When riding around in Barcelona, color often bursts out of the blue, right before your eyes, whether on a wall, in an advertising display, down on the pavement or hanging on a lamppost. The work of urban artists is unpredictable, direct and provocative. Sometimes it makes you smile, often it stimulates you, and yet it can make you wonder about what you see for a couple of minutes while driving or walking. Keith Haring’s mural was the first one in Barcelona. Created way back in 1989, it was a project against AIDS in the Raval district, but many other international and local artists like Fontcuberta, Binty Bint, El Xupet Negre, Kenor, Aleix Gordo, Invader and Axe Colours have also left their mark on the city in the last few years. Like other Western cities, Barcelona is a huge canvas for those who have something to express. The urban habitat is the best art gallery. Keep your eyes wide open and look around. Coolvertible’s Trendy Barcelona tour is the best way to find street art and the trendiest places in town.
Eating in Barcelona is a ritual. This is not only because eating times are different than elsewhere in Europe, but also because we love the act of eating. We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But we may also have an aperitivo, a merienda or a late-night snack. Here are 5 useful tips to enjoy snacking in the city: Tapas! These are a legend in Spain… In Barcelona, they are different than those from Madrid, Bilbao and Seville. Here, we love patatas bravas (hot spuds), ensaladilla rusa (Russian salad) and anchoas (anchovies). We eat tapas before lunch and dinner, as an apéritif. A word of caution, however: good tapas are always served in very crowded bars and restaurants. Avoid empty ones. You should try jamon ibérico (Spanish cured ham) at least once (The best is black in color, called de bellota). Where? Try Ciudad Condal, La bodegueta, Cerveseria Catalana, 5 jotas, Cañete or Casa Pepe. It’s best to have it with pa amb tomàquet (bread with rubbed tomato). Order a caña (draft beer) or a vino tinto (a glass of red wine) while eating jamón. Some Catalan and Spanish wines are very good. Try DO Priorat, Ribera del Duero, and Toro. […]