Which? Recommended Provider: Time Out Guides kicks off 2014 by being rated top guidebook brand by Which? Survey, for level of detail, photography, quality of maps, ease of finding information and value for money. Unparalleled in its enthusiasm for a good time, Barcelona barely has time to take down the bunting between its rollicking festivals. When there isn't an all-night fiesta happening on the street, there's more than likely a party on the beach and never any shortage of action in its clubs and bars. All of this takes place in a perfect climate and against a backdrop of mind-blowing modernista architecture and a cityscape as varied as any. Gentler pursuits are also myriad; Barcelona's museums have got it all covered from Picasso to perfume, it's galleries are among the most avant-garde in Europe and its history writ large in the churches and perfectly preserved medieval alleyways of the Barri Gotic. The 15th edition of the Time Out Barcelona city guide remains the ultimate reference for all the essentials: where to stay, where to eat, where to shop and what to see.
The city council’s Institute of Culture website, , covers every aspect of art and culture in the city. Otherwise, the best listings magazines are the weekly Guía del Ocio () and Time Out Barcelona (), online or from any newspaper stand.