An ideal option for both leisure and business travellers, this excellent four star Secret Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, gym, banqueting centre and meeting rooms with audio/visual equipment. Services, at this amazing deal close to the Olympic Port, include car rental, laundry and theatre reservations, whilst guest rooms are kitted out with cable television, a private bathroom with bathtub and complimentary toiletries as well as bathrobes. Guests can also take advantage of the free internet provided by the hotel as well as a daily housekeeping service.
If you’re visiting with a loved one, hire one of the Go Cars that you’ll see zipping through the city. These tiny yellow cars come with a built in audio guide so you can explore all the sights with ease in a fun way. If you’d prefer to explore on foot, then joining a walking tour can give an insightful perspective on the city, and there’s no better way to see the city than in the company of a local. If you’d prefer to explore by yourself, must sees are the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, barceloneta beach and the gothic quarter which is home to the Cathedral. Also located here is Sant felip Neri square. This tucked away plaza is said to be one of the most romantic in the city, but it also has an eerie past. The pock marks on the walls are evidence of bombing on the city during the Civil War, where many children were killed.
The gothic quarter is home to an array of quirky shops. Happy Pills is a sweet shop in the style of a pharmacy, where you can choose pic and mix to go in medicinal looking jars with labels such as ‘Anti-Stress tablets’. It’s also where you’ll find antique shops, and on selected days an antiques market sets up outside the cathedral too.
It can be hard to keep kids occupied during city breaks, but Barcelona has a varied option of activities. In the warmer months, the beach is a natural choice, with water sports and volleyball available, whilst the zoo and aquarium can be enjoyed year round. In the evenings, there is also a free magic fountain show at Montjuic hill that provides a great evening option for families. For food, Hard Rock Café is a fun atmosphere serving favourites such as gourmet burgers and milkshakes. Football fans should make sure they include a stadium tour of the famous Camp Nou stadium, or even catch a game there!