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Barcelona: Life doesn't get any better then this..

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A September 1999 trip to Barcelona by actonsteve

Western facade of the Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Once in a while you visit a city and curse that you were not born one of its inhabitants. Barcelona is one such city with fantastic architecture, amazing nightlife, and a history that blows you away. Everyone should visit one of the most magical and happening cities in the world......

Barcelona: Life doesn't get any better then this..

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The city itself is spectacular. Spreading out across the mediterranean shores it is hemmed in by mountains to the north and the great port to the south. For the 1992 Olympics (which in my view were the most classy in living memory)the whole city was spruced up and now shines and gleams with modern architecture. But the best things to do are just wander around. The walk down the most famous street in Spain - La Ramblas - is a highlight - and one that you will return to again and again....Quick Tips: Time seems to float by in Barcelona. Just walking and enjoying the streets will fill your days. But it is no Shangri-La. Petty crime is rife and the warnings that you have heard about the Barri Got...Read More

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Hotel | "Hostale Cisneros - and the Eixample"

Hostale Cisneros Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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When I arrived off the train from Madrid I found that the hotel I had booked in London had lost my reservation. So I had to sprint down to the Turismo in the Placa de Catalunya and they fixed me up with a very nice hotel. It was situated up in the Eixample (Expansion in Catalan) and was a few streets away from the Placa de Catalunya. For about £20 a night I got a reasonable room with bed and desk and use of a common room which was always buzzing with international guests. But best of all were the free buffet breakfasts were I could dine on pineapple juice, rolls, jamon and cereals and get to know the other guests. It was situated only a few minutes walk from La Ramblas and near to the wide Gran ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2001

Hostale Cisneros
Corner Of Carrer Aribau And Carrer Arago, Eixample
Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

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Attraction | "The most famous street in Spain - La Ramblas..."

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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La Ramblas is the one of the most famous streets in Europe and will be a highlight of Barcelona. There is more life down La Ramblas than there is in most countries and it will be a street you will come back to again and again as you wander through Barcelona. There is enough on this street to keep you interested for hours and one of the pleasures of living is to sit at a cafe table with a sangria on a sunny day and watch the passing show. The best way to reach it is from Placa de Catalunya. This elegant square is flanked by the cream coloured balconied buildings on its west side and the gunmetal sheen of El Corte Ingles on its east. This is the hub of Barcelona with hundreds of people coming and ...Read More

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

L''Aquarium and the Port Vell

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Wouldn't you like to own one of these boats Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Where La Ramblas spills into the port is one of the most exciting vistas in the Mediterranean. Here lies the old Port Vell now resurrected as a chi-chi harbour bristling with yachts and sailing ships. Ferries from the Balearics glide in and cable cars whisk tourists up to the heights of Montjuic. But most visitors enjoy the gentrification which allows them to enjoy the sea of sails in the marina and its clean pavement and modernist sculpture. The Port Vell starts where La Ramblas ends and the Barri Gotic touches the seashore to create Rambla del Mar. Around the monument de Colom a small market is set up and the cream coloured baroque of the Reial Drassanes could be seen. But most of the crowds f...Read More
The coin market on a sunday... Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The medieval and risque Barri Gotic is the heart of Barcelona. No where in Europe can you find such a concentration of Gothic buildings in such a small space and it needs at least an afternoon of sightseeing to do it justice. The great sights of La Seu and the Picasso museum draw in the crowds who share the narrow medieval streets with Catalans who have lived here for generations. This is the authentic Barcelona whose age-old inhabitants stare from balconies at tourists making their way from sight to sight and whose character changes immediately that night falls. To reach it is easy as it forms a narrow maze of alleys and streets stretching from La Ramblas in the west to the Parc de Citudella in...Read More
Gaudi's masterpiece or folly? Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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La Templo Expadori de la Sagrada Familia is one of the must-see's of Barcelona. It's great towers puncture the cities skyline and have been referred to "celestial billiard cue's" or "perforated cigars" and its weird modernist facade is the symbol of Barcelona and is known the world over. No visit to the city is complete without viewing Gaudi's masterpiece and no one person interprets it the same. I combined a visit here with a wander in the Museu de Catalunya, which along with the Sagrada Familia, is a source of Catalan pride. The Templo has its own metro station on the yellow line and getting there won't cost you any more then 150 pesetas, or you can walk there from anywhere in the Eixample and...Read More

Sitges - 'beach home of the outrageous!'

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The Platja del Mort Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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If you only make one excursion out of Barcelona - let it be Sitges. The resort has a reputation in Spain for being very high-class and fashionable with an artistic ambience. It's toleration of lifestyles is legendary, and combined with beautiful beaches, classy architecture, and a swinging nightlife - you will have to tear yourself away. Spending one night in the town is a must. It's hedonism is what Spain is all about. To reach there is easy from the centre of town. The train station underneath Placa de Catalunya will whisk you to Estacio Sants and from there it is another forty minutes to Sitges. Barcelona has a zonal system and Sitges is in zone four, when you get to Estacio Sants watch the b...Read More