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All you need to know about the arts, culture, local fare and activities in Catalonia’s capital city. This is your guide to Barcelona.

RENOVATIONS, A NEW LOBBY & MORE AT THE GATES BARCELONA

A hotel lobby can be more than just an entryway or check-in area. It can also be a place for work, play, or even a hand-crafted martini. The newly-renovated lobby at Gates Hotel Barcelona Diagonal is just that, offering guests a comfortable refuge for their needs in a modern, smartly-designed setting. The lobby revamp was part of …

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Live Music and a 360-Degree View of Barcelona from Our Rooftop Bar

Nothing says summer quite like a rooftop party and here at the Hotel Diagonal Barcelona, we sure do love to party. Join us at El Terrat, our terrace bar featuring a 360-degree view of Barcelona open daily from 10:00h to 02:00h. We have an exciting summer schedule planned that will have you shaking it on …

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The Sagrada Famíla – Barcelona’s Most Visited Landmark

At the turn of the 20th century, Barcelona was the center of the Catalan Modernist architectural movement. The goal of Catalan Modernism was to promote Catalonian culture and transform Barcelona into a city on par with the great European cities. Featuring asymmetrical shapes and a preference for curves over straight lines, the architectural style was …

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5 Restaurants You Have to Try When You’re in Barcelona

Barcelona may not receive all the foodie fan fare some of the other European cities enjoy, but it is our position here at the Gates Hotel Diagonal Barcelona that our restaurant scene is second to none. The city we call home offers 23 Michelin-starred restaurants, dozens of tourist favorites, and hundreds of hidden gems only …

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Barcelona’s 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

With over 8 million international visitors and growing each year, Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain and the 4th most visited in Europe. There are lots of reasons to visit our home city; among them are the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites recognized for their cultural significance. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and …

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Set Out to Sea with Barcelona’s Top 5 Water Sports

Sunbathing in the sand and swimming in the sea is a steadfast way to enjoy Barcelona’s famous beaches, but for those looking to kick it up a notch, watersports bring an element of excitement to exploring the famous coastline. Make your trip to the Mediterranean memorable with Barcelona’s top five water sports. 1. Parasailing http://corsanautica.com/titulaciones_nauticas.html …

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Human Castell Towers: A Barcelona Tradition

In addition to the breathtaking towers of La Sagrada Família and Torre Agbar, did you know that Barcelona is also celebrated for its…human towers? Yes, you read that correctly! These time-honored structures, known as castells, are impressively formed by locals who climb one another’s shoulders to create layers of human infrastructure. As whimsical as it …

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5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Barcelona

Sure, you’ve done your research, and are excited to visit Barcelona’s famous monuments, museums, parks, and beaches upon arrival. But did you there’s more to Barcelona’s rich history than meets the eye? Take a peek at five mind-blowing facts about one of the world’s most-sought-after cities. 1. The Beaches Are Artificial Yep, each of Barcelona’s …

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A Taste of Barcelona’s Famous Chocolate Museum

Itching to satisfy your sweet tooth? Take a trip to Barcelona’s famous chocolate museum, Museu de la Xocolata, located just outside the city’s lush Ciutadella Park. Through an interactive experience that sparks all five senses, the museum celebrates chocolate as not only a delicious treat, but a masterful confectionary art and driving force in European …

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See 4,251 Pieces of Art by Pablo Picasso in a Day

Celebrate the life and work of famed artist Pablo Picasso at Barcelona’s Picasso Museum, which boasts 4,251 of his paintings in one of the world’s largest permanent Picasso collections. The majority of pieces date back to his famous “Blue Period,” notable for moody monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green. Common subjects include beggars, …

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