How to make the most of the Catalan capital
Barcelona! Such a beautiful horizon… Like a jewel in the sun.” sang Freddie Mercury for the city’s 1992 Olympic selection. It’s since transformed into today’s international, cultural beach haven and one of the world’s coolest cities. Brimming with life, Barcelona’s an ultra-modern luxury-travelspot with a laidback attitude.
The Catalan capital’s got it all going on… beach-city-vibe… history… gastronomy… fashion… sport… bars ’n’ clubs… tailor-made luxury experiences… it’s a 24-hour, action-packed, people parade!
Hot Stopovers where Comfort is Key
Boutique hotels, lavish top-of-the-range apartments, luxurious world-class palaces and state-of-the-art wellness facilities ensure an oasis for pampering. Prestigious personalities enjoy exceptional slices of luxury in Majestic Hotel & Spa’s sumptuous suites and glistening rooftop pool. Intimate Art-Nouveau jewellery museum-cum boutique hotel Bagués’ gold-leaf-accented suites sport private Jacuzzi terraces. Housed in 19th-century Vedruna Palace, Claris Hotel’s a harmonious blend of tradition’n’modernity, combining cutting-edge design with antiques.
For serenity and exclusivity, create your personalised ‘space-to-taste’ with super-stylish hotel Ohla’s à la carte services. Beautifully-restored heritage hotel Casa Fuster starred in award-winning ‘Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona’. Its rooftop terrace pool’s a renowned vantage-point and historic Café Vienés a distinguished society members’ meeting-point. Neri bewitches famous actors and public figures with a select gastronomic restaurant and feng shui garden within a stunningly-conserved 12th-century medieval palace. Conversely, funky Omm’s new gastronomic-design-hotel concept makes for a hip ’n’ happening stay. Its Michelin-starred Moo’s among Barcelona’s most esteemed eateries.
Bang on the beach, the striking sail-like structure’s home to dreamy decadence at super-sleek’n’sexy party-palace W Barcelona. Floor-to-ceiling-windows…jaw-dropping views…infinity-pool cabanas…its ‘whatever/whenever’ policy caters to every whim…if legal!
Hotel Arts soars over Port Olímpic and Frank Gehry’s huge copper fish sculpture. Michelin-starred Haute cuisine…spectacular spa…lavish Club level…top-floor duplex apartments boasting butler service…all topped off by the greatest show in town; Barcelona’s tallest building’s superior cityscapes ’n’ seaviews. Luxury urban resort Gran Hotel La Florida enjoys a matchless Mount Tibidabo setting, while opulent Rey Juan Carlos I boasts numerous pools, a heliport and yacht berth.
For mid-to-long-term ‘local city living’, listed mansion El Palauet’s spectacular suites offer PAs, Citterio/Starck furniture and enchanting rooftop/private spa views. Classic Hotel Murmuri’s Residence presents home intimacies and a splendid gastronomic restaurant while spacious Suites Avenue provides cutting-edge homes-from-home with outdoor pools/sundecks.
Fine Wine & Dine
Widely-considered Spain’s culinary capital, Barcelona’s fiercely proud of its distinctive cuisine, revolutionised by a new generation of chefs. It’s all about fresh-fresh-fresh…from traditional tapas to innovative dishes-with-a-twist washed down with outstanding regional wines. Crazy chocolatier, Enric Rovira’s eccentric creations are imaginative, inspired nods to Gaudí. Follow in Picasso’s footsteps at locals’ fave, legendary café/brewery/restaurant 4gats and don’t miss historic Patisseria Escribà’s mosaic-wrought-iron Art-Nouveau façade/interior.
Try show-stopping Tickets for über-trendy tapas. Serious foodies favour top-notch epicurean paradise Can Ravell for premium paella. 7 Portas has attracted rich’n’famous fresh fish lovers for 175 years…Orson Wells…Michael Douglas…Catherine Deneuve…check out their guestbook comments! For Michelin-starred meals, secure a spot on Dos Cielos’ terrace at chic design-hotel ME Barcelona, savouring seaviews and mouth-watering gourmet treats. Skipping the 14-course-tasting menu at ABaC hotel’s a culinary crime. Hotel Condes delights diners at Restaurante Lasarte, while 1920s-style’s depicted at its best at distinguished El Palace (ex-Ritz), where Caelis serves up top-class cuisine. Dalí had his own table at Via Veneto…drenched in Belle Epoque décor, its superior waiter service ranks among the finest in Spain.
Two-thousand-year-old Port Vell and Barceloneta offer endless authentic al fresco dining opportunities. Jean Paul Gaultier and Jodie Foster have drank in unique city/seaviews at Torre d’Alta Mar, reopened after the Spanish Civil War as a premier banqueting restaurant…complete with war wounds!
“Bubbling Barcelona’s blossomed into a hotspot not only for traditional dishes, but for exciting, experimental cuisine.”
See the Sights & Mingle with Barcelona‘s Beautiful People
Barcelona’s easy-to-navigate grid system means it’s made for walking. Peppered with small hills named after the neighbourhoods built upon them, it’s divided into distinctive districts. The historic Gothic Quarter’s at the city’s core, the Agbar Tower conquers the skyline in the ‘modern’ area above Plaça de Catalunya, while Montjuïc looms over the thriving port. From commemorating Cervantes to Picasso’s works sprawling over five Gothic palaces, museum-rich Barcelona’s hosts world-class exhibitions… history… science… archaeology… rock…even erotica! Cable car it to the castle, treasure the Magic Fountain below Palau Nacional, walk leafy, sumptuous mansion/café-lined streets like elegant Paseo de Gracia, with its must-see celebrated Gaudí landmarks including La Pedrera. Don’t miss his fairytale Parc Güell and final, unfinished masterpiece…iconic La Sagrada Família.
The city’s pulsating main artery, lively La Rambla, bursts with street artists and flower/pet/bookstalls, stretching from Plaça de Catalunya through the Old Town, punctuated by magnificent medieval buildings, a grand opera house and cafés, to Christopher Columbus’ statue overlooking the port. World-famous street-market La Boquería showcases a sensational smörgasbord of fresh fare…seafood still alive’n’kicking. Sit’n’sip sparkling cava at popular Pinotxo, shoulder-to-shoulder with top restaurateurs and celebrity chefs.
Barcelona’s beaches are dotted with cafés for sand-between-your-toes pitstops, the waterfront alive with superyachts, cruise ships and shiny new buildings. From beach-to-street parties, this cosmopolitan city’s a world-renowned party town. Go for Gold VIP access with Elephant’s super-cool crowd, the port’s a nightowl’s fave, cool Carrer Aribau’s ‘party central’, while celebs love lounge-bar/beach-club Shôko.
Full-On Retail Therapy Along the BSL (Barcelona Shopping Line)
Eulalia’s the city benchmark, the recently-converted Bullring’s now trendy Las Arenas shopping complex, Avenida Diagonal’s home to upmarket mall L‘illa, while commercial epicentre since medieval times, El Born’s the place for young, trendsetting designers. Shop Paris Vintage’s high-end gems from prestigious‚ 50s-‘90s fashion houses including Chanel. Leading leather specialist Loewe’s long been a status symbol among the aristocracy and bourgeoisie. Jewellery/watch designers Unión Suiza’s a winner while emporium Vinçon’s a shrine for smart’n’stylish houseware, gizmos’n’gadgets.
Top Tips for places to visit and things to do in Barcelona
- The articket BCN allows queue-skipping and access to the city’s best galleries and museums. Be carried away by Gaudí’s imagination on exclusive tours of his private modernista buildings and his other World Heritage sites with expert guides via Barcelona Premium (www.barcelonapremium.com/en/).
- Browse boutiques by limo/Lamborghini/Ferrari, visiting leading fashion designers’ showrooms and enlist personal shopper services from Antiques & Boutiques (http://antiquesandboutiques.com/) for tailor-made tours packed full of insider knowledge about the best of Barcelona’s vintage/antiques/food/fashion (see factbox for details). Cash in on their covetable address book of Barcelona´s most stylish, charming places to shop’n’eat.
- Beach babe? Barcelona’s been crowned the city with the world’s Best Urban Beach by National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Barceloneta beach is busy, busy, busy! Locals head to beaches beyond the Olympic Port. The further you walk, the better it gets…
- Take in the city from a different perspective… hire a helicopter for dizzying bird’s-eye views or catch a bubbly-fuelled balloon flight. Cruise the coast by private yacht or set sail on a Catamaran with custom-made itineraries: www.lagooncharter.com
- Bear in mind that August can become unbearably hot and many businesses, including some restaurants, shut up shop and escape the city for two weeks. Foodies will adore a personalised tour of Europe’s largest market La Boquería, where great restaurateurs have historically shopped and traders peddled their wares here for centuries, followed by a professional chef-led cookery course, rounding off a delicious day with dinner at one of the city’s two-Michelin-starred restaurants.
- Play it ‘cool’ and do as the locals do…dine late (10-10.30pm), don’t hit the bars before midnight or clubs before 3am at the EARLIEST. For a posh night out, catch a concert at enduring example and superlative symbol of the Catalan revival, Palau Música, an ornamental jewel of modern art with beautiful stained glass windows and mosaics.
- Taking the kids? Head to Parc de la Ciutadella’s zoo or take the quaint, historic blue tram, TramviaBlau, dating from 1901 and fun funicular train to Tibidabo’s charming amusement park, combining vintage rides with hi-tech attractions. Travelling through Barcelona’s most affluent residential area, sneak a peek at the houses of the city’s rich’n’famous. Magnificient views reward you from picturesque Plaça Doctor Andreu and the beautiful Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart) church crowning the mountain’s summit. Don’t miss romantic La Rotonda, a beautiful building revealed on exiting the Ferrocarril station.
- A city for thrill-seekers, Barcelona’s packed calendar of major, top-class sporting events include high-profile tennis tournaments and yacht regattas. Not forgetting Barcelona Football Club, Barça, where you can be a player for the day, capturing what it feels like to score at Camp Nou stadium. Feel the need for speed? Test your driving skills in a Porsche or Ferrari at Circuit de Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix: www.circuitcat.com. Great for golfers, perched atop Montjuïc with endless enchanting Med/city skyline views, recently-restored Hotel Miramar Barcelona offers special deals for the fairways.
- Be vigilant …Barcelona’s been called the pickpocket capital of the world. Also watch out for power-dressing conmen, bogus police officers demanding to inspect cash for counterfeit bills (request police identification if approached) plus it’s advisable to avoid the Barri Xinès area at night.
- Above all, drink from La Rambla’s ornate 19-century Font de Canaletes fountain and legend has it you’ll secure your return to the city and whatever you do, don’t call a local a ‘Spaniard’…they’re ‘Catalonian’ and fiercely proud of it!
Calendar of Events
With an almost endless programme of festivals and festivities, Barcelona celebrates local fiestas and holidays in style:
- Never out of fashion, the Catalan capital hosts exclusive catwalk shows from the most prestigious designers throughout the year, such as The Brandery, Barcelona’s bi-annual urban fashion show, fusing fashion/business/music/art/entertainment/workshops and Barcelona Bridal Week. The best’n’brightest designers from Spain and abroad gather for the Gaudí Fashion Show, where affluent citizens pay homage to the city’s eccentric genius.
- Open-air museum Poble Espagnol holds a string of atmospheric events throughout the year, such as the annual Puppet Festival. A great way of visiting various areas of Spain without leaving Barcelona, the life-size replica village illustrates Spain’s diverse architecture, styles and crafts.
- One for old-school romantics, 23rd April, St George’s Day (the feast day of Catalonia’s patron saint San Jordi) is one of the most popular celebrations and the traditional day to visit La Rambla to buy a rose and a book (celebrating the Fiesta del Libro, feast of books and roses).There are live music venues aplenty, like the brand-new Auditorium, home to the symphony orchestra. The Primavera Sound Festival in May’s one of the biggest rock events in Spain while Sonar, held in June, is Europe’s leading festival of new trends in music and art.
- Midsummer night celebrations on the eve of St. Juan see an explosion of bonfires and fireworks.
- Gracia’s well-known for its five-day festival in August, where locals compete in street decoration, taking it very seriously!
- September sees Fiesta de La Mercè, rounding off the summer with a packed festival programme celebrated across the city with live shows, concerts and dances. Highlights include the Giant’s Parade, the construction of Castellers, or ‘human towers’ and traditional ‘fire run’, the Correfoc.
- October’s 48 Hours Open House Festival offers free access to 150 buildings of all types and styles all over the city.
- Finally, Christmas-time in Barcelona is magical, kicking off with the Feria de Santa Lucia outside the Cathedral from early December. Handmade gifts and intricate nativity scenes offer the perfect preparation for Christmas and the winter solstice. On December 5th, the ‘Three Kings’ lead their procession through the city from Portal de la Pau to Montjuïc. Finally, for a very glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration, head to Port Olímpic’s exclusive parties.
Get a Guide…
Barcelona Turisme: www.barcelonaturisme.com
Barcelona Premium: www.barcelonapremium.com/en/
Barcelona International Airport, El Prat de Llobregat has schedule and charter links to most other European countries, the US and South America, as well as domestic flights to all major Spanish cities. It also operates a bespoke Corporate Aviation Terminal for private flights, with VIP lounges and individual security controls, meaning you can be airborne just 7 minutes after you arrive at the terminal! Two carriers operate from the terminal – Executive Airlines and joint venture Gestair–Assistair: www.executive-airlines.com | www.gestair.com / www.assistair.net The airport’s VIP lounges offer a quiet oasis with leisure area, spa, hairdresser, fitness centre, Internet and exquisite buffet. Choose the VIP FAST PASS programme for a comfortable, hassle-free journey: www.bcn-viplounge.com | www.bcn-airmeetings.com
Barcelona Airport’s located approx 14km from the city centre. Some hotels run airport shuttle buses and Barcelona’s distinctive black-and-yellow taxis are safe and reliable. The airport’s train and bus services travel directly to the city centre, which has a user-friendly metro system and two modern tram networks. Barcelona has high-speed rail links with Spain’s other major cities, plus a high-speed rail connecting Barcelona and France (LGV Perpignan-Figueres) will be launched in 2012.
Limousines Miramar is the 5*-leader in high-class ground transportation, offering luxury cars and minibuses: www.miramar.net
Barcelona Vintage Dream offer tailor-made private and exclusive classic car tours with expert chauffeurs and experienced guides: www.barcelonavintagedream.com
Speaking the lingo…
A bi-lingual city, Barcelona has two official languages: Spanish (or Castilian, known locally as Castellano) and Catalan. English is also widely spoken.
Learn some Spanish before you go or download phrases to take with you – all for free!: www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/
Catalan phrases: www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/catalan.shtml
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona 5* GL (Grand Luxe) Hotel & Spa
Paseo de Gracia, 68
Tel: +34 93 488 1717
Enter an oasis of calm at this classic heritage property steeped in history and surrounded by art galleries and exclusive shops, affording captivating views of Gaudí landmarks lining the emblematic Paseo de Gracia. The place to see and be seen, everyone from royalty, politicians and presidents, famous footballers, bullfighters and fashion designers including Louis Vuitton, to Hollywood heavyweights Catherine Zeta–Jones, Calista Flockhart and director Michael Moore have stayed in the elegantly-decorated rooms/suites equipped with state-of-the-art amenities, while footie fans get up-close-and-personal with their heroes via the hotel’s VIP Barça Package.
Hotel Bagués (Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World) 5*
C/ la Rambla, 105
Tel: +34 93 366 8800
Nestling on one of Spain’s most famous streets, in historic El Regulador Palace, museum-design-hotel with exquisite internal décor and splendid Romantic Classical architecture, noteworthy for its façade. Exclusive Mediterranean bistro restaurant/cocktail bar and striking city views from private terraces providing the perfect place for soaking up the Spanish sun, check out this new jewel in La Rambla’s crown.
Hotel Claris (Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World) 5* GL
Pau Claris, 150
Tel: +34 93 487 6262
Marvel at the Japanese water garden and breathtaking rooftop pool views from this high-quality, historical design property emanating elegance and refinement. Fine-dining options include a chic Cocktail/Tapas Bar or drink in views whilst savouring culinary masterpieces and gorgeous vistas at rooftop-poolside gourmet restaurant La Terraza del Claris.
Ohla Hotel 5*
Via Laietana, 49
Tel: +34 93 341 5050
Downtown heritage property/design hotel with neoclassic façade located in the historic centre. Revel in magnificent city rooftop pool views plus Michelin-starred cuisine and impeccable, personalised service.
Hotel Casa Fuster Monumento (Member of The Leading Hotels of The World) 5* GL
Paseo de Gracia, 132
Tel: +34 93 255 3000
Iconic boutique property with impressive façade and contemporary/modernist décor, its interior a dramatic statement of 21st-century modernist style with plush furnishings and decadent hydro-massage baths, polished off with unmatched luxury service, this hotel symbolises the spirit of Modernism in its utmost splendour. Located atop prestigious Paseo de Gracia, overlooking elite boutiques, exuding grace’n’style, the pool terrace enjoys unrivalled panoramic views of landmarks over Catalonia’s capital to the sea, while gourmet restaurant Galaxó serves up tantalising culinary creations.
Hotel Neri (Relais & Châteaux Collection) 4*
C/Sant Sever, 5
Tel: +34 93 304 0655
A sensual and unique boutique hotel where time seemingly stands still and contemporary interior design intermingles with glamorous luxury. Let your senses come alive with chill-out music and enveloping aromas, all designed to evoke emotions, taking you on a journey through creativity and art in the heart of the fairytale Gothic Quarter.
Calle Rosselló, 265
Tel: +34 93 445 4000
Tried’n’tested by famous flamenco dancers, bullfighters and A-listers Anne Hathaway and Robert Pattison, an original formula brings trendy design hotel Omm to a privileged address in the elegant Eixample area. Indulge in striking city views from its rooftop pool, the luxury spa, cocktail bar and award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant, serving up a special twist on Catalan cooking with some of Barcelona’s finest food and wines and exciting tasting menus. In the moo-d for dancing? Hit Ommsession Club’s dancefloor.
Mandarin Oriental 5*
Paseo de Gracia, 38-40
Tel: +34 93 151 8888
This new luxury hotel in an elegant mid-20th-century building demonstrates divine décor incorporating oriental heritage and all the latest amenities. The luxury spa’s guaranteed to restore vitality.
El Palauet Living Barcelona 5*
Paseo de Gracia, 113
Tel: +34 93 218 0050
An exemplary example of palatial Modernism and a masterpiece in its own right, this contemporary design six-suite boutique hotel on Barcelona’s stylish landmark avenue expertly combines original features with contemporary comforts and modern twists. With state-of-the-art technology and VIP access to a variety of events, you’ll also benefit from private chauffeured airport and/or seaport transportation (for guests combining their stay with cruise/yachting trips).
Rambla de Catalunya, 104
Tel: +34 93 550 0600
Meaning ‘whisper’ in Catalan, stylish Murmuri lives up to its name… positively evoking tranquillity. Five cool apartments offer the intimacy and comfort of a small home with all the services and amenities enjoyed by the boutique hotel’s guests, including gastronomic bar and restaurant, while the terrace has become the new meeting point for Barcelona’s coolest crowd.
Suites Avenue Barcelona
Paseo de Gracia, 83
Tel: +34 93 487 4159
Located opposite Gaudí’s modernista landmark La Pedrera, these luxury private apartments in an avant-garde building on fashionable Paseo de Gracia offer the flexibility and comfort of living like a local. The spectacular stainless steel façade draws the attention of Barcelona residents and tourists alike, as does its museum of Hindu and Buddhist works of art.
Hotel W Barcelona (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) 5* GL
Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1
Tel: +34 93 295 2800
Soak up city’n’seaviews from this cutting-edge design hotel, an iconic addition to the eclectic skyline of Catalonia’s capital, just a short walk from the city’s Old Town. An ultramodern, innovative contemporary-lifestyle experience guaranteed, cool cornersuites’ floor-to-ceiling windows views incredible, its unique philosophy pampers the most discerning of guests…you pay for it, they’ll provide it…while the Bliss® spa’s the first of its kind in Spain.
Hotel Arts Barcelona (The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company) 5* GL
Tel: +34 93 221 1000
Arguably the coolest hotel in one of the world’s coolest cities, Hotel Arts Barcelona’s an icon in Barcelona and, indeed, Spain. Based on the shores of the Med just a short hop away from the historical centre and main shopping/leisure areas, its exquisite residential accommodation, exceptional Six Senses Spa with stunning Med views, along with outstanding restaurants (the only hotel in Spain featuring two Michelin-starred chefs and one of Barcelona’s premier culinary destinations), it’s where ‘tapas till two am’ is de rigeur throughout the summer months.
Gran Hotel La Florida Barcelona (Member of The Leading Hotels of the World) 5* GL
Ctra. Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 83-93
Tel: +34 93 259 3064
Design hotel in a majestic mountain setting in Mount Tibidabo’s Collserola Natural Park, with a fantastic city’n’sea backdrop. Following some spa treatment, sample Mediterranean cuisine on L’Orangerie restaurant’s terrace before watching the sun go down, cocktail-in-hand…heavenly.
Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I (Member of The Leading Hotels of the World) 5* GL
Tel: +34 93 364 4040
The place for your wedding banquet, it’s the choice for international personalities luxuriating in its spacious rooms/suites featuring classic, sumptuous furnishings and elegant marble bathrooms (Demi Moore honeymooned here.) The award-winning Royal Club Fitness & Spa’s the hotel’s pièce de résistance, boasting a Turkish bath and ice shower along with indoor and outdoor pools.
Hotel Miramar Barcelona 5* GL
Plaza Carlos Ibáñez, 3
Tel: + 34 93 281 1600
Inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII and originally a palace and venue for lavish banquets’n’balls, find yourself seduced by this heritage property combining its historical grandeur with inviting, contemporary décor. Awe-inspiring views, an orange-tree patio, stunning swimming pool in private gardens and gourmet restaurant all make for an exceptional stay just ten minutes from the city centre.
Josep Tarradellas, 113
Tel: + 34 93 419 2547
Finding the sights good enough to eat? Treat yourself to one of deluxe chocolatier, Enric Rovira’s Gaudí-inspired creations, such as his sugary version of Casa Batlló.
Montsió, 3 bis
Tel: + 34 93 302 4140
Opened in 1897, this atmospheric eatery’s one of the most famous in Barcelona, where a young Picasso showcased his first exhibition.
Rambla de les Flors, 83
Tel: + 34 93 301 6027
Its and rich interior and exterior decoration beautiful examples of Art-Nouveau, Patisseria Escribà
occupies the former Casa Figueres. Known as the ‘Mozart of chocolate’, the late Antoni Escribà and his family bought the house in 1986, turning it into one of the best pastry shops in Barcelona.
Avinguda Parallel, 164
Tel: + 34 93 301 6027
The brainchild of Ferran Adrià, who collaborated with his brother Albert to create Tickets, dishing up a selection of classic tapas combined with a concept of refined and surprising treats for the palate, along with the freshest catch from the sea. Robert DeNiro and the president of FC Barcelona are among its numerous fans.
Restaurant 7 Portes
Pg. Isabel II, 14
Tel: + 34 93 319 3033
One of the city’s oldest restaurants, its historic setting, excellent meat and fish dishes and must-try paella ensure its place as an emblematic institution. No wonder this wonderful, stylish establishment’s been in business since 1836!
Dos Cielos, Hotel ME Barcelona
Calle Pere IV, 272 -286
Tel: + 34 93 367 2070
A decadent experience at the Hotel ME Barcelona ‘s Mayan and Aztec-treatment Spa will whet your appetite for delicious creations from the innovative fusion menu at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant Dos Cielos. For Your Wedding ME Style, spend your nuptials night in the Loft Suite where you can indulge in a rose-petal bath with delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries’n’cava to toast your candlelit future!
ABaC Restaurant & Hotel (Small Luxury Hotels of the World)
Avda. Tibidabo, 1
Tel: +34 93 319 6601
Awarded as 2011’s best restaurant by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, this intimate boutique property with just 15 rooms/suites where guests are immersed in crisp, cool and cosmopolitan style, provides a peaceful oasis complete with Roman-inspired Elemis spa. Sip an appetising aperitivo in the labyrinthine vaults, the perfect prelude to a gourmet feast at the 2-Michelin-starred restaurant, where creative masterpieces come on Versace china in the restored centennial building and crystal pavilion.
Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona
Ronda de Sant Antoni, 41
Tel: + 34 93 426 0050
Located in the historical city centre, this multi-purpose entertainment space offers Catalan beer on tap…and much, much more!
Lasarte Restaurante (Hotel Condes de Barcelona)
C/ Mallorca, 259
Tel: + 34 93 445 3242
A gastronomic reference in the city, under the management of the celebrated chef Martín Berasategui who’s been awarded a total of six Michelin stars, try the terrific ‘Tasting’ menu…a not-to-be missed culinary experience in this city centre establishment, occupying two former 19-century palaces.
Caelis (Hotel El Palace) 5*GL
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668
Tel: +34 93 510 1130
Past guests at Europe’s oldest Ritz hotel include Sophia Loren and Pierre Cardin, where former Ritz-style splendour comes complete with private chauffeur Mercedes-Benz transfers. Work up an appetite in the Mayan luxury Spa, home to Spain’s only Temazcal Sauna, before indulging in the opulent hotel’s superb banqueting department’s offerings…go for the exclusive gastronomic package, where you can dine on the chef’s table.
Torre d’Alta Mar
Passeig Joan de Borbó, 88
Tel: + 34 93 221 4460
A beautiful, unique place blending magical Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine, dine in a prime Montjuïc port location. Its simple, elegant design retaining the original interior structure still bearing the damage from a bombing raid during Spanish Civil War, prepare your tastebuds for sophistication and refinement on a plate.
Tel: + 34 93 200 7244
Rub shoulders with Barcelona’s social scene regulars and savour high-quality classic Catalan classic cooking blended with lighter, new European fare at this enduring, first-class restaurant. Also ideal for exclusive events such as wine tastings and enjoyable evenings of food’n’wine matching.
St. Josep La Boquería Market
Tel: + 34 93 318 2584
For a riot of colourful activity, head for the famous fish section in the centre, with a super selection of seafood, surrounded by meat, fruit’n’veg etc., all topped off with stallholders’ specialist knowledge…unmissable.
Dolce & Gabanna
Paseo de Gracia, 95
Tel: +34 93 467 2256
Paseo de Gracia, 68-72
Tel: +34 93 487 9544
Consell de Cent, 349
Tel: +34 93 487 06 70
Paseo de Gracia, 93
Tel: +34 93 215 0674
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385
Tel: +34 93 289 02 44
Av. Diagonal, 557
Tel: +34 93 444 0000
Rosselló, 237 Entlo. nº1
Tel: +34 63 32 108 13
Paseo de Gracia, 35
Tel: +34 93 216 0400
Rambla. de Catalunya, 17
Tel: +34 93 318 2038
Passeig de Gracia, 96
Tel: +34 93 215 6050
Passeig dels Tillers, 1
Tel: +34 93 334 0258
Boo Beach Club
Espigó Bac de Roda, 1
Platja Nova Mar Bella