New boutiques and gastronomic temples coexist with beautiful spaces in five fashionable cities in Europe: Madrid, Rome, Budapest, Barcelona and Lisbon. Are you ready to discover the surprises that you will find in each of them?
Madrid, non-stop energy
Madrid’s vital vibe will captivate you right from the beginning. Staying at the central Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía, one of the best hotels in Madrid, is an option that you will thoroughly enjoy. This emblematic building in the heart of the city, a mixture of history and the avant-garde, has rooms with a terrace and jacuzzi to fully enjoy it.
Within walking distance from the hotel is Madrid’s Golden Mile, the streets of Serrano and Ortega y Gasset. Here you will find the most exclusive fashion boutiques in the world, lined up one next to the other.
In the bohemian neighborhood of Malasaña, actress Sarah Jessica-Parker was captivated by the dresses in its vintage storefronts. Williambsburg, Alphaville or The Temple of Susu are some choices of top brand couture.
Rome, a thousand times eternal
None of Rome’s visitors leaves without throwing a coin in the Fontana di Trevi. Do you know why? Tradition says that only those who do return to the Eternal City. The Iberostar Grand Fontana di Trevi, which is located in a 19th-century Art Deco building, just 70 meters from the most famous fountain in the world, ensures you fulfill this ancient tradition.
Visit the first Bulgari store. Via Condotti is possibly the most luxurious street in the world. Valentino, Hermès, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Prada and other major brands have their headquarters here. But perhaps nothing would have been the same if, in 1894, the Greek businessman Sotirio Voulgaris had not opened his first shop in this location. 125 years later, it is known as Bulgari throughout the world.
Bird's eye view. Admiring Rome from the roof of a building is an image that you will not forget. At Aroma, if you close your eyes you can still hear the echoes of people cheering the gladiators. This elegant terrace with views to the Colosseum and the Forum is one of the it-places to go during the Roman notte. On the San Pancrazio terrace, in the heart of Trastevere, conversations are calm, just like the rhythm of the neighborhood itself. The view of the Capitoline Museums, in the Campidoglio, has no match from the Caffarelli Terrace. And what to do to add the icing on the cake to this Roman night? Without a doubt it’s staying at Iberostar Grand Fontana di Trevi’s lounge bar, located on the upper terrace of this hotel with a swimming pool in Rome.
Budapest, under the Danube’s spell
Design, elegance and Philippe Stark. During your visit to Budapest you can stay at the central Iberostar Grand Budapest, one of the 5 star-hotels in Hungary with the most personality. This hotel blends design and elegance with the Hungarian capital’s main historical sites, found within walking distance. Philippe Stark’s evocative design, and the peaceful atmosphere inside, are its main hallmarks. Inside you can also enjoy relaxing massages, as well as the complete circuit offered by this spa hotel: steam baths, hydromassages and an infinite number of other details.
Swimming in a Renaissance temple? Budapest has more than 100 thermal water spas. In Roman times they were already in fashion and are currently still one of the great attractions of the city. The most recommended? Széchenyi, in Varósliget (City Park), with its three outdoor pools, and Veli Bej, one of the best-preserved Ottoman spas.
Sailing the Danube. Relaxing on a boat at night through the calm waters of the Danube, enjoying Budapest all lit up, is a feast for the eyes. You will go under the Petőfi Bridge, the Chain Bridge, the Isabel Bridge and the Liberty Bridge. You can see some of the main buildings in the city, such as the Parliament, Buda Castle, Matthias Church or the Fishermen's Bastion.
A Night at the Opera. The Budapest Opera is one of the most important buildings in Hungary. It was built between 1875 and 1884 and financed by Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria. So, what was the monarch's sole condition in order to cover the cost of its construction? That it was not bigger than the Vienna Opera. Occupying one of its 1,261 seats, surrounded by sculptures of famous musicians and composers, is a treat for the ears and sight.
Shopping on Andrássy Avenue. This extensive boulevard, built in 1872, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. The recognition is due to the Renaissance houses and palaces’ beautiful facades. On this street you will also find the Budapest Opera, some of the most famous restaurants in the city and the most elegant boutiques.
For exquisite palates. Do you prefer cuisine based on rich aromas and spices, or the Mediterranean tradition based on local products? At the Iberostar Grand Budapest restaurant, you can choose the option you prefer, cooked with expertise and top-quality ingredients.
The best goulash. Hungarian goulash is one of the most primitive meat stews, based on meat, onions and butter. Over time it evolved and incorporated ingredients such as potatoes, red peppers, tomatoes and spices. However, the most special of all is paprika. The ideal restaurant to try this delicious recipe? Menza, two steps from the distinguished Andrássy Avenue and very close to the Iberostar Grand Budapest.
Street Art. Projects such as Free Walls attract the best street illustrators in the world to Barcelona. Take a tour of the neighborhoods of Poblenou, El Raval, Sant Antoni, the Gothic Quarter or the Guinardó district and discover true art treasures on facades that have been transformed into canvases.
The underground city. There is a secret Barcelona that offers you the possibility of seeing what is not visible from the surface. Anti-aircraft shelters, ghost train stations, water tanks that supplied the city at the beginning of the 20th century, old stables with vaults from architect Antonio Gaudí's time ...
Lisbon to the rhythm of fado
The Iberostar Selection Lisboa, one of the best hotels in Portugal without a shadow of a doubt, will allow you to experience the Portuguese capital to the fullest. You will connect with its most modern side in the business district that surrounds it and with its more bohemian side, via Avenida da Liberdade. In this 5-star hotel in Lisbon you can taste the typical dishes of the local cuisine in its delicious Luz restaurant. Enjoy the spa with water areas, massages and beauty treatments. You can also spend unforgettable afternoons taking a delicious cocktail on the pool terrace.