Barcelona Journals

Barcelona, The Ramblas, and Catalunya Plaza

A September 2005 trip to Barcelona by volgap

La Fonda Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: I spent 5 days in Barcelona. Here I describe the sights, accommodation, and food and drink.

Barcelona, The Ramblas, and Catalunya Plaza

Overview

Las Ramblas Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Without a doubt the highlights of Barcelona were the stunning architecture (a product designer by trade, I was always a little jealous of the scale that architects work in). If you aren't a Gaudi fan before you go, you should prepare to become one. The food is also superb once you leave the chain fast-food restaurants behind. It is a beautiful city with only one flaw - tourists (I know, I was one - read on and I'll tell you more).Quick Tips: My one tip (as always) would be to take a copy of the “Rough Guide to Barcelona” with you. There is a lot of great stuff to see in Barcelona, and a lot of it is easy to reach by metro (underground train) but well spaced out, so it's unlikely that you just...Read More
Hotel Catalunya Plaza Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Catalunya Plaza is right on the Plaza and very close to this main train/metro station. A slim, turn of the century building, The Catalunya Plaza has some very nice original features and made our stay there feel quite in keeping with the feel of the city. The room we had was about 115 euros per night and included a very varied breakfast buffet. Other features included were free snacks and coffee (or wine) on the first floor, next to two free internet computers (which I used to check the price of a few things back home before buying them in Barcelona). The room came with an en-suite bathroom, cable TV, air-conditioning, a hair dryer, and an in-room safe (but you need to pay extra for the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Hotel Catalunya Plaza
Plaza Catalunya 7
Barcelona, Spain 08002
93-317 71 71

Les Quinze Nits

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Restaurant

Les Quinze Nits Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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I stumbled across this restaurant on my first night in Barcelona and remembered reading about it in the Rough Guide. My partner and I joined the queue, and after about 10 minutes, we were seated inside (this was at about 9:50pm on a Tuesday). The decor is very nice and conducive to a relaxed/romantic setting, cosy but modern. The prices were good and just got better when the food arrived. The quality of the food was superb given the cost, and for starters, main meals (not the cheapest on the menu either), dessert, and a litre of house red (very nice it was, too), we paid about 45€ for the two of us. We'd had tapas that cost more than that! We chose this restaurant for our final meal in ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2005

Les Quinze Nits
Plaza Real 6
Barcelona, Spain 08002
(34) 9 33 17 30 75

La Fonda

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Restaurant

La Fonda Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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La Fonda is just south of Plaça Reial on Carrer Escudellers, just off The Ramblas. Just take the second Alley on the left as you walk south past the Plaça. Alternatively head out of one of the south exits from the Plaça to join Carrer Escudellers. La Fonda is quite easy to find (near the brightly lit Chemist). La Fonda is owned by the same people that run the fabulous Les Quinze Nits, and as such you can expect to queue for this popular spot. There are no reservations. The food was superb, and the costs were low/moderate, with starters, main meal, and dessert, plus vino, coming to less than 20 euros per head. The type of food is simple, local but very well done, with more than just a pi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

La Fonda
Carrer del Escudellers
Barcelona, Spain
(93) 301-7515