Vicky and Cristina had it right: Eye-popping graffiti, bustling markets,
all night jazz and tapas on every street cornerBarcelona is non-stop.
The Claris is owned by an avid archaeological
collector who keeps his collection in the rooms, bar and entrance of the
hotel. Dont be surprised if you find an Egyptian etching from Napoleon
Bonaparte’s private collection, or a 1,600-year-old sandstone statue of
a Hindu Goddess in your room at this chic and centrally located hotel.
From $400. www.derbyhotels.es/
Some of Europes best chefs are in Barcelona, but
the ubiquitous tapas are of a very high standard. Meander from one bar
to another in the chic El Born neighbourhood nibbling on jamon, fried
calamari, grilled squid, tortilla Catalán and croquettas along the way.
Take the Gaudi trail up Passeig de Gràcia. If it
happens to be a Thursday night, the Casa
Fuster plays jazz until the wee hours. Dont miss the Park Güel, and
Gaudi’s unfinished masterpice La Sagrada Família cathedral is a must-see.