A weekend in…

Still some time left?

As al­ways, your hol­i­day prob­a­bly flew by and it is now al­most time to catch your flight back home. Our week­end to­gether in Barcelona has been packed full of all that makes the city great and prob­a­bly given you quite a good idea of what this vi­brant metrop

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HEAD TO THE SEA

Your pas­sage through Barcelona is not com­plete with­out hav­ing dipped your toes into the cold Mediter­ranean Sea. The city’s coast­line runs from the his­toric neigh­bour­hood of La Barcelonet­a to the north end of the city and con­sists al­most ex­clu­sively of sandy beaches. Those in Barcelonet­a aren’t al­ways the nicest to catch a tan on, as they tend to be su­per-crowded and noisy. A kilo­me­tre fur­ther away, in the neigh­bour­hood of Poble­nou, the beaches are still an­i­mated but more pleas­antly so. On sunny days, you’ll still have plenty of space to put your towel down while lis­ten­ing to the crash­ing waves and the nu­mer­ous beach vol­ley­ball play­ers be­hind you. Our favourite beach is Platja Bo­gatell, where you’ll find the per­fect bal­ance between rest and am­biance.

To go to the beach, take metro L4 to Barcelonet­a or Bo­gatell.

SOAK UP SOME CUL­TURE

Cul­ture lovers will en­joy roam­ing the nu­mer­ous mu­se­ums in the city. In ad­di­tion to ob­vi­ous choices such as the Cata­lan Na­tional Mu­seum of Art (MNAC), the Mu­seum for Con­tem­po­rary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and the Pi­casso Mu­seum, you can choose from the Mar­itime Mu­seum, the Joan Miró Foun­da­tion, the Fred­eric Marès Mu­seum, the Gaudí Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre and many more. Science lovers might want to stop by the Mu­seum for Nat­u­ral Sciences (Museu Blau) or Cos­moCaixa, an in­ter­ac­tive science cen­tre for all ages.

VISIT ALL OF SPAIN IN JUST A FEW HOURS

For the World Fair of 1929, mod­ernist ar­chi­tect Josep Puig i Cadafalch wanted to build some­thing truly spe­cial. His idea was to cre­ate a life-size vil­lage with houses and build­ings that rep­re­sent all re­gions and cul­tures in Spain. In the end, Puig i Cadafalch didn’t de­sign this vil­lage him­self, yet the idea was re­alised and named Poble Es­panyol (Span­ish Vil­lage). With a to­tal of 117 build­ings, the do­main rep­re­sents all re­gions of Spain, apart from the Ca­nary Is­lands and the small re­gion of La Rioja (as the Ca­nary Is­lands were too ex­pen­sive for the ar­chi­tects to visit and La Rioja was not yet a sep­a­rate re­gion). The idea was to de­mol­ish the vil­lage after the World Fair, but the en­thu­si­as­tic vis­i­tors who kept on com­ing have kept it open to date.

POBLE EPANYOL

Poble Es­panyol. Avin­guda de Francesc Fer­rer i Guàr­dia 13. €14 (dis­counts avail­able). Open on Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Sun­days from 9am to mid­night, to 8pm on Mon­days, 3am on Fri­days and 4am on Satur­days).

VISIT THE CITY’S STUN­NING SU­PER­COM­PUTER

As much as Barcelona is a city of the past, it very much looks to the fu­ture as well. In a for­mer church in the sub­ur­ban dis­trict of Pe­dralbes, you can find one of Europe’s most pow­er­ful su­per com­put­ers. The Barcelona Su­per­com­put­ing Cen­tre fo­cuses on re­search and devel­op­ment in plenty of fields, but it also al­lows tourists to visit this mighty com­puter in its iron­i­cally an­cient set­ting. One of the cen­tre’s work­ers leads you around and tells you all you want to know about this prodi­gal cal­cu­lat­ing tal­ent.

SU­PER­COM­PUT­ING CEN­TRE

Car­rer de Jordi Girona 31. Free ad­mis­sion. Vis­its can be sched­uled from Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am to 7pm.

DIS­COVER BARCELONA 2.0 IN GLÒRIES

To see the Barcelona of to­mor­row, you can also head to Glòries, a mod­ern busi­ness dis­trict at the bor­der of the city cen­tre. The eye-catcher of this dis­trict is the fu­tur­is­tic Torre Ag­bar. With its 130 me­tres, it is the high­est build­ing in the city (at least un­til the Sagrada Fa­milia is com­pleted). At night, it is beau­ti­fully lit in red and blue. In its shadow, you’ll find the mod­ern flea mar­ket of En­cants and the Mu­seum of De­sign. On the op­po­site side of the street, you en­ter the ex­cit­ing Glòries shop­ping cen­tre. The big con­struc­tion site be­side it is to be turned into a gi­ant park in a few years. By dig­ging a tun­nel, the city of Barcelona aims to turn this for­mer traf­fic-packed square into a green city gar­den.

GLORIÈS

Take metro L1 to Glòries or hop on tram T4 or T5 to that very same sta­tion.

GET LOST IN THE LABYRINTH

To re­ally go off the beaten track, head to the Parc del Laberint d’Horta, an amaz­ing gar­den out­side of the city cen­tre. This stun­ning park stretches out around a mys­ti­cal hedge maze with stat­ues and wa­ter fea­tures. Don’t ex­pect a labyrinth in which to get lost for hours – but it sure is fun to stroll through it and try to es­cape as quickly as pos­si­ble. The rest of the gar­den ex­cels in its sim­plic­ity. Gi­ant beds with just one type of plant give the park an al­most-min­i­mal­ist char­ac­ter. At the top of the hill, you’ll find a tran­quil pond and a beau­ti­ful panorama across the enig­matic maze and the mighty city be­hind it.

EX­PLORE THE CHARM­ING DIS­TRICT OF GRÀ­CIA As Eix­am­ple took over the val­ley of Barcelona at break­neck­ing pace, the sur­round­ing ru­ral vil­lages were en­dan­gered by this grow­ing ur­ban grid. Luck­ily, these au­then­tic vil­lages were pre­served and Eix­am­ple just set­tled it­self around them. There­fore, you can still spot small, chaotic en­claves in the oth­er­wise-rigid struc­ture of Eix­am­ple. Grà­cia is by far the most charm­ing of them all. Its cute streets are restau­rant-packed nowa­days, and on its many squares you’ll find ter­races aplenty. It’s also home to some of the nicest con­cept stores and de­sign shops in the city. Don’t ex­pect any ma­jor hotspots here, but just en­joy a re­lax­ing stroll.

With metro L4 to Joanic or Al­fons X or L3 to Fon­tana of Lesseps, you’ll walk through Grà­cia in no time.

Pas­seig dels Cas­tany­ers 1. €2.23 (dis­counts avail­able). Free ad­mis­sion on Wed­nes­days and Sun­days. Open daily from 10am to 8pm (and un­til 6pm from Novem­ber to March).

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W Ho­tel at Barcelonet­a.
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Barcelonet­a.
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Wikipedia
Poble Es­panyol. Wikipedia
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Wikipedia
Poble Es­panyol. Wikipedia
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Wikipedia
MACBA. Wikipedia
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Adrià Goula
CCCB. Adrià Goula
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Cos­moCaixa.
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Ós­car Palop
Museu Blau. Ós­car Palop
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Barcelona Su­per­com­put­ing Cen­tre. BSC
 ??  ?? Torre Ag­bar, Gloriès.
Torre Ag­bar, Gloriès.
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Parc del Laberint d’Horta.
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Parc del Laberint d’Horta.
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