View of Barcelona from Park Guell

Here's how to make the most out of your trip to Barcelona | Source: Prima UK

¡Vamos a España! Touching down in Barcelona

Hailed as the tourist capital of Spain, Barcelona is a hot spot for those seeking sun, siestas and sangria. Prior to the pandemic, the city recorded a record-breaking number of 12 million visitors in 2019, according to data from the National Statistics Institute series. This was a five per cent increase in visitors from the previous year.

It’s no secret why people are scrambling to touch down in the city. Eclectic colours, vibrant markets, a stunning coastline and as much paella, cerveza and vino as your heart desires.

In order to make the most out of your trip, we’ve put together a list of where to eat, sleep and what to see in the city.

The streets of Barcelona
The streets of Barcelona | Source: Time Out

Where to Stay

Seventy Barcelona

Only a short walk from the Sagrada Familia, this hotel is ideally positioned to enjoy all the city has to offer. The hotel is a fusion of Mediterranean guest homes and functional spaces. Positioned in Gracia, you will be situated amongst the timeless beauty of one of the city’s most picturesque locales.

Seventy will feel like home, except elevated in luxury, featuring a pool, fully equipped gym, business centre, spa and conference facilities. Prices per night vary, starting at A$287.

Soho House Barcelona

Straight out of a Wes Anderson film, Soho House is a picturesque hotel positioned in Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, a short distance from the city’s Gothic Quarter. The hotel itself is within an exclusive club aimed at high-profile creatives and only accepts members periodically, so if you want to step inside this hotel, you’d better join the waitlist.

The house has 57 suites, as well as club spaces, a roof terrace, gym and two pools, all within stunning interiors designed to fit the Soho House typical decor. Prices per night vary on membership.

Soho House Barcelona
Source: The Times

Where to Eat

Galileo

Serving up the best of Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of the L’Antiga Esquerra de L’eixample district is the five-star Galileo. The menu includes typical Spanish cuisine inclusive of patatas bravas, tomato pesto, artichokes in oil, carasau bread and porcini croquettes, which is all served in Galileo’s stylish dining space.

The cocktail, bar & bistro, Galileo
The cocktail, bar & bistro, Galileo | Source: The Fork

Enoteca Paco Pérez

Led by head chef Paco Pérez, the team at Enoteca delivers a two-Michelin star restaurant experience positioned along the city’s coastline. The menu at Enoteca is inspired by the fresh food local to the Mediterranean, with a focus on the “freshness of the sea and the essence of farm and mountain produce”.

Choose from lobster salpicón to white asparagus and wagyu or an extensive drinks menu with some of Spain’s finest vino. If you’re lucky enough to visit the restaurant in November, you’ll be treated to the white truffle month and its exclusive tasting menu.

The team at the Michelin-Star Enoteca
The team at the Michelin-Star Enoteca | Source: Pinterest

What to See

La Sagrada Familia

Constructed in 1882, the Sagrada Familia is one of the greatest architectural marvels in the world. The temple is unfinished and remains the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world. The eminent Antoni Gaudí took over as chief architect one year into the church’s production and created a fusion of Gothic style and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.

A ticket into the Sagrada Familia currently sits at A$29.70 or €20.00.

La Sagrada Familia
The largely unfinished church is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions | Source: Arch Daily

Sunset Sailing Tour in Port Vell

Experience the city after dark and enjoy a magical sunset from the comfort of your own chartered yacht or boat. A professional skipper will lead you along the stunning Catalonian coastline as you enjoy catered food and drinks while watching some of Barcelona’s biggest attractions slip by.

Tickets for this tour start at A$104.

Sunset sailing tour in Port Vell, Barcelona
Sail the pristine waters of the city’s port and enjoy gliding past landmarks | Source: Get Your Guide

Learn to cook like the locals: Paella & Sangria Cooking Class

It would be almost impossible to leave the city without trying some local paella and washing it down with a glass of sangria. If you want to take a spoonful of the local cuisine home with you, why not try a four-course dinner cooking experience, led by a professional chef.

Perfect the art of paella making, as well as a menu that includes gazpacho, bread with tomaquet, dessert and sangria. Prices for this cooking lesson start at around A$128.

Master your art of Spanish cuisine | Source: Spanish Gourmet Caterers

If you’re looking for the next Europe destination to add to your travel list, check out our guide on how to spend 72 hours in Paris.

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