The Capital of Spain’s Catalonia region and home to the infamous Sagrada Família cathedral . Barcelona is known for its rich art, culture and architecture designed by the great Antoni Gaudi, whose modernism design can be seen throughout the city. Barcelona is the second most populous city in Spain and rightfully so, this metropolis is situated on the Mediterranean Sea. The juxtaposition between large city buildings old and new paired with miles of beach and ocean is nothing to be taken for granted. “Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.” This is the reason we are starting our travel “Exclusive Spotlight” with Barcelona, Spain and list the top spots for sights, bites and where to spend your nights.
- La Sagrada Família
Construction on La Sagrada Família began in 1882, Antoni Guadi became head architect in 1883 until his death at 73 years old in 1926. Gaudi combined Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms, that are immensely intricate and ornate requiring a lot of attention to detail. There has been many obstacles and challenges with building this cathedral, such as the Spanish Civil War. By 2010, construction surpassed it midpoint and the completion date is set for 2026, 100 years after Gaudi’s death.
2. Parc Guell
A beautiful public park designed by Antoni Gaudi, built between 1900 and 1914. Parc Guell is situated in the heart of Barcelona with views of the bay and mountains. It is comprised of impressive gardens and architectural elements such as unique multi-color mosaics dispersed throughout the park. Additionally, while perusing the park you can visit “la Torre Rosa,” Gaudi’s house that is still maintained with all of his original furniture.
- Cheriff Restaurante
A landmark restaurant in Barceloneta, Barcelona’s beach neighborhood. Cheriff is known amongst the locals for having the best paella in town. This is no tourist trap, this restaurant is authentic and boasts traditional Spanish aesthetic and all plates are made with the freshest ingredients and seafood around.
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What makes this restaurant even more exclusive is that in order to enter you must ring the doorbell. Once inside, you will be transported into the Baroque era will art and sculptures all around you. On the menu- delectable Italian cuisine made with the best ingredients by the world famous chef, Tony da Greco. Tony makes dinner tantalizing for your tastebuds by accompanying each plate ordered with a smaller extra plate so everyone at the table can try!
Spend the night:
- Carpe Diem Lounge Club
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Located on the Barcelona beach, Carpe Diem is known for its exotic atmosphere, eclectic cuisine and exciting experiences. Here you can dine under the stars on Oriental and Mediterranean food while laying on comfortable outdoor beds that can fit up to 6. No matter if you are sitting at the tables or on the day beds, all CDLC guests can enjoy themselves even more by complimentary back massages. We promise just a couple sips of their house made cava sangria and a massage while listening to a DJ play music will transport you to your own version of nirvana. At CDLC you will get the ultimate feel of the Barcelona lifestyle.