Barcelona was pretty high on my "cities to visit" list. In fact, it has occupied the #1 spot for over two years since I went to Venice. It was only recently that I managed to organize a 5-days week-end in Barça - and I wasn't disappointed. If you're still hesitating, stop. I didn't expect the city to be that big though, which means there are still plenty of things I haven't seen. A valid reason to come back!
Spain is one of the most cigar-consuming countries in Europe, so just like in Madrid I was expecting to be able to find some cigars there. Most of the tobacco shops (easily recognizable by a yellow "Tabacs" sign) carry a basic selection of Cubans (Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas...), but of course I was on my quest to locate the best shops in order to share this valuable information with you. After some research, I selected two shops: Casa Fuster and Gimeno.
Casa Fuster is located at 29 Rambla de Catalunya (Google Maps >), one of the most splendid streets of Barcelona. A certified "Habanos Specialist", it doesn't have a walk-in humidor, but it carries an impressive selection of older releases. For example, I got some Romeo y Julieta 2005 Limitadas and a lot of Spanish regional editions, all available for purchase as singles. Of course, you'll be able to find some non-Cubans as well. By the way, cigar prices in Spain are regulated at the government level, so don't bother comparing prices at multiple outlets.
Gimeno (Google Maps >) is situated right in front of the Boqueria market (a major attraction in itself!). Because of its central and touristic location, the place is quite crowded and the employees are rather busy. The selection of singles is limited, but if you're into boxes there's an impressive cave downstairs, just ask a seller to have a look.
Have you visited these cigar shops in Barcelona? Feel free to share your favorite ones in the comments below.
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