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I LIKE MY CITY BECAUSE …
it borders the Mediterranean, is very international and the mountains are not far away. Ideal for hiking.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
June! It’s not too hot, but you can go to the beach already. By August, the Mediterranean will have warmed up more and more and it gets unpleasant in the city if you do not have air conditioning. At the end of June, there is the Sonar Festival with electronic progressive music and multimedia art. For me the best event of the year. www.sonar.es

RESTAURANT TIP
It’s more a snack: “Que Bo” – means “How tasty”. In Spain, most sandwiches and baguettes contain only meat but no vegetables. In “Que Bo” (Carrer de la Fusteria 14) there are many different vegetables and sauces available – ten or twelve – and it is really yummy!

BEST BAR
“La Bata de Boatine” (Robardor 18) in the Raval district. One of the most beautiful bars in the area.

BEST CLUB
At the moment, the Sunday Tea Dance in the “Lokotron” (Almogavers 86). But only starts around 20h00. Not designated gay event, but very gay-friendly!

BEST FLIRT
El Cangrejo Rojo (Villarroel 86). Niche lounge music and very relaxed. Great place for chatting, laughing, drinking and meeting men (just like Blanche).

NOT TO MISS
The church Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. You should also visit Montjuïc and the village of “Poble Espanyol”, built for the 1929 World Exhibition. In one of the towers there is a club.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE
In summer these are the Chiringuitos, the beach bars near Marbella. There is one designated for gays. There is music, there is no admission and the prices are moderate. Ideal for chilling, drinking, bathing and dancing in the evening. Typically Barcelona.

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