Catalonia holidays

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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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Spain this summer: three under-the-radar holiday regions
This is the year to skip Spain’s crowded costas and busy cities and head for its quiet and lovely mountains, countryside and coast

Paul Richardson

04, Jul, 2020 @10:00 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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Picasso’s lost paradise: how a corner of Catalonia brought inspiration
As a new Picasso exhibition opens at London’s Royal Academy, we visit Horta de Sant Joan, the hilltop village that the artist said taught him ‘everything’

Eddi Fiegel

24, Jan, 2020 @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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A foodie homage to Catalonia: a tour of its unsung delta
Exploring the food and drink of the Ebro delta, our writer follows sustainably caught tuna from sea to plate, visits a ‘wine cathedral’ and samples Spanish sake

Gavin McOwan

12, Aug, 2018 @9:00 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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'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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Barcelona adds Segway ban to curbs on tourism
As anti-tourist sentiment grows across Europe, the Catalan capital’s move is applauded by residents, with a new protest planned for the seaside neighbourhood

Stephen Burgen

11, Aug, 2017 @10:27 AM

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