Top summer destination: Barcelona
Top summer destination: Barcelona
The enchanting city of Barcelona is a visual delight and has an atmosphere that combines elegance and sophistication with provincial charm. In exploring its streets you’ll discover medieval romance in its Gothic quarter and the awe-inspiring delights of the fantastic and sometimes outrageous Art Nouveau architecture of Gaudi and his contemporaries.
Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of most any city in the cold north.
Also is considered a shopping mecca, with the city’s flair for style reflected in its numerous boutiques and markets, open late into the afternoons. As the sun sets, and the city’s many bars and restaurants open, the night truly comes alive. Dinner is served at any time between nine o’clock and midnight, and the festivities around the bars and nightclubs carry on well into the early hours of the morning.
The commercial centre of the popular holiday region known as the Costa Brava, the northernmost Mediterranean seafront in Spain, as well as the Costa Dorada to the south. The coast is dotted with popular resort towns, many retaining their age-old charm, which can be easily reached from the city.
Barcelona also a walkable city offering plenty of outdoor markets, restaurants, museums, bars and boutiques to enjoy, not to mention impromptu performances by street musicians. One of the city’s top shopping destinations is the Passeig de Gracia, an elegant boulevard lined with upscale boutiques and stunning architecture.
From its ideal location on the Passeig de Gracia, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona makes an excellent home base for exploring all the city has to offer. Housed in an elegantly restored mid-20th century building, the hotel features exquisitely designed interiors by internationally-renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiloa. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers a wide range of holistic therapies as well as signature life-enhancing programs created exclusively by Mandarin Oriental. The hotel is also home to Moments restaurant headed by Chef Carme Ruscalleda who has attracted major buzz and earned two Michelin stars for her traditional Catalan cuisine.
Famous Barcelona Tourist Attractions:
Modernist Park Guell by Gaudi
Barcelona’s famous architectural son, Antonio Gaudi, left his mark on the city nowhere more prominently than in the gardens of the Parc Guell. The park, sited on Camel Hill offering splendid views of the city, was originally planned to be a garden city suburb, but only two houses were completed before it was turned into a public recreational park. The gardens are festooned with examples of his work, including flights of stairs, columns and a plaza decorated with mosaics. The pink fairytale house standing at the entrance to the park was once home to Gaudi and his niece, but is now a museum containing some Gaudi-designed furniture, dÃ©cor, drawings and portraits of the architect.
Magic Fountain Show
Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain has become one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and is where the “Piromusical” is held, a true balletic spectacle of water and light.
Koket Team invites you to explore and discover the main attractions of the city.