Best known for: Its stunning architecture, from the medieval of the Barrio Gótico to the Modernism genius of Gaudí, artists on street corners, museums and galleries containing some of the world’s most famous works of Art, the culinary delight of traditional Spanish tapas and some of the world’s most inventive cuisine.  All in all wrapped in a uniquely lively and vibrant city atmosphere.

When to go:

After the rush of the high season, September is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful autumnal colors. Another good season to go in is Spring.

Where to stay:

Mandarin Oriental: Beautiful and fashionable hotel on one of the best streets in the world, excellent, personalized service all around and delicious food to indulge in

Hotel Arts Barcelona:  Impeccable service from the moment you walk in, reputed for its concierge, modernity and luxury combined in a perfect location

Where to eat:

Bar Mut, A non-touristic bodegueta with excellent food

Escriba, for some of the best paella you’ll ever taste

La Champaneria, for incredible ambiance, sparkling wine and tapas

Combine it with:

A tour of Catalonia, where you’ll discover the stunning cove beaches of the Costa Brava, the foodie scene in the city of Girona, the mighty Pyrenees peaks in the north and the wetlands of the Ebro Delta