Barcelona is the perfect combination of everything that anyone could want on a city break; a bustling of modern, urban life dotted with traditional outdoor markets, restaurants and shops, an identity deeply engrained in its 2000 year long history, and the chance to kick back on the beach and enjoy the sun, sea and sand along with the other visitors and friendly locals. As Spain’s second largest city, after Madrid, Barcelona enjoys a huge number of visitors every year who are attracted to its location on the Mediterranean coast and its reputation for a young and vibrant nightlife. This number sky rocketed after the city played host to the 1992 Olympics, which put it on the map as one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. With such vast quantity and variety of attractions and entertainment, and a guaranteed pleasant stay at any one of the Secret Hotels scattered across the city, Barcelona is bound to be a trip you won’t stop talking about for years to come!
There are several distinct districts that make up the large metropolis, each one offering a different experience, with an individual host of activities and places of interest. Ciutat Vella forms the base for core centre of the town and is where the majority of the museums, old churches, markets, shops and eateries are found. This district itself is divided into smaller neighbourhoods, including the Barri Gotic; a series of narrow, graffiti-clad streets lined with pseudo-medieval architecture, boutique clothes stores and hippy cafés, La Rambla; the famous tree-lined avenue busy with street performers, caricature artists and stalls selling pet turtles, rabbits and parakeets, El Raval and El Born. The latter is a trendy, pedestrian-ruled corner or the city that is packed with artisan bakeries, interior design shops and fine-dining destinations and which is usually less affected by the throng of tourist coaches and tours.
Aside from the ‘Old City’, other districts include Eixample, which is an area known for its significant art-nouveau architecture such as La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló all of which are great Gaudi masterpieces. The northern district of Gràcia enjoys a young, cosmopolitan vibe with open, shady plazas and restaurants serving cuisine from all over the globe. Sants-Montjuïc is the area centred on Plaça Espanya where trade fairs, exhibitions and cultural institutes all gather at the foot of the Montjuïc hill. The top of the hill can be reached either on foot or by a ride on the cable cars from the harbour, and offers stunning views over the city’s skyline, especially at the Miramar viewpoint. Other attractions include the Poble Espanyol, a faux village filled with replicas of typical buildings and houses from all over Spain. For art-enthusiasts, there are also a number of fantastic modern art museums, including work from Tapiès, Picasso, and Miró. So whatever your mood or taste, there really is something to suit everyone and with such a huge number of activities on offer, no two days will feel the same!
To enhance your trip further, make sure you allow Secret Hotels to provide you with the ideal accommodation during your stay that tailors to your exact needs and budget. Whether you’re travelling alone on business, with friends, family or loved ones, there is a hotel to suit; so browse the hand-picked list of the best options in the city and book today to ensure you don’t miss fantastic deals and discounts. Shh! The names of the hotels listed are all kept secret until after you’ve booked because they don’t want the other guests to know they’re giving away the same rooms for a fraction of the price! Head over to any of the Secret Hotel providers; Hotwire Secret Hot Rate, LastMinute.com, LowCostHolidays and Expedia and start planning your trip to magical Barcelona today!