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Back to Barcelona: where to eat, drink and sleep
From international hotels to Spanish flavours with a twist, the best new openings in the Catalan capital

Annabelle Thorpe

14, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Want to see the real Catalonia? Then look beyond Barcelona
From Pyrenean peaks to flamingo-dotted deltas, a new tour draws visitors away from busy Barcelona

Isabella Noble

24, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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La Rambla: plans to transform Barcelona's tourist rat run into a cultural hub
An ambitious project is under way to turn one of the world’s most overrun streets into an the ‘immersive art centre of southern Europe’

Stephen Burgen

20, Oct, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Spanish hotel group to offer guests free Covid testing
Spain’s Room Mate chain is trialling a scheme that tests all guests on arrival – making a stay for two great value compared with private testing

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona

01, Oct, 2020 @3:56 PM

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‘Things have to change’: tourism businesses look to a greener future
While the pandemic has dealt travel a severe blow, some hope it can be an opportunity to introduce slower, fairer, more sustainable holidays

Jane Dunford

28, May, 2020 @5:20 AM

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Barcelona without the tourists: ‘We've reclaimed our city but inherited a ghost town’
Last year Barcelona received 30 million visitors – now there are none. Emerging from Europe’s strictest coronavirus lockdown, how do its tourist-weary residents feel about getting their city back?

Stephen Burgen

11, May, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Belle voyage: all aboard the indie music cruise
The band’s frontman, Stuart Murdoch, discusses plans for the four-day Boaty Weekender festival in the Med next summer

Antonia Wilson

05, Dec, 2018 @6:30 AM

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How tourism is killing Barcelona – a photo essay
One of the coolest destinations in Europe just two decades ago, Barcelona is now so overcrowded it has become a tourist theme park – and is losing the character that made it so popular

Stephen Burgen. Photography: Paola de Grenet

30, Aug, 2018 @5:30 AM

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Barcelona continues crackdown on illegal holiday apartments
Catalan city’s council is advising tourists to check its fairtourism website to ensure apartments are correctly licensed

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona

17, Jul, 2018 @4:54 PM

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Residents in tourism hotspots have had enough. So what's the answer?
Tourism brings money and jobs to cities – but can also damage residents’ day-to-day lives, culture and heritage. Here are some solutions

Elle Hunt

17, Jul, 2018 @6:15 AM

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'Tourists go home, refugees welcome': why Barcelona chose migrants over visitors
Increasingly it is tourism, not immigration, that Barcelonans see as a threat to their city’s identity, though numbers of both have skyrocketed in recent years

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona

25, Jun, 2018 @6:15 AM

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Gaudí opening to lead Barcelona’s tourism comeback
The first house designed by the iconic architect – exuberant Casa Vicens in the beleaguered city’s Gràcia district – opens to the public later this month. ‘This could be a moment of peace,’ says its manager

Steve Tallantyre

03, Nov, 2017 @1:35 PM

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