Basking on the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, this Catalan capital is a city where there is something exciting happening for all, from soccer matches, to cruises, food and wine fiestas, music festivals and water sports. Barcelona has always embraced style, bold design and all things new. From the mountains to the beach, wide tree-lined boulevards unravel into pretty parks with playgrounds and colourful squares with tiny, happy bars, where a too-hot afternoon is never wasted.
If you are staying at the centrally located Mandarin Oriental, just blocks from La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, two of Gaudí’s iconic masterpieces, brace yourself for an unhurried walk through the heart of the old city via the broad, mile-long commercial thoroughfare, the Las Ramblas. Explore 2,000 years of history and savour the city’s flamboyant art deco architecture from Gaudí’s fantastical façades to its redeveloped beachfront, buzzing bars and restaurants in the Gothic Quarter and El Born areas.
Do not leave Barcelona without shaking a leg with a Flamenco dancer. Experiencing a wine or dinner show at the Torres Cordobesin is highly recommended and try a tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelet) topped with Iberian ham. The best time to visit Barcelona is from May to June when balmy temperatures in the low to mid 70s mesh with a flurry of festivals that trumpet the advent of summer.