One of the undisputed jewels of Barcelona is located in the La Ribera neighborhood, only 20 min away from our boutique hotel Barcelona city centre. The Cathedral of Santa María del Mar is one of the obligatory stops on any visit to the city. Built in the 14th century, this basilica has become popular in recent years thanks to the novel La Catedral del Mar by the writer Ildefonso Falcones. More than six million copies sold around the world have managed to bring this iconic temple of Catalan Gothic art back into focus.
Barcelona’s Aquarium is located in Port Vell, by the sea, right next to Maremagnum shopping centre. It is a unique visit to do when you come to Barcelona. Indeed, the Aquarium has 35 aquariums, hosting more than 11 000 animals, divided in 450 species. From our boutique hotel Barcelona city centre, the Aquarium is only 20 min by walk.
Palau Güell is an architectural gem designed by Gaudi, located in the Raval neighborhood in Barcelona. It was Gaudi’s first important commission, ordered by Eusebio Güell. Considered as a pioneer example of Art Nouveau style, Palau Güell is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ultimate reason why you cannot miss this visit? When you stay at Hotel Casa Vaganto, you’ll be just a short walk away from Palau Güell.
Just a few minutes’ walk from our boutique hotel near Plaza España down Avenida del Paralelo, you’ll find an unusual mall. You may need to look twice before you realize it’s not actually the bullfighting ring it appears to be on first glance, but rather one of the most interesting commercial centers in the capital city. We’re talking about Arenas de Barcelona, where you’ll find some of the leading brands in fashion, accessories, and services. If you like shopping or simply would like to see an an unusual mall, this is the place for you!
The countdown has started for the festival of San Juan, one of the most-anticipated celebrations of the year in Barcelona, which marks the beginning of the summer. The festivities take place on the eve of San Juan’s day (June 24th), which means that it’s best not to make plans for the 23rd. This is a festival full of tradition, in which bonfires, the beach, and sweets all play starring roles. We encourage you to come stay at our central boutique hotel in Barcelona to experience this event a little differently, but of course unforgettably.
One of the not to be missed places in Barcelona is the Plaça Reial. Thanks to its central location, just steps away from La Rambla, it’s not unusual to end up there. In fact, stumbling across this plaza in the middle of any walk is a wonderful surprise thanks to its consistently animated atmosphere. The Plaça Reíal is just a short walk from our guesthouse in Barcelona’s centre, making it a very convenient choice if you want to stay somewhere with all Barcelona’s main tourist attractions close at hand.
The Mercado de La Boquería is one of the places on every list of recommendations for Barcelona. It is a spot beloved by both locals and tourists alike, a space that delights your sense of sight and smell, not to mention taste. It is strategically located in La Rambla, so there’s no excuse not to immerse yourself in the most special market in the capital city. The best part is that, if you stay at central boutique hotel in Barcelona, you can get there in just 15 minutes of pleasant walking.
One night a year you can visit Barcelona’s museums. We’re talking abut the event known as la Noche de los Museos, or Museum night, which is celebrated every year on May 18th. It’s an ideal plan for people looking for a more cultural way to spend their free time. If you’re planning to visit the capital city on those dates, it’s an event not to be missed! Come stay at boutique hotel in Barcelona’s centre and you can easily quite a few of the museums.
Every April 23rd, Barcelona has a party. They celebrate Sant Jordi’s day, an event that is deeply rooted in Catalan culture. Flowers and books are the stars of the day and everyone floods the streets to enjoy the activities they put on. Since it isn’t technically a holiday, all the businesses are open, contributing to an even more festive atmosphere. Planning to visit Barcelona around then? We encourage you to stay with us at our hotel close to Ciutat Vella that allows you to comfortable reach all the events.
Barcelona is a destination that offers multiple appealing options for sport enthusiasts. A visit to the Catalan capital wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Palau Sant Jordi, the Camp Nou, or the Olympic Stadium, but don’t forget the Olympic and Sports Museum. This museum is a space that pays homage to sports in all forms: from those that are purely for recreation and entertainment to the most competitive. If you choose to stay at our hotel in Poble Sec, you can get to the museum via an easy walk through the neighborhood.