Here’ s a list of some sites you might find handy when you’re heading out to or already in Barcelona. Feel free to suggest any others you come across that you think are worth including here.
Barcelona blogs I rate
Barcelona besotted – a photo-based blog writen by an Australian that shows off the city in the best possible light.
Barcelona for Idiots – wise words and a sardonic overtone make this my go-to site whenever I need incisive commentary on what’s going on.
Barcelona Street Scraps – “the canvas is the street”, says Brian, who captures the street art images that adorn this photo-heavy blog. I walk past most of these in real life without noticing, but somehow, captured here, they’re elevated from the transient to the noteworthy.
Barcelonette - dating back all the way to 2006, Xenia’s blog covers all that’s cool from the Catalan capital – culture, fashion, lifestyle trends, gourmet restaurants and all the latest looks.
¡Hola Yessica! – was delighted to discover that I’m not the only one suffering at the hands of the Spanish inability to pronounce the letter ‘J’. Follow Jessica’s adventures as she maintains her on/off relationship with Spain.
Homage to BCN – with a nod to Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, this site spans the full gamut of topics related to life and events in the city.
Moonraker Morsels – after 20 years as a vegetarian followed by a diagnosis of Coeliac Disease, I’m normally less enthusiastic than other folk when it comes to revelling in all things gastronomic (“Yes, those pastries look great. No, I can’t eat them.”) If you’re of a less moany disposition than myself, check out Claire’s blog, guaranteed to get your taste buds twanging.
The Badrash – run by Tom, a self-proclaimed olive fancier and dissident, this blog is a trenchant take on the socio-political currents currenty swirling around our pretty heads here in Catalonia. Terse, left-leaning and always informative.
Things to do in Barcelona – with a focus on attractions, events, FC Barça, nightlife and restaurants, Harriet’s blog encourages everyone to get in on the act. So if you’ve got a view on this fair old city, this is the place to express it.
Barcelona Cooking Classes - a huge part of the appeal of Barcelona is its food – buying it, cooking it, sharing it. Situated on the Rambla, this company offers you the chance to get up close and personal with local food in a modern, professional environment. Working in small groups or as individuals, you get to cook (and taste!) everything on the menu. The best bit? The blowtorch. I grinned the entire time I was wielding it.
Barcelona Culinary Adventures (Papa Serra) – run by Joel, a second-generation Catalan who grew up Down Under, Papa Serra invites you round to their house for a cook-fest extraordinaire. Start with a inside look at the Boquería and wind up being able to say “I cooked blackened endive with home-made allioli and prawns and asparagus with saffron orange sauce this morning”. Brilliant experience – heartily recommend it.
Travelizer - a fairly recent addition to the world of travel comparison sites, this one is straightforward and, more importantly, nice to deal with. Just plug in the dates you’re thinking of heading to Barcelona and let them do the hard work of finding the cheapest flight or hotel for you.
Barcelona Photography Courses – Barcelona’s such a photogenic city that at some stage you’re bound to want to learn how to do it justice in pictures. No matter how inexperienced you are (and trust me, you cannot be worse than me), this company will get you to whatever level you’re aiming for. Try the popular 4-hour introductory session and take it from there.
Moving to Barcelona – brilliant advice on the myriad things you need to think about before moving out here.
Removals to/from Spain – let’s face it, humphing stuff over here in multiple trips and paying a fortune to certain airline companies in the process is not a lot of fun. If you’d rather relocate all your belongings in one fell swoop, take a look at this company, Armishaws Removals. UK-based, experienced in continental flittings and they’ve put together a handy ‘guide to moving to Spain’ to boot.
SuggestMe - like every novel concept, you wonder why no-one’s thought of it before. Taking the pain out of curating content, this Dutch start-up has come up with a simple formula – pull together rich social data (Faceboon mentions, Tweets, FourSquare check-ins, you get the idea) to let you home in on the most talked-about spots in any city. Planning your trip to Barcelona? Use this site to find social media suggestions and compile your own personal travel map. Like it.
Your Expat Child – I just discovered this site recently, and although I don’t have kids myself (I’ve been told a Cocker Spaniel doesn’t count), I thought it was really insightful. If you’re moving to Barcelona and want anything from advice on raising a bilingual child to some inspiration when you feel like throwing in the towel, check it out.
The Vital Touch – when you’re in need of a massage, get in touch with Nunu. Especially good for countering the effects of Barcelona beds.
1Unik – I LOVE this place. With a focus on recycling, it’s a little shop and workshop in Poble Sec, run by Clara, who makes hand-crafted homeware and furniture. She will create new pieces for you to order or reuse old materials. You can also browse her stuff online.