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Guide of Barcelona


Barcelona is considered the most cosmopolitan city in Spain. Apart from this, has a very important cultural legacy due to the brilliant talent Gaudí left in this city. But Barcelona is not just Gaudí, the city boasts of having impressive Gothic, Romanesque or modernist buildings, sculptures by Miró and many more. In Barcelona you will have the opportunity to visit many museums, however, they can also be found in the street.
Also due to its location by the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona has a sunny and warm weather throughout the year. This makes the city more attractive and allows you to stroll around the streets and beaches any day of the year.
Young city full of life at any time of day, you can enjoy the variety of leisure offer and the latest trends in a multicultural environment in any of its neighborhoods.

 
 We recommend


 Shopping

 Gastronomy

 Nightlife

 Our tip

 How to get there

 Useful Information

 Where to stay





We recommend


Below we briefly suggest some itineraries for Barcelona:


Ramblas, Boquería Market and Cathedral



It's a stroll of about an hour. Start from Plaza Cataluña and go down Las Ramblas. In the middle of Las Ramblas do stop at the Boquería market and taste one of the products of any of the stalls. Then cross the square of Pi up to the Cathedral.

La Barceloneta


If it is a sunny day, you should not stop going to the Barceloneta beach. There is a very youthful and multicultural atmosphere. Throughout the walk you can enjoy live music and a large number of terraces.

Montjuic


Take a walk around this area on  Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening so you can enjoy the spectacle of light and music from the Montjuic fountains.

Paseo de Gracia, La Pedrera house and Batlló house



We recommend you stop at the metro stop Diagonal and walk down across Paseo de Gracia to Plaza Catalunya. On your left is La Pedrera house, and on the right Batlló house. Also across the street you will see the luxurious boutiques of national and international firms.


Sagrada Familia


This is a must see visit if you are traveling to Barcelona. The cathedral is still under construction but if you have time we suggest you buy a ticket and see the interior of the cathedral with a guided tour. In Gaudí Avenue you can have a drink with views to the cathedral.

Others


There are countless places in Barcelona and we could be writing thousands of lines on them. However, Yourspainhostel recommends besides those already mentioned:


Güell Park, Pueblo Español, Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral and Borne district, Olympic Port, Camp Nou, Parc de la Ciutadella and Arc de Triomphe, Agbar Tower, the zoo, the aquarium and the park of Tibidabo.
On the other hand, museums that you can not miss are: Museum of Science, Caixa Forum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) Picasso Museum and CosmoCaixa.



Shopping


In the center of Barcelona there are all kinds of shops: international and national firms, products tasting, jewelry, crafts, optical, electronic devices and much more. The shops in the center are open from 9:00 to 22:00H and the main shopping streets are Paseo de Angel, Pelayo and Portaferrisa. In these streets you can find all kinds of national and international stores and buy anything you need. If your likes are more heavy style we recommend you go down the street "Tallers" where you will also find any of your favorite albums.
If you want to indulge yourself we recommend the luxury shops of Paseo de Gracia.
And if you like markets, we recommend Santa Caterina market near the cathedral and "Encants". This is only open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 15:00H.

On the other hand, Barcelona also has many shopping centers in almost every neighborhood. The most important are:

Les Glories Shopping Centre
Address: Avenida Diagonal 208
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00H.
Restaurants: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 01:00H.
Metro: Line 1 (Glories)
Web: www.lesglories.com

Centro Comercial Arenas
Address: Gran Vía de las Cortes Catalanas, 373-385
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 22:00H.
Restaurants:  from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 00:30 pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3am.
Metro: L1 y L3 (Plaza España)
Web: www.arenasdebarcelona.com

Diagonal Mar
Address: Avenida Diagonal, 3
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:30H
Metro: Line 4 (Maresme / Forum)
Web: www.diagonalmarcentre.es

L’illa
Address: Avenida Diagonal, 545-565
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:30H
Metro: line 3 (María Cristina o Les Corts)
Web: www.lilla.com

Centro comercial GRAN VIA 2
Address: Avenida Gran Vía 75-97 (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat)
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:30H
Web: www.granvia2.com
Railway from Plaza de España: R5, R6, S33, S4, S8, L8 (Europa/Fira)

El Corte Inglés
Address: Plaza de Cataluña, 14
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 22h
Metro: L1 y L3 (Plaza de Cataluña)
Web: www.elcorteingles.es
 
El Triangle
Address: Plaza de Cataluña, 1
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 22h
Metro: Metro: L1 Y L3 (Plaza de Cataluña)
Web: www.eltriangle.es

Moll d'Espanya - Maremagnum
Address: Muelle de Espanya
Opening Hours: Open daily from 11h to 23h.
Metro: L3 (Drasanes)
www.maremagnum.es

Pedralbes Centre
Address: Avenida Diagonal, 609-615
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00H
Metro: L3 (María Cristina)
Web: www.pedralbescentre.com




Gastronomy


In Barcelona you will find a wide variety of both national and international cuisine. Should also be mentioned the international importance that have acquired some Catalan chefs like Ferran Adrià. Barcelona's strategic location, between the mountains and the sea, gives a rich variety of products as well as the quality of the Mediterranean diet. In Barcelona at any time you will find a place to eat, you can enjoy everything from Indian cuisine, South American, Asian or European to the most traditional Catalan cuisine.
We suggest you begin with  "Escalivada" (aubergine, red pepper, onion and olive oil) or "Esqueixada de Bacallà" (cod salad with tomato, olive and pepper) and "calçots" (type of onion that is cooked on the grill). As a main dish you can taste the Escudella and Carn d'olla (a stew made of different types of meat) or "butifarra con mongetes" (Catalan sausage with beans) and accompany this exquisite dishes with "Pa amb tomàquet" (bread with tomato) and a local wine: Peralada, Alella, Tarragona, Priorat and Penedes. To finish we suggest a Catalan cream (sweet made with egg yolk) or "miel y mató" (honey and cheese) with a good "cava".



Nightlife


In Barcelona you'll find plenty of fun and nightlife guaranteed. Throughout the city there are different areas where you can enjoy all the musical trends. The most popular areas in Barcelona are:

"Sant Gervasi-Santal": this zone, also called high zone, is more expensive than other areas of the city. Here you will find exclusive bars and chic atmosphere.

"BORNE": This area is ideal for a romantic dinner and a drink. Also, this is suitable to party with your group of friends until late.

GOTHIC QUARTER: The heart of this area is  Plaza Real  and in the same square you can find many discos that are open until late. It is also a meeting place to gather with friends. The night life is not only in this square, around it there are small streets of the old town with places offering all kinds of music and cuisine.

OLYMPIC PORT is one of the most crowded leisure areas of Barcelona. You will find all kind of bars, restaurants and clubs.

RAVAL: It is the most international zone of Barcelona. Here you will find bars and nightclubs with original decor where you can enjoy the best music. You can also enjoy exotic and Catalan cuisine as well as a wide cultural offer.

GRACIA: you can find several squares that are a meeting place for young people in a bohemian atmosphere. There are bars and small restaurants where you can enjoy a variety of drinks and international and Catalan cuisine.

POBLE NOU: In this area you will enjoy the latest music indie rock and pop. You will find huge nightclubs and bars that are the favorites of young people.




Our tip


• Change of neighborhood and restaurant every day for lunch and dinner. Barcelona offers a wide variety of different places.
• To enjoy the views of the city we recommend using the bus. It has the same cost as the metro and connections to all areas of the city.
• If you have time discover neighborhoods outside the tourist areas. In Barcelona there are many buildings, parks and markets that are worth visiting.




How to get there


BY PLANE


The Prat airport is approximately at 16 km. This is the nearest to the city with connections to anywhere in the world. From the airport you can reach Barcelona:

BUS


Private Line (Aerobús)

Departs from Plaza Catalunya to the airport with stops at street Sepulveda / Urgell and Plaza de España. It runs every 10 minutes and the cost is 5.30 € for a single ticket. The timetable is approximately from 6:00am to 00:30H.This bus stops at Terminal 1 and 2.
More information: www.aerobusbcn.com

Municipal line

This is the line number 46 leaving from Plaza de España. The cost is 1.40 € and has a frequency of 30 minutes. The approximate schedule is from 5:30 H to 00:30 H.
With this bus you have to keep in mind that the journey takes much more because it gives detour around Barcelona. This bus stops at Terminal 1 and 2.
More information: www.tmb.cat

The night bus is the line N17. Stops at Ronda Universitat , Plaza Catalunya and Plaza de España. The cost is 1.40 € and has a frequency of approximately 20 minutes.
More information: www.emt-amb.com



TRAIN (RENFE)

The train connects Sants station with Terminal 2. From this terminal you can catch a bus to Terminal 1. The cost is 1.40 € and has a frequency of 30 minutes. The timetable is approximately from 5:30 to 23:15 H.
More information: www.renfe.com

There are two other airports where several international companies fly:


Girona airport

There is a bus that connects Barcelona with this airport and this departs from the North station.
Price: € 12 one way / return € 21
More information: www.barcelonabus.com

Reus Airport (Tarragona)

The bus that connects the city with the airport leaves from Sants station.
More information: www.igualadina.com

BY TRAIN


Sants Station
Pl Paisos catalans s / n
08014 Barcelona
This station is the most important of Barcelona. From this station trains leave to all parts of Spain and France.
It also has 2 metro lines and buses that connect to the majority of places in Barcelona.

Francia Station
Avenida Marques de l'Argentera, s / n
08003 Barcelona
This station in addition to connecting Barcelona with cities in Spain and regional trains, also connects to European destinations in Switzerland, Italy or France.

Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gracia - Arago, s / n
08007 Barcelona

Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya
08002 Barcelona

From these two train stations regional trains leave to various parts of Catalonia as well as metro and bus connections within the city.

BY BUS


Barcelona Nord Bus Station
Ali-bei, 80 (08013)
This is the station that has more national and international connections.
Metro: L1 – Arco de Triunfo. Bus: 54.
More information: www.barcelonanord.com

Barcelona Sants station
Viriat, s / n (08014) - Next to the train station
Metro: L5 and L3 – Estación de Sants. Bus: 27, 30, 32, 43, 44, 78 and 109.
Located next to the Sants train station, has offices of various companies that make both domestic and international routes.
More information: www.adif.es




Useful information


Language


Spanish and Catalan

Climate


Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate and therefore warm temperatures all year round. Rainfall is concentrated during the winter. Barcelona has many hours of sunshine throughout the year which will make your stay more enjoyable.


Weather in in Barcelona



Public Holidays


In Spain


1 and 6 January
Good Friday
19 March
1 May
15 August
12 October
1 November
6, 8 and 25 December

In Catalonia


Easter Monday (first Monday after Easter)
Second Easter (Seventh Monday after the first Monday of Easter)
24 June  (St. Joan)
26 December  (St. Stephen)


In Barcelona


September 24 (La Mercé)
White school week (date varies depending on the year)

Tourist Offices


For information on Barcelona we recommend visiting the website: www.barcelonaturisme.com or write to the email address: info@barcelonaturisme.com

There are many offices and information points all over the city. Here are two:

PLAZA CATALUÑA
Address: Plaza de Cataluña, 17-S
How to get there: Metro: L1, L3. Bus: 9, 22, 28, 42, 47, 58, 66, 67, 68. Train: R4.
Opening Hours: daily from 8.30 to 20.30
Closed:  January 1st and December 25th

SANT JAUME
Address: Ciutat, 2 (Barcelona City Council)
Opening Hours Monday to Friday: 8.30-20.30h. Saturday: 9-19h. Sundays: 9-14h.
Closed: January 1st and December 25th

Barcelona Tourist Offices

Post


There are offices in almost all district. The two more centrally located are:
Ronda Universitat 23
08007 Barcelona
Opening Hours
From Monday to Friday:  8.30 am – 8. 30 pm.
Saturday: 9.30 am – 2 pm


Pl Antonio López, 1
08001 Barcelona
Horario
Opening Hours
From Monday to Friday:  8.30 am –9. 30 pm.
Saturday: 8.30 am – 2 pm


More information: www.correos.es


Emergency telephone numbers


Medical emergencies: 061
Emergency Telephone Number: 112
Fire service: 080
Guardia Urbana (City Police): 092
Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police force): 088
National Police: 091




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