Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region and the second most populous municipality. Rich in culture and style, a mixture of old and new as well as a blissful coastline, the Mediterranean city has everything to offer.

The chosen hotel for my trip was the Hotel Eurostars BCN Design with a contemporary, modern design it is a cosy and comfy hotel. Situated in the city centre, surrounded by up scale shops and busy atmospheric café’s and bars. The BCN Design is the perfect place to stay and explore the captivating city.

Holding world renowned architecture by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. With a distinctive and individual style, Gaudí’s work is outstanding. His most famous work is the Basilica Sagrada Família a mind blowing and absolutely stunning church that has never actually been finished. Started in 1882 by Gaudí himself and funded by donations only, it has now been confirmed that the Sagrada Família will be finished in nine years time.

Park Güell public park composed of many gardens, assigned to design the park was Antoni Gaudí. Walking around you can really see Gaudí’s passion and inspiration for the design was nature, his artistic flare and vivid imagination shines through. His work is very Art Nouveau carrying in to modernism and the Art Deco period. Gaudi used mosaics only in some of his structures, hence why his projects always took time, to see his compositions in person is utterly phenomenal!
These two destinations are a must to go and visit in Barcelona.

The best way to discover the whole city if you are pushed for time is to jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Covering three different routes you can explore every area of Barcelona, from the medieval gothic quarter, to the modern luxurious part in Passeig de Gracia and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Barcelona from the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

Bimba Y Lola is one of my favourite fashion brands, founded in 2006 the Spanish label is one of the fastest growing labels in the world. Their designs are colourful, playful and unusual, Bimba Y Lola will always have something to catch your eye.

The Catalan’s are typically conservative in dressing, the fashion is as fancy as the architecture. Lightweight fabrics are essential and airy dresses are a must to fit in, spaniards put a huge emphasis on designer labels, carrying a brand on your arm or strutting your stuff in some high end shoes is imperative.

Striped off-the-shoulder sundress – ASOS | Wristlet – Coach | Shoes – Hot Soles London

Scrolling through Trip Advisor, I discovered a sensational, organic breakfast place with the name Brunch and Cake just a short walk away from the hotel. Serving homemade food and stunning coffee, it was an exquisite breakfast to remember.

Traditional Spanish cuisine is tapas and Barcelona has plenty of tapas restaurants to choose from. Wandering down to the Port de Barcelona, coming across a delightful restaurant just on the edge of the water called Tapa Tapa.
Serving only tapas, I recommend ordering Patates Bravas, Croquetas de Jamón and Pan con Tomate, three delicious dishes. It is the perfect place for a spot of lunch, watch the water move and gaze upon plenty of boats sailing in and out of the port.

La Taverna de Barcelona is a gastropub and bar, pop in for some sangria and listen to live music to drink and dance the night away.

Barcelona is a city of beauty, history and style you just have to go and visit!

Rebecca Brotherton
Rebecca Brotherton

Travel editor

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