Port Vell Barcelona

Barcelona is a fantastic Spanish destination, known for its warm climate, abundance of historical monuments and proximity to beaches and mountains. Stay here to enjoy Spanish Mediterranean cuisine, visit the oldest parts of Spain, or swim in the mild Mediterranean waters on one of the best beaches in the World.

While Barcelona may be Spain’s second largest city, many of its attractions are easily navigated on foot. Start your tour of Barcelona at La Rambla, a centralized pedestrian walkway that connects the cities distinct neighborhoods. The wide tree-lined La Rambla connects Port Vell waterfront harbor to the Placa Catalunya in the modern Eixample district. Home to many of the city’s main attractions, La Rambla offers shopping, restaurants, an extensive street market and historic monuments.

From La Rambla, stroll through the Gothic Quarter located in the heart of Ciutat Vella, the “Old City.” The Gothic Quarter includes many stone paved streets that open into squares and plazas, medieval buildings, churches and cathedrals, such as Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. Spend an hour or two wandering this part of the city and marveling at the gothic architecture.

Perhaps the most stunning landmark in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia. Christian symbols, regal spires, and meticulous sculptures adorn this grandiose temple. This ongoing construction project began in 1881 and continues today. Once thought to take several hundred years to complete, the project is slated for completion in 2026. Today, tours take place inside the temple and museum, giving a history of the lengthy project.

Barcelona Beach

Perfectly situated along the Mediterranean coastline, the beaches in Barcelona have a lot to offer. Conveniently located near downtown Barcelona, the Barceloneta beach is a popular beach due to its miles of boardwalk, lined with restaurants and clubs. Mar Bella beach offers many water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking. For a more tranquil setting, head to Bogatell beach. Bogatell still offers miles of boardwalk along the beach, without as many of the crowds or clubs. Consider staying at the Hotel Arts Barcelona, a dazzling artistically designed hotel, located right on the beach.

Park Guell in Barcelona

Barcelona boasts a number of themed and botanical parks and gardens. At Montjuic, high atop the hill overlooking the Barcelona harbor, find museums, botanical gardens, a Greek Theater and the Olympic Stadium. Walk or take a cable car to the top and stay for an evening of classical music accompanied by the color, lights, and jet-propelled waters of the Magic Fountain. Escape to Park Guell for a relaxing afternoon in this intriguing park. Combining art nouveau with lavish landscaping, Park Guell offers over a mile of walking paths, dazzling mosaic tiled terraces and fountains, stone columns that look and feel as though they are thousands of years old, and a relaxing café. Park Guell alone is worth the visit to Barcelona.

As Barcelona is the center of the Catalonia region, many Catalan restaurants reside in the city. Catalan cuisine consists of traditional Mediterranean ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, eggplants, and olive oils. Most dishes are pork or seafood based flavored with allioli. Sweets are made with Crema catalane, a yellow cream from egg yolks, milk, and sugar. Let a Luxe Travel Advisor schedule a Barcelona cooking lesson with a top Spanish chef and lunch featuring Catalan style dishes and desserts. As an alternative, dine at L’orangerie at the Gran Hotel Florida, known for its superb Catalan cuisine.

One of the most popular football, or soccer, clubs is the FC Barcelona. Moreover, the largest stadium in Spain is here too. The Camp Nou stadium seats just shy of 100,000 patrons. Experience a game here and see why the Spanish are passionate and dedicated football fans.

Montserrat Monastery

An hour northwest of Barcelona lays Montserrat Mountain. This area is well worth the short trip out of Barcelona. The jagged and unusual rock formations make for exciting hikes and photographic views. The Santa Maria de Montserrat Benedictine monastery is not only home to a famous boys’ choir, it claims the world’s oldest printing press, from 1499. Speak to a Luxe travel advisor about taking a helicopter tour over this beautiful area.

Not far from Montserrat, stretch the Spanish Pyrenees Mountain range. To combine the warm Mediterranean sun with a ski resort vacation, Barcelona is the perfect city betwixt the two. The Pyrenees have a number of ski resorts open to skiing from December to April. Alternatively, go hiking, mountain climbing, or white water rafting along one of the many rivers in the Spanish Pyrenees.

A visit to Barcelona is ideal in the spring and fall, when temperatures are still pleasant and walking around the city is comfortable. Contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or concierge@luxetravel.com to talk with a Luxe Travel Advisor about visiting this unique Spanish city.