Catalonia’s seaside capital has quickly become an epicentre of high art, fashion, and five-star hotels. This cosmopolitan city has seen an explosion of growth since it officially debuted itself to the world during the 1992 Olympics. Hip neighbourhoods are giving birth to bold local cuisine and a buzzing nightlife. This once-sleepy port city has come alive in recent years to reign as one of Spain’s most coveted attractions. The public beaches along the Mediterranean are filled with sun-seeking tourists, though Barcelona is best experienced through exclusive luxury. Behind the public access and busy streets lies a world waiting to cater to your individual needs.
Barcelona is wrapped in miles of pristine beaches that pour into the calm Mediterranean. With a nice breeze, the setting is perfect for a sunset sail on your own private yacht. Relaxing for a sun-kissed day on the water is a must for any trip to Barcelona. Whether you go for a few hours or a day trip down the coast, escape the crowded beaches of Barcelona by taking a sail up the coast to Costa Brava. The region stretches almost 40 miles to the French border. It’s full of secluded beaches far from the gaze of tourists. If you sail far enough, you’ll discover the lighthouse of San Sebastian, one of the most iconic lighthouses on the Mediterranean coast.
Go sail away
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Barcelona has one of the most vibrant culinary scenes in all of Europe. Its mix of traditional local flavour and bold innovation is world-renowned. Catalan cuisine is loyal to its selection of fresh ingredients, and there’s no better place in the entire city to find them than Europe’s oldest public market, La Boqueria. The city’s top chefs come to this market from all over to source ingredients for their next menu. Though the stream of stalls seems like a maze, it’s easier when guided by local chef Oscar Manresa.
Manresa, one of the city’s most celebrated culinary experts, navigated around the market, sourcing everything he needed to prepare our private dining experience. Manresa’s private space, El Altar, is only for his most exclusive friends and guests. Manresa smiled and joked as he cooked traditional favourites of the region, including fresh ceviche, a popular seafood dish, and aged local beef from the surrounding area. Manresa’s private cooking is perfect for those looking for the finest authentic Barcelona cuisine in an intimate setting.
Oscar Manresa is a Catalan native with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As an entrepreneur, he is the only restaurateur mentioned in the 50th-anniversary editorial format of “50 Success Stories,” published by EADA Business School in Barcelona. foodandmusic.es
Catalonia, the region Barcelona calls home, has the advantage of being between the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan mountain range. Its fortunate mix of wind and temperature has created some of the best wineries in all of Spain. Right outside the city centre lies Alta Alella, which sits on the 19th-century estate Can Genis. This organic winery boasts some of the best Cava and natural wines in the region.
Flying the coastal route allows you an unforgettable view of the city landmarks. The journey with Cat Helicopters, which operates tours and private flights daily, will take about 15 minutes. Coming around the coast you’ll see Alta Alella beautifully painted into the mountainside, then you’ll land right in the middle of the fields. Greeted by a glass of fine Cava, you’ll have the opportunity to dine at a VIP table that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Tapas, native appetizers of Barcelona, will be cooked by a private chef. Afterward, you’ll rumble in a private car around the fields, exploring your way through the most special wines the region has to offer. After your day of adventure and wine, use Izaro to book a private luxury car back to the city.
Wine and dine
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Text by Ben MaloneyTranslated by Rui Chen