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Located in front of the Barcelona Cathedral, the 300-stall Fira de Santa Llúcia is the oldest Christmas market in Barcelona. Originally established to celebrate the feast day of Santa Llúcia, this three-week-long market is where locals stock up on Catalan Christmas essentials like caganer (a squatting, pooping gnome-like figurine placed in nativity scenes) and Tió de Nadal (a festive log that poops out children’s presents on Christmas Eve).

After studying the city and its residents, architect Ildefons Cerdà proposed to build Barcelona’s Eixample as a grid pattern of equally sized cubes. This cool detail provides air circulation in the streets and higher visibility around corners. Plus, each block is oriented in a NW/SE direction so that every household receives ample amounts of natural light daily.

When: March 11th-March 13th, 2022 Where: Fira de Cornellá, Business Center, Barcelona, Spain The cannabis event with the absolute best name on this list, Spannabis celebrates eighteen years of culture innovation in the cannabis industry. This year, the Barcelona festival is partnering with the World Cannabis Conferences to bring fresh voices in cannabis science, medicine and politics. With over 420 friendly 300 exhibitors, awards, a professional growers cup, music and art, Spannabis is an event that you don’t want to miss.

When: April 23rd – April 25th, 2021 Where: Fira de Cornellá, Business Center, Barcelona, Spain The cannabis event with the absolute best name on this list, Spannabis celebrates eighteen years of culture innovation in the cannabis industry. This year, the Barcelona festival is partnering with the World Cannabis Conferences to bring fresh voices in cannabis science, medicine and politics. With over 420 friendly 300 exhibitors, awards, a professional growers cup, music and art, Spannabis is an event that you don’t want to miss.

When: April 23rd – April 25th, 2021 Where: Fira de Cornellá, Business Center, Barcelona, Spain The cannabis event with the absolute best name on this list, Spannabis celebrates eighteen years of culture innovation in the cannabis industry. This year, the Barcelona festival is partnering with the World Cannabis Conferences to bring fresh voices in cannabis science, medicine and politics. With over 420 friendly 300 exhibitors, awards, a professional growers cup, music and art, Spannabis is an event that you don’t want to miss.

Barcelona is full of the delightful, colorful work of Antoni Gaudi around every corner. From vibrantly colored tiles decorating Park Guell to the Casa Batllo. Barcelona has long attracted creative architects from around the world to become part of the eclectic fabric of the lively town.

With colorful cobblestone streets and festivities all around- Barcelona hosted one of the most eclectic and successful games in history. With a duet by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caball, an American basketball “Dream Team”, and the first integrated team from South Africa after the end of apartheid- it’s safe to say Barcelona 1996 was a memorable one.

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- Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe - Barcelona by Ed Sheeran

The birthplace of LGBTQ+ rights in Spain, Barcelona is a historical and colorful destination that is perfect for an embracing getaway destination for any LGBTQ+ travelers. Watch the city come alive beneath the sun in June during its famous annual Pride celebration, and visit the artsy Gaiexample neighborhood for plenty of gay clubs, discos, shops, and more.

The traditional Catalan sport of Castells is the competition of building human towers, and yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds. Huge teams press together in a huddle as others clamber up their backs, finding footholds on each other’s shoulders to form a tower. The most breathtaking moment is when the small children climb to the top and wave their hands triumphantly in the air, ten-stories up. 

When: April 23rd – April 25th, 2021 Where: Fira de Cornellá, Business Center, Barcelona, Spain The cannabis event with the absolute best name on this list, Spannabis celebrates eighteen years of culture innovation in the cannabis industry. This year, the Barcelona festival is partnering with the World Cannabis Conferences to bring fresh voices in cannabis science, medicine and politics. With over 420 friendly 300 exhibitors, awards, a professional growers cup, music and art, Spannabis is an event that you don’t want to miss.

After studying the city and its residents, architect Ildefons Cerdà proposed to build Barcelona’s Eixample as a grid pattern of equally sized cubes. This cool detail provides air circulation in the streets and higher visibility around corners. Plus, each block is oriented in a NW/SE direction so that every household receives ample amounts of natural light daily.

Pablo Picasso is widely regarded as one of the defining artists of the 20th century and certainly one of the most famous painters of all-time. While he was born in Malaga and spent the bulk of his career in Paris, it’s Barcelona where the Spanish painter grew up, studied, and really came into his own. He lived and worked in the same narrow alleyways and winding streets of Barcelona’s Old Town, which remain largely unchanged to this day. In fact, his most iconic painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, depicts five prostitutes in front of a well-known brothel on Carrer d’Avinyó in the Gothic Quarter. Elsewhere, it’s at Els Quatre Gats where a young Picasso would hang out, socialize and exchange ideas with the writers, artists, and thinkers of Barcelona at the time. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to soak up the same streets, experiences, and sights that inspired one of the most legendary painters of all-time by taking a self-guided tour of Picasso’s Barcelona.

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  • 16 Cozy Christmas Markets in Europe

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Since the Middle Ages, Christmas street markets have delighted locals and visitors with food, ornaments, gifts, and entertainment. The start of the Christian Advent season in late November ushers in the opening of festive Christmas markets across Europe, which help revelers prepare for the holidays.  Lasting a […]

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  • 17 of the Most Haunted Places in America

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  • 27 of the Best Things to Do in Barcelona

    Filled with vibrant energy, buzzing nightlife, elegant architecture, and a strong, independent identity, the Catalan capital of Barcelona is ripe for exploring. Discover a city that seamlessly blends old-world charms with the modern conveniences and attractions of a cutting-edge metropolis. When on the hunt for the best things to do in Spain, Barcelona is overflowing […]

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  • 27 of the Best 420 Events Around the World

    Cannabis rallies, festivals and parties have been around since the 70’s as a way to celebrate, educate, and protest weed laws around the world. Typically popping up on or around April 20th, 420 friendly events provide one day of freedom and fun with like-minded pals. While we love having something to look forward to, we […]

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  • A Guide to Barcelona Through the Eyes of Picasso

    Pablo Picasso: one of the defining artists of the 20th century and a primary figure behind the Cubism movement. Although he spent the bulk of his adult life in Paris, Barcelona is where the legendary painter called his true home in times of nostalgia and sadness. Picasso was born in Málaga and later moved to […]

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  • Birds Eye View: 23 Incredible Places From Above

    From candy-colored mountains to palm leaf-shaped islands, the world as we know it looks completely different when viewed from the clouds. While hidden wonders exist all around the world, we compiled a list of places that totally transform when viewed from above. Here are 23 of the best bird’s eye views in the world: 23 […]

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  • 40 of the Best Things To Do in Spain

    Charged with a permanent feeling of intense passion, emotion, and sophistication, Spain has a funny way of forcing you to slow down, live in the moment, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. From Gaudí’s whimsical masterpieces to historical Mudéjar treasures, or the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains to the palm-fringed beaches of the Costa del Sol, Spain is […]

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  • How to Enjoy Vermouth in Barcelona

    People who live in Spain are certainly no stranger to day drinking. Between a midday caña or a Spanish sangria, there are plenty of alcoholic beverages that go hand-in-hand with the Spanish lifestyle. When it comes to Catalonia, however, vermouth (Catalan vermut) is the traditional go-to beverage that no trip to Barcelona is complete without. […]

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  • A Self-Guided Barcelona Walking Tour of Gaudi’s Magic City

    Few cities in the world can be swiftly summed-up with just the single name of a local artist. Yet when it comes to Barcelona, Gaudi certainly does the trick. As the embodiment of the Catalan Modernist architectural movement, Antoni Gaudi isn’t just a part of Barcelona, he is Barcelona. His fantastical designs greatly influence not […]

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  • 4 Magical Locations to Watch the Sunset in Barcelona

    It’s universally understood that each city has its own sunset. As evening falls over, Barcelona is filled with a special kind of magic: the Catalan capital is one of the most photogenic cities on the planet, a statement that holds especially true when the sun begins the set and the sky is lit up with […]

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