Experience Barcelona

First century buildings still stand in Barcelona, in the gorgeous Plaza del Rei and Gothic quarter once home to the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors, and this ever-evolving city remains important in modern history. Located by the Mediterranean Sea beside the Pyrenees Mountains, Barcelona is the ideal destination for travelers torn between a beach vacation and mountain adventure, and there is no shortage of astonishing works of architecture in the city itself. It has become a point of reference for architects all over the world who follow in the steps of Antonio Gaudi, the man behind the still-unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, a Spanish modernist masterpiece.

Stay in the heart of the city at the Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya for modern accommodations in enchanting surroundings complete with history, architecture, incredible views and a nearby train station. If you’re looking for a more traditional experience, try the El Palace Hotel. Its old-world charm will bring you back time after time. You can spend each day winding through the streets of this city for artistic inspiration, culture and food — naturally.

Known for having as many restaurants as churches, the local cuisine won’t disappoint. You’ll find the best fare in the city at Papa’s, where the chef greets you to explain the influences and textures of the menu, and you may even get to enjoy a glass a wine with him! Try a quirky and stylish spot like Collage Barcelona for relaxed tapas and some of the best cocktails in town. I highly recommend you try the “Gonzalez” — it alone is worth the trip to Spain.

This single sparkling town has beauty, history and food all in one place. Whether you stay a few days; hop off for a few hours before, during or after a cruise; or simply pass through en route to Madrid, you won’t regret a single second of your time in Barcelona.

Call us for Spanish enchantment in gorgeous Barcelona: (702) 410-2668.

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