Make more of your time and money when visiting Barcelona

Palau Música, Barcelona

Welcome. Benvinguts.

My aim is to help you get more from Barcelona.

I love Barcelona — and I want you to love it too.

I’ve visited every bar, restaurant, shop, market, attraction and event featured here at least three times before publishing my opinion.

You may be planning a visit, you may be visiting for a conference, FCBarcelona match, festival, family holiday, or a chilled-out weekend.

You may be thinking of re-locating … you might be curious as to what life is like here in Barcelona.

Well… whatever your reason for being here…if you want to get under the skin of the city, click around for a while and you’ll discover:

  • Tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time and money when in Barcelona.
  • Tips on how best to get around the city — and out of the city.
  • Tips on how to get what you want in shops, bars, and restaurants.
  • Notes on local customs, festes [fiestas] and culture.
  • Notes on food & drink such as zarajo, bikini, calçots and cava.
  • Snippets of history…and opinions… about life in our endlessly fascinating city of Barcelona.

How to use this site:

Navigation bar:

  • Home — This page.
  • Streetlife — Features and activities you may encounter while out and about, including architectural details, fountains, sculptures, graffiti, and celebrations.
  • Food & Drink —  Bars, bodegas, restaurants, local dishes and other gastronomic related stuff.
  • Here — Portraits of neighbourhoods, with links to local features and places to eat and drink and other useful information.
  • Now — A glimpse into what life in the city is like, and tips about accommodation, security & safety, and getting around and out of the city.
  • Then — Posts concerning the history of Barcelona and Catalunya, including images and commentary about the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s dictatorship and The Transition.
  • Blog — Latest posts.
  • Contact me — self-explanatory — drop me a line or two.

Search bar :

  • Click on the magnifying-glass icon and enter a search term.


  • A the foot of every post there is at least one tag — clicking on a tag will bring up other posts with the same tag. Examples of tags include: Eixample, Gràcia, Safety etc.

Dabble around a while in the navigation bar and tags, or use the search bar, and you’ll soon feel at home.


When referring to street names, names of ingredients, dishes, drinks, etc. I’ll be using Catalan with the appropriate term in Spanish [like so].


I publish a new post every now and then — so you may want to subscribe, to keep yourself up to date — just pop your email address into the SUBSCRIBE box in the sidebar on the Blog page and you’ll receive an email notification every time I publish a new post. Simple.

Advertising & Affiliate links:

There is no advertising, nor any affiliate links, on the site, apart from occasional plugs for my own products and services, and projects I  contribute to.

Enjoy your visit.


  • Reply Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann 5th September 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Dear Bill,
    my research team (at Leibniz University Hanover, Germany) and I investigate cultural strategies to valorize historic traditions and remains in major European cities. We want to explore how concepts of cultural heritage differ from each other in various cities and how different protagonists contribute to it. More general information can be found on our website:
    We (3 people) will stay in Barcelona from the evening of 1st to the morning of 4th October 2017. We would appreciate very much to have a talk with you about Heritage, Culture and Conflicts in Barcelona. Let me know if you have further questions and thank you very much for your support!

    Kind regards,

    Prof. Dr. Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann
    Verwalter der Professur für Didaktik der Geschichte (Historisches Seminar)
    Direktor des Instituts für Didaktik der Demokratie
    Sprecher der Forschungsgruppe “Cultural Heritage als Ressource?”

    Leibniz Universität Hannover
    Historisches Seminar
    Im Moore 21
    30169 Hannover

    • Reply Bill Sinclair 9th September 2017 at 5:40 am

      Heritage, Culture and Conflicts in Barcelona
      Hi Detlef,

      Many thanks for contacting me. Yes, very interested in your project and would be interested to meet in October.

      Currently in the United States — returning September 12th.

      Will contact you again after September 15th to arrange date, time and venue to meet in Barcelona.

      In the meantime if you have any questions you would like to ask please send.

      Looking forward to meeting you and your colleagues.

      all the best, sincere regards,

      Bill Sinclair

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