Barcelona: one destination, 4 different getaways

By NH | 12:37

From the top of Tibidabo to the criss-crossed roads of Barrio Gracia and down at the beach! This is the best thing about Barcelona, the number of different activities that the city offers. Visiting this marvelous place on the Spanish coast is an experience full of art, architecture, great food, beautiful streets, surprising happenings, amazing people, and so much more that we don’t have time to say. Whether you’re going for a weekend trip or staying for 4 days or more, here are 4 different holidays that await you in Barcelona (as well as 22 hotel options!).

Cultural Getaway

Start your day in the glorious Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), a former Roman village. Wander the narrow streets of this fascinating neighbourhood and discover gems such as The Cathedral, the tempting bakeries that can be found in abundance, the infamous ‘Kiss’ mural, and welcoming bars where people watching is a must. Any trip to Barcelona is not complete without a taste of Gaudí, visit the unfinished masterpiece of ¨La Sagrada Familia¨. This church, still under construction, portrays the bridge between ancient and modern architecture and leaves you in awe with the wonderful details the decorate its interior and exterior. Park Guell is another must see by Gaudi, pairing beautiful gardens with stunning architecture.


If you would like to visit a local park, one of the best is definitely Parc de la Ciutadella, dating from the 19th century, and the earliest green space to take form in the city, this 70-acre park has plenty of green space – perfect for a picnic and to take a breath of fresh air.

Time to take the Cable Car stations from the port. This will take to the top of Montjuic, which is a hill in Barcelona overlooking the Barcelona harbor. Check out the Montjuic Castle, with a fascinating history thanks to its past as a fort where battles, architectural renovations and political dealings.


Gastronomic Getaway

It is no secret that Barcelona is a paradise for foodies! Home to the delicious Mediterranean cuisine and tasty tapas bars. Good food is everywhere around the city, but if you are looking for delicious pinchos head to El Born district, with a great atmosphere and that mediterranean feel, you will find amazing gastronomic delights to indulge in. Make sure to try empanadillas, buñuelos, olives and patatas bravas among the other staple tapas of Barcelona. And, of course, accompanied with a refreshing vermouth!


Spain is known for having colorful and delicious markets, Barcelona is home to La Boquería Market, with its origins dating back to the 1200s. This wonderful spot in Ciutat Vella District is a foodie paradise and one of the best food markets in Europe!

Our suggestion: Try the latest food-lover trap at NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón, the new Tablafina restaurant where quality, fresh products and delicious Spanish cuisine are the main ingredients in all the menu.


Getaway with Friends

Of course, you’ll have to visit the main attractions like La Sagrada Familia and the museums, but are you willing to try something different while in the city? In a place as wonderful as Barcelona it is worth to explore a little more and make great memories with friends! For Example, hiking to the Bunkers at El Carmel, just 30 minutes away from Plaza Catalunya you’ll be able to enjoy amazing views, and pack some snacks and drinks so as to enjoy one of the best picnic spots the city has.

Whether you’re visiting in winter or summer, strolling through Barceloneta Beach is a must, just like the rest of the city this 1.1 kilometres long beach is filled with music, art and tasty restaurants, making it a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors in Barcelona.


Be sure to take a rest and enjoy a drink with tapas at a beach-side chiringuito or move back into the city for a delicious  cocktail while delighting in the views from our rooftop terrace at NH Collection Barcelona Podium. And then, end the night at any of the famous nightclubs located in this neighbourhood.

Talking about nightlife, Barcelona is known for how diverse it can be, from 5 story nightclubs, to chill small bars by the beach, each spot has unique characteristics that are worth exploring. Get ready to dance ’til sunrise, because the city doesn’t stop.


Business Trip

Even if you’re visiting the city on a tight schedule, it will charm you with its enchanting pace of life. Just taking an afternoon stroll through Passeig de Grácia, one of the most important streets in Barcelona, is the perfect excuse to do as the bourgeoisie once did; to this day it’s still a local favorite. Filled with jewellery stores, and leading fashion houses, this street is also a majestic Art Nouveau showcase where you will find Gaudí´s famous Casa Battló, La pedrera, among other architectural wonders.


Of Course at Passeig de Grácia you will find numerous coffee shops, tapas bars and terraces, from where to rest your feet whether before or after your meeting.

Our NH Collection Barcelona Tower is the place you’ll want to stay in when in a business trip in Barcelona: it’s located in the business and financial area, close to the airport and the city centre and fully-equipped with the latest technology and facilities for meetings and events. Everything you need is there! Then you have the option to extend your stay over the weekend and truly soak up the city.

Barcelona-NH Collection Tower-room

Which Barcelona getaway will you be choosing? Can’t decide on one? Then mix them up and pair the different experiences together.


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