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No matter what your idea of a perfect holiday holds: sightseeing, sunbathing, shopping or simply sitting on café terraces with a glass of cava and a plate of prawns, Barcelona has everything you could possibly wish for, and quite a bit more. Two days won’t seem like enough, but – for all its attractions – it’s a small city, and you can walk almost anywhere, taking in its unique blend of historical and modern architecture as you go, writes Sally Davies. Day One Morning Tucked away down a tiny sidestreet, Federal (Passatge de la Pau 11, Barri Gòtic, 0034 93 280 8171) is the newest brunch spot at the heart of the medieval quarter, and serves everything you need to set you up for a day’s sightseeing. From here, it’s a short walk to La Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street – a long, mostly pedestrian boulevard, shaded with trees and split down the middle with a row of flower stalls. Take a detour a little way up to visit the Plaça Reial, an arcaded square with fountain at its centre. Back on La Rambla, look out for the Joan Miró pavement mosaic halfway up, plus the world famous Boqueria market on the left. Just before Plaça Catalunya at the top, turn right down Carrer de la Canuda, which leads you into a square with a walkway over what was once a Roman necropolis – several well-preserved tombs are on display. Afternoon In this same square you’ll find the ATN restaurant (Carrer de la Canuda 6, 0034 93 318 5238), which has tables outside and serves reasonably priced Catalan tapas and more substantial dishes. Vegetarians might prefer Govinda (Plaça de la Vila de Madrid 4, 0034 93 318 7729) on the other side of the square. After lunch, it’s a short walk east to the busy pedestrian shopping street of Portal de l’Angel, and from here to the Gothic cathedral. Don’t miss the elegant cloister with its resident gaggle of geese. The atmospheric streets around the back of the cathedral run down to the main Old City square, the Plaça Sant Jaume, where you’ll find the city hall facing the HQ of the Catalan government. From here, Carrer de la Llibreteria runs down to the Via Laietana, which marks the beginning of the pretty Born neighbourhood....Read More
With the UK release of SPECTRE on October 26, the world’s favourite spy is once again set to tackle evil in his own suave, stylish, slightly maverick but ever-so-cool way. It’s an adventure that’s likely to take Britain’s favourite martini drinker all over the world, but even though he’s technically away on work, Her Majesty’s most trusted 00 agent still has to eat, sleep and have a bit of fun. Here’s what we think MI6’s finest got up to on his down-time. Arsenal of gadgets? Check. Crisp tuxedo? Check. Licence to kill? Double check. Mexico City The first stop in this wild secret-agent adventure is Mexico City, a bustling metropolis where glitz takes a back seat to grit – a bit like a certain actor’s portrayal of the spy in question. The digs: The five-star Krystal Grand Reforma Uno has everything a busy secret agent needs in terms of a hotel. It’s central, busy and still has plenty of class. A favourite with business travellers, there’s always someone coming and going – perfect for a spy who might need to slip out unnoticed every once in a while. The food: Both elegant and traditional, El Cardenal could be the perfect place for a hungry spy. Located in the building that once housed the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico, this top restaurant takes traditional Mexican food and elaborates with style. For martinis – shaken, of course – trendy roof top Arena Bar, frequented by Mexico City’s elite, would be right up our spy’s street. After one or two glasses of champagne, it wouldn’t be too hard for an agent to make a few important connections. And in case an urgent escape in necessary, JB could always abseil from the top, a la Goldeneye. The secret agent fun: When you only live twice, you have to make the most of your spare time. Most of us might fancy a stroll around Mexico City’s Zócalo square, or a trip to the colonial Palacio Nacional. But then again, we don’t spend most of our time dicing with death. No, the world’s most famous secret agent would probably spend his time doing something a little more adrenaline-inducing, like say, jumping out of a plane! Holidays in Mexico Rome, Italy One of the world’s most iconic cities, Rome also features in...Read More