By Dylan Kane, University of Michigan
Summer Internship Program
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It is absolutely breath-taking, and having not personally discovered this park until my sixth week living in the city, I can say that it is one of Barcelona’s best hidden gems. Also, the Barcelona Zoo is right next door if animals are your cup of tea!

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2. Give “Calamares en su tinta” a Try

If you are a fan of seafood, I would highly recommend trying “Calamares en su tinta” (Squid served in it’s own ink)! This dish is especially exotic, zesty, spiced and served with white rice; I tried this dish at Market Hotel: Carrer del Comte Borrell, 68, 08015 Barcelona.

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3. Take a Cooking Class

Barcelona Cooking offers classes for large groups of 20+ people and they are located on Las Ramblas. In our cooking session we learned to make Gazpacho (a cold, tomato-based Spanish soup), Tortilla de Patatas (the Spanish omelette), and Paella de Pollo (an amazing Spanish rice-based dish, shown in the process of cooking above).

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4. Take a Trip to Costa Brava

I had the privilege of visiting Palamós and surrounding villages in mid-June for a weekend trip with my girlfriend, and it was absolutely gorgeous. Palamós has a very vibrant community of tapas bars, and in the top photo we can be seen standing in front of the port of Palamós from a highly recommendable Bar-Restaurant boat that was at the Eastern-most side of the harbor. There are incredible cove-style beaches all throughout Costa Brava, and I additionally went scuba diving in Lloret de Mar, which offers relatively clear shore and boat-based diving options.

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5. Check Out the Raval 

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In general, you need to visit the neighborhood of Raval. Adjacent to the ever-popular Las Ramblas of Barcelona, Raval is a far less touristy area of the city, introduced to me as a “hipster area” which is strongly reviving. Extremely talented skaters shred in front of MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporanei de Barcelona (The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art), and distinct architecture may be fills Raval, as shown in the building above which has been used as both a cathedral and a mosque throughout different eras of Barcelona’s history. I found Raval to be a refreshing exposure to a more locally-routed side of Barcelona, however there were also several streets that contained a number of Middle-Eastern and Asian shops, boutiques, and hair salons.

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