10 Reasons Why We Love Barcelona
10 Reasons Why We Love Barcelona
June 25, 2010 by admin

A bit of magic, mixed in with luxury, history, and culinary excellence make Barcelona one of my favorite places to visit. One of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, Barcelona is more than a backpackers’ stop on his European trip; it is a city full of splendor, luxury, and style, ideal for singles, friends, couples, or the entire family. From Gaudí’s influence to Michelin-star restaurants, here are 10 reasons why we love Barcelona so much:

10 – Dry Martini Bar and Speakeasy Restaurant
Dry Martini is arguably the most well known cocktail bar in Barcelona. Opened in 1978, it is reminiscent of the prohibition-era speakeasy clubs of New York and Chicago, where secrecy and anonymity were essential for a fabulous night out. A walk through the back of the back leads you through a secret entrance to the warehouse-sized Speakeasy restaurant. With its plush leather chairs, white-attired staff, and vintage bottle-lined bar, you’ll feel that you’ve taken a trip back to the 20s. And no, they won’t ask you for a password.

9 – Barcelona Aquarium
Boasting one of the largest aquariums in the world, the Barcelona Aquarium is a great place to bring your family. Offering wondrous views of the Mediterranean Sea bed, the Aquarium will amaze you. There is even an 80-metre underwater tunnel where you can see the sharks swim around and above you. That sight alone makes it a must-visit spot in Barcelona.

8 – Lasarte Restaurant
With a limited capacity of 35 guests, Lasarte is one of the most intimate restaurants in Barcelona. Perfect for the start of a romantic night, the menu has the perfect blend of flavours, elegance, and Catalan culture. Owned by Martín Berasategui, Lasarte opened its doors in the hotel Condes de Barcelona in 2006, and this year, it earned its second Michelin star, making it the perfect place to enjoy a romantic meal with your sweetheart.

7 – Hotel Arts Barcelona
This 44-story hotel is the epitome of luxury, with its large, luminescent, stylishly-decorated rooms, the stunning Spa by Six Senses spa on the 42nd and 43rd floors, and impeccable service. With magnificent views stretching from Paseo de Gracia to the Mediterranean Sea, you will want to enjoy everything that Hotel Arts Barcelona has to offer. I love this hotel because it has two restaurants, which have each earned two Michelin stars, within its walls, which makes this hotel the ideal sanctuary.

6 – Temple of the Sagrada Familia
This massive Roman Catholic Church is considered to be one of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works, even though its construction is not anticipated to be completed until 2026, the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death. This picturesque construction site will amaze you, and leave you in awe and wonder. Intended to be the “last great sanctuary of Christendom,” Gaudí spent the last fifteen years of his life on this project. You will get lost in the details and attention put into this Barcelona masterpiece.

5 – El Celler de Can Roca
Voted the 4th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2010, Catalan chef Roca’s El Celler de Can Roca recently earned its 3rd Michelin star. With his two brothers, Chef Roca takes a triangular approach to his menu, combining emotional cuisine, tradition, and skilled technique to revisit, reinterpret, and reinvent the dining experience. This 20-year-old restaurant will excite your taste buds and invigorate your spirit.

4 – Liceo Opera House
A modern take on tradition, the Liceo Opera House has monitors where you can opt to view subtitles in Spanish, English, or Catalan. Opened in 1847, the Liceo Opera House is a rarity because it does not have a royal box; private shareholders, instead of the traditional monarchy-run opera houses found elsewhere, originally funded the opera house. With an unimposing exterior, contrasted with a majestic interior, revisit the opera at the Liceo Opera House. Aida, anyone?

3 – Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful 14th century church, considered to be the most complete exemplification of Calatan Gothic architecture. While the exterior is imposing and may not seem that inviting, a walk through the doors reveals an interior basked in uplifting light and serenity. The magnificent interior inspired Gaudí while he was designing the temple of the Sagrada Familia. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired too?

2 – Wine regions
In the late 1800s, an epidemic which destroyed many French vineyards brought many French immigrants to Spain, where they combined their champagne method of making wine with the Mediterranean practices. Today, Barcelona and the surrounding areas have some of the most interesting wine regions in Spain. From Allela, to Penédes, to Priorat and beyond, there are countless important wineries worth visiting.

1 – Antoni Gaudi’s work
The mere mention of Barcelona conjures up images of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, which can be seen throughout Barcelonea. Most people who visit the Catalan city want to discover Gaudí’s work. Architects, artists, and art enthusiasts alike marvel at his work, which was influenced by natural forms and is reflected through his use of color and curves. Gaudí’s influence on the city adds to Barcelona’s magical feel and discovering his work will leave a little bit of magic with you, long after you return home.

For a custom tour, travel package of Barcelona with luxury hotels, gourmet food and wine tasting, architecture, shopping and many more, contact your luxury concierge company.

Reservations/Bookings for a custom travel tour and package of Barcelona, Spain.

Email: concierge@purentonline.com for pricing, info and availability.

Pure Entertainment Group

For Some pictures of Barcelona, Click here to read this article about a Fashionable weekend in Barcelona, Spain.

Pictures courtesy of Dennis Feng (Flickr)

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10 Reasons Why We Love Barcelona
June 25, 2010 by admin

A bit of magic, mixed in with luxury, history, and culinary excellence make Barcelona one of my favorite places to visit. One of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, Barcelona is more than a backpackers’ stop on his European trip; it is a city full of splendor, luxury, and style, ideal for singles, friends, couples, or the entire family. From Gaudí’s influence to Michelin-star restaurants, here are 10 reasons why we love Barcelona so much:

10 – Dry Martini Bar and Speakeasy Restaurant
Dry Martini is arguably the most well known cocktail bar in Barcelona. Opened in 1978, it is reminiscent of the prohibition-era speakeasy clubs of New York and Chicago, where secrecy and anonymity were essential for a fabulous night out. A walk through the back of the back leads you through a secret entrance to the warehouse-sized Speakeasy restaurant. With its plush leather chairs, white-attired staff, and vintage bottle-lined bar, you’ll feel that you’ve taken a trip back to the 20s. And no, they won’t ask you for a password.

9 – Barcelona Aquarium
Boasting one of the largest aquariums in the world, the Barcelona Aquarium is a great place to bring your family. Offering wondrous views of the Mediterranean Sea bed, the Aquarium will amaze you. There is even an 80-metre underwater tunnel where you can see the sharks swim around and above you. That sight alone makes it a must-visit spot in Barcelona.

8 – Lasarte Restaurant
With a limited capacity of 35 guests, Lasarte is one of the most intimate restaurants in Barcelona. Perfect for the start of a romantic night, the menu has the perfect blend of flavours, elegance, and Catalan culture. Owned by Martín Berasategui, Lasarte opened its doors in the hotel Condes de Barcelona in 2006, and this year, it earned its second Michelin star, making it the perfect place to enjoy a romantic meal with your sweetheart.

7 – Hotel Arts Barcelona
This 44-story hotel is the epitome of luxury, with its large, luminescent, stylishly-decorated rooms, the stunning Spa by Six Senses spa on the 42nd and 43rd floors, and impeccable service. With magnificent views stretching from Paseo de Gracia to the Mediterranean Sea, you will want to enjoy everything that Hotel Arts Barcelona has to offer. I love this hotel because it has two restaurants, which have each earned two Michelin stars, within its walls, which makes this hotel the ideal sanctuary.

6 – Temple of the Sagrada Familia
This massive Roman Catholic Church is considered to be one of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works, even though its construction is not anticipated to be completed until 2026, the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death. This picturesque construction site will amaze you, and leave you in awe and wonder. Intended to be the “last great sanctuary of Christendom,” Gaudí spent the last fifteen years of his life on this project. You will get lost in the details and attention put into this Barcelona masterpiece.

5 – El Celler de Can Roca
Voted the 4th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2010, Catalan chef Roca’s El Celler de Can Roca recently earned its 3rd Michelin star. With his two brothers, Chef Roca takes a triangular approach to his menu, combining emotional cuisine, tradition, and skilled technique to revisit, reinterpret, and reinvent the dining experience. This 20-year-old restaurant will excite your taste buds and invigorate your spirit.

4 – Liceo Opera House
A modern take on tradition, the Liceo Opera House has monitors where you can opt to view subtitles in Spanish, English, or Catalan. Opened in 1847, the Liceo Opera House is a rarity because it does not have a royal box; private shareholders, instead of the traditional monarchy-run opera houses found elsewhere, originally funded the opera house. With an unimposing exterior, contrasted with a majestic interior, revisit the opera at the Liceo Opera House. Aida, anyone?

3 – Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful 14th century church, considered to be the most complete exemplification of Calatan Gothic architecture. While the exterior is imposing and may not seem that inviting, a walk through the doors reveals an interior basked in uplifting light and serenity. The magnificent interior inspired Gaudí while he was designing the temple of the Sagrada Familia. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired too?

2 – Wine regions
In the late 1800s, an epidemic which destroyed many French vineyards brought many French immigrants to Spain, where they combined their champagne method of making wine with the Mediterranean practices. Today, Barcelona and the surrounding areas have some of the most interesting wine regions in Spain. From Allela, to Penédes, to Priorat and beyond, there are countless important wineries worth visiting.

1 – Antoni Gaudi’s work
The mere mention of Barcelona conjures up images of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, which can be seen throughout Barcelonea. Most people who visit the Catalan city want to discover Gaudí’s work. Architects, artists, and art enthusiasts alike marvel at his work, which was influenced by natural forms and is reflected through his use of color and curves. Gaudí’s influence on the city adds to Barcelona’s magical feel and discovering his work will leave a little bit of magic with you, long after you return home.

For a custom tour, travel package of Barcelona with luxury hotels, gourmet food and wine tasting, architecture, shopping and many more, contact your luxury concierge company.

Reservations/Bookings for a custom travel tour and package of Barcelona, Spain.

Email: concierge@purentonline.com for pricing, info and availability.

Pure Entertainment Group

For Some pictures of Barcelona, Click here to read this article about a Fashionable weekend in Barcelona, Spain.

Pictures courtesy of Dennis Feng (Flickr)

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