Destination: Barcelona!

The airlines seem to be interested in emptying out NYC and depositing us all in Spain (and other European nations). Case in point, this week's shocking $210 round trip deal to Barcelona on Delta. Frankly, it might be more expensive to stay home. So, this April, I'm heading to the land of the Catalans for five days of glorious sunshine, shopping, espadrilles, tapas, wine and the Praktik Rambla Hotel (one of the prettiest, utterly affordable joints I've ever seen, if these pictures are even close to reality).  Send over any suggestions of must-go locations! Would love to hear your advice!


  1. seriously?! i am looking this up asap! so awesome. xo

  2. Lily says:

    OOOH! I lived there for a few years in the 90's.... The Gothic Quarter is fabulous as is the nearby Born. There are many wonderful boutiques on those medieval streets. Have some sangria at the 4 Cats where Picasso and co used to hang out. For the fancier shops head to Paseo de Gracia. And there you will encounter the genius of Gaudi! Take a trip up Tibidabo (the little mountain behind the city) for a view of the urban sprawl. For amazing shoes check out Muxart. Beautiful clothes can be found at Antonio Miro. A magical store that has journals and papers is called Papirium near the Gothic Cathedral. Bon Viatge!

  3. Lily - That's so fantastic. It all sounds incredible! Thank you so much.

  4. My suggestions:
    Hunting down Gaudi buildings, especially going to the large Park Güeli on the outskirts of the city, and the famous Sagrada Familia (although one never knows where construction is on that one).
    I second the Gothic Quarter, which is beautiful.
    Walking the main stretch to the beach.
    The Fundació Joan Miró.

  5. Laura says:

    WHAAAA?!! $210?!! God I wish my wedding and honeymoon wasn't consuming most of that month...I'd be on that plane! I went a year or two ago...

    and loved it. I second Gaudi, then eat, then shop.

  6. Lily says:

    PS There's a beautiful modernist (Spanish art nouveau) cocktail bar called El Paraigua in the Gothic quarter that's not be missed...

  7. KitChat says:

    Mercat de la Boqueria, a food junkies paradise...

  8. KitChat says:

    Mercat de la Boqueria, a food junkies paradise...

  9. in the Mercat de la Boqueria..
    a hole in the wall called
    Pinnochio..but with Catalan spelling..
    go there for lunch..

  10. Karena says:

    Oh I will be checking out these rates!! Hollister gorgeous images!!

    Art by Karena

  11. When visiting Barcelona I always buy my esprandrillos at, visit the website for their adress! They've been making the shoes since the 40's and they have all kinds of esprandrillos! Also visit Born, a beautiful part of Barcelona with great shops, restaurants & architecture!

  12. Unknown says:

    Museu de Corrosses Fúnebres, the hearse museum, is a must-see.

  13. i just left Barcelona, such a pretty city. Definitely try Dos Palillos:

    the bar at the Mandarin Oriental is fun and the view from the bar at the W is pretty spectacular.

    And Castaner for espadrilles :)

  14. Raj Singh says:

    Love seeing all your special finds and destinations. Do look at one of my favourite spots in the middle of a Tiger reserve in India.Its like stepping back into the last century. Sherbagh.


  15. Looks beautiful!! I have always wanted to go to Barcelona!! All my European friends love to go there - great food, art, architecture - all those good things that matter. Looking forward to your report!!

  16. The Hotel looks great! We enjoyed the 1898 while we were in Barcelona.
    Dinner was always delicious and for some reason extremely inexpensive compared to the US.

    Regards, Gentleman's Gazette

  17. Jay says:

    I know the idea of eating in when you're in Barcelona is very silly, especially if you're staying at a hotel, but one of my best memories of the city is going to Vila Viniteca (on C/ Agullers, right off V/ Laietana), stocking up on hordes of Spanish treats (fresh bread and fruit, pata negra, boquerones, and cheese cheese cheese at the grocery store; wine and cider at the wine store across the street) and having a simple, but utterly decadent dinner.

  18. Anonymous says:

    jealous, jealous, supremely jealous. cannot wait to see those photos!