Catalonia’s enchanting capital is perfect for those with a creative streak. Spend a day exploring the city’s incredible art and architecture, from the winding alleyways of Carrer del Bisbe to Gaudí’s nature-inspired facades and Modernisme masterpieces.
Start the morning by walking around the Gothic Quarter, through narrow streets that twist and turn like tributaries, and eventually lead to sprawling squares lined with cute Mediterranean cafés.
Make sure to stop at the Neo-Gothic Bishop’s Bridge on Carrer del Bisbe and the Sant Felip Neri Church. The latter’s walls are riddled with bullet holes – scars of the bloody civil war that raged on the streets of Barcelona less than a century ago.
After you’ve worked up an appetite walking around the Gothic Quarter, head to one of Barcelona’s famous markets. Santa Caterina is a great alternative to the busy Boqueria Market and offers some mouthwatering locally caught seafood.
The people of Barcelona are known for their laid-back attitude and love affair with food. An easy way to bond with the locals is to head down to a tapas bar and effuse about the city’s local football heavyweights – you might have heard of them.
Catalonia’s capital is characterised by its relationship with the water, and there’s nothing that says living the Barcelona life than walking along the promenade and stopping for a cold drink and a light dinner by the beach.
The Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is a summertime paradise with rooftop pool surrounded with lush decking and only a short walk from the beach. Located towards the north of the city, not far from Sant Martí and El Poblenou, it’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Barcelona and offers guests every luxury from their sea-view rooms.