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What Not to Do in Barcelona

by Suzanne Wales

The fantastic food, the Gaudí buildings, the glittering nightlife: Barcelona's charms are many and its experiences heady. The trouble is, you need to know where to find them, and it's unlikely to be on La Rambla. This is especially true in the early morning, when, from the port, thousands of cruise ship passengers descend onto the city's most famous street. Fourteen million tourists landed in Barcelona in 2010, and with numbers like these, some areas are bound to have suffered from the city's popularity. To make the most of Barcelona, get out of your comfort zone along the well-trodden paths and explore lesser-known neighborhoods such as Gràcia and Poble Nou, which are abuzz with the spirit of offbeat creativity that helped make the city famous in the first place.

Published November 2011. Pictured: La Rambla.

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