Few cities in Europe combine classic with cool like Barcelona. An elegant 19th century townhouse stands shoulder to shoulder with a surreal apartment by Antoni Gaudi, while Michelin starred restaurants sit happily next to a hipster sandwich deli. The clashing contrast of architecture – coupled with its rebellious role as capital of Catalonia – makes Barcelona a dizzyingly beautiful and eclectic city.
Barcelona city guide: what to see and where to stay
Words by Rob Chilton