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CNNGo TV in Barcelona: Bring on Barcelona!
CNNGo TV tours Barcelona, to meet a diverse mix of local characters and take in some Spanish culture
Unique architecture, jaw-dropping views, the world’s best football club, even its own language. The list of reasons to visit Spain’s Catalan Capital of Barcelona could go on and on.
CNNGo TV takes to the city this month. Here's what to look out for.
Reserve a night for the Bikini Club in Barcelona. Don’t let the name fool you, this place is frequented by upscale party goers -- the pricey drink list is a giveaway. But it’s one of the best places to listen to live music.
The large venue is split into four smaller rooms for different tastes: salsa dance floor, house/hip hop dance floor, private VIP, and cocktail lounge.
Bikini, Deu i Mata 105 Les Corts, Barcelona Spain; www.bikinibcn.com
If you find yourself craving some tasty Argentine ice cream in the heart of Catalonia head to the quaint Placa de Ruis and Kawaii.
Pl. Rius i Taulet 5, Barcelona, Catalonia 08012
Like Central Park in New York, Citadel Park (Parc de la Ciutadella) is an iconic floral center piece in the middle of the busy Barcelona metropolis.
Despite being dominated by screaming kids and hormone-raging couples, the park is a great way to spend the day. Start the explorations by walking to the extravagant, meticulously carved Cascada fountain (Font de la cascada).
Then take a wander through the Barcelona zoo, located in the park which is the home to different breeds of monkeys, crocodiles, snakes, Komodo dragons, and many more.
Avingudade del Marquès de l'Argentera
Mercat de la Boqueria
Long before shoppers cared about organic produce or fresh soy milk, Mercat de la Boqueria was standing proud in Barcelona.
The market dates back to the 13th century, when traders parked themselves outside one of the city’s gates. Today it’s still a vibrant and bustling scene that’s certainly worth a visit with plenty of great food on offer.
Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Plaza de la Boqueria Ramblas, 08001 Barcelona Spain; www.boqueria.info
Antonio Gaudi architecture tour
Take an architectural tour of Catalan Modernist king, Antoni Gaudi.
The warped boney columns of the Casa Batllo, the wavy stone La Pedrera, and melty looking Sagrada Familia will make you feel like you’re trippin’ in the daylight.
Visit www.city-discovery.com for Gaudi tours.
At the heart of the Catalan music scene is the 42,000 square meter Auditori. It’s home to numerous venues where you can tune into the local scene -- from modern music to the symphony or choral performances.
L'Auditori, Barra de Ferro 5 Eixample, 08003 Barcelona Spain; book a show at www.auditori.cat
To stick with the international theme, we stepped into Bobby Gin to quench our thirst for a good ol' G&T. This quaint little bar is a great chill-out place to hit before the club.
Who knew that a drink honed by the Dutch was such a hit in the middle of Espana?
Bobby Gin, Carrer de Francisco Giner, 47, 08012 Barcelona Spain; www.bobbygin.com
Football Club Barcelona
Whether you’re a soccer fanatic or not, watch a game or take a tour to pay respects to the cultural shrine that is Football Club (FC) Barcelona.
It’s no wonder this team gets so much attention. Last Year Forbes named it the fifth wealthiest club in the world. Early this year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won World Player of the Year for the third time in a row.
So watch a game, or book a tour of the stadium.
Buy tickets at www.barcelona-tickets-store.com, or purchase them from the Barcelona FC Stadium itself.
Barcelona FC, Aristides Maillol, entrance no 7, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Before or after the almighty FC Barcelona trounces its latest opponent, the locals might suggest a visit down the street to Lo Fantastic. This quaint eatery has a tasty selection of tapas and greasy burgers to fuel you for the night.
Lo Fantastic, Vilamur, 18, 08014 Barcelona Spain; www.thefork.com