Visit Barcelona Barcelona, one of the greatest cities in the world
According to Resonance’s “2018 World’s Best Cities”
The Catalonian metropolis continues to be one of the most appealing destinations for the most demanding travelers. It’s a reality that has ceased to be just a feeling and has now become an empirical fact, according to a report on the best cities in the world by Resonance, a United States consultancy specializing in tourism. It’s the perfect city for couples to explore and discover its unique corners together, while also offering enticing evening events for those who are visiting on business. These are the keys to its success.
To help you see and live all those great experiences we open the doors of the Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia, our new hotel in the centre of Barcelona. It is located in one of the hot spots of the city — the confluence of Passeig de Gràcia with Catalunya Square. This is an ideal place to start discovering the heart of Barcelona on foot, or to travel by public transport (train, metro, bus or coach) to nearby towns of great interest. Here come some tips for visiting Barcelona – where to stay, what to buy, places to visit and things to do.
Barcelona is overflowing with art: a reality that’s evident as soon as you set foot on its streets. For many years it’s been the world capital of street art, turning every wall, every road and every park into a canvas for the most esteemed graffiti artists from around the globe. The Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia hotel has joined the movement by giving Boa Mistura, a group of urban artists, a whole wall on which to unleash their imagination. The result is modern and brilliant, not to mention entirely fascinating.
This is the adjective that the report uses to describe the stylistic singularity of a city that has always been inclined toward aesthetic innovation. The study awards top marks in its assessment of the beauty of the Catalonian capital and its landmarks—and for good reason. This is affirmed by another indisputable fact: it’s the city with the most buildings designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, thanks to modernism. Not sure what to see in Barcelona? Let Gaudí be your guide.
Nevertheless, although the style sublimated by Gaudí and his followers is the most characteristic feature of the Barcelona cityscape, on its streets and in its parks you’ll find other monuments and buildings just as worthy of a visit: the Gothic Santa María del Mar Cathedral, the German Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe and the Torre Glòries by Jean Nouvel. These successive styles, when taken as one, make Barcelona an eclectic and incredibly inspiring destination.
A CAPTIVATING CLIMATE
Another undeniable factor is the great weather, and how the city takes advantage of this privilege. There’s nothing more irresistible than enjoying its mild Mediterranean climate while walking through the port, exploring the alleyways of the Gothic Quarter or relaxing in any of its central plazas. Or you can indulge in a pool with a view, like the one on the magnificent rooftop terrace of the Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia hotel.
A full 4.2 kilometers of coastline separate the Mediterranean Sea from the city, a paradise for beach bums who value both relaxation and the services these places offer. Although the Barceloneta beach may be the most famous of all, it’s worth your while to bask (and sunbathe) in the various atmospheres offered by other sandy spots like Llevant Beach, ideal for peace and quiet, or Mar Bella, perfect for alternating between rest and athletic activities.
PARKS AND NATURE
Another reason to travel to Barcelona is its integration with nature. Without leaving the city limits you can summit a small mountain range (the Serra de Collserola), climb a hill by the sea (Montjuïc) or swim in the Mediterranean. The city’s exceptional location is complemented by its predilection for constructing unique and monumental parks, like the world-famous Park Güell and the artistic Parc de la Ciutadella (pictured).
Although it’s a cosmopolitan metropolis, Barcelona has a set of traditions and customs that are still maintained today. The report highlights this particular feature, which—although it’s centered on language—can also be extrapolated to festivals, customs and authentic experiences that can only be had in its streets.
BARCELONA BY NEIGHBORHOOD
Another aspect of this urban area that might surprise you: it’s paradise for people who keep up with the trends. This trait is expressed differently in each area, as though every neighborhood’s DNA carries the taste for a distinct style. In a single stroll you can enjoy the luxury of the most expensive boutiques on the Passeig de Gràcia, the most creative ateliers in areas like El Born and Gràcia and the ancient shops and antique dealers of the Gothic Quarter. Trendsetters and designers will find more than enough reason here to make the trip to Barcelona.
Barcelona has established itself as one of the world’s tastiest cities. It has a total of 31 Michelin-starred restaurants, and its taverns and bars are shrines to local products. Here, Mediterranean cuisine reigns supreme—but so do the most surprising avant-garde culinary concepts and traditional recipes, much more delicious and complex than one might expect. In the kitchens of places like Ca’s Menestral, these three trends are upheld and honored with exquisite service.