Barcelona Journals

Beautiful Barcelona

A March 2000 trip to Barcelona by shahin.d

Quote: The best way to experience Barcelona is to sit back and marvel at her beauty a moment at a time.

Beautiful Barcelona

Overview

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Barrio Gothic, a maze of narrow alley ways with numerous stores and cafes, is in my opinion the best neighborhood in the city. If you have time for day trips outside the city, Sitges and Figueres (homke of the Dali Musuem) are highly recommended.

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It's a cute, small hostel, about a two minute walk from Las Ramblas on Calle Comtal. It's a little hard to find because the hostel is on the second floor, so as you are walking down on the street you kind of have to look upward toward the buildings for the sign. (A small entry door found on Calle Comtal with a tiny sign will lead you to the hostel).Nothing extravagant, but clean and safe. Single and double rooms available for about $10/$15 a night. They might take reservations, but only a couple days in advance. There is a small kitchen with appliances where you can cook extravagant meals and dine on the little back patio. Extremely friendly hosts who speak very little English and are very accommod...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 12, 2002

Residencia Victoria
9 Carrer Comtal
Barcelona, Spain

Shalimar

Restaurant

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Located in the El Raval neighborhood, Shalimar is a fantastic Indian restaurant. Good selection, very affordable, (cheap wine if I remember correctly) and DELICIOUS! Strongly advice against visiting the place after 8:00 p.m., the neighborhood is a little shady.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 12, 2002

Shalimar
El Raval Neighborhood
Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

Attraction | "Las Ramblas"

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“I am from the Amazon” reads one of the signs next to a human statue who is wearing camouflage, has painted his face green and grey, and pretends to have moved to Barcelona straight from the rainforests! He uses a few tree branches as props and randomly poses for the people walking by. Such human statues, street performers (sometimes break dancing, sometimes tap dancing), loud birds and beautiful sweet smelling flowers are found on Las Ramblas. It's a huge pedestrian walkway that starts at Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Columbus Monument, and is lined with cafes, stores, and bookshops. Probably the most popular place visited in Barcelona.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2002

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall
Central Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

La Boqueria

Attraction | "Mercat de la Boqueria "

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Plenty of Jamon Serrano (cured ham), olives, leeches (fruit available in the spring time), and variety of cheeses, fresh produce, and fruits can be found at La Boqueria, a local market off Las Ramblas. Plenty of times I used to find myself chatting in my broken Spanish with the fish vendors who sit toward the back of the market. Little langostinos (mini lobsters), calamari, and hake was my usual purchase but at times I would take their advice and purchase other types of fishes that were available (and they are more than happy to tell you the best way to prepare it).The market opens from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and then again at around 5:00 p.m. for a couple hours. Around 10:00 a.m. or so is when its ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2002

La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91
Barcelona, Spain

Discos in Barcelona

Attraction

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Barcelona by far has the craziest nightlife I have ever experienced. Nobody arrives at the clubs until about 2:00 in the morning, and they party till about 7:00a.m. Some go out for breakfast and then go home, others party some more at the after hours clubs.El Row is fun to go to on Thursdays because they usually feature international house DJ’s. Cover (about 2000 pesetas) is sometimes expensive but it includes a drink. Personally, my music taste has slightly changed since.Discoteca in Poble Espanyol is chaotic and fun on the weekends, usually featuring house and drum and bass. It stays crowded till about 7:00 in the morning and at times they have stage performers and singers entertaining the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 12, 2002

Discos in Barcelona
Throughout the city
Barcelona, Spain

About the Writer

shahin.d

shahin.d
Minneapolis, Minnesota