The Spanish city has it all – sun, sea, sand, and lots of culture, but best of all Barcelona has beach hotels, which means half of your holiday can be high-brow and the rest can be horizontal on a sun lounger.
BEST BARCELONA BEACH HOTELS
Picasso pilgrims will love the museum dedicated to the artist, who spent his formative years here. Then there’s the most famous unfinished church in the world, the art nouveau La Sagrada Familia – and Gaudí fans should also stop by Park Güell to be dazzled by the architect’s creative use of colourful mosaics.
Buzzy El Born is Barcelona’s hippest quarter, where ancient medieval alleys are now lined with boutiques and bars.
The W outpost right on the Barceloneta (the city’s beach district) boardwalk wins the prize for most perfectly placed Barcelona beach hotel – the sail-shaped structure right on the sand is the only hotel with direct access to the shore.
Hotel Arts showcases the sea from its spa (as if you needed another excuse to check in for a treatment), and Melia Barcelona Sky is as lofty as its name suggests, with a rooftop pool vying for your attention over the beach.
Some are a little stroll away from the sand, but that just means you can stop off for tapas or sangria – or dip into a museum or gallery – along the way. Read on for the ELLE UK edit of the best Barcelona beach hotels…