Touchdown to the liveliest and loveliest city of Barcelona, Spain. A city that truly never sleeps and only eats, shops, dances and relaxes. Sound like somewhere you want to escape to? Well let me tell you my favorite places to do all of the things just mentioned and more.
First thing's first, booking your hotel. If you want to go big, stay at the gorgeous W Hotel that is situated right on the beach. If you want something a little more affordable and closer to the locals, try staying on at the Four Points Sheraton on Avinguda Diagonal. As far as what travel essentials to pack; I tend to look to brands such as; Michael Stars, since they carry comfortable cottons and Soludos shoes, since their espadrilles are great for men and women. For beach wear, guys go for Villebrequin and ladies, try out L* Space by Monica Wise for colorful suits to match the lifestyle there or Becca Swim for cute trendy sets. For night time, since everyone goes out in Barcelona, I wore items from Spell Designs, Riller and Fount and Nines Brand.
Reservations at Barcelona's top restaurants are difficult to get, so my tip is to make your reservations 2 weeks prior to your trip. If you are craving spectacular Michelin star type of food but at approachable prices, go to Cera 23, it is a restaurant off of the beaten path of the La Rambla, but it is absolutely worth it. If you cannot get a reservation, try their sister restaurants; Arume or Viana. For fresh juices and delicious vegan food, go to Teresa Carles. This place is reasonably priced and the food is fresh and flavorful. If you want to go posh try Restaurant Montiel or Acces. If you are craving afternoon fresh oyster shooters and want to shop for produce, spices and meats, a must-see is the La Boqueria, which is an outdoor food market fit for foodies.
There is so much culture, history and beautiful architecture to gaze at, and the best way to see it all is to try one of Barcelona's bus systems. I bought a 2-day pass from Barcelona Bus Turistic and they stop at all of the attractions and you can hop off and go explore and hop on the next bus that comes every 10-15 minutes. You will have an opportunity to see Barcelona's most loved architect's work, Antoni Gaudí. Some of my favorites of his work; La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Casa Mila, which has a rooftop bar. Make sure around 9PM you go see the magic fountain, it lights up the area!
At night time, go explore the shopping, eating and drinking in the La Rambla, which is a fun-filled crowded street in central Barcelona. If you're ready for some sangria, continue your evening at the W hotel poolside bar, then try Eclipse, their lounge upstairs. If you want to continue the night, try a beachside nightclub like Opium and dance the night away. If you rather end your night in a zen way, then book a massage and hammam experience at Aire de Barcelona. It is an underground oasis of relaxation and romance.
Barcelona is a city you may just fall in love with. I hope you enjoyed my tips, besos.