Hostelworld Guide for Barcelona
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The beginning of the calendar year in Barcelona begins with a couple of chilly months, with temperatures hovering around 9°C-11°C. By March the days become far milder and in April the average temperature is approximately 15°C. Once summer arrives Barcelona becomes an extremely hot, clammy city and temperatures can stay at nearly 30°C for three months on end. It isn t until the following October that the days start to become cool again until winter finally returns. The wettest months are May, September and October.
Ever since the Olympic Games were held in Barcelona in 1992, it has enjoyed a new lease of life. Since those games people have really begun to notice the Catalonian capital. The mind-boggling thing is how it wasn't so popular beforehand? Thanks to one Antoni Gaudi, it is where you will find some of the world's most fascinating architecture. It is also where you will find Las Ramblas, one of the world's most vibrant strips. Oh, and then there's the nightlife, the shopping, the restaurants, the people... the list goes on. By plane: Barcelona's airport is 12km from the city centre. The easiest way to get to the city centre is via train (station is between terminals 1 & 2). A one-way journey to Plaça Catalunya costs €2.60. By train: If you are travelling to the Catalonian capital your train will terminate in Estació Central-Sants, Plaça del Països Catalans, Barcelona's main train station.
Language: Catalan, Spanish Currency: Euro Electricity: 220 Volts AC/50Hz. 2-pin plug. Area Code:+34 (ESP) and 93 (Bar) Emergency Code: Ambulance 061, Fire 080, Police 091 Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT+1) Central Post Office: Plaça d Antoni Lopez Main Tourist Office: Plaça de Catalunya
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Useful Information After Dark Places to Eat Top Attractions Budget Tips Where to Shop By bus: Estació del Nord is the city's main bus terminal. It is just five minutes walk from the city centre and beside a metro station.
On foot: Using Placa Catalunya as your focal point, Barcelona is easy to get around. From here you can reach Barcelona's best known areas and buildings. By metro: Comprising of 5 lines, Barcelona's metro system is efficient and easy to use. Each line is a different number/colour. Single journeys cost €1.25. By bus: Most bus routes run through the city centre and, in particular, through Plaça Catalunya. By taxi: Taxis are black and yellow. You know they're free when they've a green light in the front.
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30pm-1am. Plaça Sant Josep Oriol 1 Even though the selection of tapas here is limited. Open from 9am-8pm (Pedrera from 10am). Once it does though. Every night at either 7. eh. it's not people you have to weave your way through. Open daily from 8. most people will find something to please them in one of Barcelona's biggest clubs. one of the world's most famous football clubs.30am.20 after 8pm/weekends.30am.Festa Major de Gracia The northern suburb of Gracia is the home to one of Barcelona's biggest festivals every August. Ronda de Sant Antoni.hostelworld.Festa de la Barceloneta A real local affiar. It is said that it will be completed in 2010. representing waves on a stormy day" by Dali. 105 With three rooms to choose from. For an extra €3 you can get tea and traditional Spanish sausage. Las Ramblas 74 There are many places to enjoy a beer or coffee on Las Ramblas. March . but still want a decent meal. Fresco is great value for money. Bar del Pi.Dia de Sant Jordi Falling on April 23rd. admissions vary. C/de Mallorca 401 La Sagrada Familia is not just Barcelona's number one attraction but also Gaudi's most famous work.15pm you can get a particular meal (pasta. has been compared to Rio's carnival in the past! During the event parades march through the city streets while parties pulsate the squares. the building isn't finished and Gaudi neither started nor finished building this temple. Located on the east side of Las Ramblas. Av. April . Better still. Open daily from 9am-3am.Carnival If you're lucky enough to be in Barcelona in February you'll be treated to ten days of parades. in the heart of the district is the city's cathedral. but this one opposite the Liceu Opera House is the best of the bunch as there isn't a nicer place to people watch on Barcelona's famed strip. two of Barcelona's and Gaudi's best known. are within 5 minutes walking distance of each other. Open Mon-Sat from 8am-10pm.50. Borneo. C/ de Boqueria 27 If you're really broke. Camp Nou (or the 'Nou Camp') one of the world's most amazing football stadiums. Whether you visit for a game. For €7. if you like the sound of partying on the beach you're guaranteed to enjoy yourself at this annual festival in the suburb of Barceloneta. the largest festival on the Catalonian capital. 32 When you're looking for a quick breakfast in nice surroundings you can't go wrong in this small eatery five minutes from Las Ramblas. In this bar tucked down a small alley at the bottom of Las Ramblas (look for the sign to the wax museum). Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) It's easy to forget you are in a bustling city as you wander round the maze of streets that make up Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. C/de la Reina Cristina.
Bosc de les Fades. They also have tapas from €1. Open Mon-Sat 9am to 11pm. 65 If you like absinthe then this is where to go. buffet €9. Over the festival's seven days over one million people join in the festivities making it one not to miss.Barcelona Jazz Festival This annual festival is one of Europe's longest-running and attracts top jazz acts from both home and abroad. however.European Balloon Festival This hot-air balloon festival 50km inland from Barcelona in the town of Igualada is worth the trip to see over forty hot-air balloons soar into the sky.) for a mere €1 (once you buy a drink to wash it down with). you should steer clear.30am. The latter is where you will find the most photographed chimney tops in the world. If you like paint. Most tapas are under €3 and if you're lucky a pianist will be tickling the ivory keys of the downstairs piano.30pm. For just €1. hundreds of horsemen and carraiges march down Ronda de Sant Antoni and Las Ramblas with various bands to accompany them. Casa Batlló/La Pedrera. November . 12) is the city's most popular bar among lesbians.
Camp Nou. Ironically. Bikini. Bar Marsella. Dia de Sant Jordi is like Catalunya's very own Valentine's Day. Men all over the city give women roses and in return they get. there is a good atmosphere here.
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Barcelona doesn't have one sole gay area. even though (like so many bars in the Catalonian capital) it doesn't get going until after midnight. the streets along the route are lined with street entertainers and musicians. Pasaje de la Banca If you've ever wanted to know what it would've been like to go out for a night with Frodo in Middle Earth you need to visit this unique drinking hole. 29 Specialising in 'all-you-can-eat' buffets. www.30am-2am.
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Travel Bar. Museum open Mon-Sat 10am-6. this is one of Barcelona's most famous tapas bars. Open from 12. To keep up the spirits of the runners. September . Charming. admission €8. This only adds to its 'rustic charm' I suppose.
La Sagrada Familia. Cafe de l'Opera. but there are many bars and clubs frequented by its ever-growing gay community around L'Eixample and Gracia (north of Las Ramblas). curry etc. Hostelworld Guide for Barcelona
. Montjuïc Montjuïc is a huge mountain which overlooks the city and where you can find some of the city's best museums and parks. Dietrich (C/Consell de Cent) hosts nightly drag shows. Passeig de Gracia Both these buildings.40 you can choose from an wide range of salads. 49 While there are many bars located in Barcelona's trendy El Born district. February . a book. Sun 9am to 10pm. June . admission €14. Arístides Maillol Home to Barça. The former was described as "a house of sea forms.Barcelona Marathon Athletes from all over the world travel to Barcelona to run in this 26 mile race. Sun 10am-4pm. hardly anything costs more than €3. Primer Express. C/deu i Mata. Access to Montjuïc is via funicular or cable car. admission €7. Fresco. It has different themed nights also.50 (€11 with tour). Specialising in cheap tapas and meat-filled bread rolls. Some of the views from the vantage points are breathtaking. Open daily from 10am-1. September/October . 80% of people who drink here have the toxic liqeur in front of them.com
Can Paixano.Barcelona Pride Barcelona's annual gay festival is one of the biggest in Europe. Bahia (C/de Seneca.Festes de la Merce This. Open Tues-Sat from 7pm-3am. Open nightly from 10pm-2. patron saint of domestic and carraige animals. August . Open daily from 9am-6pm (until 8pm from April to Sept). this one sticks out from the rest of the bunch. 7 Going for a bite to eat in this small champagne bar in La Barceloneta is extremely enjoyable but equally challenging. they sell bottles of champagne for €4! Get down early. or just to do the tour and visit the museum. its trees you have to watch out for! Busy at the weekends. no visit to Barcelona is complete without going to it. while if you're looking for something a bit more substantial you can stuff yourself with pizza and pasta to your heart's content. It looks like it hasn't seen a paintbrush in years. parties and more. BKN (the main room) is packed every night as thousands dance to the best tunes. Ronda Universidad. C/del Rec. Open Tues-Sun midnight-5.60 you can get a white coffee and a croissant/donut.Festes del Tres Tombs To honour St Anthony. while other highlights include Plaça de Sant Jaume. For many the best part of the festival is the outlandish parade which marches through the city centre. while Punto BCN (C/de Muntaner 63-65) is the oldest gay bar in l'Eixample. C/de Sant Pau. it attracts a cool clientele who enjoy laid back tunes while having a few beers. December . locate this bar. Open daily from 9am-11pm.
July .Fira de Santa Llúcia A large Christmas market is set up at the cathedral for this festival which marks the beginning of Christmas.
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El Corte Inglés. Veer off into Plaça Reial. Benetton and other well-known brands. Make your way to Passeig de Gracia to check out Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.
A Day in Barcelona. sip a bottle of wine with some friends in Plaça de Santa Maria del Mar. C/Sardenya 306 According to this cybercafé. then another left up to Placa de St Josep Oriol.. The eccentric architect's work can be seen at 14 locations around the Catalonian capital.Get Connected
easyInternetcafé. Begin your night here with some cheap food and even cheaper champagne! It may cost up to €10 or more to gain entry to some of Gaudi's best known buildings. IMAX theatre. Sun midday to 8pm. Open daily from 12 noon-midnight. Ronda de Sant Pau Dating back to 1882. this is where you will find the 'fastest internet connection in Barcelona'. As there are over 200 PCs to choose from you can be guaranteed that you will get a free terminal any time of the day.com www. There are also some very smart pictures on the wall to distract you as you type. if the typing is making you peckish you can eat one of the free apples on offer! Open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm. As it is also a restaurant you can grab a bite to eat before/after you browse. Most clothes here are a lot cheaper than those on the high street. C/de la Porlaferrissa / C/dels Boters If you've got money to burn. Finish off the night bar hopping in the city's trendy 'El Born' district. Make your way back to Las Ramblas. minimum purchase €1. Stalls in one half sell clothes such as bikinis. flower sellers. It gives ten journeys for less than the price of six. Pet stalls. Maremàgnum Local 111 This cybercafé only has 5 terminals to choose from but it does boast wonderful surroundings due to its location in Maremagnum. one of Barcelona's newest developments. It has a total of 13 PCs to choose from and it enjoys a great location beside La Sagrada Familia.
Las Ramblas If you're feeling a tad lonely on your travels. €2 per hour. Check out Cathedral de la Seu. you may feel like you need a new companion. you'll find it here! www. you can find pretty much anything you're looking for in this department store which sells everything from sports goods to books. magicians and other street entertainers make it one of the liveliest streets in the world. Whether its cocktails or beers you're after. make sure to visit Capella de Lepanto in the same grounds where you'll find a pond of white geese. budgies . buy a T-10 (ten journeys) for €6. cockerels. Sat & Sun 12pm-10pm.gaudiclub. If so. This is where you will find the city's aquarium. Open daily from 11am-9pm. The stroll through it is fascinating as you learn the story behind this unfinished temple. Not far from the waterfront (and Barceloneta metro station) is Can Paixano (see 'Cheap Eats'). Open Mon-Fri 10am to 10pm.80 for 20 mins.30pm. but it costs nothing to gaze at them.90. and Palau Guell (both just off Las Ramblas). Open daily from 8. extra 5c for every 5 mins thereafter. 90c for 15mins. this market sells all kinds of everything.. Ramble along Las Ramblas One of Europe's most famous streets. Barcelona's best known parks are a great place to chill out. €1. Open daily from 8am-2am. ties and shoes while the other half is where you'll find foods of every colour and description. Wed. buskers. Not far from here are Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. there is something going on along the Ramblas twenty four hours a day. C/de la Portaferrissa 17 Sneakily tucked down a small lane.barcelonaturisme. and you're looking for some of Barcelona's trendiest shops in which to burn it in.
Buy a T-10 for public transport A single journey on Barcelona's metro/bus network costs €1. Open daily from 10am-10pm.50 per hour. Things don't really get going until after midnight so before moving on to the livelier bars. this is where you need to go to do it.
Begin your day at Barcelona's number one attraction. La Sagrada Familia. Best of all.bcn.com www. Go for lunch in Bar del Pi.
Bornet.30pm & 4pm-7. plus endless shops and restaurants. perched just off the northern end of Plaça Catalunya. The former is Gaudi's park just outside the city centre while the latter is located just ten minutes walk from Las Ramblas. rather than paying for single journeys. Visit Catedral de la Seu. The most central of these are the street lights in Placa Reial. Try not to get lost in its labyrinthine streets.com
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. this is where to go to do it as it's just across the road. CDs to stationary.es www. grab a coffee and admire Gaudi's lamposts. Plaça de la Seu Found in the heart of the Barri Gotic. extra 20c for every 5 minutes thereafter.
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Explore the atmospheric Barri Gotic. one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Western Europe. 3 If your visit to Museu Picasso inspires you and you want to let friends and family back home know about it. All along Las Ramblas there are stalls selling pigeons. Sat & Sun from 10am-8pm. this broad pedestrianised street is one of the most popular shopping streets in Bacelona's city centre.25.even lizards! Mercat de Sant Antoni. Barra de Ferro. admission free. El Mercadillo. Chill out in Parc Guell/Parc de la Ciutadella If you need a break from the crowds in the city centre.bikinibcn. two of Gaudi's most fascinating buildings. Ronda Universitat 35 This easyInternetcafé enjoys a fantastic location. €1. human statues. this cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries.30am-1. El Mercadillo is a small market where different outlets share the same shop floor. Plaça de Catalunya With seven floors to choose from. As you'll need to use some mode of transport at least three times. Open Mon. Running parallel to Las Ramblas. Fri.com
www. although the spire and façade weren't added until the late 19th century. it begins at the eastern side of Plaça Catalunya.hostelworld. Soak up the atmosphere along Las Ramblas! Walking towards the port.
Walk down to the waterfront. Ave del Portal de l'Angel Thanks to stores such as Zara. inetcorner. take a left up C/de la Boqueira.
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