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August 2012
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Barcelona

Explore the Catalan city in style

Barcelona has long been a center for groundbreaking architecture, cuisine and design. Plan a trip to this Spanish city and experience it all.
 
Stay at the Mandarin Oriental
Named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2010 Hot List, this luxury hotel on the city’s famous Passeig de Gràcia delivers 21st-century design within a former bank. Book one of the hotel’s four suites for the ultimate in luxury. The penthouse, for example, features an in-suite cinema and its own butler. Amenities include an on-site spa, rooftop pool with stunning views, and Moments, a Michelin-star restaurant directed by acclaimed chefs Carme Ruscalleda and her son, Raül Balam. Visit www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona for more information.
 
Eat at ABaC
Speaking of Michelin stars, the youngest chef to win one in Spain took over this restaurant and promptly elevated the cuisine with his experimental approach, earning it two of its own. In 2011, The Guardian newspaper featured it as one of the 10 best restaurants for new Catalan cuisine in the country, praising its innovative oysters tartar with fennel and goat kid with cider foam. Visit www.abacbarcelona.com for more information.
 
Shop at Eden Lun
This couture design house makes only 50 to 60 pieces a year, creating one-of-a kind fur, silk, cashmere and leather items for luxury clientele. If you would like to commission a fur piece while in Barcelona, make an appointment when you book your flight to ensure you get in to meet with husband and wife design duo Xavi Gali and Cris Roca. Visit www.edenlun.com for more information.
 
Explore with a private tour
When it comes to architecture, few cities rival Barcelona and its many wonders - from the medieval Barrio Gótico district to the modernism of Antonio Gaudí. That said, just about everyone who visits the city wants to see them. Skip the long lines with a private tour from Viator, which offers both half- and full-day excursions that include La Sagrada Família (Church of the Sacred Family). Architect Francisco de Paula del Villar began the project in 1882, but Gaudí took over shortly after and spent the last 40 years of his life working on the cathedral. Once complete, sometime in the 2040s, it will boast 18 towers, including one for each apostle, three facades and two colossal domes. No trip to Barcelona would be complete without seeing this Gaudí masterpiece in person. Visit www.viator.com for more information.
 
Barcelona also offers a multitude of day-trip opportunities. Consider taking the train or a private car to the beaches of Sitges or the Montserrat mountains — or both, depending on the length of your vacation.

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