by Michael J. Shapiro | January 01, 2015
This cultural hub on the Mediterranean coast is one of Europe's top meeting destinations.

Boutique properties such as the 169-room Hotel 1898 (whose spa pool is shown at left) exemplify what the city has to offer, with its savvy adaptation of an 1891 colonial structure that originally served as headquarters for a tobacco company. The property sits alongside the winding alleys of the Old City, not far from the modernist buildings, like Gaudí's Casa Batlló, for which the city is known.

Unique group tour opportunities abound, such as Coloratour's insightful look at the Boquería market or Foto Ruta's Old City walking photography session. Read more at