When we think about honeymoon destinations, we tend to think of long-haul vacations to far-off lands with nothing but sun, sea and sand.
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However, in recent years there has been a steep rise in newly joined couples whisking themselves off to romantic cities for a more cosmopolitan type of honeymoon that combines sun, sea and sand with sightseeing and perhaps a bit of Gaudi.
Whether your interests outside the happiness of your loved one are Mediterranean food, renaissance art, Anton Gaudi’s sublime architecture or all of the above, Barcelona, as a honeymoon destination – has a little bit of everything.
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Honeymooners in Barcelona can explore the mediaeval streets of the gothic quarter, picnic in Gaudi’s unbeatable Parc Güell, promenade themselves senseless up and down Las Ramblas, and marvel at the still unfinished Sagrada Familia.
In the evening they can feed each other tapas, get silly on local cava and take in theatre, opera, flamenco or go clubbing.
Barcelona is home to numerous art galleries such as the MACBA, Fundació Joan Miró and the National Museum of Catalan Art, plus many other smaller galleries.
A number of luxury hotels in Barcelona welcome honeymoon couples and offer all-in packages. These include the Mandarin Oriental, Gran Hotel La Florida, Hotel Majestic, Hotel Miramar (hidden away on Montjuic Hill and offering beautiful gardens and views of the water), and the Arts Ritz Carlton, which also offers splendid city and sea views.
Barcelona is also home to a number of very stylish boutique hotels and romantic retreats. In fact, no matter what your budget, there is accommodation to suit you.
There is no other European city that rivals Barcelona when it comes to climate, location, style and of course, romance. A unique and diverse city with its finger on the pulse but still steeped in majestic history.
Worth getting married for.