CA LA MARIA Located in the sophisticated neighbourhood of Eixample, the Ca la Maria is a welcome escape from the bustle of the many touristy hotspots in the city. This modern bed & breakfast has gorgeously appointed and uniquely decorated rooms and suites, all complete with compelling artwork adorning the walls. Sip sangria surrounded by succulents out on their spacious deck, or peruse the living room library over a wonderful breakfast (try their homemade yogurt and banana jam – AMAZING). The Ca la Maria team was so welcoming, gracious and helpful to us during our stay, it really felt as though we were staying in a friend’s beautiful Barcelona home. Read more about our stay in our blog post!
HOTEL PULITZER A hip hotel that sits just off the Plaza Catalunya. Grab tapas at one of their trendy dining establishments (our pick would be the rooftop terrace when the DJ starts playing) or lounge at the pool amongst the hotel’s several other stylish guests. Hotel Pulitzer is definitely a place to “see and be seen” in Barcelona!
HOTEL SANT AGUSTÍ Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, near la Ramblas, Sant Agustí is the oldest hotel in Barcelona. It has been totally renovated into a modern, minimalist and budget-friendly space in the heart of the city. If location matters most to you, look no further!
LA PEPITA A cozy but stylish tapas bar located in an elegant neighbourhood where you’ll be surrounded by more locals than tourists. We had dinner here one night (around 10pm, in typical Spanish fashion) and every dish was delicious! If there’s a long wait, grab a drink and hang out at their sister bar, La Cava, next door while you wait.
CA LA NURI After you’ve eaten your fill of Jamón Íberico and Patas Bravas, head to Ca la Nuri for the BEST Paella! The best part about this paella place is, its on the beach. Enough said.
BÓ DE B Go easy on the wallet with this casual dining option offering famous sandwiches that you can grab to go. Get there early (there’s always a line) and don’t skimp on the sauces, get them all on your sandwich for their signature taste!
LA DOLCE VITAE Situated on the rooftop of the luxurious Majestic Hotel, this terrace is small but stylish. Enjoy a cocktail at dusk with stunning views of the city (trust us, it’s well worth the 10 Euros for a drink when the views are this fabulous)!
LA BARCELONETA BEACH Start out near The W Hotel (maybe even stop for a drink at their sky-high lounge, Eclipse) and make your way down the Barceloneta boardwalk. It’s a gorgeous walk full of great people watching and you’ll find lots of good spots to stop for a sangria along the beach.
PARK GÜELL Last but not least, this is a must-see spot when visiting Barcelona. You’ve got to purchase a ticket with a time slot to get inside the “Monumental Zone” (with the iconic views of the Gaudí designed monuments), so be sure to do that first upon entering the park. The rest of the grounds are free to access, and there are so many beautiful areas to see! We recommend trying for one of the last time slots in the evening, so you can enjoy the area with minimal crowds during sunset.
SIDE TRIP: MALLORCA
Mallorca is an island off the coast of Spain and is just a short 25 minute flight from Barcelona. Fly into Palma, the island’s largest city, and rent a car to drive around the picture perfect island. You can get from one end to the other in under two hours, so there is plenty of time to explore! There are numerous postcard-worthy beaches to visit, some with dark blue water and dramatic cliffs, others with vibrant aqua water and white sandy shorelines. You really can’t go wrong here in terms of natural beauty! We stayed in Sóller, a smaller town just 30 minutes from Palma and it was charming. Read a full recap of our time in Mallorca here!