BARCELONA

Welcome to the head and heart of Catalonia; here’s where we suggest you start.

Hotel: Hotel Brummell

A short distance from Montjuïc, in Poble Sec, sits this charming 20-room boutique hotel. Hotel Brummell is off the beaten track by design, and nestled within walking distance of mountains, city and sea. Sounds like a lot? Try hitting the pool, the sauna, or one of the free yoga classes for some down time.

Gallery: Joan Miro Foundation

For those who want to learn more about the history of art in Barcelona, a visit to the Joan Miro Foundation is a must. The gallery displays pieces spanning the career of surrealist master Joan Miro all year long. Visitors can take an extensive guided tour, available in English.

Restaurant: Cafeteria of the Centre Civic Can Deu

If you want to escape tourist hotspots, try the ‘Cau Deu Civic Centre’ in Les Corts.  The modernist building houses the best kept secret of the Civic Centre, a simple cafeteria with delightful tapas dishes and cocktails you daydream about.  

Historic Site: Montjuïc Castle

The Montjuic area of Barcelona is ideal for first time visitors.  ‘Montjuic’ means “Jewish Mountain” in ancient Latin and Catalan, in reference to the ancient Jewish cemetery.  There no better way to take in the historic wonder of the area than visiting Montjuic castle.  The castle offers mesmerising views of the Barcelona harbour and a 360-degree tour, where you can learn more about its history.

Cultural Centre: CaixaForum

Managed by the ‘La Caixa’ bank, CaixaForum hosts concerts, events and exhibitions all year long. Every October is their free to enter “Microconsiertos” program, a collection of small concerts, including “SOULDADE”, a fusion of soul, bossa nova, swing and jazz.  CaixaForum also has a library and a café, for maximum convenience. 

Live Venue: Gran Bodega Salto

For a truly cultural experience, Gran Bodega Salto is the place to go.  The venue hosts a wide range of theatre, poetry and music events.  This bar-come-music venue is the headquarters of ‘Cultmusic’; a non-profit highlighting the artistic side of Poble-Sec, that also integrates other local cultures into their program.  

Bar: La Whiskeria

For a date, to hang with friends or a solitary night cap, Barcelona’s best bar La Whiskeria is the place to go. La Whiskeria serves a vast array of international whiskey, providing something for the seasoned connoisseur, whiskey novices, and everyone in between. 

Public Space: Jardins del Theatre Grec

For a laid-back afternoon, look no further than the Jardins del Theatre Grec (Greek Theatre Gardens). The perfect spot for quiet walks in the scenic rose garden, and a break from the bustle of the city.

Club: Warehouse BCN

Warehouse BCN is loved by locals, and frequented by tourists in search of an authentic Barcelona clubbing experience.  Warehouse BCN has two rooms providing sounds from techno, to deep house and nu disco, and they go deep into the early hours.

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