Last week we paid a visit to one of our favourite roof terraces in Barcelona. Hidden on the top floor of the stylish 3* Hotel Yurbban on Carrer Trafalgar, just tucked away at the back of Plaça Urquinaona, is one of Barcelona’s hidden gems. Take the lift from the lobby to the 8th floor (you’ll need to ask the concierge to swipe his card) and follow the small sign on the door that says: “Stairway to Heaven” and you’ll emerge at one of the best rooftops in Barcelona, with a stunning view and drinks at a price you can afford. The spectacular 360º panorama take in the whole city, with no obstructions. In front of you, gaze over the medieval patchwork of roofs that make up the Gothic Quarter and El Born and look out at the beautiful Mediterranean sea and the boats and ferries heading slowly out to Mallorca, Ibiza and beyond. Pan left and watch the Torre Mapfre all lit up for the evening and over your shoulder, gaze at the stunning spires of the Sagrada Familia. Keep your gaze rolling and watch the sun setting over the stunning monastery of Tibidabo on the top of Barcelona’s majestic mountain.
Then, take in the Ramblas, the rooftops of Raval and St. Antoni and Poble Sec and spot tthe Olympic stadium and the imposing castle of Montjuic, guarding the city for hundreds of years. Quite a view – and if you get there at sunset when the sky explodes into a riot of dramatic orange you’ll realise you’re in a very special place.
And what’s the bar like? Very nice indeed. There’s a small rooftop pool (roped off for hotel guests only) and al selection of cabanas, couches and tabletops to perch on as you sip your drinks. While not a specialist gin bar, there are plenty of gin drinks available for your drinking pleasure including (on our visit) Tanqueray Ten, Hendricks and Gin Mare. Several interesting looking gin cocktails also appear on the list including a suspicious looking plastic bag, all wrapped up with a ribbon and containing a red concoction that tasted truly delicious. It was called a Barcelona Iced Tea – and if memory serves me correctly it was made of gin, ginger, elderflower. A truly scrumptious cocktail with a nice fiery kick (in all senses of the word!) Tonic water was standard Schweppes and the service was a bit slow and chaotic, but all in all, one of our favourite spots in Barcelona. Small, intimate, casual and unpretentious. With views to die for!
But please, don’t tell anyone. It’s our secret, right?