carbonería Carrer del Comte d'Urgell, 30, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona's Best-known Okupa House

La Carbonería Carrer d...
30 Carrer del Comte d'Urgell, Barcelo...
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Villa Emilia, Barcelona, Spain

Eat, sleep and drink in style

Villa Emilia
115 Carrer de Calàbria, Barcelona, Spain
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La Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona, Spain

Shop for traditional Catalan Christmas Decorati...

La Fira de Santa Llúcia
Plaça de la Seu, Barcelona, Spain
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Holala! Plaza, Barcelona, Spain

Find a vintage souvenir of your time in Barcelo...

Holala! Plaza
2 Plaça de Castella, Barcelona, Spain
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La Esquinica, Barcelona, Spain

Speedy Tapas on the Cheap at La Esquinica

La Esquinica
Barcelona, Spain
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Monastery of Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain

Stroll the grounds at Pedralbes Monastery

Monastery of Pedralbes
9 Baixada del Monestir, Barcelona, Spain
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La Rambla, 58, Principal, 2a, Barcelona, Spain

Learn to cook Catalan and Spanish Specialties w...

La Rambla, 58, Princip...
58 La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
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Casa de la Seda, Barcelona, Spain

Sefarad: The Jewish legacy of Barcelona

Casa de la Seda
1 Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, Barcel...
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