If the Catalan capital is so successful with such a wide variety of people, it is because it has more than one string to its bow. Prices have remained fairly affordable, the weather is comfortable and a feeling of permanent holiday pervades the location.
A good omelet accompanied by fresh fruit in the middle of the Raval neighborhood, what better way to start the day? See you at Teresa Carles', the veggie spot of the area.
Ah, the Miro foundation! Once could almost go there just for its building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, or even just for its surrounding gardens. Of course, in addition to this, the foundation also includes a magnificent collection of works by the artist, with the added benefit of having a beautiful view of the city.
The perfect time to go watch the crowds invate the large main beach. All of Europe's youth seems to meet there once spring comes. Dozens of outdoor establishments are there for you to sip on a few drinks while enjoying the good weather.
Off to the Santa Caterina market. Here, we have some tapas, of course, at the counter, with a choice of a view on the road or on the interior of the market. Even better: to go from stand to stand to taste everything!
No one should come to Barcelona without going to see the Sagrada Familia, the famous cathedral in permanent construction. Above all, go inside: the view is at least as impressive as it is outside, with its structure reminiscent of giant trees.
Other architectual staples of the city: the Art Nouveau houses that the great families of the city had built in the early twentieth century on Passeig de Gracia: the casa Batllo de Gaudi, the casa Lleo i Morera de Domenech i Montaner and the casa Amatller de Puig i Cadalfalch.
It's time to go scale the heights of the city: Mount Tibidabo, to admire the sunset. Once there, you can take the opportunity to go have a drink at the La Florida hotel. Unless you would prefer a ride in the amusement park, one of the oldest in the world.
One of the best restaurants in town is nestled at the top of the Hotel Omm: it's the Roca (referring to the Rocca brothers from Girona, who advise the establishment). The chefs' creativity is impressive, as is their mastery of dressage. Both are absolutely perfect: their dishes are works of art.
To end the evening (or begin it, according to Catalan habits) go to the Boca Chica, an improbable bar stretched out over several stories, with a motley but very successful decoration. You will find a great atmosphere, many cosy corners, good cocktails and even an outdoor area.
A short distance from the city center, go to the haven of peace that is the Abac hotel. Every detail in it exudes comfort and design: from custom-made sinks to giant beds, not to mention heated marble beds at the spa. Many rooms have a terrace, some of which are huge.
- Teresa Carles restaurant, Carrer de Jovellanos, 2
- Foundation Miro, Parc de Montjuic
- Santa Caterina Market, av. de Francesc Cambo, 16
- Sagrada Familia, Carrer des Mallorca, 401
- La Florida hotel, ctra Vallvidrera al Tibidabo 83-93
- Omm hotel & Roca restaurant, carrer del Rossello, 265
- La Boca Chica restaurant & bar, Passatge de la Concepcio, 12
- Abac hotel, av del Tibidabo, 1