Where to Stay

Praktik Garden

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Located within a few blocks of various metro stations, in a quiet part of the Eixample neighbourhood, this hotel’s garden theme makes it an urban oasis. The bright terrace with colourful loungers is a popular hang out spot for guests and there’s free coffee in the main lounge.

Rates from €84, hotelpratickgarden.com

Where to Eat

La Boqueria

Grab fresh juice (€1 to €2) at any of the fruit vendors as you stroll around one of Europe’s most famous markets. Then it’s croquettes (€1.50 each) and buttery, garlicky razor clams (€15) at Kiosko Universal.


What to Do

Museu Picasso

This museum houses one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Pablo Picasso’s work. On Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to close, and on the first Sunday of the month, entrance is free.


Park Güell

Park Güell, photograph by Instants/iStock.

Antoni Gaudí’s iconic hilltop park is a colourful exploration of his creative genius, offering tons of visual treasures such as his mosaic salamanders. The €10 ticket (pre-booking is required) includes a shuttle from the nearest metro stop.


Tapas Bars

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Try more of Spain’s signature small plates at these restaurants

Quimet & Quimet
Cervecería Catalana
La Cova Fumada
Bar del Pla

€ €
Bar Brutal
Gata Mala
Pepa Pla

€ € €
Tapas 24
Bar Cañete
Bodega 1900

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[This story appears in the July 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine.]