La Manual Alpargatera sells a colorful variety of Catalonia's classic sandals—ideal for strolling the city streets in style. Stripes, solids, embroidered, wedge-heeled—all manner of espadrilles are crafted by this 72-year-old cobbler in Barri Gòtic.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
One of the most imaginative creations of Catalonia’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, is set on a hill above Barcelona. Privately commissioned in 1900, the multi-acre park was turned over to the city in 1926. Mosaics cover every surface, from the gingerbread-style gatehouses to the much-photographed oversize lizard. One of the park’s buildings was the home of the architect from 1906 to 1926; it’s now a museum filled with artifacts and furniture created by Gaudí himself.
On a peninsula near the still-working harbor in the fishermen’s quarter, this three-quarter-mile-long beach was given a new promenade in time for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Walk to the far northeast end, where you can’t miss Peix, a 200-foot-long fish sculpture by Frank Gehry. Hungry? Try fideuà (paella) at Can Majo.
Gaudí spent more than 40 years working on this glorious and still-unfinished Gothic–Art Nouveau cathedral. After his death in 1926 (he was hit by a streetcar), his associates continued his work, and construction is ongoing to this day; it is scheduled to be complete by the centennial in 2026. The east-facing façade is the only one finished under the supervision of Gaudí himself. Its sandcastle-like construction is one of the most memorable sights in Barcelona.
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