No one speaks English, it's amazingly cheap and Barcelona's not that dodgy.
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It's rare to discover a new attraction before the rest of the hordes cotton on.
Art is everywhere, and intrinsic to the Catalan capital. Antoni Gaudi's footprint is everywhere - from colourful parks to incredible buildings that are still in the process of completion today. Gothic architecture also dominates this atmospheric city. Along beguiling La Rambla, bars, restaurants and shops hop, but it's also advisable to slip off the main drag, explore its laneways and discover something of your own.