City Guides: Barcelona

City Guides: Barcelona

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Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life.

Barcelona is considered the 'best beach city' in the world by National Geographic, but its medieval roots and modernist personality can be seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter and the Sagrada Família church.

It is the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, and the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Ruhr area, Madrid and Milan.

City Guide: Barcelona
With that in mind, we'd like to introduce you to our City Guide for Barcelona - a new resource for members much like a tailored Trip Advisor. A way for our members to share insider tips on a city.

If you're in Barcelona for any of the reasons below, make use of our guide and let us know your feedback.

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Best hotel for business Crowne Plaza Barcelona: Stylish and modern. Hotel Arts Barcelona: Luxurious, with a stunning view on the beach.
Best hotel for pleasure Hotel W: This luxury hotel is probably the most famous hotel in Barcelona and is located by the seafront which offers an amazing view. Mercer Hotel Barcelona: Charming place with lots of light. It even has a swimming pool on the rooftop. Hotel Duquesa de Cardona: Luxurious hotel with rooftop, a swimming pool, and a lovely view of the Port Vell.
Best bar for celebrating The Old Fashioned: One of the finest Gin&Tonic and cocktail bars in Barcelona. La Fabrica Moritz: Moritz is a beer brand made in Barcelona. If you are looking for a Catalan bar experience with locals, you’ve found the right place. Terrace La Isabella: This cosy terrace offers one of the best views of the city and its famous monuments.
Best bar for a business drink Dry Martini: Classy and sophisticated bar, specialized in James Bond’s favourite beverage - it is considered one of the best Martini bars in the world. Monvínic: In a modern and minimalist atmosphere, this bar has been elected best wine bar in the world by the Wall Street Journal. Marmalade: This beautiful space is decorated with a swinging 1950's Havana/New York edge.
Best restaurant for a business lunch Osmosis: Located in the heart of the Eixample, this modern and stylish restaurant will serve you creative and tasteful Catalan dishes. Yubari: A Japanese restaurant located in a peaceful setting, thanks to its screens that show larger than life aquarium videos. El Lobo: A cosy and warm atmosphere to enjoy local and fresh food by the terrace.
How to spend an hour in-between meetings Go to the beach to enjoy the seafront. Buy yourself an ice cream or a smoothie and dig your toes in the warm sand. The best time to go is at the end of the day, when the temperatures is not as high as in the afternoon. Take a walk in the Ciutadella Park and enjoy its charms. Take a look at the fountain and the pond, sit on a bench and enjoy the view. If you have enough time, go to the Gótico district and try the famous churros con chocolate, a Spanish specialty. You can also take a walk to the cathedral and visit it. 
Best restaurant for dinner Cera 23: This restaurant is famous for its natural and authentic atmosphere. The food is a fusion between modern cuisine, Mediterranean and Spanish food. MNAC Óleum: Located on the top of Monjuïc’s hill, this restaurant offers an impressive view of the city situated in the Nacional Art Museum of Catalonia. The food is Mediterranean with French influences.
If you only have time to do one thing in my city, do this... Take some time to visit Gaudí’s Sagrada Família for a journey back in time. If you have enough time, be sure to enter the monument. The inside is as breathtaking as the outside!

How to get involved
Read more about City Guides here. If you would like to submit yours for Barcelona or other cities (we're also after London, Hong Kong, Singapore, LA, Sydney, Dubai, New York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and more) then email us or tweet #msoccityguides.

Author: The Marketing Society
Posted: 25 Jul 2015
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