Barcelona has become a brand in itself. One of the most recognized European cities worldwide, its fast growing GDP as well as efficient business, trade fairs and a cultural effervescence draw travelers on both leisure and business to explore it. The capital of Catalonia is also the largest city in the coast of the Mediterranean, and one of the largest urban extensions in Europe. In the last many years it has been synonymous to arts and everything cool that could be happening on planet Earth, adding to the amazing architectural scene that ranges from Gaudi to Frank Gehry. Barcelona sparked the movement of boutique hotels and fancy tapas bars, as well as a gastro scene that is envied by other metropolis around the globe. It is also home to the mythical Barcelona soccer team and its legendary Camp Nou where superstar Messi scores amazing goals. Barcelona is an experience well described by Fred Mercury and Monserrat Caballe, the Catalan virtuoso soprano, in the song: “Barcelona, like a jewel in the sun!”. Check it for yourself, we are sure it will be an experience never to be forgotten.
Where to Stay
Barcelona is an easy place to get around. Neighborhoods and spots to visit are close to each other and quite simple to reach. The area near the sea has seen an impressive real estate development and the modern buildings, giant sculptures and busy nightclubs have somewhat changed the old fishing village environment of the past. If you enjoy seafront views and a modern feel, stay around Poblenou and Ciutadella, near the beaches of Barceloneta and Bogatell. The other most famous and recognizable areas in town are Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. The trendsetting neighborhoods in town are El Born and Eixample, in which you can find an amazing gastronomic scene and in vogue shops, perfect for strolling around during the day and in the evening. Do you feel like staying away from hustle and bustle but within a few minutes’ drive? Upscale Sarrià-Sant Gervasi should be your choice.