Situated in the upmarket district of L’Eixample, known for its modernist architecture, you’ll find this newly-built hotel located in the heart of city. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi is a bonus in the hot summer months, whilst a bicycle rental service allows guests to cycle between attractions in no time. Guest rooms are air conditioned with free internet access and include a work desk with lamp, private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a plasma television. Other facilities include meeting rooms, a lobby bar and 24 hour concierge to ensure guests are well looked after.
L’Eixample is home to some great restaurants and bars, but other than that it is primarily a residential district. La Flauta is one of the best tapas bars in the city, serving all the classic dishes such as patatas bravas, tortilla and iberico ham as well as an array of seafood dishes. At lunch time, grab one of their skinny baguettes stuffed to the brim with meat, cheese and vegetables but in the evenings expect more of a fine dining experience. For cocktails, head to the sky bar at Axel Hotel. This classy hotel bar overlooks the city and has a DJ set at the weekends.
Just a few minutes walk from L’Eixample, you’ll find yourself at Plaza Catalunya. This is the main square in the city and at Christmas time, you’ll find an ice rink here. Those looking to hit the shops will have the choice of El Corte Ingles department store on the corner, as well as the strip of shops running from Passeig de Gracia right down to the Cathedral. Remember that Spanish makes Zara and Mango are much cheaper here, where as British brands like Topshop are considerably more. For original souvenirs and gifts, the Mercat Del Encants in Glories is the city’s best loved flea market. You’ll find trinkets galore here as well as antiquities, books, furniture and clothing- be prepared to haggle!
The Palau de la Musica Catalana is a modernist concert hall that will take your breathe away. Take a tour of this beautiful building, or even better watch one of the concerts here with a loved one. If music isn’t your thing, take the cable car up to the top of Montjuic and explore the castle whilst enjoying the stunning vistas over the city and Mediterranean sea. In the summer, the castle hosts open air cinema screenings.