Barcelona Journals

Twenty Four Hours in Barcelona

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An April 2009 trip to Barcelona by fizzytom

Barcelona City Urquinaona Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
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Cheeky Ryanair! Although they do fly to the city of Barcelona, they bill their flights to Girona as "Girona (Barcelona)" even though it is more than an hour's drive down the motorway to the larger city. Just as well my flights were cheap as the return coach fare to Barcelona costs Euro12 per adult single and Euro21 return. Girona Airport is situated 103 Kilometres north of Barcelona (approximately 64 miles). In fact, the airport bills itself as "Girona - Costa Brava" and, indeed, many of the passengers on our flight did not board the coach to Barcelona but appeared to be picking up hire cars to head for resorts on the coast. (Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar are nearby). Budget and economy a...Read More

La Boqueria

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Attraction | "Barcelona's Market in Glorious Technicolour"

La Boqueria Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Situated just off Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s Boqueria (or more correctly Mercat de San Josep) market is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. I think it says a lot about the enduring attraction of food markets that the Boqueria is still so popular in spite of the fact that our supermarkets now stock excellent produce from all over the world and that air travel and border restrictions have made it more difficult to take fresh produce home from trips abroad. When I first visited the Boqueria I was filled with excitement at the array of colourful fresh produce – fruit and vegetables, herbs, fish and shellfish, meats – fresh and cured, bread, nuts and dried fruit – on sale at the market but ov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2009

La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91
Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

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Attraction | "Classic Gaudi - or Just Plain Gaudy?"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The various works of celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is one of the highlights of Barcelona but I find that it is quite difficult to enjoy and appreciate some of the buildings partly because of the area in which they are situated and partly for reasons such as the huge amount of scaffolding that permanently shrouds the exterior of the Sagrada Familia cathedral , for example. A good way to escape the city, at least for a while, and to get a better view of some of Gaudi's work is to visit Parc Guell, to the north of the city centre. Its best described as an architectural garden in which you can see some of Gaudi's most exciting work but it's also a good place to catch some pretty am...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2009

Park Guell (Parc Güell)
Montana Pelada, Gracia District
Barcelona, Catalonia

Tips for Using the Barcelona Metro

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The Montjuic Funicular Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Although it means you’ll see less along the way, the Barcelona Metro is the best method of transport to get you easily and cheaply around the city. It really is a pleasure to use; the trains and the platforms are clean, it’s safe and the trains are frequent with information tending almost always to be correct. There are, however, a few things you need to know about using the Metro in Barcelona which will make your travels even less hassle-free.You can buy single or multi-journey tickets. A single ticket (1€ 35) is for one journey including any changes you need to make so long as you don’t exit the station and go and do something else between stages. Therefore you should be careful not to exit th...Read More

Taverna Basca Irati

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Restaurant | "Pintxos Heaven at Taverna Basca Irati "

Taverna Basca Irati Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Although Taverna Basca Irati has a formal sit-down restaurant, I can’t comment on the menu. Instead we stood at the bar and did what the local do – we chose from the mouth watering selection of pintxos. What are pintxos? Quite simply they are the northern Spanish equivalent of tapas, small dishes of tasty morsels to accompany drinks. They are really a Basque thing from that area in the Spanish Pyrenees but they are widely eaten in Catalonia too. They differ from tapas in that each one is presented a top a piece of (sometimes toasted) bread and a toothpick (in Catalan a "pintxo", pronounced "pincho") is stuck in to hold the topping on the bread. What toppings are there? Everything from tortilla to eel ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2009

Taverna Basca Irati
Cardenal Casanas 17
Barcelona 08002
+34 933 023 084

Barcelona City Urquinaona

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Hotel | "The Bare Essentials for a Night's Sleep in Barcelona"

Barcelona City Urquinaona Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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As one would expect from a major European city, and one that attracts many, many visitors, Barcelona has plenty of hotels to choose from. Being a money conscious (mean) traveller, I was looking for something cheap but also not too far from the centre as I was not going to be there long and didn’t want to travel from the outskirts of town. After some research we plumped for the City Urquinaona and, wanting to save more money, booked directly using the hotel’s website rather than through the hostel booking site where we’d first found the hotel. We paid a small deposit and stated roughly what time we’d be arriving. In return we received two e-mails; one was an automatic confirmation, the other a personal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2009

Barcelona City Urquinaona
13th Bailén street. Pral. 1ª
Barcelona, Spain
+34 65 3900039