Gaudí opening to lead Barcelona’s tourism comeback

The first house designed by the iconic architect – exuberant Casa Vicens in the beleaguered city’s Gràcia district – opens to the public later this month. ‘This could be a moment of peace,’ says its manager

Barcelona’s open-air cabinet of curiosities, the Jardí Botànic

The author of new guide Quiet Barcelona sings the praises of this peaceful garden high on the slopes of Montjuïc

Staying in style in Barcelona

With an art gallery, coffee bar, yoga and south-east Asian food, you might find it hard to leave Barcelona’s Casa Bonay hotel – unless you get a craving for tapas

Not so Familia: visit Antoni Gaudí’s first project – just outside Barcelona

The Nau Gaudí, 30km from Barcelona, was the first building designed by the great Catalan architect, when he was just 26. Today its elegant interior showcases contemporary art

Adventures in Barcelona: a day trip escape for inspiring city views

Montserrat natural park is a peaceful mountainous area with hiking trails, spectacular scenery and an ancient abbey, less than an hour from the city

Top 10 restaurants in Barcelona for great value set lunches

Pick the menú del día and lunch in Barcelona will become a tasty adventure in the best of Catalan cooking in the city’s most interesting quarters – and a more affordable experience too

Nightlife reports: Clubbing in Barcelona

As Barcelona gets ready for its annual electronic music festival, Sonar, we hit the streets with some of the city’s top DJs for a tour of the best places to party in the Catalan capital

Barcelona’s Sagrada Família: Gaudí’s ‘cathedral for the poor’ – a history of cities in 50 buildings

Giles Fraser arrived in Barcelona not expecting to like Antoni Gaudí’s monumental creation – famously derided by George Orwell as ‘one of the most hideous buildings in the world’. But then he went inside …

Top 10 budget hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Barcelona

With its art and architecture, great food and beaches, Catalonia’s ever-popular capital can be a pricey choice. We have picked 10 affordable places to stay in the city’s characterful barrios