MONTSERRAT Make your way to the Catalonian countryside with Lifestyle Barcelona. At the top of the multipeaked Monserrat Mountain (above, top left), the site of a Benedictine monastery, your guide will pep talk you into stepping over the edge the rugged 4,055- foot cliff . Once you’ve conquered that, scramble up a sheer rock face (above, bottom left).
EIXAMPLE ESQUERRA For immediate Instagram hearts, snap shots of the spellbinding surrealist exterior of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (above, bottom right), under construction for 130 years. Spy stained glass, stonework and epic arches.
EIXAMPLE ESQUERRA Don your dancing shoes and head to Mojito Club to learn salsa moves on the sly (it off ers lessons), then cut a rug on the dance fl oor with the pros. Grease the wheels with a pair of the club’s signature mojitos (below).
CITY CENTRE Make a beeline for the centuriesold Boqueria market (above, top right; and below) just off La Rambla, where you can snag the best locally sourced meats, cheeses, juices and breads. After, make your way to milelong Barceloneta Beach and snag a free slice of sand for a gastronomic safari or romantic picnic. You can’t beat the sound of the aqua Mediterranean splashing in the background.
GRACIA BARRIO If fancy-shmancy hostels exist, Generator Barcelona (above, bottom center) is one of them. Amid the original artwork, stylish eclectic furniture and droolworthy tapas, you’ll swear you were in a boutique hotel. Hit up one of the legendary till-dawn parties featuring hot local DJs, or check out a fl amenco show. But be warned: The performers often choose audience members to shake it onstage for prize money.
BOHEMIAN BARCELONA Take an art-history stroll past landmarks that shaped Pablo Picasso’s life with BCN Travel’s twohour tour. Stops include Sala Pares and Quatre Gats Cafe (above, top center), where the city’s modernists met to discuss and develop their approach to art and architecture. The fi nale: a guided visit through the 4,000-plus works at the Museu Picasso, Barcelona’s mostvisited museum.