Recently refurbished, this chic hotel is located in the heart of Barcelona close to the famous ramblas, and enjoys indoor parking, a 24 hour reception and its very own nightclub. With spacious business facilities provided with audio/visual equipment and fax and photocopying services, whether you are visiting for work or pleasure this luxury establishment is sure to tick all the boxes. Guest rooms benefit from a separate hanging closet and private bathroom as well as flat screen cable television and free internet access. And for those who are keen to relax into the holiday spirit, why not enjoy one of the massage treatments available. For a stylish hotel in the heart of Barcelona, look no further!
Picasso spent much of his youth in Barcelona, so for anyone interested in the artist it’s an important place to begin. Els 4 Gats is a restaurant where Picasso famously held his first exhibition and enjoyed intellectual debates with the likes of Salvador Dali. Stop by for a coffee and snack or book a table in the evening where you’ll enjoy traditional dishes such as cuttlefish stew and duck with wild mushrooms. You can even see where Picasso once lived with his family, just head to number 3 C/Mercè. The real highlight here is of course the Picasso Museum, where you’ll be able to admire works from his blue period and early years.
Besides art, Barcelona is known for its beautiful religious buildings. The Sagrada Familia is the most popular destination for tourists, soaring into the sky just a metre less than Montjuic hill. Gaudi’s masterpiece is worthy of the audio guide provided, and worth the wait via the long queues! Back in the centre of the city you’ll find the gothic Cathedral dedicated to Saint Eulalia, Sant felip Neri in a quaint plaza tucked into the gothic quarter and the Romanesque Sant Pau del Camp in Raval. If you’re visiting during Christmas or Easter, catching a service at one of the churches is a must.
Aside from sightseeing, Barcelona offers a diverse mix of cuisine waiting to be explored. Of course you’ll find typical Spanish favourites such as paella, patatas bravas and Iberico ham but for innovative Catalan dishes, head to Michelin starred Cinc Sentits serving delights such as ‘the false egg’, white chocolate with a passion fruit centre! For drinks, cava is the tipple of the city and what better way to enjoy it than at one of the cava bars such as cheap as chips Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria).