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The Getaway: Barcelona

The Getaway: Barcelona

by Rakhee Bhatt

Barcelona is one of those cities that easily lends itself to becoming a beloved destination of all who visit. With its cosmopolitan allure, stunning architecture, delectable dining and rich history, this Mediterranean capital of Spain features no shortage of things to see and do. Here, the best places to sip, savor, see and stay while in Barcelona this season.

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The Getaway: Barcelona
Dry Martini Bar
Torre Rosa

Tucked away in a charming old-world pink mansion, this casual spot pours out cocktails that cater to the "live and let live" ethos that blankets this cheerful city. Take a seat in the spacious outdoor terrace to enjoy summertime staples like a Mai Tai made with curaçao or their Gin Mare gin and tonic featuring an arbequina olive and rosemary sprig.

Dry Martini Bar

Order your martini shaken-not stirred-at this sophisticated English cocktail haunt where plush leather seating and warm wooden fixtures create an ambiance worthy of James Bond himself. If a seasonal twist on the classic drink is more your style, go for the Fresh Fruit Martini made with mandarins and kumquats.

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SAVOR

The Getaway: Barcelona
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La Boqueria Market

Taste a little bit of everything at this expansive open market, located on the famed La Rambla boulevard of Barcelona. A plethora of specialty stalls, many of which are run by third and fourth generation family members, serve up items like concave oysters, Iberian ham, olive medleys and fresh squeezed juices.

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Featuring an entrance reminiscent of a carnival ticket booth, this inventive restaurant offers a revolving menu of tapas aimed at surprising and delighting diners. Molecular gastronomy turns olive juice into a spherical solid for consumption, while other dishes like mussels with lettuce curry and tomato reduction get the deconstructed treatment.

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SEE

The Getaway: Barcelona
La Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Família

Antoni Gaudí's architectural marvels reign supreme in Barcelona, notably this basilica that fuses gothic and art nouveau to create a breathtaking structure. A prominent feature are the interior columns shaped like tree trunks that wish to give visitors the feeling of being in a forest rather than in a church. With full construction slated to be completed in 2026, 144 years after it first began in 1882, this towering Catalan building was only a quarter of the way done when the architect died, leaving his plans in the hands of ensuing builders to interpret.

Park Güell

Gaudí's sweeping public park, placed against the backdrop of the Collserola foothills, draws on the natural surroundings to inform the colonnades, archways and covered galleries. Ceramic shards are arranged to form ergonomically designed mosaic benches for seating to take in the expansive views.

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STAY

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Hotel Neri
Hotel Neri

A restored medieval castle provides an enchanting setting for this boutique hotel. Situated on a quiet alleyway in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, this locale has exposed stone from the 12th century that stands in contrast to the modern décor. Stay in the junior suite, which has a living area overlooking the streets, or the deluxe room with a terrace enclosed in bamboo for ultimate relaxation.

Hotel Pulitzer

This boutique hotel takes the meaning of urban jungle to another level thanks to its lauded rooftop terrace replete with lush plants. On summer evenings, guests can enjoy a diverse line-up of live music and DJ sessions above the twinkling city lights. Book their cozy signature or view room, each of which has a spacious bathroom done in blue turquoise ceramic complete with bathtubs to soak in after a day of sightseeing.

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