Birthdays In Barcelona

I can’t take any credit for organizing this great trip in Barcelona as my good friend Azee arranged everything for her husband’s 40th Birthday celebrations. Even though I have been to Barcelona a couple of times, this visit ticked every box from partying at “Off Sonar” (a very popular annual dance festival), dining at the best restaurants, a yummy picnic in the park, a history lesson while cycling around the city and to top it all off we were a great group of friends who laughed and danced our way through the trip together.


Passeig de Gràcia is one of the major avenues in Barcelona – its perfect for shopping, dining and also home to one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, Casa Batlló. A stone’s throw away from this major tourist attraction is the minimalistic and elegant Hotel Alma. The beauty of this hotel is that even though it’s in the middle of the city, it has a large stunning manicured garden area for dining and a cozy, roof top garden for drinks. The property is more of a sophisticated adult retreat than a family hotel, but saying that it does cater for kids upon request. All the rooms only have fingerprint locks for instead of room key; shutter blinds for curtains and the interiors are neutral and masculine toned. For the best view I would suggest requesting a Grand Deluxe room as they offer views of Gaudi's iconic wavy-stone La Pedrera building.

Foodie Scene

Like every major city worth its weight in gold, Barcelona is packed with its share of amazing restaurants offering tantalizing tapas, al fresco dining or unique cuisine nooks hidden away in buildings filled with history, stunning designs and wonderful architecture. If you, like me, find it difficult putting together a list of places to go, simply due to being scared of missing out on anything, here’s a few recommendations:

Tickets Bar is number 25 on the ‘Top 50 restaurants in the world” list – a very cool tapas concept and designed like something out of Willy Wonka’s world. Especially the desert room, imagine hanging strawberries and candy canes from the ceiling!! Its not an easy restaurant to book as it has a long waiting list and you can only book a table the same month you plan on visiting

Nino Viejo - one of my favorites – a traditional urban Mexican tapas restaurant by the award-winning group who own Tickets Restaurant (above)

La Dama – redefined French Mediterranean cuisine located in the spectacularly beautiful Casa Sayrach, an architectural masterpiece located in the elusive Zone Alta.

Jaime Beriestain a modern yet sophisticated coffee shop, cocktail bar and concept store designed by Jamie Beriestain himself. It’s a local hangout and a must visit for tourists.

Barcelona Tapas tour by bike organized by Barcelona by Bike is a “Must Do’ as it’s the best way to see Barcelona, from the parks to the port, inside the windy narrow streets and all based around a typical "Ir de tapas" (Tapas bar hopping)

Pintxos (or pinchos) are small snacks/tapas - these finger foods have an array of toppings placed on crunchy bread, spiked with a toothpick and displayed buffet style. You end up paying for the amount of toothpicks left on your plate. From savory to sweet these were simply mouth watering - add in a sangria or a cool beer and this is the perfect pick me up while biking through the city.

The bike tour was also a great way to learn more about Antoni Gaudí i Cornet otherwise known as Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect who designed the most striking buildings throughout the city. Even if you don’t know what a Gaudi building looks like, very quickly you will be able to spot one as his wacky, artistic and progressive architecture stands out from the crowd.

It’s actually a sad story. Even though Gaudi is now an architectural icon however his life was hardly easy. He was so engrossed in his work and a strong follower of god, that he let himself go - not eating, wearing shabby old clothes and never shaving. One day on his way to confession, a tram hit him, because of his shabby appearance and no ID, the 73-year-old genius was thought to be a poor beggar. He never received the medical attention he required. It wasn't until the next day that the chaplain at the ‘Sagrada Família’ recognized the old man as the famed architect, but it was too late—Gaudí died two days later, on June 10, 1926. The residents of Barcelona mourned Gaudí’s death, his funeral procession snaked through the city, ending at his immense, unfinished church. He was laid to rest in the crypt of the Sagrada Família, underneath his final efforts to finish his elaborate, colossal sanctuary. That work is still underway, 90 years later. Current projections expect the Sagrada Família to be finished in 2026, in time for the 100th anniversary of the great architect's death.

Check out this link to see the 10 must-see Gaudi buildings in Barcelona:


Picnic in the park

Picture this…a warm, beautiful clear day with a slight breeze in the air, the sun is slowly going down and while walking through the lush grounds up a hill you stumble across an area with blankets laid out, ice buckets filled with wine and basket hampers complete with tapas. This was the perfect setting to relax, reminisce about the last few days and watch the sunset over a magical city.

Getting around Barcelona is easy and quick. Uber is the best option as local taxis can depend on how lucky you are. I would suggest downloading the Uber App and using it at your convenience.

And few extra cool excursions for you to do with your family:

Football Fans

Barcelona has so much to offer if you or your child are obsessed with football as a pilgrimage to Nou Camp (Barcelona FC Stadium) is a must and a priority. Even though I have never done it, it’s a fantastic experience especially as it’s the 3rd biggest football stadium in the world.


Like Dubai’s version of Café Ceremique, Mosaiccos is an art studio that provides workshops on how to create mosaics with the style and techniques of Antonio Gaudi.

Soak up the sun

You can’t beat a swim in the gorgeous Med Sea. Barcelona beaches are fun and free and during the summer season they are busy right up till the sunsets. The beach next to the W hotel is a good one to visit.

Barcelona is the ideal long weekend get-a-way with Emirates flying directly into the city.


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Sailing Croatia

Spend your time in Croatia discovering hidden natural beauties while sailing the stunning Adriatic coast. The below 7 day itinerary is just one version of what we can arrange for you. This itinerary isn't too demanding and allows you to perfectly balance days of lazing on the deck and swimming in crystal clear sea with active days exploring medieval towns, indulging in local specialties in luxury restaurants along the coast, and hiking Dalmatian rugged mountains.



You’ve spent the day before exploring Solit old town and the SUNESCO World Heritage sites. Today you start your sailing adventure. Settle into the boat as we head for the picturesque island of Solta. Here you can enjoy watersports and paddleboard on the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. Enjoy sunset on the boat and then visit the island to sample Croatian cuisine.



After breakfast and a morning swim, we head to the island of Vis. Vis Town is an explorer’s dream and its where they filmed Mama Mia 2. It takes about 20 minutes to walk around the harbour to Kut, the oldest and prettiest part, where most people stay.

Wander historic castles, stroll the mountainous landscape, or simply laze on deck before heading out for cocktails.


We set sail for the picture-perfect town of Komiza on the opposite side of Vis Island. Enjoy lunch at one of their many stunning restaurants then back to the boat to spend the afternoon swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise water or you can also take this chance to see the Blue Grotto and Green Caves.



We arrive at the stunning Pakleni Islands, The Pakleni Islands are located just off the southeast coast of Hvar island, and if you’ve ever stood on Hvar’s famous Riva promenade or climbed to the top of the fortress in Hvar Town, then you’ve undoubtedly made eyes with this chain of isles. Pakleni is home to 17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests. Head to dinner on Palmižana Island.



Spend the afternoon on one of the oldest towns in Europe, meander its cobbled pathways and try mouth-watering Dalmatian cuisine! If you’re in the mood for a party, you’re just a short ride over the island to Hvar Town for a night to remember.– and fantastic nightlife!


Start the day gently with a wake-up swim in the turquoise waters before a full day on the water. Expect lots of sailing, and enjoy watersports –Into Brac for dinner.


Enjoy a lazy morning topping on the boat with a lovely lunch as we return to the marina.

How about sailing from Split to Dubrovnik - contact us for more information.


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72 Hours In Montenegro

Montenegro is a petite country in the south-east of Europe, next to Croatia and opposite of Italy. It is sitting on the Adriatic Sea and has a Mediterranean energy.

Porto Montenegro is one of the best tourist investments on the Montenegrin coast in the last 25 years, and  today represents a real example of one of the most beautiful destinations in Montenegro. Luxury packaged in a beautiful Mediterranean style, Porto Montenegro represents one of the most prestigious marinas on the Adriatic Sea.

Day 1 Porto Montenegro


Arrive at Tivat airport in Montenegro and head straight to Boka Bay, the largest natural harbor in the eastern Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its picturesque shoreline of rugged mountains hugged by ancient hamlets and sandy beaches slipping into the Adriatic waters is absolutely breathtaking.

Check into the stunning Regent Porto Montenegro which is positioned perfectly on the marina offering stunning views. Spend your first day enjoying the marina, restaurants and shopping.



Day 2  Tivat – Kotor – Njegusi - Cetinje 


Rent a car and head 10 kilometers towards the old town of Kotor. Walk around the old piazzas and through the narrow streets which is a UNESCO heritage site. Walking around you will spot the famous walls which is a trademark  of the town. You can walk along the walls which will take you approx. 1 hour and provide stunning views.


From Kotor head towards Cetinje taking the road less travelled which is the old road with over 25 serpentine bends, offering a breathe taking view of the Bay of Kotor.

Leaving the seaside vibe you will now arrive in the mountains at the village of Njegusi where the sea and mountain climates collide. This is the birth place of the Ruler and Prince Bishop of Montenegro, Patar II Petrovic Njegos (1813 – 1851)

Your first stop must be lunch at a family restaurant with a century long tradition “Kod Pera na Bukovicu” and also try out the prosciutto and cheese.

If your physically fit this is where you can climb Mount Lovcen at an altitude of 1.660 meters which can be reached by climbing 461 steps!


Continue on your drive to Cetinje, the spiritual capital of Montenegro and home to the Royal castle, museums and monasteries.

35 minutes past Cetinie is Budva famous for its beautiful beaches, great restaurants and fun nightlife.


Day 3  Budva – Bar – Ulcinj – Ostros - Podgorica


Enjoy the morning in Budva where the celebrities like to stay and make time to visit the unique island hotel Sveti Stefan.


Leaving behind Budva you head towards Bar the largest coastal town in Montenegro. Enjoy the area and then make your way to the old town of Bar which preserves the spirit of old Turkish towns, paved with stone.


Continue your journey to the south towards Ulcinj down the coastal road and head towards the old town. Here you will hear tales about the pirates and Cervantes, a prisoner of the dungeon. Walk around Ada Bojana the place where the River Bojana meets the sea and stop for lunch at one of the many wonderful restaurants offering gastronomic experiences.


Take the old road to Ostros the picturesque route to Podgorica the capital of Montenegro. Drive along the shore of Lake Skadar which is the largest lake in the Balkans and visit the scenic town of Virpazar, shortly you will reach Podgorica.


Hotel - Regent Porto Montenegro 



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