– Cava sangria at Origins: the food is pretty standard at this little tapas café but sangria made from the region’s sparkling wine is exceptional. A great place to stop in for an afternoon glass.
Vidrería 6-8, Barcelona
– Salt Cod Fritters: a classic Catalonian dish that is not as scary as it sounds. The fritters are lightly fried balls of salt cod and dough. We tried them at Taller de Tapas, C. de l’Argenteria, 51.
– Banys Orientals Hotel: The rooms are comfortable and the people are friendly, but Banys Orientals is really great for its location. In the heart of the Born neighborhood of Barcelona, Banys Orientals is surrounded by places to eat and walking distance to the Picasso museum. Argenteria 37, Barcelona 08003
– Sutton discoteca: great nightclub with a young, Spanish crowd. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and eves of holidays. Calle tuset 13- Barcelona 08006
– Hotel Históric in Girona: Girona is a great city located about 85 kilometers (53 miles) outside Barcelona. It is easily accessible by train but the car ride is also beautiful. Girona has many great restaurants and shops, especially in the old part of the city; but it is famous as the home of many Tour de France athletes. Indeed, Hotel Históric attained fame when Lance Armstrong among other bikers stayed there. Hotel Históric has both hotel rooms and apartments, and the large apartments equipped with multiple bedrooms and a kitchen are actually cheaper to stay in. We only stayed in Girona for a few days and traveled all along the Costa Brava from there, so we did not use our kitchen, but the produce in the area is phenomenal and the kitchen may be useful for longer stays.c/Bellmirall 4a, 170004 Girona Tel: +34 972 22 35 83
– For great paella and beautiful seaside dining: Visit Palat in the small town Calella de Palafrugel along the Costa Brava.