Barcelona and the Costa Brava have a vibe all their own. Sunny skies, sandy beaches and hidden, secluded coves at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea are the main attractions along the coast. The city of Barcelona is a seaside wonder enhanced by world-class art, dramatic outdoor sculptures, an interesting “old town” and international shopping. Sample the excellent gastronomy of the region by reserving a seat at one of the many fine Michelin star rated restaurants, or kick back and relax for a casual meal at a beach bar.
Begur has some of the best beaches in Catalonia, with crystal clear blue waters and delightful white sand. Two miles of glorious golden beaches are within walking distance of Barcelona. Barceloneta Beach has welcoming, laid back beach bars and promenades. Adjacent Icaria Beach proudly displays Frank Gehry’s Peix sculpture of an oversized goldfish at the foot of the luxury hotel Ritz Barcelona Arts.
Art is the lifeblood of Barcelona. Traditional architecture balanced with modernistic structural creations give Barcelona a unique edge. Inspired masterpieces by creative genius and native son Antoni Gaudi punctuate the city, rendering a distinctive and stimulating impression. Wonder at the artistic displays at MNAC, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya; Museu Picasso, Museu del Modernisme Catala; and Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona. Take a ride to the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres and his house in Cadaques.
Be prepared for a vibrant gastronomy scene along the Costa Brava and in Barcelona, featuring excellent Michelin rated restaurants where innovative cuisine is created using fresh ingredients typical of the Mediterranean region. In fact, there are an amazing 24 Michelin starred restaurants in Catalonia, including the #1 ranked restaurant in the entire world - El Celler de Can Roca in the town of Girona. If you go, be sure to make a reservation well ahead of time.
The main stores in Barcelona are all found in a concentrated area, so spending the day browsing through shops is a pleasure. Visit La Rambla, the pleasant tree-lined pedestrian mall, Passeig de Cracia, La Rambla Catalunya and numerous smaller shopping centers for international items.
Take a walking tour to the city’s old Gothic Quarter and discover Barcelona’s medieval roots. Wander through labyrinth streets and delight in meticulous architectural details from years gone by.
From high atop Montjuic Mountain, visitors can tour the Olympic Stadium and view the iconic city backdrop witnessed during the high dive competition. A park setting provides walking paths, gondola rides and water features.