Debatably Spain's most popular city, Barcelona is the ideal destination for culture-hungry nomads on the search for artistic perfection. A refined hubbub of iconic architecture and traditional Catalan good times, the coastal city is at the heart of a new-world renaissance. Offering everything from the cutting edge of culinary dining experiences to the friendly atmosphere of the city's tapas scene, Barcelona pulses with the excitement of a city on the edge of greatness.
An urban oasis of contemporary cool, Brummel is the latest boutique experience to get tongues wagging. A petite 20-room hotel in the Poble Sec neighborhood, the sleek, eclectic architecture and relaxed euro-chic atmosphere are popular with a whole host of discerning globetrotters. Home to a spa, swimming pool, restaurant, rooftop bar, and yoga studio, Brummel offers minimalist simplicity with a high-luxe edge.
Way ahead of its time in regard to cuisine, Barcelona is reputed for its forward-thinking attitude to dining. Savour what's next for gastronomy at the 2** Michelin restaurant, AbaC. Spearheaded by Spain's poster-boy for culinary masterpieces, Jordi Cruz, the white-washed restaurant cleanses the palate ready for an explosion of creativity and tradition served up by the city's finest talent.
Whether you're in the mood for some light window shopping or out to splash some serious cash, Barcelona is bursting at the seams with independent boutiques, vintage shops, and luxury outfitters. Discover raw talent and upcoming designers in the El Raval district. One store not to be missed is On Land, a petite concept shop and art space in the neighboring quarter.
The lifeblood that runs through historical Catalan culture, flamenco is one of the most passionate and enthralling experiences to see in Barcelona. Showcasing some of the biggest names in modern flamenco, don't miss an evening performance and dinner at Flamenco Cordobes. With an in-house band that makes your hairs stand on end, sit back and experience true Spanish culture at this renowned home of flamenco.
When pacing the city gets too much, take some time out in one of Barcelona's famous Spas. Honouring the great Roman empire, the city is dotted with medieval bathhouses. Less of a jacuzzi and green tea experience, get a rare look at the city's oldest architecture at the Aire de Barcelona. A luxury experience that offers some rare respite from the city above, enjoy the echoing silence of this cavernous bathhouse and treat yourself to a massage or aromatherapy session.