12hrs in Barcelona

Beaches, museums and great views: Nuria takes us on a tour of her beautiful hometown Barcelona.

4pm // Juicy Jones

After all that food we looked at, you're probably hungry. Nuria recommends Juicy Jones for a quick, vegetarian (and even vegan) lunch around the corner. They have two restaurants in the city, head to the one on Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, it's really close to the market.

The little restaurant offers different dishes everyday, check their Facebook page to see what's on offer when you are there. As the name suggests, Juicy Jones is also big on juices and fruit smoothies, something that comes in handy when exploring a city in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Juicy Jones // Carrer del Cardenal Casañas 7 // Tue-Sun 10am-11pm // website


5pm // MACBA


Our next stop is the famous modern museum of Barcelona, known as the MACBA, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Since its opening in 1995, the MACBA has become a power player in Barcelona's art scene. Some of their exhibitions might not look too approachable at first, but definitely give it a try. The permanent exhibition showcases art of the second half of the 20th century, with a big emphasis on media art, sound performances and the works of experimentalists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas and John Cage. Spanish and Catalan artists such as Antoni Muntadas, Antoni Tàpies and the Dau al Set group are well represented as well. If you're lucky, you might be able to catch a free concert in the vast auditorium.

The square in front of the MACBA is where all the Barcelonian skaters hang out. So even if you decide not to go in, you'll have plenty of tricks to look at.

Across the square you'll find La Capella, a former medieval convent that now showcases works especially commissioned for the MACBA. Admission there is free.

MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona // Plaça dels Angels 1 // Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 11am-7.30pm,
Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-3pm // Admission 10 Euro // website

7pm // Loring Art

Photos: Alan Díaz

Photos: Alan Díaz


A short, four-minute walk brings you to our next destination. Since we just left the museum, let's finish our art excursion with some shopping. Loring Art is just the place for that. The shop might not look too big to you, but it is a giant in the world of art books.

You'll find volumes on every creative topic you can image here, from architecture to graphic design, and the extremely friendly staff lets you browse the stacks as long as you want to. They stock some rare editions here that are hard to find elsewhere, so take your time!

Loring Art // Cale Gravina 8 // Mon-Fri 10am-8.30pm, Sat 11am-2pm & 5pm-8.30pm


7.30pm // Barri Gòtic


Before we finish our day with Nuria, let's take a last stroll through the Barri Gòtic. The Gothic Quarter is one of Nuria's favorite areas of town, and once you get there, you'll agree with her. It's the oldest part of Barcelona, many buildings here date back to medieval times. There is a lot to discover. Small alleys, hidden courtyards full of palm trees, and little bars full of locals. Explore the Barri Gòtic as long as you want to and until you have worked up an appetite. Our last stop of the day is coming up. Dinner!


9pm // En Ville Restaurant


Nuria recommends En Ville Restaurant, and we can only agree. En Ville is one of Barcelona's most beautiful eateries. Housed in a historic building with an exposed brick ceiling, big mirrors on one side of the room and a glass front at the other. In the summer months, these glass doors open up and make way for two cozy terraces full of plants and trees. Luckily, it's not only the interior design that makes us love this place so much. The food is just as stunning! On the menu you'll find a selection of dishes prepared with ingredients fresh from the markets, a few (really good!) Tapas, and fresh meats and fish. En Ville also has a big part of its menu devoted to vegetarian meals.

Sit back, order a glass of Cava and some great, local wine, and enjoy the dinner. If you want to go out later, visit one of the many bars in the streets around En Ville before you head back to the hotel. After all, you have a reason to celebrate! You just spent 12hrs in Barcelona with Nuria and us. Cheers!

Restaurant En Ville // Doctor Dou 14, Mon 1pm-4pm, Tue-Sat 1pm-4pm & 8pm-11pm, Sun 1pm-4pm // website


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