City Guide: Barcelona

Stay at...

If you’re after the wow factor – the W Hotel located right on Barcelona’s beach boasts not only fantastic views of the sea but an infinity pool, luxury rooms and spa. 


Visit...

There’s culture around every corner in Barcelona. As for iconic buildings, check out the Sagrada Família – one of the city’s most famous pieces of architecture, The building work is still in progress so expect cranes! 

Other highlights include modernist architecture found at Park Güell and Casa Milà, not forgetting the Arc de Triomf. No, you’re not now in Paris – the red brick arch was built as Barcelona’s entrance to the Universal Exhibition in 1888. 

Need a break from the heat? Head to the idyllic oasis that is Ciutadella Park for strolls, an ice cream and a sunbathing session with killer views. 


And of course there’s plenty of beach space with palm tree backdrops…

Have a few drinks at...

Watch the sun go down with a cocktail or two at Grand Hotel Central’s Sky Lounge. Open from 9pm for non hotel-guests, there’s also free wi-fi and a live resident DJ. 

Eat at...

If you’re after delicious dishes in cool and quirky environments head to Milk and Marmalade in the heart of Barcelona’s city centre. Serving brunch, premium cocktails and burgers with a difference (their new Noodle burger is a big hit), we loved the relaxed vibe and filling food. If you’re in need of after work drinks – their menu is extensive – race you there… 


Shop at... 

From the traditional shops and boutiques of Las Ramblas to more commercial shopping centres Centre Comercia and Diagonal Mar, no matter your budget or shopping style, the Spanish city has something for you. 


Getting around

As with any major city, the best way to see the city is on foot, however Barcelona boats a great Metro system and taxis are dotted all across the city at a small cost to use. 

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