If you are looking for a Spanish vacation that will leave you energized and keep you on your feet while creating lifelong experiences, then look no further; Barcelona it is! What’s more, the magical city of Barcelona enjoys mild weather all year round making it an ideal destination for all seasons. With eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, miles of beautiful coastline, thriving nightlife, plethora of gastronomic offers and outdoor activities, Barna, as called by locals, has surely surpassed Madrid as the nation's "go-to" location. Another important distinction, for those who can tell the difference, is the use of the Catalan language, which is still commonly spoken and written in the region. This Catalan capital oozes style and elegance with the architectural marvels of Antonio Gaudí, the old quarter's winding alleyways, and the contemporary cable car that provides a breathtaking view of the city. Prepare yourself to be seduced by a city that has become a favorite European destination among international travelers.
Where to Stay: Almanac Hotel
In the heart of Barcelona’s city center, right on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, the Almanac Barcelona is a 5-star Design Boutique Hotel that made its debut in 2018, offering uniquely luxurious hospitality experiences to its guests. Just steps away from the trendy shopping district of the famous avenue of Passeig de Gràcia, this modern boutique hotel is a great place to relax and unwind after a full day of shopping, sightseeing and entertainment. Dressed in a wealth of materials following earthy and gold hues, the Almanac’s rooms and suites are warm and elegant, while the abundance of natural light coming in highlights their spacious and refined appeal, making for a truly sophisticated stay. As for culinary experiences, the Virens restaurant praises a plant-forward concept with a light and healthy menu, but with a Barcelona twist. Over at the Azimuth Rooftop Bar, that is where you can indulge in breathtaking views of the magnificent city paired with a delicious craft cocktail.
What to See & Do:
A Guided Discovery of Barcelona
Explore the Mecca of Gothic, Modern and Art Nouveau architecture with a guided tour of Gaudí’s masterpieces. Your day will start at the iconic Park Güell, a stunning garden filled with colorful architectural wonders designed by Gaudí following the request of Count Eusebi Güell for a chic park for the aristocrats. Next you will visit the UNESCO site of Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Basilica considered one of the most beautiful in the world, although its completion will probably take place in 2026 on the anniversary of the 100th year of Gaudí’s death. Once your tour of the Sagrada Familia ends, you will have the opportunity to walk by the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) and learn about its long history, but also how, nowadays, it comes alive at night. From there, you will move on to the beautiful streets of Las Ramblas, with the famous Canalates fountain where FC Barcelona fans go to celebrate their victories, and the colorful Mercado de La Boqueria known as the city’s culinary paradise. Finally, your experience will end at the Ribera district–Montcada street, where you will have the chance to marvel at some of the most beautiful middle age palaces, and the Santa Maria del Mar Church.
Experience Art in Barcelona
A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without a tour that includes all the must-see pieces on an art-lover’s list. This experience will take you on a journey that encompasses art, history, and stories related to 1900’s Barcelona. Your tour will begin with none other than Picasso, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, who lived in the city with his family when they relocated from Malaga. You will have the opportunity to visit the world-famous Museu Picasso, which was founded in 1963 following Jaime Sabartés’ donation of 574 of the artist’s masterpieces. Your seasoned guide will take you through this extensive collection and once you have discovered the world of Picasso, your afternoon will be filled with panoramic views from Montjuic Mountain. The second part of the tour concentrates on modern Barcelona with trips to the 1992 Olympic Games buildings, and the fabulous Joan Miró Museum - a testament to Spanish-Catalan surrealism art. Your tour will end on the sea front, where your guide will depict the architectural changes of the area.
Barcelona Sailing Trip and Tapas
Experience Barcelona’s gorgeous coastline aboard the luxurious Beneteau Oceanis 35. This once in a lifetime sailing experience will give you the opportunity to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city's characteristic skyline, but also try delicious “tapas”, the dining ritual of the locals. Sit back under the glorious Mediterranean sun in the deep blue waters and enjoy delicious Spanish wine paired with a selection of the finest tapas Barcelona has to offer. To give you a glimpse into what awaits, imagine Spanish Iberian Ham, typical Catalan cheeses, toasted bread with tomato, onion and potato omelet, quinoa and mango salad, as well as local fruits.
Barcelona Wine Tour in Penedès Wine Region
Connoisseurs of fine wines will adore a tour to Penedès, the oldest and most beautiful wine region in the Catalan countryside in the south-west, located just one hour away from Barcelona. This unique and beautiful region with its picturesque villages and incredible mountain views has winemaking engraved in its DNA as it has been cultivating extraordinary wines since the 7th century BC. Your day to this Catalan wine destination will begin with a guided tour of a highly renowned boutique winery in the region, which is also intertwined with the rich history of the place. Discover how the wonderful selections of wine you taste start their journey from a simple grape to the maturing process in the oak barrels located in the cellars. Indulge in the tasting of three different varieties accompanied by assortments of local dips, cold meats, and other delicious snacks.