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Roy Lichtenstein in Paris, France, ca. Prepares and delivers half-hour lectures on the War in Europe and the Pacific as well as the Japanese Army based on information he reads in Fortune magazine. Travels by rail to Paris on a three-day pass and visits the Louvre Museum. At the Louvre bookshop, buys a small book on Fauvist Georges Rouault. In a letter home, writes of doing stacks of drawings and of intention to study painting, citing Picasso, Rouault and Henri Matisse. Completes four hundred hours. Milton Lichtenstein dies on January Returns to OSU to complete degree.

Lives and works in a small room in a converted mess hall off campus. Teaches drawing and design courses. Creates own version of a flash lab, stacking boxes in a darkened room and asking students to draw the afterimage using charcoal or crayon on paper. Creates stonelike sculptures from Hydrocal, a castable plaster product. Figures have Picassoesque features but seem almost pre-Columbian in style. Tries painting geometric abstractions in the style of Piet Mondrian, but with a different palette. Fewer than ten canvases were made and they were later destroyed.

Travels with Charles Csuri to see various art exhibitions in New York. Paintings of this period depict bulbous figures with animated features. Found object pieces have a Paul Klee—like quality. Gets a centrifuge casting machine to create silver jewelry using lost wax process. Buys a small electrical kiln for enameling. Begins showing work at the new location of the Ten-Thirty Gallery, located on the third floor of the State Theater Building in Cleveland.

Modernist architect Robert Little provides the sketches for the L-shaped floor space. July 26, in Van Wert, Ohio; d. She is recently divorced from prominent Cleveland artist Michael Sarisky, b. January 12, a Hungarian-American figurative painter who created murals for the United States Treasury Department and whose oils were included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery.

Roy Lichtenstein in his studio in Columbus, Ohio, ca. Fall Takes painting classes with Sherman and Grimes. North American Indian themes begin to appear in paintings and drawings. Rents a two-story house at Perry Street in Columbus with Isabel, which doubles as a studio. Begins to use paint cans full of sand to counterbalance an old easel in order to rotate canvases.

Photograph by Stanley Twardowicz. Isabel finds work at Arts and Crafts, the interior design department of Tibbals-Crumley-Musson Architects; coordinates exhibitions of artisan jewelry and ceramics. Regularly attends jazz to Philharmonic performances in Columbus. Teaches himself to play the flute. Starts to bring paintings to galleries in New York, such as M.

Knoedler and Sidney Janis, transporting them on top of car. Isabel finds work as an assistant interior decorator at Jane L. Hanson, Inc. Knight on Horseback ; private collection takes first prize in sculpture at the Ohio State Fair. Begins to incorporate titles and advertising copy in woodcut compositions and paintings such as Emigrant Train—after William Ranney ; private collection. A charcoal of that year, a study for Two Indians ; location unknown is included in a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Statesman ; private collection is reproduced in Artnews titled The Diplomat in black and white and reviewed by Fairfield Porter. Works from his apartment at Hessler Road in Cleveland. Audits classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Moves to an apartment at Crawford Street in Cleveland. Teaches drawing at the Cooper School, a commercial art school in Cleveland. Designs logo featuring a knife, spoon and fork for Hydecker Industrial Caterers, Inc.

Roy Lichtenstein in his home studio in Cleveland, Ohio, mids. Photograph by Ray Sommer. Some works include toys. Mids Creates mosaic tabletops for clients of Isabel, with welding done by a friend. One contribution is to paint graffiti in the miniature alley. Exhibits works at the Wilbur Avenue Gallery in Cleveland, run by Jerry Weiss, which features crafts, graphics and paintings.

Works at various jobs in Cleveland, most lasting about six months each. Hand-paints black-and-white dial markings on volt and amp meters for Hickok Electrical Instrument Co. Travels frequently to New York. Invited to exhibit with Group 5, an association of Cleveland artists who banded together in defiance of their omissions from the May show at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Lichtenstein shows several paintings and constructions. May Shows lithographs at Karamu House, Cleveland, where different races, religions and creeds practice dance, printmaking, theater and writing. Hoping to get closer to New York, accepts the position. Moves home and studio to 11 W.

Sixth Street in Oswego, where his family shares a two-family house. Abstract Expressionist style appears in paintings, which include renderings of cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny. Later recalls that these canvases were used as drop cloths for first Pop-inspired works. May Six oil paintings are among those Heller sends for an exhibition in Los Angeles.

Salpeter turns him down. Roy Lichtenstein with his family outside their home in Cleveland, Ohio, ca. Photograph courtesy Phyllis Sloane. Hosts salon-style open-house evenings for students. Leaves John Heller. Housed in a Beaux-Arts—style townhouse a floor below the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, the gallery space featured walls that simulated dark velvet with a floating ceiling that hid the lighting. Moves with family to 52 Church Street in Oswego. Maintains a studio in one of the bedrooms. Continues to teach Industrial Arts during the summer and graduate courses in painting.

Spring Contributes the cover design for Polemic , one of two prints done for the magazine published under a grant from the Adelbert College Student Council at Western Reserve University, Cleveland. His highly abstract image in black with the title of the magazine in red lettering is hand printed by a commercial printer on a letterpress. Paintings feature scant traces of bright color on an unprimed background; some contain heavy impasto and traces of instant coffee.

Described as washy, waterish, abstract, thinly painted.

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Employs a charcoal nib dipped in paint to create calligraphic lines on some of the canvases and a rag to soften edges. Shares an office with Geoffrey Hendricks. Moves into a house at 66 S. Bolts a two-by-four to the ceiling, to which he attaches clip-on lights. Paintings are hung throughout the house. Brings them to Leo Castelli Gallery and shows them to the dealer and his former wife, Ileana Sonnabend. Shows Kaprow the semiabstract paintings with cartoon figures embedded in paint which he later recalls using as drop cloths for his Pop paintings.

One work is painted on several pieces of refrigerator-crate plywood nailed together. First Pop works demonstrate what the artist refers to as paintings without any expressionism in them. Pushes oil paint through the holes of a plastic dog-grooming brush without its bristles to create dot effect. Works feature blown-up versions of advertised consumer goods and other well-known characters including Popeye and Wimpy, as well as panels from the comic strips Buck Rogers , Steve Roper and Winnie Winkle.

Experiments with other ways to apply dots, from using a lightly loaded paintbrush, which he drags over the canvas, to employing a small, square, handmade stencil made from thin aluminum with hand-drilled holes. Uses pre-primed white canvas. Some paintings are done exclusively in black and white or blue and white.

Creates several diptychs joined with hinges. Works on a series of finished black-and-white drawings in pen, felt-tip marker, brush and india ink. Some feature pochoir , a stenciling technique of pushing india ink through a small metal grid.

Three-color drawings entitled Baked Potato ; private collection feature synthetic polymer paint. Castelli contacts the artist several weeks later and agrees to represent him. Irving Blum also visits. Sonnabend and Blum offer to represent him. Separates from Isabel and moves for a brief period of time into a studio on Broad Street near Coenties Slip, his first studio in New York.

Is the first public showing of one of his Pop works. Mayer Family Collection, Chicago, Illinois. A third wave of works is consigned to Castelli, including Turkey ; private collection , Roller Skates ; private collection , Electric Cord ; private collection , Bathroom ; private collection and Transistor Radio with Metal Antenna ; private collection , which includes an actual aerial antenna.

Warhol takes his own paintings to Leo Castelli and shows them to Karp. Karp shows Warhol Girl with Ball. Uses a Magna-based varnish between coats. Because Magna dries too quickly, continues to use oil paint for simulated Benday dots and, later, diagonals. Begins to use an industrial perforated metal screen, which he finds through the Beckley Perforating Co. Most works begin with colored pencil drawings to organize the material, done either sitting in a chair or at the drafting table. Enlarges drawings or sometimes even the source on the canvas using a Postoscope projector which he then redraws using a rotating easel or mirror to further abstract the image.

Pencil marks unerased in earlier works begin to disappear entirely from compositions. Photograph by Bill Ray. The five-panel work Live Ammo features one diptych and three other panels; the painting is later broken up and sold as four individual works. Isolates the words Art ; private collection and In ; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York on canvas. Switches from ink to pencil for finished black-and-white drawings. Develops a frottage technique for black-and-white drawings by placing a sheet of paper on a window screen and rubbing it with graphite to achieve the look of machine-applied dots.

Finished drawings often depict subjects different from those in paintings and do not require preliminary sketches. Simultaneously works on paintings and these drawings in no clear chronological order. Chou borrowed the nineteenth-century works from Kennedy Galleries in New York. Other artists in the audience include Duchamp, Maciunas, Rosenquist and Warhol. Benday dots are doubled in areas such as lips by shifting the screen.

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Some are done in red and blue to create the effect of purple. Several canvases feature mad scientists from science fiction comic books. Begins to use lithographic rubbing crayon in his finished black-and-white drawings to achieve larger, more uniform, machine-looking dots. The show travels throughout the United States. Three paintings are included in Pop! The Ring Engagement ; Stefan T. Edlis Collection, Chicago is included. Trip to Paris for the opening is first time back since the war. Summer Brings the family to Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he spends time with Karp and his family.

First of a series of major interviews conducted by John Coplans appears in Artforum. Separates from Isabel, who moves with the children to Princeton. Completes first work in Magna on Plexiglas. Both are supporters of the artist, who approves of the idea for the title. Begins to prime own canvases by wiping them with tape to remove lint and applying two thin coats of gesso and one thin coat of white underpainting. Employs an airbrush for the first and only time to create Duridium ; private collection , which depicts a razor blade.

Begins series of cartoon-style landscapes and seascapes inspired by cartoon backgrounds. Creates first sunrise and sunset works. Increasingly invents own subject matter. Spring Meets Dorothy Herzka b. Introduced to a polycarbonate optical paper, Rowlux, by Jerry Foyster, and soon experiments with it in collages.

With help from Birillo, fabricates first enamel pieces on butcher trays featuring a red-and-white image of a hot dog. This official city pass package saves you money during your must-do Barcelona visits. Barcelona Card. This card gives free entry to more than 25 museums and other sites in Barcelona. For over 70 moresites it offers various kinds of discounts. The card is available for purchase for periods of 2 to 5 days. If you don't plan to see lots of museums every day, then it may be cheaper to buy transport-only tickets see below , and if you spend a lot of time in the largest museums, the Barcelona Art Passport may be better value.

In general, if you plan to see only the famous highlights and don't visit museums, this card is not worth the hefty price or the hassle. Plenty of travel websites recommend and promote these kind of discount cards because they receive a commission. For transportation, get the T10 instead. The main airport is Since Ryanair started operating at BCN, you should check carefully where your flight goes.

The three-letter IATA code should be part of your booking process. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Timetables are available online. The easiest way is to get there is to take the bus run by Hispano Igualadina from the Barcelona Sants bus station to the airport. The journey takes from 1 hr 30 min to 1 hr 45 min, depending on the traffic on the motorway. A slightly cheaper, yet longer option is to take a train from Barcelona Sants station to Reus and then the local bus no. Train timetables can be checked at Renfe's website and the bus timetable is available at the website of Reus public transport.

Barcelona is well-connected to the Spanish railway network, and to the rest of Europe. High-speed trains run frequently from main station There are also regular long-distance connections that partially use high-speed infrastructure to all major Spanish cities. The historic Direct regular high-speed train service goes to destinations in France. The former Talgo trains from Montpellier to Barcelona and Cartagena via Portbou ceased to run when direct high speed services started. Also, if booked in advance, TGV can be way cheaper than using these local trains.

There is also a less-known rail line over the Pyrenees to Toulouse. There is roughly one train every 3 hours on the Spanish side and one every two or four on the French side, including an sleeper train from Paris with a branch to Portbou which splits at Toulouse: check all timetables to see whether route is faster, it greatly depends on waiting times at the border. Purchasing tickets for this route can be tricky.

The Spanish line is considered a commuter line despite being far away from Barcelona and does not appear in any global European timetable, so it is impossible to get an international CIV ticket, every portion must be purchased separately. Also, for southbound travel, the Latour-de-Carol station only sells SNCF tickets so the Spanish portion must be bought directly at the ticket inspector, cash only. The launch of the high-speed service spelled the end of the overnight sleeper-car service called Trenhotel between Barcelona and Paris.

Large cruise ships dock km to the southwest. Many of them offer bus-shuttles to locations at the south end of La Rambla. The ferries dock almost directly on the Ramblas. From Rome Civitavecchia it is actually cheaper to take the ferry than a bus. All bus connections are at This includes national e. They can be very cheap, but be prepared for a hour coach ride from London! There may or may not be plug sockets or Wi-Fi on board. Megabus recommend that you be at your departure point at least 30 minutes before departure time except London Victoria where you are required to arrive 60 minutes before departure.

Several main roads connect Barcelona to France and to the rest of Spain. Traffic is usually relatively light outside of peak hours. Free parking spaces can be found a few metro stops from the center of the city. Blue parking spaces are paid M-Sa and At some crossroads, the pay time starts at Anyone can use a blue space, but they aren't that easy to find.

You pay at the meter and put the ticket on the dashboard. Green parking spaces are for residents only. White parking spaces are free at all times, but there aren't any in the city centre. City car parks are found throughout the city. The whole area is covered by the Integrated Fare System , which is divided into 6 zones. This system includes the most of the public transport in the area: metro, city and intercity bus, tram and commuter trains. The city limits of Barcelona are completely inside zone 1.

They have a separate site dedicated for tourists. Travel cards are excellent value in comparison with a single ticket. Be sure to look after them well as bent or damaged cards will not be read by the ticket machines. Such cards can be replaced at one of TMB's customer service centres. TMB also offers a few route planners on their website: versions for desktop, for mobile browser and mobile apps for Android and iPhone. Another route planner is available on the ATM site. The Metro subway is an efficient way of getting around town. Operation times are — M—Th , — F , and continuous service from Saturday at until Sunday at midnight.

Trains are fast, often coming in two minute intervals.

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However, on holidays and weekends trains only run every minutes and can get easily packed. Announcements are made only in Catalan, though signs and ticketing machines generally include Spanish and English too. In this case, if you had a one-journey ticket, you need to get a new one. If you used a multiple journey ticket you won't be charged for a second time when changing lines as long as you are within the stated travel time for a single journey.

Also, you can't repeat operator, so you can't use a FGC ride to make a shortcut. For instance: changing to L9S to L1 via L8 using Fira and Espanya will charge you with two journeys, you should go via Torrassa instead although its way longer. All trains are air-conditioned. Take also care when travelling to the airport: while the T is valid for Renfe services, it is not accepted at Metro. The bus network in Barcelona is pretty extensive.

Perhaps the best option in planning your route is to consult with one of the route planners mentioned above. A major reorganisation of bus lines was completed in November , so disregard old bus schedules and recheck routes. Buses H-V-D run about every ' minutes weekdays, ' weekends.

N buses run every 20' all nights. Other lines may run as frequent as 5' or as few as just one service per hour or less. Take note that some lines have special fare restrictions: Barcelona cards unlimited travel for 2 to 5 days are valid only on Hxx, Vxx, Dxx and line numbers below Any fare 1 travelcard is not valid for Cxx, Exx and line numbers above - in fact, trips fully inside fare zone 1 are not permitted on these lines no matter which ticket is used, if you board any of these buses inside fare zone 1 you won't be able to get off until reaching another fare zone.

Except for deliveries, electric scooters are forbidden on sidewalks and all pedestrian walks throughout Barcelona. Doing so may subject one to hefty fines, as well as frequent, audible disdain from pedestrians. Electric scooters are permitted in bicycle lanes, and may share the road with automobiles. Barcelona also has its own shared bike system, called BiCiNg. However, this appears to be only accessible for locals. Barcelona is a very walkable city. There are opportunities all around to sit down and enjoy a drink or a meal everywhere.

If you are fit, you can pretty much explore the city by foot alone, unless the heat beats you in the warmer months and then you can always resort to the air-conditioned metro. Barcelona is plagued with the same problems that plague other major European cities; massive traffic jams and extremely narrow streets in some areas, coupled with a very complicated road system. As such, driving yourself around is not recommended for tourists, especially those with no driving experience in large cities. Public transport will get you to all the major areas, and you should use that as your main mode of transport.

Having a driving map is essential - plan your route before you set off. Navigating with an average tourist map is frequently misleading: many streets are one-way; left turns are more rare than rights and are unpredictable. As an example, Gran via de Les Corts Catalanes is actually a one-way northbound street between Espanya and Marina, the opposite direction is reserved for buses and taxis only.

Getting around by car makes sense if you plan to spend much more time driving outside the city borders than inside it - and ideally if you don't plan to park overnight at all. Otherwise, for purely in-city transportation, consider renting a scooter, or using public transportation instead. As of January , ride-sharing services such as Uber require at least one hour's notice. For less than one hour's notice, you need to call a regular taxi.

Barcelona's official languages are Catalan and Spanish. About a half prefer to speak Catalan, a vast majority understands it, and virtually everyone knows Spanish. One of the most famous and breathtaking locations to visit in Barcelona the most famous building in the entire city and its landmark, La Sagrada Familia.

From the outside, visitors are astonished by the sheer height and intricacy of the design of the church and although it is not completed yet, the progress that has been made is incredibly impressive. Gaudi was born a Catalan ethnic group in Spain and produced some of the most moving buildings and works of art that are still standing and praised by the Spanish people. Undoubtedly, his most famous work is La Sagrada Familia.

La Sagrada familia is a masterpiece in the center of the city of Barcelona. The height of the church is overwhelming when standing at its base and the inside is even more impressive. Upon first walking into the church one cannot help to feel their stomach drop as they witness one of the most impressive and beautiful creations known to man.

Visitors first gaze up at the height that the ceiling extends to, supported by beautiful hand shaped columns, which were hand-shaped to resemble the trunks of trees. As visitors move towards the center of church they cannot help but to twist their head in a full to admire all of the stained glass windows that line the walls of the basilica. During the day these windows produce incredible natural light a personal favorite of Gaudi that illuminates the sheer beauty of the inner church. The church is absolutely breathtaking.

La Sagrada Familia is an absolute must see for every visitor in Spain and the Barcelona. It is truly a masterpiece and is sure to please visitors of all ages. Images of this majestic church can be found here. To avoid the queue, tickets may be booked online and collected at Sagrada Familia itself. You will need to indicate the time of visit. If you plan visit either the Passion Tower or the Nativity Tower. You can stay in Segrada Familia for as long as you want after descending the Tower. The Passion Tower has elevator both ways. The Nativity Tower option means you to take the elevator up and walk all the way down.

You enjoy the view of the city as you climb down, not the external wall of the Tower. Although locals prefer that you do not stroll through the city in beachwear, the beaches themselves have a very open and relaxed atmosphere. As with many other European beaches, you will find topless and even nudist beach-goers. Unlike many European beaches, however, you will find fun and friendly "chiringuitos" common on Spanish beaches that offer you a place to sit down and listen to music while you have a drink and grab a bite to eat directly on the sand as you watch beach-goers strolling by.

Please be aware that the sand at the main beaches is quite rough - may have small stones and shells as well. The Barcelona beach season starts around March 15th and goes until around November 15th. The High Season for beach-goers is usually from the end of May until the end of September. Despite having 1. The Ciutat Vella, meaning "Old City," is the oldest, most central and most tourist-visited neighborhood of Barcelona. Some of its famous streets and their attractions are:. Barcelona hosts a number of annual fiestas, many of which are unique to Catalonia and offer an insight into its distinctive culture.

During festivals and especially during mobile world congress [43] which is a major trade show at the Fira, accommodation in Barcelona and especially near the Fira is much more difficult to find and more expensive than usual. For those visitors who wish to get a real taste of Barcelona, you can join a group of English-speaking local guides for free sightseeing tours.

In addition to exploring major landmarks and famous streets, you will also get stories, recommendations and tips that only a local could provide. These professional guides are passionate about their city and offer tours which are both educational and fun. These walking tours are based on a tip supported service. Another option to discover the local Barcelona side is to contact a local person, who is willing to show you the city around. You can select a travel guide according to your travel activity preferences.

The local travel guide can pick you up from your location, take great travel pictures, go shopping or show the non-touristy places if you wish to see them. Barcelona has an astounding 35, shops for tourists to explore, but since no one could hope to exhaustively shop Barcelona, a "buyers guide" is in order.

First of all, you will want to walk the three-mile five-kilometer "shopping line" that stretches along the Las Ramblas pedestrian pathway. There is very little vehicle traffic along this run, though there will be plenty of other tourists to navigate around. Along the route, you will find plenty of shops selling "big-name" items along with many specialty designer shops selling Spanish-made apparel, shoes, jewelry and more.

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Most shops and malls in Barcelona will be closed for business on Sundays by force of law , but there are exceptions- especially in the Ciutat Vella. There, you will find fashionable clothing outlets, small souvenir shops and local supermarkets open all week long.

Some of the best specific shopping opportunities that await the visitor to Barcelona include the following:. Barcelona is a city with more than 20 Michelin stars in all its restaurants. The Catalans pride themselves in great food, which is anchored in centuries of history and the us of fresh products. However, Barcelona's cuisine is inconsistent in quality, as with all highly touristic cities, but good food does exist at reasonable prices. The golden rule of thumb applies well in Barcelona; to save money and get better food, look for places off the beaten track by fellow travellers and seek out cafes and restaurants where the locals frequent.

A good idea is to avoid restaurants with touts outside. If you failed to plan for that, here are some places you can eat during this period:. Keep in mind these are not going to be huge portions. Typically you will get all of the items listed, but they will be one or two mouthfuls at most i. During the week, some smart restaurants offer lunch specials from 2PM to 4PM. The savvy traveler will try the hip places for a fraction of the price during the day.

You can get food from any part of the world in Barcelona, but make sure you try some Catalan food. See Catalan cuisine section in the Catalonia article. The selection of seafood is consistently great, although not a lot of it is local this part of the Mediterranean is pretty well fished-out. A treat to try that no travel guide mentions is waffles sold at street stands.

They will tempt you with their mouth watering smell and taste. Even though tapas restaurants are now all over the city, tapas itself originated in Andalusia in the south of Spain and is NOT native to Catalan cuisine. Catalans generally eat three course meals appetizer, main dish and dessert and would more likely go for a pre-dinner drink and pintxos Basque counterpart for tapas at a Basque taverna than for a meal consisting entirely of the new trend in tapas-only dining. As you travel to smaller towns in Catalonia outside of Barcelona, it is less likely that you will find tapas and more likely to see restaurants serving traditional Catalan food in three courses.

If you are looking for a quick introduction to Barcelona's cuisine, you could consider going on a food tour - wine tour, tapas tour, cooking classes, market tour They have consolidated more than 40 food tours in Barcelona, offering a wide variety of culinary experiences - Spanish food tours, Catalan food tours, Penedes winery day trips, paella cooking classes, Boqueria visits, and more.

It works only with family own local business in non-touristy areas of the city, where the curious traveler get immerse into the tapas tradition, wine and cava worlds and the culture of distinct neighborhoods of the city. Their food tours have been praised among the top 10 walking tours of Barcelona. Barcelona Slow Travel [60] is one of the city's most unique tourism companies as it's all about authenticity and sustainability.

The 2 young Barcelona locals that run the company created truly authentic experiences allowing travellers to deeply immerse themselves in the Barcelona lifestyle. All their offerings must comply with strict sustainable tourism guidelines, such as respecting the local people, supporting family-run businesses, keeping Catalan culture and traditions alive and preserving the environment. They offer food tours and cooking classes both in and out the city, wine tours to small, organic family run wineries, a cooking day trip to meet with local farmers, pick and cook a traditional Catalan lunch, a tour of the fishing port, and more..


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They uncover the local secrets and hidden gems of this medieval and contemporary city, to give travelers a truly memorable experience. Depending on where you are in the city, there may be restaurants galore, or none at all. The following areas tend to be restaurant "hubs", with a large variety of restaurants to choose from:. Be aware that sometimes the menu and the staff are only in Spanish. This part of the town is quite touristy and a bit expensive. In several supermarkets you can find a wide stall with a great selection of ready-to-eat dishes.

Barcelona's nightlife options are endless. There are clubs and bars lining every single street, and you can even find people enjoying a drink outside either on the street, in a plaza, or on the beach. The noteable club scene is what brings many partiers to the city. Places like Opium and Pacha are two major spots, especially notorious for their beach side location. However, this is not the only club hot spot. Head to Gracia to find places like Bling Bling and Sutton, boasting a more exclusive atmosphere. Barcelona is a city with a longstanding heritage of locally produced beers and wines.

In fact, it has some unique drinks of other kinds as well, such as orxata which is a drink made from chufa papyrus juice, sugar and water as well as granizados, which consist of sweetened orange juice, lemon juice or coffee poured over crushed ice. As to alcoholic beverages, however, those most commonly consumed in Barcelona include:.

Barcelona has a large number of both beer bars and wine bars, and there are some establishments that cross the line and double as both. The fact that the wine vineyards of Penedes lie within only a couple miles of Barcelona explains, in part, why wine bars are such a common sight in this city. Barcelona offers an incredibly voluminous and diverse array of sleeping accommodations to the eight million or so tourists who visit the city annually.

Knowing where to sleep among this plethora of options can be a bit bewildering, but there is something for everyone — one-star establishments all the way up to five. Most people who visit Barcelona wish to tour the major sites in city center first and foremost, and therefore it makes sense to be located downtown. With your "headquarters" in Old City areas like Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter or the inner-city beachfront zone known as La Barceloneta, you have immediate access to the city's transportation hub and plenty of places to visit on foot. A handful of the numerous hotels of Barcelona are listed below to give you a taste of what is available, but the options are nearly endless:.

As of april there is free internet service provided by the city council with spots available. It's slow connection, limited to kbps and schedule limitation. City council provides a map with the position of the spots available. One of the best options is rent a prepaid portable WiFi Hot spot. Service is available in Barcelona and whole Spain provided by some Telco companies, one of them is AlldayInternet which allows the connection to any WiFi device without roaming charges: Smart-phones, Tablets, PCs….

Visitors can pick up a Prepaid SIM which will allow them access to internet on their smartphone or device. There are many options to choose from, you can buy from the telephone companies or from the local shops or internet cafes. As an example, a Lycamobile prepaid card bought recently cost 8. Options run up to 2G for 30 days. Barcelona is Europe's pickpocketing capital. Never keep your wallet, cash or important documents in trouser pockets or in bag pockets: a money belt is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent being robbed. As always, be alert in crowded places, such as public transport, train and bus stations, La Rambla and Raval.

People may approach you asking for change, or to change money. Just ignore them. If you are asked to change money, then official-looking police may approach you afterwards to 'check' your wallet for ID, etc. These are not police, so be at your most vigilant or you might find they have taken a few cards or cash upon returning your wallet.

Pickpockets use the football trick as the local specialty. At certain tourist hotspots, there are people who will try to show you a 'magic trick'. This involves tying a piece of string around your finger. While you are distracted and your arm is effectively disabled , an accomplice will pickpocket you. It is also possible that criminals will pose as tourists and ask directions to approach their victims.

Keep your distance and be careful in tourist places. The subway is a hotbed for pickpocketing activity, which can range from simple opportunistic thefts to coordinated attacks. A group of men will come out of seemingly nowhere while you attempt to enter a subway car and block your entrance and exit in a coordinated manner, effectively pinning you against the doors while they close. They will act as if the car is just crowded and they are trying to get on as well, but, in reality, they have already gone through your pockets.

Once they take stuff, they quickly return to the platform and walk off calmly while you are trapped in the departing subway as they make sure they exit just before the doors cannot be reopened. Violence in these situations is rare, and in most cases the goal of the thieves is to rob you undetected.

Stay vigilant: do not leave anything in a back trouser pocket except maybe a map of the city. Hold on to your bag or purse at all times. Do not leave anything unattended while you sit in a cafe or restaurant. Traveling with another person or persons is a good practice.