Barcelona

Barcelona: why not?!?

Barcelona is the European city that embraces style, culture and luxury. The bright lights of this cosmopolitan Spanish city boasts a myriad of fashionable bars, delicious restaurants and exciting events, making it a must-see for tourists seeking adventure mixed with extravagance. As follows a lots of reasons to choose Barcelona as per your next vacation.

The deep blue Mediterranean beckons. Sun-drenched beaches make a fine backdrop to a jog, bike ride or long leisurely stroll along the seaside, followed by a refreshing dip. You can also enjoy the view from out on the water while kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or taking it easy on a sunset cruise. Looming behind the city, the rolling forest-covered Collserola Hills provide a scenic setting for hiking, mountain biking or just admiring the view. Closer to the city centre, hilltop Montjuïc offers endless exploring amid botanic and sculpture gardens, an old castle and first-rate museums with panoramic views at every turn.
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Barcelona
‘s architectural treasures span 2000-plus years. Towering temple columns, ancient city walls and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino. Fast forward a thousand years to the Middle Ages by taking a stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. In other parts of town bloom the sculptural masterpieces of Modernisme, a mix of ingenious and whimsical creations by Gaudí and his Catalan architectural contemporaries like Casa Batlló (picture below). Barcelona has also long inspired artists, including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, whose works are in bold display in the city’s myriad museums.
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Casa Batlló Barcelona Instagram Building

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The masters of molecular gastronomy, Albert Adrià, Carles Abellan et al, are part of the long and celebrated tradition of Catalan cooking. Simple, flavourful ingredients, seafood, jamón, market-fresh produce, are transformed into remarkable delicacies and then served in captivating settings. Feast on hearty, rich paella at an outdoor table overlooking the sea or step back to the 1920s at an elegant art nouveau, filled dining room. Barcelona‘s wide-ranging palate adds further complexity: Basque-style tapas bars, Galician seafood taverns, avant-garde Japanese restaurants and sinful chocolate shops are all essential parts of the culinary landscape.
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The night holds limitless possibilities in Barcelona. Start with sunset drinks from a panoramic terrace or dig your heels in the sand at a rustic beachside chiringuito. As darkness falls, live music transforms the city: the rapid-fire rhythms of flamenco, brassy jazz spilling out of basements, and hands-in-the-air indie-rock at vintage concert halls. Towards midnight the bars fill. Take your pick from old-school taverns adorned with 19th-century murals, plush lounges in lamp-lit medieval chambers or boisterous cava bars. If you’re still standing at 3 AM, hit the clubs and explore Barcelona’s unabashed wild side.

Where to Stay

If you have decided to spend a luxury vacation in Barcelona, please get note this name: Gran Hotel La Florida. It is a wonderful luxury hotel that enjoys a privileged location on the Tibidabo offering  spectacular views of the city and the Barcelona’s gulf. This hotel is considered as one of the best urban luxury hotels in the city.

The Gran Hotel La Florida provides 70 beautiful rooms in a lovely Art Nouveau design. They are rich in decors and embellished with the use of a light cream colors and refined oak wood floors. The best rooms are the Design Suites that in addition to have decorations by some of the most famous world designer like Rebecca Horn, Cristina Macaya and Dale Keller, offer the opportunity to have in room an lovely outdoor hot tub on the private terrace. All the bathrooms are in marble and provide separated shower and bathtub and in-floor heating.

The hotel has a restaurant called L’Orangerie, which will allow you to taste the high Catalan cuisine, as well as the delicious Spanish and Mediterranean gastronomy with the best view of Barcelona. The hotel has a wonderful SPA where it is possible to do treatments with natural products signed  L’Occitane. Every treatment you will receive comes from the resources of L’Occitane, a concentrate of hundreds of essential oils and natural ingredients. Thanks to its location, the Gran Hotel La Florida provides services that are impossible to find in the city centre like the most prestigious one is the 37-meter indoor and outdoor pool, all in steel, with a bar at the edges and a solarium on the terrace downstairs, which always overlooks Barcelona. The Gran Hotel La Florida offers guests the chance to experience a Mediterranean lifestyle, in which luxury, history, design and relaxation blend together seamlessly.


If all these tips are not enough for you, here you are a fast moving short film about Barcelona, made by Rob Whitworth. We are sure this video will increase your levels of excitement for Barcelona!
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