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Barcelona from the Sky & Streets

Article by Anuja Madar 10.06.2017 Photographed by Hotel Arts Barcelona

The design-centric Hotel Arts Barcelona offers plenty of eye candy within its walls, but look outside from your guest room or suite, and you’ll see a beautiful city awaiting discovery on foot.

BARCELONA penthouse

View: City view toward Montjuïc

There are a few ways to get up the hill of Montjuïc (cable car, car, bicycle or foot) and plenty to do once you get there. If you’re traveling with kids (or aren’t up for the steep climb), take one of the two cable cars: Teleférico del Puerto, which travels from the seaside neighborhood of Barceloneta to the Miramar station halfway up Montjuïc, or Teleférico de Montjuïc, which runs from next to the Parc de Montjuïc metro station to near Montjuïc Castle at the top of the hill.

You can spend an entire day roaming around, making stops at beautifully kept gardens, expansive view points, the Olympic Stadium theme park and cultural attractions including the Joan Miró Foundation and the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), housed in the Palau Nacional. Just below Palau Nacional is the Magic Fountain, which puts on a music and lights show during the summer and is the site for the annual Piromusical, a magnificent fireworks display closing out the city’s main festival La Mercè.


The Royal Penthouse

View: City view toward Tibidabo

In the distance, Tibidabo Amusement Park makes an appealing case for itself. The 100-year-old park offers fantastic views, kid-friendly activities, a quintessential Mediterranean backdrop and the neighboring Sagrat Cor church. Closer to home, get to know Spain’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, with a visit to Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló or Casa Milà. Or stroll around el Born, the artistic neighborhood home to the modernist Palau de Música Catalana, Santa Maria del Mar cathedral, Santa Caterina Market and the bordering Cuitadella Park.


executive suite sea view

View: Port Olímpic

When the weather is nice, all of Barcelona is outside. Head to the Port Olímpic marina and learn the lay of the land with a guided Segway tour. Or, rent a bike and make your way along the seaside promenade. Along the way, stop for a swim or sunbathing at the tranquil Platja de la Nova Icària and Platja del Bogatell beaches, and move onward to the hipster-friendly Poble Nou neighborhood. Kid-friendly stops include Barcelona Bosc Urbà adventure park, Museu de la Musica and the science-focused Museu Blau.



View: Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean is not only something to admire; it’s meant to be experienced. In summer, get out on the water on a Jet Ski, banana boat or stand-up paddleboard. In colder seasons, try your hand at sailing (sign up for lessons next to the hotel) or relax on a sunset cruise. After a day at the beach, welcome the evening with cocktails on Arola’s sea-view terrace.

Plan Your Visit to Barcelona

  • Barcelona

    Location Barcelona, Spain

    Experience A beachfront hotel overlooking the Mediterranean

    • Mediterranean and city views
    • 5 outlets, including a two Michelin-starred restaurant
    • The highest spa in Barcelona