Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a vibrant fast pace, months of endless sunshine and of course, unbeatable food.

Barcelona’s patchwork of architectural styles display the dark, Gothic façades of Gaudi next to the harlequin buildings of the Modernistas and the skyline-piercing constructions of Jean Nouvel or Herzog and de Meuron. A day spent admiring them can be topped off with a drink on one of the city’s seven beaches before dinner at any number of Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or humble, family-run tapas bars.

This is a city with a proud sense of identity, one that is only increasing as the campaign for Catalan independence builds up steam, and its language, culture and traditional festivals are fiercely guarded.

Having recently visited the infectious city, here are some of my restaurant and hotel recommendations:

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Best for Tapas | Sensi Bistro

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Best for the adventurous | Los Caracoles


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Best for Meat lovers | El Nacional

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Best stay | The Serras

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