Notes on Waikiki: Discovering Catalonia’s hidden beach paradise

Just north of Catalonia’s Roman City Tarragona, lies Cala Fonda, a secluded, naturist paradise, fondly referred to as Waikiki, after the beach in Hawaii. This stunning cove is sheltered by cliffs covered by aromatic wood. Continue reading

Take Five: Barcelona’s Best Views

Take Five: Barcelona's Best Views by Hatty Copeman

Published in Paste Magazine

Surrounded by mountains and filled with winding streets lined with ornate buildings and pristine beaches, Barcelona is best viewed from above. There are a variety of vista points including parks, museums, bars, historical sites and cable cars from which you can enjoy everything Barcelona has to offer.

 
Whether you’re interested in architecture, the outdoors or just want to relax with a drink on a rooftop bar, here are five of the best lookout spots in Barcelona that will fullfil your interests from an unparalleled perspective.

The Best Festivals in Barcelona

The Best Festivals in Barcelona by Hatty CopemanPublished in Paste Magazine

In a city of pedestrian walkways and plazas waiting to be filled with stages and revelers, there is rarely a week that goes by without something to celebrate in Barcelona. Whether you’re looking for religion, innovative art, experimental music or just a good old-fashioned block party, these eight festivals will satisfy any celebration-seeking traveler.

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Street Life: Carrer Parlament

Published in The Guardian

Carrer Parlament, which runs along the lower part of Barcelona in the residential Sant Antoni quarter of the Eixample district, has recently received some much needed rejuvenation and is now awash with great places to eat out and buy fresh, well sourced, local produce. This up and coming part of Barcelona is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Mercat Sant Antoni, which is currently being renovated. Continue reading

Barcelona’s Four Hidden Corners

Published in The Guardian

Barcelona has a well-documented tourist trail marking out the must see highlights of the city. However there’s an abundance of interesting places in the city that visitors aren’t made aware such as the Spanish Civil War bunkers or the open-air cinema in the mountain. Here’s a round up of Barcelona’s best-hidden gems worth checking out. Continue reading

Carrer d’Enric Granados

Published in The Guardian

Carrer d’Enric Granados is a beautiful, semi- pedestrianised street in the heart of Eixample, just a hop and a skip from Passeig de Gracia and Rambla Catalunya. The street is named after the Catalan pianist and composer Enric Granados who was born in Lleida in 1867. This cultural reference laid the groundwork for what was to come as the street now has an abundance of art galleries, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Continue reading

Montjuic Cemetery

Published in The Guardian

A treasure of funeral art, located on the Route of Montjuic on the hill, lies Montjuic Cemetery. This graveyard of about 57 acres boasts sea views and a place of calm away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Continue reading

Cultural highlights of a weekend in Barcelona and a round up of the big sights

Published in Tour Travel Tourism

Nestled between the Mediterranean and the Serra de Collserola hills lies Barcelona, the ‘second capital’ of Spain and Catalonia’s biggest city. This vibrant and dynamic city, which is steeped in history, is a prevalent tourist destination as it offers such an array of culture, nature and fun. Surrounded my beautiful mountains, a selection of beaches and packed to the brim with an abundance of museums, galleries, monuments and parks Barcelona has something for everyone. Continue reading

Five Things to See in Barcelona That Many People Miss

Five Things to See in Barcelona That Many People Miss by Hatty CopemanPublished in Travergence Blog

Barcelona has a well documented tourist trail marking out the must see highlights of the city. There is also, however, an abundance of lesser-known, yet just as interesting, places in the city that visitors aren’t often made aware of. Here are five spots worth checking out on your next trip to Barcelona. Continue reading

Guide to Gaudi on a Barcelona City Break

Guide to Gaudi on a Barcelona City Break by Hatty CopemanPublished in Iloho Blog

Gaudi’s fairy tale architecture is a staple in Barcelona. The city has been profoundly influenced by his architecture that leaves the masses of tourists, which flock from a far to see his wonders, in seventh heaven. Gaudi is the most famous Catalan architect and his Art Nouveau architecture is celebrated by an abundance of people from all over the world. Gaudi’s creations are an unusual and unique double-edged sword as reactions vary from repulsion to admiration and utter wonderment. His building are scattered throughout the city so wherever you are you’re always nearby something that he has crafted. The tourist market for holidays to Barcelona is very aware of the lure of Gaudi and has reacted by commodifying his impact in pretty much anyway possible. Continue reading

Off The Tourist Trail – Barcelona

Off The Tourist Trail – Barcelona by Hatty CopemanPublished in Guest Travel Writers

Barcelona has an abundance of places to see however some of the best spots are off the tourist trail, such as Montserrat, Gracia and the Roman ruins under the city. Here are some of the top off the beaten track places that are worth checking out! Continue reading

6 Delicacies to Eat in Barcelona | Hg2 INSIDER

Published in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Nestled between the Collserola mountain range and the Mediterranean, Barcelona’s cuisine is diverse and enjoys excellent seafood, fish, meat, poultry and vegetables. These staples are traditionally eaten with a sauce, such as romesco, which is made from olive oil, garlic, almonds, tomatoes and vinegar. Most of the sauces are a combination of nuts, vegetables, olive oil and garlic. It’s also typical in Barcelona to mix meat and seafood, which is locally referred to as mar i muntanya, meaning ‘sea and mountain’: a fitting reference to the city’s location. Continue reading

Els Encants Vells, Barcelona’s flea market

Published in The Travel Blog

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

Published in About My Generation

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

Preview: The Raveonettes

Published in Barcelona Metropolitan.

Nostalgic dark-hearted indie Danes The Raveonettes have been riding mediocre pop success for a while now. Since emerging onto the music scene with their eight-track EP Whip It On back in 2002, they’ve had a loyal following that has perhaps now dwindled slightly but never deserted the duo: Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo.Their most recent and fifth album: Raven in the Grave takes them back to their roots, with a dazed out-of-focus sound laden with subtle messages disguised by confusing twists. Continue reading

Preview: Black Lips

Published in Barcelona Metropolitan.
Atlantan, psych-rock garage dudes Black Lips are the ultimate boy band gone bad. Their gigs are infamous for being a raucous spew of noise in squalid, low-ceilinged sweatboxes. The crazy, energetic shows have frequently included vomiting, urination, nudity, fireworks, flaming guitars and, incredibly, a chicken. The band were even chased out of India after exposing their penises on stage; frontman Cole Alexander likes to play his guitar solos hands free, if you know what I mean. Continue reading

Joan Miró: The Internationally Acclaimed Catalan Artist

Published at Suite101.com

Miró’s work is a demonstration of Catalan pride and an amalgamation of Surrealist and experimental art

Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – Dec. 25, 1983) was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramist, from Barcelona. He was the son of a goldsmith and a jewellery maker. Continue reading

George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’

Published at Suite101.com

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


Published at Suite101.com

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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