Barcelona is nestled snuggled between pine-clad hills and the twinkling embrace of the Mediterranean Sea.
Along its boulevards stand numerous Gaudí buildings and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exclusive shops, and eateries serving up some of the country’s most cutting-edge gastronomy. Tucked between the remnants of Barcelona’s time-worn Roman walls are clubs and concert halls offering a buzzing nightlife scene. A sunny temperate climate, in addition to a packed year-round calendar of festivals and events, keeps visitors returning.
Take in the sunrise on the beach by strolling on the boardwalk from La Barceloneta beach to Nova Icària beach. Be sure to grab a glimpse of Frank Gehry’s glittering fish sculpture, which splashes out from the base of Hotel Arts.
Arrive at La Boqueria, the city’s most famous market, as it opens for business. Find creamy Spanish cheeses, olive oil, pyramids of fruit, seafood, and delicate chocolate bonbons. Be sure to take some sealed items back home so you can enjoy Spanish delights even when you’re long gone!
If you fought the urge to eat everything in sight at La Boqueria, head north just up the La Rambla to order a traditional Spanish breakfast at La Pallaresa: Granja & Xocolateria, just off La Rambla. A plate of deep-fried xurros and a hot chocolate will get your day off to a sweet start.
Be wowed by La Sagrada Família, the most impressive Gaudí building in Barcelona. Begun in 1882, it’s still under construction, but visitors can tour its interior and model museum. Be sure to book your tickets online in advance if you want a tour of in the interior.
Lunch is the most important meal of the day in Spain and the best time to try paella. Beachside Barraca offers an ample selection of paellas and tapas plus vistas over the water.
Wander past Roman ruins and medieval homes in the labyrinth-like Gothic Quarter. Stop into the Barcelona City History Museum (MUHBA) on Plaça del Rei to walk Roman lanes from the 1st century BCE.
Peruse the many boutiques along Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s high-end shopping strip, and stop to admire Casa Batlló and La Pedrera – two Gaudí buildings on the same boulevard.
Book a table in advance for dinner at Gatsby, the city’s most unique restaurant concept, offering speakeasy, cocktails and food. The food offering here has been put together by the renowned chef Federico Schatz Encina who has had twenty years of experience working internationally around the world. The menu includes creative dishes featuring some ethnic references and some internationally inspired options reflecting his experience. Market fresh cuisine featuring seasonal produce with a touch of luxury reflecting the Gatsby theme.
Now it’s time to end your night with some amazing and soothing music. Catch a show at Jamboree jazz club on the historic Plaça Reial right off La Rambla. The venue showcases local and international musicians with concerts every night of the week.
Most of all, enjoy!!
Where to Stay:
- Hotel Arts Barcelona
Where to Shop:
- Passeig de Gràcia
What to See:
- Gaudi’s homes – Casa Batlló and La Pedrera
- Park Guell
- La Barceloneta
- Gothic Quarter
- Barcelona History Museum
Where to Eat:
- La Pallaresa: Granja & Xocolateria
- Beachside Barraca
- Rooftop of the Mandarin Oriental