Europe is a destination that many people consider when they begin to plan spring break and summer trips but, with all the beautiful available destinations in Europe, it can be hard to decide exactly where to visit. Barcelona, Spain is an excellent option with plenty to do, beautiful places to stay, and a wonderful sampling of exquisite cuisines. Check this guide out for all the best things to see and do in Barcelona, Spain.
Where to Stay in Barcelona
As the second largest city in Spain, there are plenty of accommodations in Barcelona that will work for all the different types of travelers that visit the area. Two hotels stand out. Both the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona and the Casagrand offer visitors a luxurious experience in the heart of Barcelona.
The Casagrand offers luxury apartments for those looking to stay longer in Barcelona or those traveling with larger groups. Each luxury apartment is located in a historic building that was built in 1929 in one of the most exclusive areas of Barcelona. The building boasts a roof terrace, a pool, a gym, and a sauna in the gorgeous dome that decorates the top of the building. These are common areas where all guests can mingle and enjoy the luxury facilities.
Each of the apartments is spacious with lots of room and includes five-star hotel services. The Summon apartments have five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and can sleep up to nine guests while the premium apartments have four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and can sleep up to eight guests. Staying on the top floor penthouse will give you a private terrace, one bedroom, one en suite bathroom and can sleep up to four guests. Each apartment comes with daily cleaning services.
While you’re staying at the apartment enjoy the on location private yoga classes. Spend some time meditating and combat jet lag while you stretch your body on the magnificent rooftop terrace. Your stay at Casagrand includes a full breakfast or freshly baked bread and pastries delivered directly to your apartment. An à la carte menu is available where you can order lunch or dinner directly to your apartment. Casagrand is an excellent place to stay and relax during your time in Barcelona.
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What to Eat in Barcelona
Like many European cities, Barcelona has a large selection of cuisines to sample and enjoy while you are visiting the city. From a large selection of vegan fare to traditional foods sourced from local ingredients, there is something to satisfy every taste in Barcelona.
While there are tons of fantastic places to eat in Barcelona, guests of the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona won’t have to look far for a culinary experience. The Restaurant SOLC prides itself in offering local cuisine that is true to the tradition of the Spanish food of the region. Restaurant SOLC sources the majority of its fresh ingredients from its own garden and buys only local meat and fish.
The establishment has its own property in the area just a few kilometers from the restaurant and just a few meters from the Mediterranean Sea which ensures that the cuisine is always the freshest possible. Guests will find menu items such as grilled squid, steak tartare, suckling pig terrine with apple textures, and lemon cream with meringue crumble and lemon sorbet at the Restaurant SOLC. Guests of the Majestic Hotel and spa Barcelona will love to tantalize their taste buds and experience the traditional foods of the area in Restaurant SOLC.
Parallelo Gelato Contemporaneo
For a sweet treat look no further than Parallelo Gelato Contemporaneo, an artisanal ice cream and sorbet shop located in the heart of Barcelona. This innovative ice cream shop offers uniquely flavored ice creams and sorbets as well as vegan ice cream. At Parallelo Gelato Contemporaneo, you will find interesting ice cream flavors such as blue cheese with dark chocolate, yogurt with berries, and tiramisu. The ice cream shop allows you to create your own container with the flavors that you want to try.
In addition to purchasing ice cream by the container, Parallelo Gelato Contemporaneo also offers artisanal ice cream sticks such as a mini cappuccino ice cream stick with caramel-flavored milk chocolate coating. Make sure that you check out the mini white chocolate ice cream stick with the ruby chocolate coating or the mini Matcha tea ice cream stick with white chocolate and grated coconut. If ice cream is not your thing, Parallelo Gelato Contemporaneo also offers a variety of roasted nuts and pastries made directly in the store. With a variety of vegan offerings as well Parallelo Gelato Contemporaneo is perfect for every member in your travel group.
Green and Berry
If you need a pick-me-up or want a healthy meal while you are exploring the city, try Green and Berry in Barcelona. Green and Berry is the home of cold pressed juices and vegan meals as well as vegan sweets and pastries. Each meal is carefully prepared with the best ingredients to provide healthy options for those on the go. Make sure to try their vegan bowls, a big vegan burger, or even a superfood smoothie when you visit Green and Berry. It’s an excellent place to get a treat while still trying to stay healthy.
Empanar is a restaurant that offers Argentine empanadas. The restaurant is known for its creole and spicy creole empanadas. They also offer chicken empanadas as well as vegan options. Made with fresh ingredients in the gorgeous golden dough, these little empanada hand pies are the perfect thing to grab for a late lunch or a snack between meals. Full of flavor and beautifully made, guests to Barcelona as well as locals will love in Empanar’s Argentine empanadas.
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Things to See and Do in Barcelona
Whether you are looking to relax and see all the sights in Barcelona, you are sure to have a variety of options to choose from. The Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona offers guests the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. If you need a little more adventure or want to see all the historic sites Barcelona has to offer, The Tour Guy’s Barcelona tours are a great option.
The Majestic Spa
The top of the line spa located at the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona features an innovative hydrotherapy circuit that allows guests to relax and leave the spa rejuvenated. The hydrotherapy circuit consists of a jacuzzi, sauna, a steam bath, and then ends with a relaxing shower. The circuit is located in an exclusive and private area so that you can truly relax. Approximately forty-five minutes is the length of the full hydrotherapy circuit. This innovative circuit has shown proven results. Some of the benefits of hydrotherapy include better circulation. and muscle relaxation. It is recommended to partake in the full hydrotherapy circuit before enjoying a luxurious spa treatment.
After completing the hydrotherapy circuit, enjoy a relaxing full-body massage or a facial massage in the spa. Facial treatments are also available to help rejuvenate your skin. The Diamond Collection Facial provides an incredible anti-aging treatment. The Cure Facial is perfect for those who desire a deep clean. A variety of other facials are also available.
The spa at the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona also offers packages that are perfect for couples, friends, best friends, or even small family groups. The Romantic Moment package includes time in the hydrotherapy circuit, a couples massage as well as chocolate-covered strawberries and wine. The Friendly Majestic Duo Moment package is perfect for a girl’s weekend. Enjoy the hydrotherapy circuit, a relaxing massage, and a refreshing facial with your best friend.
The Tour Guy Barcelona Tours
If you’re looking for something to do in Barcelona, The Tour Guy offers nine unique tours. Barcelona in a Day Tour with Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Batilo allows you to see Barcelona’s top attractions on a small group city tour. This tour features skip the line entries which allow you to see some of the most prestigious places in the city without standing in long lines. If you’re looking for a smaller version of this tour try the Skip the Line Sagrada Familia Tour. You’ll spend the afternoon visiting the famous basilica and learning all of the stories and secrets behind the beautiful building with an expert tour guide.
If you’re looking for a gastronomic experience, the Montserrat Tour from Barcelona with Tapas and Wine Tasting is an excellent choice. You’ll ascend to a mountain monastery by cogwheel train and spend the afternoon trying local tapas and gourmet wine. The Full Day Trip to Montserrat from Barcelona with Winery and Three Course Lunch Tour is always a good idea as well. With this tour, you will experience and tour a winery as well as the mountain monastery. You also are treated to a three-course lunch featuring the best Catalonian food and wine.
If you’re looking to experience some of the famous beaches near Barcelona try a Luxury Boat Cruise in Barcelona. You’ll spend the afternoon on a new luxury sailboat with a small group and see the beautiful beaches for yourself. The Barcelona Sunset Cruise by Luxury Sailboat is also an excellent chance to check out the beaches up and down the Mediterranean coast and sip wine on a luxury sailboat. You’ll have the opportunity to swim and relax at the most romantic part of the day, sunset.
Another great gastronomic experience is the Barcelona Local Food Tour in Poble Sec and Sant Antoni. With a small group and a wine expert, you’ll explore the area where you will be able to taste and sample much of the food and wine that the area is famous for. The Barcelona in a Half Day by Electric Bike Tour gives visitors the opportunity to tour some of the most famous neighborhoods and see the most famous sites in Barcelona while cruising around the city on e-bikes.
If you would prefer a more private tour, the Private Barcelona in a Day Tour with the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell offers the chance to tour Barcelona with a private tour guide and see the best of the city’s famous sites and learn all about the history of Barcelona.
Barcelona is the Perfect Vacation Spot
With a rich history and plenty to see and do as well as a fantastic culinary scene, Barcelona is an excellent place to spend your spring or summer vacation. From luxury hotels to trendy restaurants and customizable tours, there’s sure to be something in Barcelona for everyone.
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