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How to spend 48 hours in Barcelona

How to spend 48 hours in Barcelona

Written by Katie Byrne

Whether it's a romantic long-weekend or a minimoon straight after the big day, Barcelona is the perfect destination for a relaxing, cultural break


When it comes to booking that unforgettable honeymoon or just a romantic minibreak there’s not many places that can offer culture, world-class food, luxury shopping and a sandy beach all in one place - but that’s exactly what you get from the beautiful Barcelona. And where better to rest your head than a five-star city hotel in the heart of the Catalan capital?

Standing tall on the Passeig de Gràcia, the Majestic Hotel and Spa sits comfortably between designer fashion boutiques and must-see tourist attractions such as the bustling Ramblas, the La Boquería market and the Liceu Theatre. Since undergoing a 30 million euro renovation last year, the marble-clad lobby and cream furnishings give it the wow-factor you would expect from a luxury hotel.

Take in the sights of the city whilst topping up your tan by heading to La Dolce Vitae rooftop pool for panoramic views of the stunning architecture below. With an eclectic mix of cool contemporary music playing throughout the day you can leave your headphones in your bag and enjoy the sounds of chilled out chart-toppers and old school classics.

Make sure you keep your liquids up and indulge in one of the hotels signature cocktails (the Mojito is a must) whilst enjoying some traditional Spanish tapas.

If you fancy a little break from the city sun, the Hotel Majestic’s spa offers a tranquil oasis complete with a hot and cold hydrotherapy zone, a sauna, steam bath, sensations shower and ice fountain for those who need a little cooling down. As the only wellness centre in Europe to be awarded the prestigious Spa Excellence seal of quality, its team of expert specialists are on hand to treat your every need.

If you have time for a treatment, the Majestic Diamonds Ritual will leave you feeling relaxed and rebalanced thanks to the combination of micronized iron, diamond dust and wild lavender aroma.

If that has worked up an appetite, sample the fresh and authentic dishes of Cachitos just a short walk away through the leafy suburbs and breathtaking designs. With oysters on ice, tomato bruschetta and Rioja on tap, Cachito’s is the perfect combination of low-key cool and a romantic hideaway for two.

Before retiring to your luxury suite at the Hotel Majestic, take advantage of the regal marble bar on your way for a nightcap beside the tinkling ivories of the grand piano.

The Hotel Majestic is part of The Preferred Hotel group;

When in Barcelona...

- Make sure you ask for a room with a view as like most urban hotels you may find yourself enjoying the view of another building.

- Although most restaurants and bars are within walking distance, don’t forget the outskirts and of course, the beach which are home to some fantastic bars and seafood restaurants.

- Taxis are expensive; use Uber cars around the city by downloading the free app and using the discount code 48rtm to get £10 complimentary credit and you can see exactly where the car is.

Words: Jessica Harris

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