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Barcelona combines the best of both worlds: the arts, culture and shopping of a vibrant metropolis, and the gentle waves of the Mediterranean. The capital of Catalonia has a delightful selection of sands, so whether you want to feast on fresh seafood at La Barceloneta, windsurf at Mar Bella or play volleyball at Sant Sebastia, there’s a perfect beachside hotel for you here.
This five-star hotel is housed within a 1920s palace, beautifully preserved on the exterior and with a sophisticated, modern look inside. The Hotel Miramar – the name means sea view – is located on Montjuïc hill, overlooking the Mediterranean from a great height, and is surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens. You need to get transport to the centre of town and the beach, but the advantage of being outside the city centre is a feeling of peace, difficult to find in the busier districts.
An exclusive members club, but also a luxury boutique hotel, Soho House Barcelona is one of the coolest places to stay in the city. It overlooks the Marina Port Vell, Barcelona’s central harbour, and is just a short walk from both the Barceloneta neighbourhood and the Gothic Quarter. The rooms are decorated with an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and the latest gadgets, while the club house is a popular meeting point for movers and shakers.
Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.