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Best experiences in Sarria Sants, Barcelona

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Best experiences in Sarria Sants, Barcelona

Sarria Sants is Barcelona’s fashionable Uptown and it most certainly lives up to its label in more ways than one. The once-independent pueblo, now a bona fide part of the Catalonian capital, is one of the city’s most up-market barrios, located up on the slopes of Mount Tibidabo and is the one quarter which has definitely moved up, in every sense, since its humble rural beginnings. Yet no matter how much gentrification goes on, Sarria Sants still retains its small, old-time, village feel. This is a much quieter part of Barcelona, but it’s by no means tame. Sarria boasts infinitely gorgeous narrow streets, charming old houses, trendy boutiques and the swankiest schools, shopping centres and town-houses in the city. It’s long-held reputation for being one of the most sought-after addresses in Barcelona dates back to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Barcelonans used to flock here in droves to build opulent week-enders and enjoy their free time amidst the natural splendours the area was saturated in. Sarria still boasts an incredibly green persona, which helps make it one of the most relaxing and indulging corners of the bustling city. The ideal holiday base for anyone who wants a quieter space to retreat to ...

Best Bars in Eixample, Barcelona

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Best Bars in Eixample, Barcelona

When it comes to deciding which area of Barcelona you should stay in, on your next visit, let us save you some time. Want the trendiest corner in town, complete with chic boutiques, hip clubs and some of the Spanish hub’s premier restaurants? Then Eixample is the address you’re looking for. This most exclusive nook of Barcelona boasts a long and colourful history, and is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions, like the Sagrada Familia, la Pedrera and Casa Batllo. But be warned: Eixample boasts so many attractions and entertainment options that you may not even want to stray far from home! Between the sightseeing, shopping and dining, Eixample will keep you busy for many days on end. When the sun starts to set, be assured that finding a superlative drinking hole in Eixample will be a piece of tortilla. From high-end, top-notch cocktail bars to fun and festive cervezerias, this barrio’s got you covered. Book your holiday rental apartment in Eixample when next visiting Barcelona and head to the following bars for a night out in Barcelona you won’t forget. Dry Martini, Carrer d’Aribau 166 This bar is as trendy as Barcelona gets, yet we’re here to tell you ...

Best attractions of Barrio Gotico, Barcelona

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Best attractions of Barrio Gotico, Barcelona

Barcelona’s Barrio Gotico, or Gothic Quarter as the tourists call it, is the epicentre of the city’s old town, and a fantastic place from where to base yourself on your next Spanish expedition. Offering visitors the best of history, shopping and sightseeing, Barrio Gotico is a maze of ancient Roman and Medieval hubs perfectly blended with brand new skyscrapers and ultramodern buildings and boutiques. Almost entirely traffic-free, days spent exploring the labyrinth that is Barrio Gotico is a mesmerizing and utterly rewarding experience; so book your holiday apartment in Barcelona ,in this most intrinsically authentic quarter to experience the essence of ancient, and very much contemporary, Spain. While out and about exploring downtown Barrio Gotico, make sure you don’t miss visiting some of the most celebrated and popular attractions in the whole city of Barcelona. Marvel at the Barcelona Cathedral The city’s namesake cathedral is an absolute splendour to explore, and a lovely respite from the sometime hectic city centre. The intricately carved and ornate exterior, so Gothic in its opulence and attention to detail, is an awe inspiring feat of ancient architecture. Built in the 15th century, and placed on top of a former gothic chapel, the cathedral is one ...

Cultural Treasures of El Born, Barcelona

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Cultural Treasures of El Born, Barcelona

Barcelona is an evocative holiday destination, and one of Spain’s most visited cities. Offering much to the discerning traveler, the attractions in this Spanish capital are almost endless. One of the best areas to visit is El Born, a section of the La Ribera district close to the old city centre. Brimming with trendy shops, cafés, tapas bars and museums; El Born is the ideal base for all your Barcelonan explorations. Book a holiday apartment in El Born and you’ll have all of this, and more, right at your doorstep. Need a hand to get started? Ningún problema! Here’s our pick of the most intriguing cultural treasures in the area. So go forth and conquer amigos, Barcelona is waiting for you! Catch a concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana One of El Born’s major attraction is the Palau de la Musica Catalan; the building itself is worthy of a visit, but it’s catching a concert here which will be the real highlight. Built at the turn of the 20th Century, this auditorium is a collective ensemble of Catalan architecture, avant-garde design and impressive acoustics. Declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1997, the Palau is still at the forefront of Barcelonan entertainment, ...

Best Money Saving Tips in the Born, Barcelona

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Best Money Saving Tips in the Born, Barcelona

During times of economic upheavals, it is heartbreaking to read that tourism industries around the world are the first to suffer. Yes it’s true, travelling can be exorbitantly expensive...but it need not be so necessarily. When visiting Barcelona, the most glorious of Spanish gems, booking a holiday apartment rental in El Born will certainly go a long way into ensuring your hard-earned savings are well spent. The city’s best attractions will be nearby and you’ll be able to self-cater, which is infinitely more rewarding than constant restaurant dining anyway. For the best tips on even more money saving when visiting Barcelona, follow our guide and discover just how affordable a week or week-end away can be. After all your hard work, we think you’ve earned it! Go Museum Mad! Multiple museum visits in a city like Barcelona will surely deplete your holiday funds rather pronto. However, cunning visitors will already have heard about the fantastic Barcelona Museum Pass offered for just €30. Buy one before you even arrive and you’ll get free entry into the seven best museums in town; including the Picasso, Contemporary Art and the Catalonian National Art Museum among others. The pass is valid for 10 consecutive days, but don’t ...

Take a Gourmet Tour of El Born, Barcelona

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Take a Gourmet Tour of El Born, Barcelona

[pinit] The El Born district of Barcelona is akin to an ancient world of wonders, set within the confines of an ultra-modern city. Merely a decade ago El Born was enjoying a quiet and restful slumber, yet it swiftly awoke and re-emerged as the absolute dining, shopping and drinking hub of Barcelona. Lively and enticing during the day, El Born also oozes charm and elegance after the sun sets, and is now home to more bars, cafes and clubs than probably all of Barcelona combined. Seriously! If it’s happening in Barcelona...it’s highly likely it will be happening in Born. Born (as it is known to locals) is also home to some superb museums, most notably the ever-popular Picasso Museum, and a whole host of important historical buildings, churches and many 18 and 17th century monuments. Considering El Born used to be the main trading and social core of Barcelona in the early 19th century, it seems only fair that the area reclaim its rightful spot as the city’s most lively hub. For an authentic and unforgettable Barcelona vacation, book your holiday rental apartment in El Born and come discover all the marvels this vibrant quarter has to offer. Choose a ...

Top Trendy Restaurants in Barcelona Eixample

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Top Trendy Restaurants in Barcelona Eixample

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in Spain, hit the world tourism stage in the early 90s, when it grabbed the news headlines for hosting one of the most successful Olympic Games in history. Since then, millions of discerning travelers have been descending on its coastal shores to take in the sites, history and ambience of this vibrant and captivating city. Thanks to the international exposure, Barcelona has undergone a makeover of colossal proportions; morphing it into one of Europe’s most fashionable capitals. The Eixample district, once a prime exemplar of grid-like urbanization, is now the trendiest suburb in town; booking a Barcelona holiday apartment in the Eixample district will definitely put you in the centre of the action. This hamlet of open air markets, designer stores and trendy eateries is the ideal destination for tourists who wish to have the very best of Barcelona right at their door step. To give you a taste of what Eixample has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of the top three most popular restaurants around. Not only are these places infinitely popular with Barcelona’s ‘it’ crowd, but they also offer gastronomic experiences second to none. So don’t wait...dig in! Cornelia & Co, Carrer ...

Museums, Parks and Vistas: Barcelona Montjuic

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Museums, Parks and Vistas: Barcelona Montjuic

If you want to escape the heat and noise of Barcelona, there is no better place to do it than Montjuic. This expansive ‘green’ belt’ is perched high above the city and despite hosting countless intimate parks and gardens, a handful of the city’s top attractions, and breathtaking city vistas at every turn, it is surprisingly under-used by locals. When Barcelona's beaches are packed to the hilt, head on up to Montjuic for some fresh, pine-scented air. On Montjuic’s uppermost peak is a formidable fortress-castle (best reached by cable-car from the port), which has the most panoramic views and is a great place to let kids run wild. The rest of Montjuic’s architecture stems from the two major events. The 1992 Olympic Games’ heritage is the ‘Olympic Ring’; the stadium (now mainly used for large-scale musical events), water-sports facilities and the Palau Sant Jordi a striking auditorium designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. At the Plaça Espanya end of Montjuic’s landward, the 1929 Universal Exhibition left a string of pretty pavilions, now the locations of some of Barcelona's best museums, including the National Museum of Catalonia, the Archaeology and Ethnographic Museums. Also here is the Poble Espanyol, a showcase ‘Spanish Village’. In ...

A Short Walk Around Barcelona’s Eixample

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A Short Walk Around Barcelona’s Eixample

One of the biggest draws to Barcelona is its architecture. From stunning showpieces such as Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar to the robust beauty of the Gothic quarter, the architectural variety in Barcelona is quite remarkable. But if there were one singular style that could be termed truly ‘Barcelonese’ it would be modernisme. Most people may be aware of the modernisme through the fluid, almost organic works of Antoni Gaudí, the movement’s most famous exponent. But there are many more notable contemporaries of the great architect, and most of their work can be seen in the neighbourhood of the Eixample (or ‘Extension’) the 19th century, grid-like ‘new town’ that spans northward from Plaça Catalunya. And the best way to see it is on foot. Start your modernisme walk is the Passeig de Gràcia, a high-end shopping strip that is paved with hexagonal-shaped, grey-blue tiles designed Gaudí. Head to the cross street with C/ Aragó and you will be standing in front of the zenith of modernisme: the Manzana de Discòrdia (or ‘Block of Discord). These three buildings are all showstoppers: built for a chocolate baron, the Casa Amatller resembles a fairy-tale Flemish townhouse, whilst the Casa Lleó Morera (now occupied by ...

Why I would return to Barcelona

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Why I would return to Barcelona

Back in 1970, a job was advertised for five girls to go and work in a bar in Ibiza, a place unheard of by me at the time. I was lucky enough to be selected for one of the positions. I thought I had landed in paradise, as it was just such a beautiful island. I made goods friends with one of the other girls and we decided that we would leave the Ibiza after five months and go and explore mainland Spain. We caught the ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona and then hitched a lift further up the coast, stopping at lots of small towns, each with their own distinct personalities (and each one with their own trademark fountain) ending up in Tossa del Mar. At this point we decided to go all the way back down the coast again, stopping once again at all the little towns and discovering more of the secret streets we missed the first time round. We met some really lovely people who were kind enough to stop and give us lifts. Every day was a sunny, happy day with lots of laughs and filled with the excitement of what was to come. We travelled ...

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