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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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Don’t miss a visit to the centre de cultura contemporània in barcelona

With easy access to the masterworks of Gaudí and Picasso, contemporary creative arts are often overlooked by travelers visiting Barcelona. However, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) is a must during your trip to the creative capital. Its forward-thinking, modern-day work brings a new dimension to the art world you don’t want to …

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First Timer’s Guide to Barcelona’s Mercat de la Boqueria

You’ve been told to visit the best market in the world during your trip in Barcelona, but what exactly for? It’s doubtful you have to shop for produce or meat cuts while on vacation. Fortunately, there’s more to La Boqueria than groceries – fresh juice, breakfast, seafood or tapas chased with a refreshing beer are …

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4 Acts You Can’t Miss at Primavera Sound

Summer means one thing in Europe – Music Festival Season. While there are many festivals to choose from, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, now in its sixteenth year, has grown to become one of the more diverse music festivals on the circuit. This year’s exciting lineup proves no different. The challenge of attending a music festival is choosing …

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Visitor’s Guide to Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya is considered Barcelona’s city center and main transport hub. The lively square – scattered with statues, fountains, landscaping and activity – is where the historic Old City meets L’Eixample (The Expansion) District. v Get there Arrive to Plaça Catalunya via metro. From The Gates Hotel Diagonal Barcelona, head left toward Carrer de Badajoz. …

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Delve into the Mediterranean at the Barcelona Aquarium

Are you interested in what’s going on under the sea? The Barcelona Aquarium has marine life you don’t find at most aquariums. The Barcelona Aquarium ( L’ Aquarium de Barcelona) represents the different marine communities of the Mediterranean and beyond. Penguin feeding, shark tanks and an underwater tunnel draw the most visitors. Kid-friendly exhibitions make this a great …

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6 Things to Do in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

The beloved Gothic Quarter is a must-see for anyone traveling through Barcelona. There’s something for everyone in its winding streets of gothic architecture, museums, restaurants, shops and cafés. During your stay at The Gates Hotel Barcelona, visit these 6 places you can’t miss while in the Gothic Quarter. Have a Coffee at Els Quatre Gats Inspired by Le Chat …

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A Visit to Güell Park in Barcelona

Barcelona’s Park Güell offers an outdoor variety of the many fluid forms of Antoni Gaudí. At Park Güell, architecture melds with the environment with round, organic shapes. You can’t visit Barcelona without a trip to this important world heritage site. Our guide will cover the history of the park, featured elements, and pro-tips for your visit. …

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