Without question, the Catalonia capital city of Barcelona is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Founded by the Romans, today it is one of the leading tourist destinations due to its fabulous architecture and exciting nightlife, as well as its innovative cuisine. Elegant private villas and high end hotels like the Four Seasons, the W Hotel and the Meridienne make visiting the city a joy. Barcelona offers acclaimed beaches on the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. La Rambla, the tree-lined pedestrian mall, runs through the heart of the city, making it the perfect place for people watching from a sidewalk café. The architecture of Antoni Gaudi is visible throughout Barcelona in structures like the whimsical Parc Guell with its organic materials and visual jokes, and the awesome UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Church of the Sagrada Familia, that has been under construction for over a hundred years. Explore the city’s shopping areas, stop for tapas along the way, and take in a colorful, traditional flamenco show at night. Then enjoy a drink and breathtaking city views at a bar like Mirablau, and stop by at the trendy Sutton Club, Elephant or Ribelinos nightclub for a night on the town. Be sure to keep your eye out for the celebrities that frequent these hot spots all over town.
Life in Catalonia
Daily life is different in Spain, with an elaborate lunch around 2 o’clock, followed by a relaxing siesta when even the shops close down. Things come alive again with a late dinner, preferably at one of the many Michelin star restaurants in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia. Then get ready to party into the night. Start off at a pre-club bar and then go clubbing with the young and the hip where you will rub shoulders with the rich and the famous. Sports enthusiasts will discover that this area is among the best sporting events from Formula 1 to golf to of course, FC Barcelona of La Liga. Catalonia is known for its excellent Mediterranean gastronomy boasting of several Michellin starred restaurants including the world’s #1 restaurant, the legendary El Celler de Can Roca with chef Joan Roca. Be sure to make dining at local treats a focal point of your visit with a long evening of tapas and fine wine.