Barcelona is a city that you could spend a month in and barely skim the surface. Despite being Spain’s second city, it’s the undisputed number one when it comes to culture, cuisine, drinking, style and electric energy. But how can time-poor travellers maximise on the abundance of treats offered by this popular destination in two short days? Barcelona’s diversity plays a major role in its appeal: you can traverse the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, kick back on sandy beaches, sip cocktails in historic bars, feast on fresh tapas in buzzing markets, and marvel at Gaudí’s spectacular Sagrada Família. Here’s our streamlined, time-savvy guide to Barca’s absolute essentials – with a smattering of new and offbeat openings thrown in.
Lima, Peru’s sprawling and chaotic capital, has long been overlooked. Less picturesque than the country’s second city Arequipa, and less steeped in Inca history than Cusco, many travellers would often bypass Lima altogether. But things have changed. In recent years Lima has been steadily carving out a reputation as not only the gastronomic capital of South America, but also as one of the coolest cities on the continent.
Antigua Guatemala was the first place I fell in love with on this trip. This Central American colonial town has it all – incredible food, absorbing culture and jaw-dropping vistas – and over six months after my visit (where does the time go??) it’s still on my mind. I’m making it a personal mission to encourage as many people to go to Guatemala as possible; along with Peru, it’s my favourite country so far and an absolute joy to explore. If you’re considering visiting Antigua, check out the city guide I’ve written for Suitcase Magazine for some advice, tips and tricks.