Barcelona comes alive in the summer. There’s a festival for just about everyone, from Sónar, Primavera Sound, and Cruïlla music fests to the Sala Montjuïc outdoor film festival to CaixaForum’s Summer Nights series of concerts and art exhibits. Not to mention the many parks and beaches that are the perfect place to spend the long, warm days. Leading luxury travel network Virtuoso just named Barcelona one of the top 10 most popular travel destinations for summer 2019.
Almanac Barcelona opened last year in the heart of the Eixample district, which was designed as an extension of the historic old town of Barcelona as the city’s population swelled in the 19th century. Today the neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most famous examples of Modernist Architecture including Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces of Casa Batllo and the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia as well as lesser known gems such as Biblioteca Arús and the Tàpies Foundation. The 91-room hotel is the work of local studio Office of Architecture, who combined two 18th century and 20th century buildings, and Jaime Beriestain who brought his signature touch to the contemporary interiors.
This summer’s star attraction will be Almanac’s rooftop terrace, with 360-degree views of the city. All of Barcelona meets for cocktails atAzimuth Rooftop Bar. The coral cocoon-shaped sofas and lounge chairs make the perfect setting for a stylish ‘gram with a sangria in hand. A plunge pool and sun lounge are the cherry on top for hotel guests only. Revelry isn’t all the rooftop is good for. Morning yoga and breathwork classes are offered and followed by a healthy green juice to jump start the day.
Willy Wonka’s Workshop
Almanac has partnered with famous local gelateria Rocambolesc for a pop-up at Azimuth. Rocambolesc is the brainchild of Jordi Roca, one of the three Roca brothers of the famous restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, which has three Michelin stars and is considered one of the best restaurants in the world. Locals and travelers alike line up outside the Willy Wonka-like shop on La Rambla to try the inventive flavors such as carrot and mandarin that come with creative toppings like cotton candy and Physalis.
Making Sense of Scents
Beginning June 20, perfumer Jimmy Boyd, a graduate of Grasse (considered the world’s capital of fragrance), will lead a perfume and cocktail workshop at Azimuth. Boyd is the man behind Almanac’s private label scent – a light, clean fragrance featuring citrus, bergamot, and galbanum that conveys the Mediterranean energy of the destination. Participants will learn about the composition of the Almanac scent as well as the fundamentals of perfume-making and the vocabulary used to describe fragrance notes. Attendees then put their new olfactory skills to work analyzing a selection of raw materials that encompass a wide range of scents. Bartenders are on hand to mix specialty cocktails inspired by the bespoke fragrance. The best part? Partakers get to take home their own bottle of the Almanac scent.
Almanac has partnered with local brewery Birra 08 to create a brew just for the hotel. Passionate supporters of the craft beer movement, Birra 08 only uses local ingredients and no chemicals and additives. The Almanac team worked closely with Birra 08 to create a typical Catalunya beer that was light and easy to drink year-round and paired well with Mediterranean dishes. The golden-toned Almanac Beer is made with locally sourced and organic ingredients. Malt and hops are delicately balanced to create a clean flavor that is sweet and slightly bitter.