13 Night Spain & Canary Crossing on Explorer of the Seas from Miami, Florida La Palma, Canary Islands, Volcanic Terrain
The 13 Night Spain & Canary Crossing from Miami, Florida visits La Palma, Canary Islands; Tenerife, Canary Islands; Málaga, Spain; Alicante, Spain; Barcelona, Spain. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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13 Night Spain & Canary Crossing
Itinerary Overview
Explore Explorer of the Seas
Day 1 - Miami, Florida
Day 2 - 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - La Palma, Canary Islands
Day 10 - Tenerife, Canary Islands
Day 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Málaga, Spain
Day 13 - Alicante, Spain
Day 14 - Barcelona, Spain
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La Palma, Canary Islands, Volcanic Terrain
The volcanic coastal terrain in La Palma, Canary Islands
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Leaving from
Miami, Florida
Onboard
Explorer of the Seas
Day Port
1
Miami, Florida
Departs at 4:30 PM
2 - 8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
La Palma, Canary Islands
From 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
10
Tenerife, Canary Islands
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Málaga, Spain
From 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
13
Alicante, Spain
From 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
14
Barcelona, Spain
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Explorer of the Seas

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Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas, Aerial
An aerial view of Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas
This is not your average vacation. This is adventure in a bold new light — on the fleet-favorite Explorer of the Seas®. Soak up the sunshine and chill vibes at the adults-only Solarium. Indulge in authentic Tuscan cuisine at Giovanni’s Table. Then catch a jaw-dropping original production in the Main Theater, or dance the night away at Club Twenty. On this ship, there’s no wrong way to vacay.

ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

When you're not exploring unforgettable ports, you'll find plenty of thrills on deck. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall and try not to wipe out on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Or engage in a little friendly competition on the mini-golf course, before taking your adventure onto the ice skating rink.

FLAVORFUL FAVES

Say "Konnichiwa" to fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, or "Buongiorno" to authentic Italian eats at Giovanni's Table. If it's prime meat you're craving, head to Chops Grille℠ for steakhouse offerings that are a cut above the rest. And for the ultimate sweet treat, order up a classic milkshake at Johnny Rockets®.

FLASHBACK FUN & DARING DANCE MOVES

Cap off each date night with an incredible show at the Main Theater, followed by a round of your favorite ice-cold brews, moonlight and island vibes poolside, and late-night dancing.

Day 1: Miami, Florida

Day 1
Miami
Florida
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Oleta River State Park Aerial, Miami, Florida
Oleta River State Park Aerial, Miami, Florida
Things to do in
Miami
Departs at 4:30 PM
Miami moves to a rhythm all its own— from the sun-drenched beaches to a diverse blend of cultures. Indulge in the glitzy chic of Miami Beach and explore Little Havana’s deep-rooted Cuban heritage. Unwind on Key Biscayne’s serene shorelines, pedal along Ocean Drive or paddle a kayak through Oleta River State Park’s winding mangrove channels. Head to Coconut Grove to take in the bohemian vibe. Tour the Vizcaya estate’s Renaissance-inspired gardens. Miami cruises give guests the opportunity to check out the Perez Art Museum’s contemporary collections. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing, Art Deco architecture, world-class cuisine or endless nightlife, adventure shines bright in The Magic City.
Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida
Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.
Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars, Miami, Florida
Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars, Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.
Wynwood Mural, Miami, Florida
Wynwood Mural, Miami, Florida

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.
Ropa Vieja Plate, Miami, Florida
Ropa Vieja Plate, Miami, Florida

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.
Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall, Miami, Florida
Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall, Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

Day 2 - 8: Cruising

Day 2 - 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Young Girl Learning How to Ice Skate
Onboard Ice Skating Instructor Teaching

Ice Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got moves like the Great One, you’ll have a great time every time at the ice skating rink.
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater Around a School of Fish
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater with a School of Fish

Scuba Certification

Gear up and get certified at sea during an underwater adventure lead by certified PADI® instructors.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Spa Couples Massage
Couples Getting Massage at Vitality Spa

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 9: La Palma, Canary Islands

Day 9
La Palma
Canary Islands
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La Palma, Canary Islands, Aerial Coastal View
Volcanic coastal view of La Palma, Canary Islands
Things to do in
La Palma
From 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
For a small, quiet island, La Palma is packed with opportunities for adventure. Here, you'll be greeted by a warm climate, beautiful countryside, deep forests and lovely black sand beaches. UNESCO has named the island a World Biosphere Reserve, and its skies are so clear that it earned a Starlight award for maintaining its natural lighting conditions and a clear night sky. Hit the more than 600 miles of trails for hiking and cycling to experience the natural riches for yourself with a cruise to La Palma in the Canary Islands.
La Palma, Canary Islands, Natural Swimming Pool La Fajana
La Fajana natural swimming pool in La Palma, Canary Islands

Pool Party

Find your way up to La Fajana on the north side of the island, and swim in the crystal clear waters of its three natural ocean pools. They're all situated next to each other and protected from the waves.
Insider tip
Bring your sneakers: The least developed Canary Island, La Palma is best seen on foot.
La Palma, Canary Islands, Salt Extraction
Salt extraction in La Palma, Canary Islands

Pass the Salt

Visit the salt fields at Las Salinas de Fuencaliente in the south, where sea water gathers in shallow ponds. The sun evaporates the water, and salt remains to be sold all over the island. Migrating birds rest in this area, declared an Official Site of Scientific Interest.
Insider tip
Horseback tours are a great way to see the city and conserve a little energy.
La Palma, Canary Islands, Raw Silk Thread
Various colors of raw silk thread

Take the Silk Road

Silk has been produced in La Palma since the 16th century, and the craft continues. Take a guided tour of the Silk Museum, and you'll see the traditional techniques, starting with caring for live silk worms and finishing with selling the items produced here in the gift shop.
La Palma, Canary Islands, Potatoes Canary Style
Canary style potatoes served with sauce

Local Cuisine

La Palma celebrates the Spanish tradition of tapas, called enyesques here. Cruise to La Palma to try papas arrugadas, a dish made from potatoes boiled in saltwater until it evaporates, leaving a delicious crust. For a shareable feast, seek out sancocho canario — a whole fish served with sweet potatoes, the roasted grain gofio and the spicy sauce mojo picon, made with olive oil, cumin, hot peppers and vinegar.
La Palma, Canary Islands, Man Rolling Cigars
A man rolling cigars

Shopping

Shop in Santa Cruz de La Palma, the island's capital and second largest city, which sits along the island's eastern coast. Here, colorful homes with flower-filled balconies sit alongside stores and markets on steep cobblestone streets. Cruise to the Canary Islands and pick up hand-crafted textiles, fine embroideries, traditionally made cheese, local jewelry and hand-made cigars.

Day 10: Tenerife, Canary Islands

Day 10
Tenerife
Canary Islands
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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Las Teresitas beach
Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
Things to do in
Tenerife
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Canary Islands sit more than 1,000 miles from mainland Spain — but as your ship docks at the largest island, Tenerife, you'll feel like you've entered another world. Exploring the island's diverse nature will reinforce this: The landscape here ranges from to deserts to dense forests to spectacular beaches. Cool off in the Bajamar natural salt-water pools, or go scuba-diving among octopus and barracudas in Tabaiba. When you're tuckered out from your adventure, head to a seaside restaurant for a glass of sangria and crusty bread slathered with almagrote, a local hard-cheese spread flavored with tomato, garlic and paprika.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Large outdoor swimming pool
A large outdoor swimming pool in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Chill Out in Santa Cruz

If culture and history are your thing, there's plenty in Santa Cruz-proper to keep you stimulated. Make a stop at the illuminating Natural History Museum or the Basilica de Candelaria shrine, which only dates back to 1959 but manages to feel older in decidedly modern Santa Cruz.
Insider tip
Tenerife looks small on the map, but the island's mountainous terrain and developing infrastructure can make journeys here longer than you might imagine, so plan accordingly.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Aerial view of Las Teresitas beach
An aerial view of Las Teresiteas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Hit the Beach

While most of Tenerife's best beaches are far outside the center of Santa Cruz, you have a couple of options a short taxi or bus ride away. The most popular is Las Teresitas, whose golden sands look particularly striking contrasted with the crystalline blue water that laps at them.
Insider tip
If you happen to visit Tenerife in February, make sure to check out the island's annual Carnival, a raucous event not to be missed.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Grilled whole fish
Three whole grilled fish with potatoes and salad on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers a mix of traditional Spanish food and local Canarian food. It's just as easy, for example, to find a restaurant that serves small-plate tapas and sweet sangria as it is to enjoy Sancocho, a bass filet served with boiled potatoes and spicy mojo sauce. Follow up a filling meal with a shot of Cobana, a banana liquor native to the Canary Islands.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Souvenir shells
An assortment of souvenir shells

Shopping

If you like bargaining, try your luck at Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa, open every day until 2:30 p.m. Here, you'll find local handicrafts like ceramic dishware made from volcanic stone, as well as clothing and shoes at wholesale prices. Sunday afternoons, there's a flea market near Santa Cruz's main station.

Day 11: Cruising

Day 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Izumi Table with assorted dishes
A top-down view of assorted dishes on a table at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean ship
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Main Dining Room Cheesecake Topeed With Fruit Dessert
A cheesecake topped with fresh fruit on a white plate at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Oasis of the Seas Windjammer Olives Cheese and Salads
Windjammer Olives Cheese and Salads

Windjammer

The Windjammer is your go-to restaurant for tantalizing global flavors served complimentary. Like just-pressed paninis packed with all your favorite meats and cheeses. Flaky pastries fresh from the oven and omelets any way you like them. And hearty mains that run the gamut from crispy buttermilk fried chicken to Vietnamese braised Ho Chi Minh pork.
Room Service Bottle Glass
Room Service Bottle Glass Champagne and Strawberries

Room Service

Want to savor a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.

Day 12: Málaga, Spain

Day 12
Málaga
Spain
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Málaga, Spain, Marina
A marina in Malaga, Spain
Things to do in
Málaga
From 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The hub of Spain's southern Costa del Sol, Málaga is the picture of paradise. Scale the hilltop to dramatic La Alcazaba, the sandy-colored Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century that overlooks this ancient seaside city. Sun yourself on the idyllic beaches of Caleta and Malagueta, taking in views of the mountains across the bay. See the eccentric works of modernist master Pablo Picasso, the city's most famous native son, at the Picasso Museum. Cruise to Málaga and immerse yourself in baroque and renaissance architecture at Málaga Cathedral, with its elaborate arches and stone reliefs depicting the saints, or turn the clock back to the first century A.D. at the ruins of the Roman Theatre.
Málaga, Spain, Alcazaba fortress
View of the Alcazaba fortress in Malaga, Spain

Moor History

Ascend to the top of La Alcazaba, the medieval Moorish fortress that towers over the city. This palatial fortification was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century and is the best-preserved Moorish castle in Spain. From here, you can wander down to the Roman Amphitheatre that sits beneath it, before you gaze up at the 16th-century cathedral that sits right in the city center.
Insider tip
The center of Málaga is relatively small and walkable, but don't take this for granted — three to five hours will pass quickly.
Málaga, Spain, Malagueta beach sign
The Malagueta beach sign in Malaga, Spain

Work on Your Tan

It just wouldn't be a trip to the Costa del Sol without a little coast and sun. Most tourists stick to the convenient La Malagueta Beach, but if you've got more than a couple hours in Málaga, you can take a taxi to less crowded but equally beautiful beaches to the east, like Playamar or Playa de Burriana.
Insider tip
If you don't speak Spanish, make sure to cache a Spanish dictionary in your smartphone's Translate app.
Málaga, Spain, Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced in Malaga, Spain

Paint With Picasso

The most obvious way to follow Málaga's Picasso trail is to visit the Picasso Museum, which has many pieces you won't find anywhere else. You can also visit the artist's birthplace, or take a "Ride With Picasso" bike tour that features Picasso-focused city sightseeing, including Plaza de Merced, where the formidable painter took his first steps as a child.
Málaga, Spain Gambas Pil Pil dish
Gambas Pil Pil shrimp dish in a bowl

Local Cuisine

Seafood is the focus of gastronomy in Málaga. Don't miss the city's signature dish of gambas al pil-pil, flash-fried fresh prawns with garlic, paprika and chilies. During your Málaga cruise, order a basket of pescado frito, an array of local white fish, clams and other seafood breaded and fried. Finish up with tarta malaguena, a cake made with almonds and raisins, and a glass of Málaga dessert wine.
Málaga, Spain, Ceramic Pottery
Ceramic pottery for sale in Spain

Shopping

Pop into a local wine shop to take a bottle of Málaga dessert wine back home with you. Málaga cruises provide access to an eclectic range of other souvenirs, like hand-painted Andalusian ceramics or handmade fans to help you beat the heat. You can also find some of Spain's best olive oil here — pick up some of this cloudy, spicy liquid gold from the Ataranzas Market.

Day 13: Alicante, Spain

Day 13
Alicante
Spain
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Alicante, Spain, Santa Barbara castle on a hill
View of Alicante, Spain with the Santa Barbara castle on a hill looking over the city
Things to do in
Alicante
From 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Situated on the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear Mediterranean waters of Spain's eastern shore, the lively city of Alicante is rich in Moorish and Spanish history. It's perched at the base of the ancient fortress Castillo de Santa Barbara, where you can climb or take an elevator to explore the castle during your Spain cruise. Wander through the narrow lanes and colorful houses of the Old Town, then head toward the seafront on the Explanada de Espana, a marble-laid promenade. Relax on the golden sand of Playa del Postiguet beach. A few streets over, at the foot of Mount Benacantil, you'll find the Basilica de Santa Maria with its distinctive twin towers — Alicante's oldest church, it was built in the 13th century when the Spanish reclaimed the city from the Moors.
Alicante, Spain, Santa Barbara Castle
The Santa Barbara castle with a view of the city of Alicante, Spain in the background

Conquer a Fortress

Climb the ancient fortress Santa Barbara Castle, built atop rocky Mount Benacantil, which provides amazing views of the countryside and a look at the area's history inside the Museum of the City of Alicante within the castle. You can also drive up or take an elevator from Postiguet Beach.
Insider tip
Choose fresh seafood at Pesca al Peso market; you can pay and then come back for it after it's cooked.
Alicante, Spain, Narrow Street
A narrow street between homes in Alicante, Spain

Beat of the Barrio

El Barrio, the historic center of Alicante, has narrow cobbled streets and Spanish-style apartments decorated with flowers, as well as interesting shopping and a handful of museums. Its pedestrian streets are made for strolling. It's also the neighborhood to go to for tapas and cocktails.
Insider tip
The Alicante Tram, which runs along the Costa Blanca coastline and through the hills, offers incredible views.
Alicante, Spain, Coastal Homes
Coastal homes on a small cliff in Alicante, Spain

Off-Coast Exploration

Ride a boat over to Tabarca Island, a tiny island 11 miles from Alicante's port whose waters make up a protected marine reserve and provide excellent snorkeling. The island also features a small, picturesque community of whitewashed houses with blue shutters.
Alicante, Spain, Bowl of Paella
A bowl of seafood paella

Local Cuisine

Meals in Alicante center around white fish, shellfish, local produce, olive oil and rice. Try the city's take on paella, made with local Bomba rice, red prawns and clams. Cruise to Alicante and sample esgarrat, which brings together sweet red peppers with salted cod and garlic. For dessert, you must try turron, a tasty local sweet made with honey, almonds and the locally produced Fondillon wine.
Alicante, Spain, Leather Shoe Market
Leather shoes for sale at a market in Spain

Shopping

Shady Rambla de Mendez Nunez is lined with cafes, bars and family-run shops selling the Alicante's famous leather shoes, bags and more. Stalls at nearby Mercado Central farmer's market sell local wines, fresh fruit, produce and spices. Take home Alicante's celebrated local preserves and salted fish when you cruise to Spain.

Day 14: Barcelona, Spain

Day 14
Barcelona
Spain
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Barcelona, Spain Park Guell
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
Things to do in
Barcelona
Arrives at 6:00 AM
It’s easy to see why Barcelona is the most-visited city in Spain. As the capital of the country’s Catalonia region, this cityscape’s cultural mosaic pieces together a 2,000-year-old hodgepodge of sun-drenched beaches, cutting edge architecture, and a world-renowned dining and drinking scene. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his modernist handprint all over the city, while medieval treasures linger in historic Gothic Quarter squares. Get lost in the whimsical gardens of Park Güell or savor a chef-led Catalan cooking class. Browse art collections dedicated to Picasso and Miro— or ride a cable car to the top of Montjuïc Hill, relishing citywide views along the way.
Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Interior
La Sagrada Familia Interior Colorful

SKY HIGH DELIGHTS

Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.
Barcelona, Spain La Rambla Shops
Street view of La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, with shops lining the street

IN THE MIX

Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine

LOCAL CUISINE

Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.
Spain Barcelona Local Fresh Market Shopping
Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

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