Drive a Ferrari
Or perhaps you'd rather it was a Porsche, or a Lamborghini? If you're ready for speed and new sensations at the wheel of one of the world's most powerful, sophisticated and luxurious cars, head to the Circuit de Catalunya, where that's exactly what's on offer. For just 100 € (around ￡85) per person and circuit, you also get full benefit of expert advice. Fernando Alonso had better watch out!
Designer shopping with a personal assistant
Barcelona is famous for its avant-garde design and up-market boutiques. And if you want to be sure you find the best and the latest, what better than to do your shopping in the company of a personal assistant who knows exactly what's what and where to find it? You won't miss out on those hard-to-locate boutiques where stylish shoes, designer dresses and perfect gifts await you. You'll be shown the city's most exclusive shopping areas, and have the chance to attend special product presentations, visit the studios and galleries of local artists... Further information from: Barcelona Guide Bureau or Alter Ego Barcelona.
In Monvinic – an ultra-modern purpose-built space – wine, and the world of wine, takes centre stage. The same goes for Vila Vinateca. So, whether you are already an initiate or whether you fancy taking your first steps into this rich and rewarding universe, there's no better plan than to sign up for one of the monthly thematic wine-tastings. Check out the web pages and choose which appeals more: will it be a tasting featuring the the best local wines? sparkling wines? a food and wine pairing? or perhaps one focusing on the wines of a specific area of Italy, or Burgundy? Whichever you choose it'll all be in the best possibe taste!
Get on the field at Camp Nou stadium
What football fan could resist the chance to become one of the Barça team and discover what it feels like to score a goal at one of the world's most iconic football grounds? To get all you friends and family, or workmates involved, the basic Camp Nou you play package includes a 90 minute game where up to 35 players can participate, full official kit, coach, referee, and of course, the dramatic entrance onto the pitch from the tunnel, accompanied by the club anthem. If you aren't up to quite so much activity, there's also the chance to watch a game from the very best seats in the house. Prices depend on teams playing and seat location, varying between 145 and 670 €, (around ￡125 to ￡575) and include catering and bar. Information and reservations: email@example.com
A bird's eye view
Barcelona is a beautiful city to walk around, but just imagine what it must be like from up above. Well, you don't need to be satisfied with imagining, as you can take a helicopter tour and admire the unmistakeable twisted spires of the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the cigar-shaped Torre Agbar, spot the sights along La Rambla, or fly from the coast to Montserrat... there's no better was to see the city without the crowds. Cathelicopters-Julia Travel offer a tour of the city's main sights from 50 € (around ￡43) for five minutes.
The height of relaxation
On the 42nd and 43rd floors of Barcelona's Hotel Arts, the Six Senses Spa is an oasis of peace and tranquillity boasting panoramic views of the city and out over the Med. Choose one of the many treatments on offer and feel the stress just drop away. Equally luxurious, although without such views, are spas at other hotels including the Majestic, Mandarin Oriental, Omm, Rey Juan Carlos I and W Barcelona.
Michelin starred dining
Some things need to be experienced first hand if they're to be fully appreciated. That's particularly true of gastronomy. We can tell you how marvellous it is to dine at the Lasarte, at the Condes de Barcelona Hotel under the management of the internationally renowned chef Martin Berasategui; we can point out the restaurant's two Michelin stars; but there's nothing to compare with actually sampling the delights on offer at this discreetly elegant restaurant with its combination of classic and modern dishes prepared with the utmost care, always using the finest of ingredients. Other fine dining options in the city include Abac, Via Veneto and Moo.
Stay at one of the city's finest hotels
The foyer is a meeting point for Barcelona's bustling cosmopolitan population, the open terrace with pool and views over La Pedrera is a pleasant haven in the city centre, the rooms are a showcase of state-of-the-art automation, and the restaurant Moo, under the skilled management of the Roca brothers, an undoubted haven of fine Catalonian cuisine. So, how do you fancy staying at the Hotel Omm?
Gaudi guided tour
The marvellous artistic heritage of Gaudi is always impressive, but can produce quite a different impact at different times of day and different times of year. The best way to ensure you find the perfect moment to appreciate the colours of the Casa Batllo at their best is to make your visit in the company of an expert. Icono Serveis Culturals and Barcelona Guide Bureau offer guided tours specially designed to discover the secrets behind the genius of Gaudi, one of the undisputed icons of Catalonian Modernism.
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