information about Barcelona
The City & The History
Barcelona got, doubtless thanks to the Olympic Games 1992, its exit
in the tourist world. Not only did the city picture and structure
change, by opening the city towards the sea, but also the Catalan
During the last years, the city has become a very attractive place
to travel to in Europe. It is an open and flexible city, filled
with culture and street life. Here you will find the contrasts,
the humane relations, the traditions and the joins in life.
The metropol is today "a sea of small villages", with
their plazas and churches, with their markets and also with their
different way of living and talking. Before each quarter in the
city was its own village and with the increase and development of
the city, the villages have grown together and become the Barcelona
we see today.
The best way to discover Barcelona is without question by foot and
the street you just must "taste" is Las Ramblas. The most
famous pedestrian street in Barcelona goes from Plaza Catalunya
down to the sea, where Cristoffer Columbus proudly stands looking
over the sea. Las Ramblas is a mix of artist actions, live statues,
sale of news papers, flowers and birds. Further down the artists
sell their drawings and their handcraft. Las Ramblas is with right
called the pulse of Barcelona, because here you can feel the breath
of the city. Everyone staying for a while or living in Barcelona
will sooner or later pass by this street.
Ciutat Vella is a fantastic example of Barcelona going against the
popular and commercial development of shops. Instead they keep the
original shops. News and old stuff get together here, as well as
beautiful things and ugly things, expensive things and cheap things.
You will never get bored shopping in Barcelona. And everywhere you
will hear the music of musicians on the street, artists painting
and everywhere you will find a bar where you can take a coffee and
just have a look of the street life of Barcelona.
The history of Barcelona is long and very interesting and the most
fantastic is how much the middle age culture is still kept in Ciutat
Vella, for example big parts of the city wall. The most exiting
way to discover the history of Barcelona is to walk around the street
of the Old Town, the Gothic Quarters. Besides the Cathedral and
the home of the Bishop, we recommend Plaza San Jaime, where the
Government of Catalonia is. To learn more about the Catalan history,
visit the Historic Museum, Palau de Mar, Plaza de Pau Vila 3 (Port
• Restaurants & Bars
If your purpose is to do a tasting tour of the brilliant gastronomy
in the Catalan capital, Barcelona, you will need to take you time
during at least a week. The street is overfloading of nice and good
restaurants. The prices varies from 18 € for a table full of
tapas to between 30 € - 60 € per person in the most exclusive
The Tapas Bars
To eat tapas ("tapeo") is not only a way of tasting a
little bit of everything and share between the friends. It is a
way of relationship, a part of the social life that is so important
for every Spanish person.
La Estrella de Plata, C/. Plaza de Palau 9 (Ciutat Vella)
Comerç 24, C./ Comerç 24 (Ciutat Vella)
Casa Pepe, Pza Bonanova 4 (Sarrià)
Ciudad Condal, Rambla de Catalunya 18 (L'Eixample)
El Xampanyet, Calle Montcada 22 (Ciutat Vella)
La Bodegueta, Rambla de Catalunya, 98-100 (L'Eixample)
Santa Maria, C/ Comerç 17 (Ciutat Vella)
On Calle Mercé there are several tapas bars with its origen
from Asturias and Galicia. Visit La Socarrena (Mercé 21),
La Plata (Mercé 28), Bar Celta (Mercé 16) and specially
O'Pescador (Mercé/Simó Oller).
The best cafées
The street cafées exists on every street and at every corner
and is a nice environment to rest the hurting feet after a shopping
trip along the streets of Barcelona.
Caelum, C/ De La Palla 8 (Ciutat Vella)
Café de l`Opera, Las Ramblas 74 (Ciutat Vella)
Café Schilling, Ferran 23 (Ciutat Vella)
Café Zurich, Plaza Catalunya 1
The Lunch Restaurants
Since Barcelona is a hectic business city there are hundreds of
very good lunch restaurants in every corner. The habitants are most
of the time very lojal to their neighbourhood and they always go
to the same restaurant. Thelunch is very important in Spain, it
always contains in 3 dishes, almost always with wine and water,
but of course, here the lunch is 2 hours long, so why not enjoy
Agua, Paseo Maritimo de la Barceloneta 30 (Port Olimpic)
Hostal de la Rita, C/. Aragó 279 (L'Eixample)
Tenorio, C/. Paseo de Gracia 37 (L'Eixample)
La Tramoia, Rambla de Catalunya 15 (L'Eixample)
Senyor Parellada, C/ Argenteria, 37 (Ciutat Vella), tfn +34 93 310
Els 4 Gats, C/ Montsio 3 (Ciutat Vella), tfn +34 93 302 4140-
Set Portes, Passeig Isabel II (Ciutat Vella), 14, tfn +34 93 319
A Contraluz, C/ Milanesat 19 (Sarrià)
Tragaluz, Paseo de Concepcion 5 (L'Eixample)
El Japonés, Paseo de Concepció 5 (L'Eixample)
El Mercante di Venezia, C/. José Anselmo Clavé 11
Exclusive / Exprimental Catalan kitchen
Barcelona has, since several years ago, improve their fame in the
gastronomic world and especially the Catalan kitchen is today known
to be the most interesting and different in Spain. In Barcelona
you can find several exclusive restaurants where you can try the
most delicious dishes with inspiration from Catalan, Japanese and
French kitchen. The prices are between 36 and60 € / person.
Casa Leopoldo, San Rafael 24 (Ciutat Vella)
Hofmann, C/. Argenteria 74-78 (Ciutat Vella)
Abac, Rec 79-89 (Ciutat Vella)
Can Gaig, Paseo Maragall 402 (Horta)
Neichel, Beltran i Róspide 16 (Sarrià)
• Night Life
The night life in Barcelona is vibrating, bubbling, flexible and
maybe even chocking. It is like everything is acceptable and it
is not strange if a persons comes into a place with green hair,
a or if you see a drag queen among the people. Here are places for
all kind of people and maybe the best thing with Barcelona is that
all kinds of people can actually meet on the same dance floor.
Dry Martini, Aribau 162 (L'Eixample)
Gimlet, Rec 24 (Ciutat Vella) and Santaló 46 (Sarrià)
Café Schilling, Ferran 23 (Ciutat Vella)
Margarita Blue, C/. José Anselm Clavé 6 (Ciutat Vella)
Rita Blue, Plaza Sant Agusti 3
Luz de gas, Muntaner 246
Mirablau, Pza Dr Andreu 2
Otto Zutz, Lincoln 15 (Sarrià)
La Paloma, Tigre 27 (Ciutat Vella)
La Fira, Provença 171 (L'Eixample)
Maremagnum, Port Vell.
Jamboree, Plaza Reial 17 (Ciutat Vella)
Harlem Jazz Club, Comtessa de Sobradiel 8 (Ciutat Vella)
Jazzman, C/. Roger de Flor 238 (Gracia)
La Boite, Diagonal 477 (L'Eixample)
Little Italy, Rec 30 (Ciutat Vella
• Culture & Attractions
Barcelona is doubtless today a very important reference in the international
architect and design world. From the spectacular buildings of the
genius Gaudí to the elegant artist Antonio Miró, the
city has kept a design and architectural area of high quality. Gaudí
has, by his fantastic house façades, succeeded to give Barcelona
a design name in the world. Many of his masterpieces is today the
most attractive culture attractions in the city.
Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Paseo de Gracia - Calle Rossellón.
Casa Batlló, a little further down the street Paseo de Gracia.
Sagrada Familia, Gaudís masterpiece.
Parc Guëll, incredible park.
Architecture in Barcelona is, however, not only Gaudí. Some
Casa Amatller, (beside Casa Batlló onPaseo de Gracia) and
Casa Terrades (Avda Diagonal 416-420) by the architect Josep Puig
Palau de la Musica, modernist masterpiece by the architect Domenech
Montjuïc, the mountain that closes the south access, nice views.
Sport area during the Olympic Games 1992.
Port Olimpic with restaurant, bars, beaches, etc.etc.
Fundacion Joan Miró, Parc de Mont Juic, Pza Neptu, Mont Juic.
Fundacion Antoni Tapiés, C/ Aragon, 225.
MACBA, the Modern Museum of Barcelona in the Raval Quarters.
Picasso-muséet, C/ Montcada, 15.
Pueblo Español, mini-villages in Montjuïc.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Mirador del Palau 6 (Montjuïc)
Among all the streets in the Old Town and Gracia Quarters you can
find shops you never have seen before. Some shops is specialized
in extreme platform shoes or underwear, other sell strange decorations
for the house.
The shops normally close around 21.00 with a lunch break between
14–16:30, but there are also several shops (fashion shops
and shopping centres like L´Illa on Avenida Diagonal and Boulevard
Rosa at Paseo de Gracia 55) that has opened during the whole day.
Shoes are cheap in Barcelona and there are two streets where the
shoe shops are in row: Visit Avda. Puerta del Angel and Calle Pelayo,
where you also find many shops with youth fashion.
Design / decoration
The offer of exclusive decoration and design shops is enormous,
especially along the street "Consell de Cents"(L’Eixample).
Calle Palla and Calle Banys Nous (Ciutat Vella) have become one
of the most important street where you find antiquario shops. Take
your time and enjoy the enormous and various offer. Shops that should
B.D. Ediciones de Diseño is a magnificent interior shop in
an old building by the famous architect Domenech i Muntaner. The
shop is specialized on exclusive design furniture’s C/. Mallorca,
Vincon, Paseo de Gracia, 96, is the most famous design shop in Barcelona
with the latest for the home.
Camilla Hamm down in the Born quarters, C/. Rec, avantgardistic
modern furniture and decorations items.
La Perla Gris that has fantastic textiles, near Plaza de Pí
Sala Gaspar, classical design shop on Consell de Cent 323.
Sala Dalmau, well known design and furniture shop, Consell de Cent
Edicions T, Consell de Cent 282, and Carles Tache, Consell de Cent
290, run by the children of the famous artist Tápies.
Sala Joan Prats, Barcelona maybe oldest antic shop, on Calle Petritxol.
Nomada’s, import from the Africa kontinent, all kinds of stuff,
from furniture to mystic masks. C/. Palla (Ciutat Vella).
Zeta the city’s most known "underground design"
with sale of gifts and decorations items. C./ Avinyo, 22 (Ciutat
2 BIS here you find small items for your home, decoration and exclusive
design sculptures in a wonderful mix, C/. Bisbe 2 (Ciutat Vella),
the street between the Cathedral and Plaza Sant Jaume.
Exclusive clothes shops you find on Paseo de Gracia (L’Eixample)
and surroundings. A walk on Avda Portal del Angel and C/. Portaferissa
(Ciutat Vella) gives you a fantastic offer of youth fashioin for
Calvin Klein, Calvins own very good looking shop. Avda. Diagonal,
Furest, the best shop for male clothes, Paseo de Gracia 14 (L’Eixample).
La Gralla, is a big gallery with young and trendy international
fashion. C/ Portaferissa (Ciutat Vella).
Massimo Dutti, Pza de Catalunya, just beside Sephora. Good looking
and trendy clothes to good prices.
Sephora, is just under Café Zurich with a gigantic offer
of perfume and cosmetics. Plaza de Cataluña.
Zara, is Spain’s answer to Hennes & Mauritz . Zara has
male-, female- and children fashion, simple and practical clothes
to good prices. Paseo de Gracia 16 (L’Eixample).
A music city has of course a good selection of music shops:
FNAC, the shopping centre with international press, music, books
and IT. Plaza de Cataluña.
El Corte Inglés, famous ware house with a good music department.
Avenida Portal del Angel.
Overstocks, C/. Tallers 9 and Discos Edison’s, Riera Baixa
10, they say that what you don’t find here is not to find
any other place.
Finally, if you wish to take some Catalan sweets with you home,
you should visit some of the delicatessen shops. If you are looking
for wine from Catalonia or Spain, go in to a special “Bodega”,
where you can taste the wines and also get some home made “tapas”.
Planelles Donat, has the best “turrón” in Barcelonas,
Spanish nougat. The shop has existed since 1850. Avda. Portal del
Angel 7 and 25.
Solingen has a fantastic offer of knives of every size and shape.
It is on Plaza del Pí (Ciutat Vella).
Puzzlemania is the shop for you who likes puzzles. C/. Diputación
Comics – big offer of cartoon from the whole world. with everything
that has to do with cartoons, from books to clothes, Via Layetana
Les Mil i Una Nines, here you find exclusive doll models by Philip
Heath, Götz, Anna Mitrani and Silvia Nattarer. C/. Ramón
y Cajal (Grácia).
• Fun for kids
Zoo, is located in the big Parc Ciutadella, between Arc Triumf and
Port Olimpic, and it is said it is the biggest zoo in the country.
It has put its name on the map thanks to “Copito de nieve"
(The Snowflake), an albino gorilla that has grown up on the Zoo
i Barcelona. The zoo shows all kinds of animals from the whole world
and you can enjoy dolphins, lions, giraffes, etc.
L'Aquarium, Maremagnum (Port Vell), invites you to “dive”
into the sea water by taking a walk under the water where the fishes
are swimming above your head (tunnels in a huge aquarium). There
are also a department where the children can play and discover the
maritime live on their own.
Tivoli Tibidabo, on the top of the Tibidabo-mountain. With fantastic
views over the city, this entertainment park invites with all the
normal ingredients that a park should have.
• Excursions outside Barcelona
The Costa Brava coast is along the north coast of Barcelona and
it takes between 40 and 90 minutes to go with car. We recommend
to visit the many small fishing villages, like for example Begur,
Tossa de Mar, Llafranc, Tamariu, L'Escala and Pals.
Montserrat is a mountain, about 40 km from Barcelona, with dramatically
rock formations and a middle age monastery.
Sitges, popular tourist resort with many small street and long beaches,
located around 40 km from Barcelona.
Real Club de Golf El Prat, 36-holes with four different routes.
Located just by the sea, 7 km from Barcelona airport and 21 km from
the city centre. Open all year around and with all necessary service.
It is a very popular court, so make sure you have booked in advance.
Green fee: 84,48 € (weekends 168,96 €). Tfn: +34 93 379
0278. Fax: +34 93 370 5102.
Club de Golf Terramar, 18-holes in Sitges. Open all year around
(closed Tuesdays from October to June). Book in advance. Green fee:
55 € (weekends 80 €). Tfn: +34 93 894 0580. Fax: +34 93
Club de Golf Vallromanes, 18-holes, located north of Barcelona,
on the way between El Masnou and Garanollers, km 7,5 (motorway Barcelona-Mataró,
exit nr 6 Alella). Green fee: 72 € (weekends 120 €). Tfn:
+34 93 572 9064, Fax: +34 93 572 9330.
Club de Golf Sant Cugat, is a popular 18-hole court, in Sant Cugat
del Vallès, 20 km outside Barcelona. Book in advance. Green
fee: Mon 50 €, Tue-Fri 65 € (weekends 130 €). Tfn:
+34 93 674 3908 or +34 93 674 3958. Fax: +34 93 675 5152.
Club de Golf Llavaneres, 18-hole court in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres,
34 km north of Barcelona (motorway Barcelona-Mataró, exit
17). Open all year (closed Mondays from 15/9 to 10/7). Tfn: +34
93 792 6050. Fax: +34 93 795 2558.
Buses and subway
The bus and subway system is very well planned, good informed and
easy to use. There are integrated tickets that is valid both on
buses and subway, also the trains going outside the city. Either
you can by a 10-travel ticket (6,90€) or a one-day-card (5,20
€) that gives you the right to travel how much you wish during
24 hours. For more information, go to the information desk on the
Barcelona is a very hectic traffic street and it gets easily traffic
jams during the day, but generally it is quit easy to drive in the
city, thanks to the straight one-way streets. Just be careful with
the scooters. They seem to be thinking they are the only ones on
Taxi is not expensive, a normal trip within the city area costs
between 6 and 10 €. If you order the taxi by phone, the extra
fee is around 2 €, however the best way to find a taxi is out
on the street, you can see the yellow-black cars everywhere.
Los apartamentos de Apartaments Ciutat Vella son perfectos
para viajes de familia grande o grupo. La finca entera contiene
un total de 16 camas, entre ellos 4 en sofacama. En el mismo
edifico está ubicado la oficina de la empresa gestora,
Avenida Media Services.