Els Encants Vells, Barcelona’s flea market

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Els Encants Vells is Barcelona’s biggest and most popular flea market selling everything from denim Levi jackets to power tools. The Catalan name of the market Mercat dels Encants Vells literally translates as Market of Old Charms, which is very appropriate as Encants is awash with hidden wonders. The market has a jumble sale vibe about it due to its chaotic nature and eclectic mixture of goods being sold right next to each other. Antiques, cosmetics, clothing, furniture, hardware, records, sculptures, toys and technical knickknacks are amongst the commodities. If you’re a magpie in terms of spotting shiny gems, then setting aside a morning on your city break to Barcelona to stroll around comes highly recommended. Continue reading

Must see art in Barcelona

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A guide to this culturally unique Spanish city

Barcelona has produced some of the most prominent artists to have ever existed including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. It’s therefore no surprise that art is a big thing in Barcelona, which can be seen in the never-ending list of museums and galleries. If you’re visiting on a weekend break or are staying for a longer holiday to Barcelona then work through this round up of the must see art in the Catalan Capital. Continue reading

George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’

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Orwell’s War Against Franco and Sympathy For a Better Society

Orwell arrived in Barcelona in 1936 and joined the war against Franco with an ensemble of individuals compelled by the rise of fascism in Europe. Continue reading

Sagrada Familia


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Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions. Construction on this church will continue at least until 2026, but it has already become Barcelona’s most important landmark. Continue reading

Barcelona City

Catalunya’s Capital and Spain’s Second Largest City is a Must See

Barcelona is exuding with life, boasting some of the world’s best art galleries and architecture. With a prosperous port and affluent commercial centre populating three million people Barcelona is impossible to tire out.

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Park Güell: Antonio Gaudi’s Fantasy Park in Barcelona

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The undulating Park Güell is a must see for anyone visiting or living in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi’s public park is a wondrous combination of art, architecture and nature. Continue reading

Ecuador Travel Guide

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There’s so Much Natural Diversity in this South American Country

Do you want to learn Spanish, work as a volunteer with children or in nature conservation and travel around one of South America’s most diverse countries? If so then visit Ecuador. Continue reading