Savour the Catalan capital by avoiding the pricey and the touristy in favour of favourite local hangouts, from outdoor cinema to great beaches and vermut bars
Barcelona street life is irresistible, but sometimes you want to rise above the crowds. A ride in the cable car across the harbour is great but expensive (single ticket €11). You’ll get an even better view from the cocktail bar at the top of the waterfront W hotel. You do not even need to have a (pricey) drink, but the people-watching makes it worth it. I think the best view in Barcelona is also probably its least well known. El Turó de la Rovira (free) is a civil war gun emplacement on a hill near Park Güell and once you’ve recovered from the climb you can look out across the city to the sea, up the coast towards France and back to the Pyrenees. The rooftop tour of the beautiful church of Santa Maria del Mar costs €8 but gives you a fascinating insight into its construction and a unique view across the rooftops of the tightly packed streets of the Born district.