If you're a football fanatic, then you can't miss a visit to '''Camp Nou''', the home ground for Barcelona's biggest and most popular team and one of Europe's greatest footballing 'cathedrals'. During the Franco era, FCB was the only way that suppressed Catalans could vent their anger against his dictatorship. Because of that, it became and still is a symbol of Catalan identity. Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 98,600 people, with shops and a museum of the club's history. Match tickets start at about €42 and games hardly ever completely sell out, unless it is a match against the hated rivals Real Madrid (a match commonly dubbed ''El Clásico''), one of the other top teams (currently Atlético Madrid, Valencia or Sevilla) or in the Champions League. With the quality in the current team, there are always a few goals, and it is nearly always a resounding win for Barça. Stadium tours, costing a whopping €23 per adult, are not fantastic and the audio guide is not really worth it either, but for a quick recent history of matches played there, consult the backs of the doors in the cubicles--most have a lot of graffiti championing the team that played there. It is also unfortunate that the home team changing rooms are not open to the public, only the somewhat dated away dressing rooms, which are not that impressive.
Located on the mountains of Barcelona (farther north from Gracia) and offers a spectacular view of the city (532 m high). This is a place where according some legends, the Devil tempted Jesus Christ offering him the whole world in exchange for his worship. At the top there is an awesome church, which offers panoramic views of the city. The church is almost completely surrounded by a big amusement park. You will also find an observatory and an ascendable communications tower nearby. The beautifully scenic walk down is lined with some un-missable Spanish architecture for your photo album. You can not take photos very well from the tram, but the walk is wonderful. The ''cafe con leche'' at the cafe near the church is terrible. Try at the bottom of the funicular.
Halfway between an ibis and a Mercure, this simple hotel offers very attractive rates, which compensate for it being slightly out of the way (yet still close enough to explore Gràcia and Eixample), and quite basic rooms. The cheapest rooms are quite worn, and the level of renovation increase with price. The hotel's restaurant is more of a cafe, offering very basic dishes (mostly pre-prepared) at reasonable prices. A selection of packaged snacks and drinks can be bought at the reception from what they call a "mini bar".
This quiet street holds a few bars and restaurants to choose from. La Porteria is nothing fancy, but seems to keep a steady local crowd. They have a ''menu del noche'' (like the ''menu del dia''), which provides a good value and the proprietor served his own wine from the "Ribera" (del duero) region of Spain. The selection of 3 olive oils with bread before the meal was a pleasant bonus.
A medium-sized store is to be found at the eastern end of the tram lines in Les Corts, handy if you are after some clothes or other merchandise you may need. Unlike most stores in the chain, in an actually nice and modern building - look for the entrance on the back side of the complex when approaching from Plaça de Francesc Macià (the roundabout)
Not really in Gràcia, but next to it, it's one of the restaurants of the ''Tuset street'' years, when the ''Gauche Divine'' was the cool group in the city. This restaurant was made as a cool bar during the late 60s and it remains unchanged. The food's good (omelettes is the speciality and the cheapest option).
Rooms with double windows to keep out street noise. Like many European hotels, neighbor rooms can still be heard. Moderate to expensive in price, probably geared more towards the business traveler. Great continental buffet breakfast included with room.
Try out the labyrinth in the center of this park. The park also has a nice waterfall, a romantic canal and gardens. A quiet place to relax for several hours away from the busy city. Free of charge on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Food and service are average but the stunning views make up for it with floor-to-ceiling windows providing a sweeping view of Barcelona. Popular spot with locals for a drink and some romantic ambiance.
A beautiful Gothic monastery near the university, there are a museum which depicts the monastery life, a church, and a marvelous chapel covered with medieval frescoes.
A much cheaper (and still fast) way is to take S1/S2 suburban train to Peu del Funicular, then ride up to Vallvidrera Superior by a cablecar, and then take bus No 111.
A suburban aparthotel brought up to AC standards, with large rooms, a pool and not much to do in the neighbourhood - but only 600 m from the Metro station.
It connects the terminus of Tramvia Blau at the ''Plaça del Doctor Andreu'' with an amusement park at the summit of the Tibidabo mountain.
It is an old tram (beginning of the 20th century) connecting Av. Tibidabo metro station and Funicular station at the foot of Tibidabo.
A very small AC with very small 36 rooms and not much in terms of amenities - but comes handy if you have business in the area.
A very traditional Catalan restaurant favored by locals. Menu in Catalan, but it's worth the risk, the food is delicious.
Steeped in established tradition and a dedication to service. Private Health Spa and Haute Cuisine restaurant.
Vegetarian restaurant with varied menu that uses seasonal ingredients from local markets.
One of the most promising cuisines in Barcelona with excellent wine service.
Isaac Newton 26;. Perhaps one of the best science museums in Europe.
This is one of Barcelona's most visited museums near the stadium.
Bathroom ensuite, TV, satellite, air-conditioned, WiFi.
A complex of two pavilions by Antonio Gaudi.