What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Some decent beaches nearby, skiing in winter not far from Barcelona or you can go hiking to the mountains. Everything is costly, though. - Jul 2008

Sports-wise, it is great. Once can go skiing in the wintertime (slopes are 2 hours away) and spend countless hours at the beach from May till September. There are great places to jog. Some of the private gyms (very expensive from 80-2000 euros a month) have spas and state-of-the-art equipement. There is even a skating rink. Culturally-wise, there are many music festivals all year long. I am a cinema buff and I would say in that part, Barcelona is lacking. There are a few movie theatres that offer movies in original version such as Boliche off Diagonal, Cinema Verdi in Gracia and Cinema Yelmo Icaria close to the beach. Catalonia is a beautiful region so it is worth getting out of the city once in a while. - May 2008

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