Barcelona Closer Than Ever With Etihad's New Launch
Few cities carry the weight of their cultural history quite like Barcelona does.
And now, thanks to Etihad’s newly launched non-stop flight from Abu Dhabi, it’s never been easier to experience a city that never ceases to enliven the senses.
The key to success here is to occasionally look beyond the obvious. The world famous Las Ramblas district will naturally be on your list, but a wander down the charming cobbled streets of the artistic neighbourhood of El Born, where cafes and restaurants offer endless selections of tapas and other local dishes, should be a priority on any visit.
But this is Barcelona, of course, and you can’t escape the iconography for too long. A visit to the home of two of the world’s finest artists is a must – and whether you’re watching Lionel Messi create magic at the Camp Nou, or taking an afternoon to check out Catalan Modernist Antoni Gaudi’ stunning creations generously dotted around the city, you really can’t deny being in the presence of greatness.
Gaudi’s grandest achievement remains the as yet unfinished cathedral La Sagrada Familia, one of Europe’s most recognisable, and stunning, landmarks. But just as quintessentially Gaudi is Park Güell, located in the district of Carmel Hill. Initially planned to be part of a housing project, the plans fell through and Gaudi stepped in to do his thing. It opened as a public park and gardens in 1926, the year he passed away.
Barcelona is a city you can walk, but walking makes a man hungry. If you’d like to take things to the next level, there’s only one restaurant to go try. Inspired by Catalan legend elBulli, Tickets is headed by Chef Fran Agudo and serves up a stylish menu of avant-garde tapas. Never mind the Camp Nou – this Adrià Neighbourhood restaurant is the hottest ticket in Barcelona.
When it comes to finding a place to stay, this city attracts boutique hotels like few other. Your decisiondepends on the side of Barcelona that you wish to see. If you’re looking to stay lively, then try Ohla Barcelona if you’re looking for action – the rooftop terrace is a must. If you’d prefer to be central but have the option to dull the roar a little, then try Hotel Pulitzer. One of the coolest hotels in the city, even with Barcelona waiting outside, you might occasionally just decide on a night or two indoors.