Barcelona Spain is one of those rare cities that truly has it all: gorgeous old architecture, world-class food and drink plus an awesome beach. Take a walk in the beautiful Gothic quarter for a history lesson or through the botanic gardens at Montjuïc to take in the sweeping views. Then settle into one of the city’s many sidewalk cafes for some excellent cava and tapas.
Hotel Omm may go for the minimal look that is so common amongst boutique hotels, but here it is done with a great eye for detail. A mix of blonde wood, white lacquered aluminum and touches of black create a peaceful Scandinavian-Zen feeling. The cleverly designed hotel facade is stacked with white slabs that cleverly offer privacy and bounce light into the front-facing guest rooms. The back-facing guest rooms compensate with private terraces. The hotel offers two restaurants. Moo serves Catalan-themed cuisine in a bamboo-lined courtyard terrace. It is Michelin-star rated and typically booked well in advance so plan ahead. Moovida is the more casual sibling, serving up comfort food until 1am. Don’t miss the view from the elegant rooftop swimming pool terrace.
If you’re looking for something casual and cozy, Isabella’s is one great option. This small bustling restaurant serves a mostly Italian menu with touches of traditional Catalan and international dishes. It’s popular among the locals and can get quite packed with a hip local Barcelona crowd.
Even if you have visited the city before, the eternal construction state of la Sagrada Familia makes it an excellent candidate for a return visit. Antoni Gaudí’s architectural vision has been under construction for over 100 years and is still incomplete (current estimations offer a finishing date between 2020 and 2040). The site is controversial as many opponents claim the current work deviates wildly from the original plans. But the immense medieval style towers continue to fascinate. What could perhaps be called the world’s most popular construction site attracts over 2.8 million visitors a year making it the most visited monument in Spain.
Carrer de Mallorca
401, 08013 Barcelona