Tag archives for Barcelona

When Travel Goes Wrong

Sometimes bad things happen to good people when they’re far away from home. That doesn’t mean they have to ruin your trip. As Ken Budd reminds us, it’s all about putting things in the proper perspective.

The Perfect Day in Girona

This year, I was invited to be a sketch-artist-in-residence in Costa Brava—the rugged coastline that spans from Blanes, just north of Barcelona, up to Spain’s border with France. All told, I spent six weeks in the region, including a two-week stint in Girona. Nowhere else in my travels have I discovered so many layers of the past in a single place.

Just Back: Barcelona

National Geographic Travel associate producer Megan Heltzel studied abroad in Barcelona when she was in college. She recently returned to the Catalonian capital on a trip with Monograms Travel and was happy to see that the city she once called home continues to steal her heart. Here are some of the highlights from Megan’s trip, in her own words.

Big Cities, Great Escapes

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When it’s just too darn hot, these are the go-to getaways for city dwellers around the world.

Reader Recs: World’s Best Markets

I’m a sucker for a good market. The noise, the food, the smells, and best of all, the shopping. There’s nothing quite like it. To celebrate these dynamic cultural hubs, we asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share with us their picks for the best markets to visit all over the world.

Event-o-Rama: 5 Must-Dos in September

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in September.

The Best of Intelligent Travel

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We publish new travel stories all the time on the Intelligent Travel blog network, but there are a few that really got your attention this year.

In case you missed them, here are the 13 most popular posts of 2013.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

A New Family Tradition: The 24-Hour Layover

When planning a recent trip to Ibiza, we were faced with less than ideal connection options in Spain. So our clever travel agent made a suggestion: Forget about making the trip in one day and embrace the inconvenience by spending a day somewhere en route. The result? A magical 24 hours in Barcelona, and the beginning of a new family tradition.

Family-Friendly Europe

Say what you will about Europe in the summer. Sure, there are longer lines, sweatier tourists, and pricier flights, but there’s also gelato on sunny piazzas, warm evening walks through historic sites, and, most important, no school. Here are four of the family-friendliest destinations in Europe, and tips for enjoying them with your kids.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it with open arms by highlighting seasonal must-dos from our amazing I Heart My City community.