Barcelona just seems to get better each year with new businesses popping up all the time, and with airlines and hotel chains adding more flights and rooms it seems as if this trend is going to continue well into the future. As more and more travel writers visit to hone their skills more and more buzz is created about the Spanish capital of  cool. Catalonia as a whole is also unlike other parts of Spain experiencing growth with a new high-speed rail line just being finished allowing travelers to leave London in the morning and arrive in Barcelona in time for dinner making Barcelona the most popular city on the Mediterranean.

Barcelona skyline


The Eixample neighborhood is one of the most upmarket districts in the Catalan capital with a more conservative feel to what you would encounter in the Barrio Gotico or El Raval, but that does not mean that you have to go far in search of restaurants or nightlife.

Many people when they come to Spain think of snacking on tapas while having a few Cana’s in a neighborhood bar, and while you will find tapas bars in Barcelona the idea of eating tapas is much more a Basque or Adalucian tradition.

El Bull

For an evening out visit the Mimosa Garden terrace at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a glass of Cava and enjoy the views down the Passeig de Gràcia before dining at Gelonch owned by famed chef Robert Gelonch who used to work with Ferran Adrià at the world-famous El Bulli wine

Gelonch offers a selection of taster menus starting with a ten course menu costing 56€ to a 16 course for 70€. With so many interesting combinations, and pairings of different foods it will have you talking for years to come about the quality of the food.


Finish the night off with a trip down to the waterfront and a visit the Eclipse bar on the 26th floor of the ultra-trendy W Hotel where you can dance the night away to the latest vibes being spun by the city’s top DJ’s.

British Airways have just started a new service to Barcelona’s El Prat airport from London Gatwick offering three flights a day departing from Gatwick’s North terminal with fares as low as £58 one way.

If you will be jetting off to Barcelona for a long weekend or on a business trip why not stay at the brand new Hotel Indigo Plaza Catalunya Gran Via De Las Corts Catalanes 629 Barcelona 08010 where double rooms start from £149 and include free Wi-Fi and mini bar.

Indigo Plaza

The 77-room Indigo Plaza is the first boutique branded hotel to open in Spain that is owned by the Intercontinental Hotel Group located in the Eixample neighborhood it is the perfect location for your stay in Barcelona just a 25-minute taxi ride from the airport, and a few minutes stroll to the Plaza Catalunya where you will find a metro station that will give you access to the entire city and also a railway station with frequent trains to the beach resort of Sitges where Barcelonans go to play during the summer months.

This post was written by free lance writer Glen Harrison. Glen is a free lance writer and avid anitique collector. Glen often books his accommodation at  when staying in Spain.