Luxury travel to Barcelona
One of Europe’s greatest cities, Barcelona sits in Spain’s northwest at the heart of of Catalonia.
Catering to every type of traveller, from romantic honeymooners, all-night partiers and beach lovers to art aficionados, foodies, fashionistas and culture hunters, you haven’t really seen Spain without a few days caught up here.
One of Europe’s greatest cities, Barcelona has a rich history with iconic architectural treasures dating from Roman temples to winding gothic streets, with Gaudi’s uniquely playful modernism cut with stark millennial flashes of glass and steel. There is a tangibly buzzing culture in the streets and squares, an inspiration for some of the 20th century’s greatest artists and writers, that makes exploring tucked away bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries endlessly captivating.
Speak to our expert travel designers about what you want to get out of Barcelona, and let us create a perfectly paired selection of hotels and privately guided tours bespoke to you and your passions.
Barcelona has it all – wide seaside boulevards, narrow cobbled alleys in the Gothic quarter or Gaudi’s modernist architecture. You’re also close to a hiking paradise around the Montserrat mountain range. I love that it’s a lively city with a diverse dining scene, and my favourite local pintxos street, Carrer De Blai.
What to do
- Explore the city at your own pace on foot and fuelled by tapas and incredible seafood
- Party with the locals at raucous festivals and at happening nightlife spots until dawn
- Kick back and people watch on one of the city's many beaches
- Discover the city's rich artistic, literary and architectural heritage
- Venture out of the city to explore coastal fishing towns, rugged mountains and historic treasures
When to go
May to June is the best time to visit the city, with pleasant temperatures, several festivals and a lack of crowds before the mid-summer rush. July and August are the hottest months, coinciding with the peak season for tourists. Many locals head for more cooler areas on month-long breaks. September and October are also good months to visit. Winter and early spring are far quieter seasons, though rarely truly cold.
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Top hotels in Barcelona
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Hotel Arts BarcelonaA bustling city full of art and culture, and a prime location by the sea, Barcelona really does have the best of both worlds. Overlooking Port Olympic and out across the Mediterranean, Hotel Arts Barcelona is the perfect place to experience everything this vibrant city has to offer. The hotel was built to coincide with the 1992 Olympic Games and is an impressive feat of engineering, with 44 storeys of blue glass and exposed steel. A height advantage means that each of the 483 rooms and suites comes with spectacular sea or city views. Head to the terraced gardens and outdoor pool, and you’ll find yourself side by side with Frank Gehry’s 52m golden fish sculpture that twinkles in a multitude of shades as the sun moves through the sky. For some serious rest and relaxation, be sure to visit the 43rd-floor spa with its hydrotherapy pools, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. There is also a fully equipped gym. Barcelona is well known for having its finger on the culinary pulse and the hotel has its own two Michelin-starred restaurant. Enoteca serves innovative cuisine inspired by the food and produce of the Mediterranean with an emphasis on seafood. The hotel has four other restaurants and a bar.