Spanish SFF fans proudly call themselves Freaks—spelled Friquis, or Frikis.

There’s even an area of Barcelona dedicated to fandom called The Friqui Triangle. Here SFF and gaming-related shops cluster around the biggest, most luxurious SF bookshop in Europe, Gigamesh, with almost 2 kilometres of shelves including a huge amount in English, well worth a pilgrimage. (It’s by the north edge of the Gothic Quarter, before the red brick Moorish-revival Arc de Triomf, through which you can stroll down by way of a park, home of escaped parakeets, to the beautifully laid out zoo.) Such is the strength of fandom in Barcelona.

Wonderful Modernist architecture lines most streets in Barcelona. Gaudí—of the Sagrada Familia and the must-see Parc Güell—wasn’t the only local genius. Sit upstairs on an open-top tourist bus for brilliant views. Aside from being beautiful and amazing, Barcelona boasts innumerable welcoming restaurants, pubs, cafés, wine bars, and coffee bars to suit all tastes and budgets. We’ll be producing a guide to the best of those in the general area around our venue.

Beer valhallas and wine paradises are many. For visitors who like shopping, Barcelona is shopping heaven.