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How to Discover an Alternative Side to Barcelona

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We live in a world fuelled by digital information, gadgets, hand-held amusements and reality television, but thankfully cities like Barcelona remain filled with abundant culture and history, reminding us of the world’s beauty. The Catalonian capital has a population of over 1.5 million people and is the second largest city in Spain behind Madrid. Extending to the outer urban areas, the population rises to over 5 million.

Founded as a Roman City, Barcelona became one of the most prestigious cities of the Crown of Aragon. Nowadays, the largest metropolis in the Mediterranean Sea is often a port of call for Med cruises, showing the extent of cultural creativity in the name of this wonderful city.

Barcelona continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and millions of people flock from all over to see the world’s greatest football team as well as a number of other historical attractions. From commerce to education, art exhibitions to music, fashion to science, Barcelona has been hailed as a hub of diversity, and if you’re looking for an alternative side to a vibrant European city, then you won’t have to walk far in Barcelona.

El Quim & Pinotxo La Boqueria Market

A Spanish breakfast usually consists of a shot of hot coffee and a cigarette, but if you’re looking for something a little more filling, then make sure you pay a visit to the Boqueria medicine men. From scrambled eggs to pork and herb sausages, baby squid to foie gras, this diner has a number of unusual breakfast concoctions to alleviate the symptoms of a hangover. The tripe is recommended if you’re really feeling rough, or you can make your way over to the Pinotxo stall for a serving of black pudding and chickpeas.

Els Encants

If you’re a bit of a bargain hunter, then the Els Encants is the child of a London car boot sale and an Egyptian antiques shop. Broken televisions, battered books and stained silverware haunt this market stall, and if you want to find anything worth collecting then you’re going to have to sort through a lot of junk. But that’s the essence of bargain hunting, right?

Casa Mari y Rufo

Food is a huge part of Spanish culture, so try not to let the visual aesthetics of this eating establishment affect your eating experience – the steak is the best around! The Casa Mari y Rufo is constantly packed with businessmen and artists alike looking for a quick bite to eat, and the restaurant’s reputation is known throughout Barcelona as ‘the people’s kitchen’.

As space is a little sparse in the Case Mari y Rufo, you might want to head over the road to the Salvador diner if you’re looking for a bit of morning action in your breakfast. From pigs’ feet to veal chops, the chefs at Salvador’s provide real man food, so if you’re looking for a light bite you’re going to have to go somewhere else!


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