Tag archives for Barcelona

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.

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.

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.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Romance

I have to laugh when I see things like “rented” swans, petal-strewn hotel beds, and string-quartet serenades. That’s why I asked 10 concierges in some of my favorite cities what they would recommend to the most discerning of guests for a night of off-the-beaten-path romance — whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a wedding proposal, or simply a much-needed date night.

The 10 Best Hotels in Barcelona

Hotel enthusiast Annie Fitzsimmons shares her picks for the top 10 places to stay in Barcelona (with some tips about shopping and dining thrown in for good measure).

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Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons previews how her favorite hotels will be ringing in the new year.

Last week, our Food Fridays story was all about the Cuban sandwich and its roots in Tampa, Florida. Inspired by the idea of the “signature sandwich,” we started itching for more. We asked you to share the sandwich that makes your city sing, and you answered (and made us drool a little). Without further ado, here are 15 local favorites from around the world.

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The first official day of summer is tomorrow (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 quintessential summer must-dos from past I Heart contributors all around the globe.

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Travel and lifestyle writer Jessica Benavides Canepa lives in Barcelona, but is preparing for a life-changing move to Shanghai to pursue her next adventure. To bid adéu siau to the city she’s come to love, she sent Intelligent Travel her top picks for sight seeing, eating out, getting lost in the late-night frenzy, and more. Check out her favorites, then add your own in the comments section. Photo: Michael Colwell/My Shot

Homage to Catalonia — and Miró

It’s spitting snow in Mont-roig del Camp the day I arrive, the coldest day in living memory in Catalonia. An hour and a half south of Barcelona, this one-time home of the famous painter Joan Miró is worth a day-long distraction from the sensual intensity up the coast. Joan – pronounced sho-ahn, a Catalan variation…

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Photos: Where You Went

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Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Today no chef worth his or her whisk would consider planning a daily menu without checking in with regional suppliers and pinching the local produce for ripeness. But this isn’t news. European hausfraus have been 
doing it for centuries. It’s called going to market. And the food markets, still thriving in most European cities and towns, rate a visit even if you aren’t stocking your larder. In fact, they offer authentic local experiences to travelers and lessons in 
culinary and cultural traditions.

Portugal’s Alto Douro region has been producing wine for nearly 2,000 years, a distinction that led it to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Learn about the history and culture of this beautiful region with a tasting. [Inspiring Travellers] Take to the water this summer. Discover terrific kayaking spots in the…

Building a Place-Based Playlist

National Geographic Magazine Editorial Researcher Brad Scriber took a recent trip to Barcelona and filled us in on how he chose his trip soundtrack. About the only time my music collection grows is when I travel. Now, I’d love to say that’s because I spend my vacation nights in low-lit, smoky clubs discovering emerging talent…

Barcelona: Be Green, Be Cheap

Planning an España getaway this summer? If you’re headed to Barcelona, be sure to check out the new Barcelona Urbany (opening June 1), which claims to be the country’s first eco-friendly hostel. What makes this hostel eco-savvy? It will recycle and reuse 50 percent of the water and use a rainwater harvesting system. It will…