Your Barcelona holiday to-do list

Don’t just stay in your hotel, get a lot out of your Barcelona holiday as you can and party! Visit the beaches in Mar Bella, St. Sebastià, and Barceloneta; meet the people; tour the museums; and play an exciting game of football!

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What’s a Barcelona holiday without food? Try Sarsuela, a mix of anything from fish, to lobster, to shrimp, cooked with white wine, sherry, lemon, tomato, and paprika. Calçotada are local onions in a sauce of tomatoes, red peppers, garlic, almonds, and olive oil. Have pan amb tomàquet for breakfast, which is bread with tomato, garlic, olive oil, and salt.

There is much to see and do at El Poble Espanyol in Montjuïc. A village in the middle of the city, it has everything you could possibly want. Stroll around the open-air museum, and you'll get a feel of Spain: from Andalusia to Aragon, to Catalonia, to Madrid, to Castilla, and Leon. Sweets, ceramics, jewellery, tapestry, and religious objects are for sale here. At Children’s Village, go to a storytelling session, attend a crafts workshop, or have a picnic. The village also has a Gimkhana activity day for families, where you can play detective and learn about the culture at the same time. Bars, discotheques, and restaurants are within the area too.

Barcelona goes Asian with “Displaced Modernity: Thirty Years of Abstract Chinese Art,” an exhibition at CaixaForum Centre Social i Cultural. Discover paintings and sculptures by over 40 artists until the 17th of August, 2008.

B-estival, Barcelona’s series of summer concerts, will be filled this year with musicians such as the popular B-52s, Skye, Canadian Loreena McKennitt, rumba acts Peret and Muchachito Bombo Infierno, blues legend Johnny Winter, and sexy crooners Erykah Badu and Macy Gray. Shows will be on Espai Movistar and Poble Espanyol.

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