Barcelona Art & Culture Guide



Barcelona is where Europe goes to play. She’s a city that sparkles and fizzes, making the world watch just to see what she’ll do next. Plunge straight into her buzzing heart and discover just how Barcelona became Barcelona with this remarkably in-depth app by two old pros who have been writing about the city for decades.

Sparkling insights and handy tips on visiting 130 famous and secret sights, from Gaudí’s Sagrada Família to a bomb shelter from the Civil War.

Day trips - including all you need to know to visit Sitges, Monserrat, the Dalí museum in Figueres, Girona, PortAventura (Spain's biggest theme park) and Tarragona.

Biographies of all the great Modernista artists and architects.

Fun ways to explore Barcelona differently by day and night - with a local on a bespoke tour, on a scooter, or in a three-wheel GoCar.

Unusual sidelights - discover Barcelona's secret fixation with bats and learn how truly nutty the great Gaudí really was.

Walking tours of Barcelona’s most fascinating and up and coming neighbourhoods.

Discover Barcelona’s vibrant music scene from opera to Manu Chao’s Rumba de Barcelona, along with the best venues and where to buy tickets.

A menu decoder and a list of useful phrases in Spanish and Catalan.

Up-to-date practical info on how to get around the city, and how to save money with special offers and discount cards.

Great places to take the kids.

A complete list of the important traditional and cultural festivals.

Free, periodic updates.

★ About the Authors ★

Authors of seven books on Spain and Catalonia, Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls ( have been around the block a few times. After a career as travel writers spanning some 1,400 years, they know the Mediterranean like a flea knows a dog. Currently installed just over the Pyrenees in southwest France, Barcelona is where they go for a dirty weekend and some stuffed squids.

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