Luxury Rating: ****/*****
Holiday type: City break
Budget: Approximately £1,100 – £3,500 for 7 nights for 2 people in June (excluding flights)
Agent: Flights and hotel booked through Expedia
Call it a honeymoon or call it a mini-moon, you’ll want to stay in that wedding bubble for at least a few days after the wedding, before reality hits and you have to go back to normal life! How about a city break in Barcelona?
There are flights to Barcelona from most UK airports. Round-trips for two people are available for less than £200 and whilst you can spend more and perhaps get a bit more leg room, the flight is not much longer than 2 hours, therefore you might choose to spend that money elsewhere.
Where to stay
The Mandarin Oriental is the epitome of luxury and is in a great location on the Passeig de Gràcia. This is one of Barcelona’s main avenues, which is great for shopping and is home to some of Barcelona’s best architecture, including Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, both designed by the renowned Antoni Gaudí.
The ABaC is an elegant hotel situated in an affluent residential quarter of Barcelona surrounded by parks and green areas. The stunning Park Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudi, a World Heritage site, is only around a mile from the hotel. Whilst the hotel is not as central as some others, there are 2 Metro stations nearby, providing easy access to all parts of the city.
The H10 Montcada is a quirky boutique hotel in the historical centre of the city, close to Plaça Catalunya and with easy access to Barceloneta beach. The hotel is also near the Gothic and El Born quarters, the Sagrada Familia, Santa María del Mar, and Ciutadella Park. The roof-top bar offers magnificent views over the city and is even worth a visit if you’re not staying at the hotel.
Barcelona Pipa Bar – Plaça Reial in the Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Pipa Club is hidden away in the arcaded Placa Reial in the Barri Gotic and is one of our favourite places in Barcelona. It requires a bit of detective work to find this clandestine bar – hunt for the inconspicuous door and press the correct button and you will be allowed to enter and scale the 3 flights of stairs to the bar. The bar has a very fitting Sherlock Holmes theme and some people describe feeling almost a little bit naughty just being there! Whilst it’s not easy to find, don’t be under any misapprehension, the bar often hosts jazz gigs and milonga classes, and can get very busy at times. It’s one of the few bars that still has a 6am licence.
Park Güell is an enchanting park on Carmel Hill in Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi a renowned architect whose distinct work can be found in various places across Barcelona. The park is composed of landscaped gardens, which are scattered with strange but beautiful architectural elements, the most well-known probably being the large mosaic lizard. The importance of the park was recognised by UNESCO back in 1984, when it was declared a World Heritage Site. The park is extremely popular and access is restricted to a limited number of people every 30 minutes, therefore book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Sagrada familia is our favourite place in Barcelona. It is a church designed by Antoni Gaudi and has to be amongst the most spectacular and dramatic pieces of architecture in the World. The construction of the church began back in 1882 and is still ongoing, with completion not expected until 2026. We would recommend an audio tour of the church so that you can appreciate the amazing detail and vibrant colours incorporated into the design. Remember to get an early start if you want to miss the crowds!
Kiosko Gourmet Burger
If you need a break from tapas then only a short walk from Barceloneta metro station you’ll find Kiosko Gourmet Burger, a retro burger restaurant. The burgers are delicious and the hand cut fries are cooked to perfection! Basically, if you enjoy a good burger you won’t be disappointed (if you’re the picky sort, don’t worry, there’s loads of choice, even for veggies). p.s. The wedding diet should be over so you can treat yourself!