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Tapas Bars and Restaurants in the Gothic Quarter


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The Barri Gotic, its Catalan name (Gothic Quarter), is no doubt the true heart of the city. In its labyrinth of winding streets and asymmetric squares which goes from the famous Las Ramblas to the sea at ‘Drassanes’ you can find some really good Tapas places and restaurants.. here our recommendations: 4_gats_barcelona
ELS QUATRE GATS
Famous for being one of Picasso’s old watering holes, Els Quatre Gats is a classic that still enjoys the patronage of upper class Barcelona society. Good quality food served by very formal waiting staff in a charming venue, but the history of the place is what sets it apart.
Price: Expensive
Address: Calle Montsió 3 bis (Metro L1- L3, Catalunya)
Telephone: +34 93 302 41 40
VILDSVIN L’ANTIGA TAVERNA
Elegant restaurant with a marble and polished wood interior. A good option for those who prefer international food. Oysters are the house speciality.
Price: Medium / Expensive
Address: Calle Ferran 38 (Metro L3, Liceu)
Telephone: +34 93 317 94 07
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LES QUINZE NITS 
Large restaurant, with terrace, serving good quality modern mediterranean food at reasonable prices in the centre of the Barrio Gótico. It is not possible to book a table and, in the evening, long queues often form up outside the restaurant.
Price: Medium
Address: Plaça Reial 6 (Metro L3, Liceu)
Telephone: +34 93 317 30 75
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LOS CARACOLES
Voluminous restaurant whose name means “snails” in Spanish. Unsurprisingly, snails are a speciality, but so also is spit-roasted chicken, slowly turning on the grills in front of you. There is also a full menu of Catalan and Spanish dishes. The Plaza Reial apartments are in the same building as Los Caracoles.
Price: Medium
Address: Calle Escudellers 14 (Metro L3, Liceu)
Telephone: 93 302 31 85
Website: Los Caracoles
Email:loscaracoles@loscaracoles.esCredits Pics: Pic #1, Pic #2, Pic #3
 
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Top 5 attractions in Barcelona


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Here is some help if you are wondering, which are the Top 5 things to see in Barcelona. Number 1 - Sagrada Familia Barcelonas is famous for La Sagrada Familia, a huuuuge church built by Antoni Gaudi. They are building on this church now  for more than 120 years and it is still, yes STILL, under construction. 55 % are finished, which include the Nativity Facade and the Passion facade and as well 8 towers (at the end 12 - one for each apostel). You can't really describe this incredible church with word, so you better watch the video :) Metro: Sagrada Familia Price: 13 € adults, 11 € students Number 2 - La Fontana Magica The Magic Fountain makes you feel like in Disneyland. It is located between the MNAC, the Museum of National Art of Catalunya and Plaza España with its "Las Arenas" Shoppingmall and 2 big towers. The Magic Fountain consists first of all, goes without saying" of a looot of water. Apart from that it is illuminated and the colors are changing PLUS there is music as well. Sometimes there is also a music theme, such as Walt Diney movies, Christmas songs, Rock songs, classical music etc. So sit there on the stairs, enjoy a cold spanish beer and watch this great show of water, light and music. Metro: Espanya Price: for free :) Open: in Summer from Thu to Sun from 20:00 until 24:00 (you better don't go before 22:00, otherwise you will still have daylight) Number 3 - Las Ramblas Las Ramblas is more or less the tourist avenue of Barcelona and one of the most famous symbols of the city. They reach from Plaza Catalunya all the way down to the Columbus Statue at the port and Las Ramblas consist of six avenues, each one with a name and its own history: together they form a one kilometer walk around a continuous show of street performers, mimes, jugglers, musicians and sellers, framed by a large number of shops, bars and restaurants. Life on the Ramblas never stops, night and day. The central part of the avenues is pedestrian, always full of tourists attracted by the colorful and lively atmosphere. Metro: Catalunya, Liceu or Drassanes Number 4 - Casa Mila Casa Milà or also known asLa Pedrerais a building on Passeig de Gracia (#92) and was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It was built between 1905–1910 and was officially completed in 1912. It is constructed entirely in natural stones, and lacking all the colors and ornamentation design. The UNESCO declared Casa Milà in 1984 as a World Heritage Site (as all teh Gaudi buildings). The building is made open to the public by the Catalunya Caixa Foundation, which manages the various exhibitions and activities and visits to the interior and roof. Metro: Passeig de Gracia or Diagonal Price: 14 € adults, 10 € students Number 5 - Stadium Camp Nou (FC Barcelona) This 5 Star Stadium has been the FC Barcelona stadium since the date of it's inauguration - the 24th of September 1957. With a capacity of 99.354 it is now the biggest stadium in Europe. There is even a chapel in the stadium. Some tours through the stadium are offered. In case you are interested, click here. In case you want to get some tickets for the next Barca match in Camp Nou, clickhere. Metro: Maria Cristina or Collblanc Price Tour: 23 € adults, 17 € students Price Match: starting at 17 €  
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Brunch in Barcelona


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Waking up late after a long saturday night out is not a surprise in Barcelona. Being hungover is one feeling you might have.. after the first hour of being awake another feeling is coming up.. craving for food.

If you don't fancy a Kebab or Lahmacun from "around the corner" then you should check this:


RAVAL BRUNCH!


Every sunday from 12:00 until 16:00 you can find a huge brunch, which is a mix of BReakfast and luNCH, in the Hotel Barceló Raval.

I promise you, that you have never seen a bruch like this: Juices, Fruits, Bakery Corner, Delicious Desserts such as Homemade Sorbets, Sandwiches, Scrambled eggs,  and much much more! And to give you the right vibes there is also a live DJ!

All of this you can enjoy in the coolest quarter of Barcelona: on the 360° terrace bar on the 11th floor and also in the B Lounge Restaurant of the Barceló Hotel in Raval.

So if you want to enjoy a really good and big breakfast-lunch, then you shouldn't miss this offer, which is, as far as I found, the unique offer of this kind in Barcelona!

Here you can find the best apartments in Barcelona!


Price: 25 €
Address:
Rambla del Raval 17-21
Barcelona
Metro: Liceu (L3) or Sant Antoni (L2)

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What do you know about Catalan culture?!


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Welcome to Barcelona - welcome to Catalunya!

Here some interesting facts about the Catalan culture:

1. People in Catalunya mostly speak 2 languages: Castellano (the "common" spanish) and Catalan, which is typical and the language of Catalunya. Catalan is a romance language which has been spoken for more than 1.000 years. Today, 10 million people speak Catalan - and not only in Spain! People speak it also in Andorra, France and Italy.
Catalan is the 8th most used language on the internet in relation to its speakers. Catalan is the 14th most spoken language in the European Union and the 22nd most translated language in the world. 125 universities in 32 countries teach Catalan.

2. Did you know that catalans have created some of the most important avant-garde masterpieces?
The famous artists Dalí, Miró, Tàpies and Barceló they are all part of the Catalan culture and you can admire their work in many places all over Barcelona.

3. Did you know that Catalunya is the first linguistic and cultural community with an own web domain? Althought Catalunya is not an independent country (not yet wink), there is an own web domain since September 2005, which is .cat

Salvador Dali Elephants4. Did you know that Catalan authors are read and translated all over the world?
A lot of famous authors are catalan.. for example Jaume Cabré, Mercè Rodoreda, Quim Monzó, Carme Riera, Baltasar Porcel, Maria Barbal and the famous Joan Fuster.

5. The catalan food is great and really tasty. But did you know that some of the best chefs in the world are catalan? Ferran Adrià, Carme Ruscadella and Joan Roca are all part of the Catalan culture.

Do want want to learn some catalan expressions before coming to Barcelona? click here

source: flyer from omnium.cat
credits pics:
Joan Miro 
Salvador Dali 
Catalunya 

 

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Sant Jordi´s day in Catalonia


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Next April 23rd is the Barcelona's Valentine's day

Sant Jordi´s day in Barcelona
Picture by: Juliana Aristizabal

sant jordi´s day

 

Get ready for this day, the Barcelona's Valentine's day, one of the most amazing events that you will live during your stay in Barcelona.

Sant Jordi´s (Saint George's) day is a romantic, friendly, colorful, playful and sweet day where lovers live a burst of love and sentimentalism. Even if you don’t have a “special” someone, this day will be marvelous and we are going to explain you what makes this day so special.

First, the 23rd of April the Catalans celebrate the Sant Jordi’s day, Patron Saint of Catalonia. In addition, they celebrate the day of rose and the day of book where Men gave women roses and women give men a good book to celebrate the occasion.

Second, on April 23rd the day of International Book Day is celebrated (both Cervantes and Shakespeare died on april 23rd in 1616).

Sant Jordi Barcelona
Picture by: Juliana Aristizabal

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And third, the memory of a legend. But what is this legend about? To understand a little bit what this day is about, you should know the famous myth about one dragon, one princess and of course one knight.

About the Dragon and the Princess

The story goes more or less this way: - Once upon a time in a village called Montblanc, one Dragon frightened all town eating first all of their animals, and when it was over with the animals, it decided to start eating the residents. One day the King’s daughter was chosen for the evil dragon… but do not worry... Now is when the hero appears, Saint George killed the dragon with his sword and saved the princess. From the dead body of the dragon broke out a beautiful red rose … Saint George took it and gave it to his princess.

The legend of St. George was written in the thirteenth century by Jacobus de Voragine in his famous work "The Golden Legend."

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What to do this day:

-Take a walk through Gracia, Passeig de Gracia and Las Ramblas, as well as all over the city, hundreds of flowers and books are selling.

-Take some time to see the sardana, a typical dance performed in Plaça Sant Jaume, while the Generalitat opens its doors to the public.

-Go to the Barri Gotic,  theres stages set up and free concerts.

-Eat the traditionally coca, a sort of cake, is eaten on this day.  It can be found in any local bakery and purchased by the slice or the loaf. 

The Sant Jordi´s day in Barcelona
Picture by: Juliana Aristizabal

Here is a video from the Sardanas, check it out! it is really cool!

 

So bring someone you love dearly to Barcelona on friday 23rd April!

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PIM PAM Burgers in Barcelona

Do you want to try the best and most famous burgers in Barcelona? Come to Pim Pam! 
Pim Pam changed the concept of Fast Food into Fast Good - something far more tasty. 
In Pim Pam they just use top quality fresh ingredients and cook them to delicious original recipes to give you a pleasure for your taste buds you will not forget that easily. 
And not just the mouthwatering burgers are completely fresh here - also the fries. All the burgers are prepared in front of your eyes and you can decide what you want to have on it - lettuce, onions, pickles etc. 
Pim Pam made it already into a lot of newspapers and magazines (it even made it into the spanish fashion magazine "Elle") - have a look here - so it is kind of famous. BUT despite that the prices are reasonable - nothing over the 5,50 € mark and the size of the burgers is really good too.
So, what are you waiting for? We do have two Pim Pam Burgers in Barcelona: one in El Born and one in Bonanova. 
AND.. one thing I HAVE TO mention: They have the original P&W American Style Pommes Frites Sauce, which is to die for!!!
Address:
Pim Pam El Born (downtown)
Sabateret, 4 in 08003 Barcelona
open: 13:00 until 00:00, on Fri and Sat until 00:30
Pim Pam Bonanova (uptown)
Bigai, 1 in 08022 Barcelona
open: 13:00 until 00:00, on Fri and Sat until 00:30
Pim Pam on Facebook
credits pics: Pim Pams Facebook page
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Cosmo Caixa – Science for everybody in Barcelona

You don't like boring museum? We neither!! So let's go to Cosmo Caixa!
Cosmo Caixa is an interactive museum in Barcelona, which offers its visitors a lot of activities and permanent and temporary exhibitions to give a greater and understandable insight into the world of science. Every visitor can really explore science and take an active part in this.
One of the Highlight in Cosmo Caixa Barcelona is the Flooded Forest, a recreation of piece of Amazonian rainforest ecosystem of a size of 1 km², featuring piranhas, crocodiles and other animals as well as tyoical plants for this zone.
Cosmo Caixa is not to be seen as a normal (and sometimes boring.. psssst) museum. No, it is an interactive museum, where getting knowledge about what is going on in the world in fun and first of all interesting.
At the moment there is the exhibition "Epidèmia", which shows the visitors how diseases have shaped human history. Epidèmia explains you by using artistical elements and literary, musical and cinematic references some of the most fearsome diseases of the world and their impact on society. Visitors can discover the different types of organisms causing diseases and how they function. Furthermore it is shown how diseases can be prevented. All this in a really understandable and quite interesting way.
This museum is definitely highly recommendable for children!
Address: Isaac Newton, 26 in 08022 Barcelona
open: Tue to Sun and Public Holidays from 10am until 8pm, Mo just open during the Christmas and Easter Holidays and in Summer
Entrance: regular 3 €, reduced 2 € and with the Barcelona Card free entrance
For more information about Cosmo Caixa click here
credits pics: Logo Cosmo Caixa and Microscope
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Ryans Irish Pubs – the cheapest Irish Pubs in Barcelona!!

Where is the Craic? (Irish for "Where is great fun/drinks/music etc?") - HERE is the Craic!!!
Welcome to Ryans Irish Pubs, where there's no Happy Hour, only HAPPY DAYS!!
You want to have fun, meet cool people from all over the world, get cheap drinks and good food? Come to Ryans Irish Pubs!!
Ryans is everywhere and always great! In Barcelona we have at the moment 4 Ryans pubs:
#1 Ryans Paradis (the street is called "Paradis", but the name fits pretty well actually)
This Ryans is well located in the heart of Barcelona. It has three floors and a big cellar downstairs, where they have special events such as live music, Halloween Parties, Erasmus Parties and so on.
If you are interested in sports, this is the place to be! They show all top sports events on 5 large screens, including all the premiership football games!
How do you get there? Metro L3 to Liceu or Metro L4 to Jaume I (address: Paradis 4, just off of Plaza St. Jaume)
#2 Ryans Ample
This one is the most cozy and intimate Ryans, we have here in Barcelona. Three large plasma TV screens are available for all the important sporting events. It is pretty close to the port, so you can hang out there in the afternoon sun after having some refreshing Magners!
How do you get there? Metro L3 to Drassanes or Metro L4 to Barceloneta (address: C/ Ample, 28)
#3 Ryans Escudellers
Located just right off la Rambla in one of the best streets to go out in Barcelona and almost in front of my favourite Pizza Place plus one step away from the famous Plaza Real, you can find Ryans Escudellers. Decorated in the typical Irish style with wodden interior, there is always something going on - meet people, watch sports and have a great time! 
How do you get there? Metro L3 to Liceu or Drassanes (address: C/ Escudellers, 24)
And last but definitely not least... Nuuuumbeeer 4... I proudly preeeesent you the reopening ooooof Ryans Barcelonetaaa Beaaaach!!
Ryans knows that all the people spending time at the beach in summer miss Ryans in daytime.. but you know "If the mountain will not come to Mohamet, Mohamet must go to the mountain. "
Ryans Barceloneta is one of the hottest places at the beach front and right at the famous Cubes sculpture. It offers you a big nice terrace facing the Mediterranean Sea. Ryans Barceloneta is not just another expensive Beach Bar.. no! Its Ryans!
How do you get there? Metro L4 to Barceloneta or Vila Olimpica (address: C/Judici, 15)
Ryans Offers Events Barcelona
Now you know where you can find Ryans? But what do you get there?
Really cheap drinks, an awesome time, friendly staff which makes you feel like at home and a lot of special events and offers.. such as:
Pints' Night!! - in Ryans Paradis 2,50 € all Pints all night long every Monday
Mojito Madness!! - in every Ryans fresh handmade Mojitos for just 2,50 € every Wednesday
Ladies Night!! - in Ryans Escudellers 2,50 € all cocktails for the ladies every Thursday
Noche de Nachos!! - for the amigos in Ryans Paradis an awesome plate of Nachos with cheese and guacamole PLUS 2 San Miguel for just 5 € every Thursday
Live Music Night!! - every Friday and Saturday in Ryans Paradis
BUT thats not all! 
Get 5 shots of Tequila, Sambuca, Schnapps, Vodka or Rum for just 5 €
Get a bottle of San Miguel for just 2 € 
(Little advice: be clever and become a friend of Ryans on Facebook, click on "Happy Days!" and get your membercard to always have it for just 1 €)
Get a longdrink or a cocktail for just 3 € every day until 10pm
PLUS they offer Burgers, Fish and Chips, Cheesy Chips, Spicy Wedges and much more for really cheap prices!
So come to Ryans and experience the craic!
credits pics: Ryans Logo
cubes: copyright Julia Kaesehage (juliakaesehage@web.de)
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Plaza de Sant Felip Neri

In one late summer night last year I was walking around the streets of Barcelonas Gothic Quarter and accidentially stepped on this square - surprisingly I never heard before about it.

First the sound of the bubbling water of the fountain in the middle of the square caught my attention. The whole square was illuminated by the moonlight. It was kind of creepy. A friend, I was with, told me to turn around and have a look at the walls of the church and the buildings around the square  - there were holes, which seem like bullet holes, everywhere - and he started telling me the story of Plaza de Sant Felip Neri:

plaça-sant-felip-neri“This square was built on the grounds of a cemetery and the church on it was built in 1752. Look at the walls..they tells us now the awful tragic past of this little square in the heart of Barcelonas Gothic Quarter. Some people still tell that the holes in the stones of the church were from the bullets of Anarchist execution squads, who had shot priests standing against the wall of the church. Look up there.. can you see the holes halfway up the church? How bad was this squad in shooting? Execution squads? No! This was just one of the lies which were told by the Francoist authorities. They did not shoot the priests here, it was a bomb, which was supposed to go down on Plaza Sant Jaume with it’s governmental buildings, missed it and fell in this square - killing 22 adults and 20 children, which were playing here. Using this lie and renovating the facades of the buildings facing the church, they wanted to cover up the death of 42 people here on January 30 in 1938. The rescue workers pulled out the survivors from the church and another bomb fell in the square, killing more. It was the second worst bombing atrocity during the war.”

This is the tragic story of Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, which is definitely one of Barcelonas most romantic squares, but it gives you goosebumbs at the same time when you think of it’s history. You will find a plaque there (left hand from the church) telling “In memory of the victims of the bombing of Sant Felip Neri. Here 42 people died, the majority children, by the action of the fascist aviation on the 30th of January, 1938”

Nowadays there is a school on this square and children are playing football around the fountain – you can hear them laughing. It is a very special and magical place in Barcelona, which should not be missed.

If you saw Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, you might remember one scene, in which Rebecca Hall (Vicky) and Scarlett Johansson (Cristina) had lunch in the square. It was also being used as one location for “Perfume: The story of a murderer”. Grenouille is observing the plum girl there.

It is a little challenge to find it in the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, but I will tell you, how to get there:

Go off Plaza Sant Jaume to Carrer del Bisbe, after around 150 meters you will see a little square at the left. After this square you can see a narrow street, take this one and follow it – it leads you directly to Plaza de Sant Felip Neri.

  Pic 1: spanje.blog.nl Pic 2 and 3: © Julia Kaesehage
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Xampanyeria “Can Paixano” – a MUST when in Barcelona

Ok guys, you already know about my favourite pizza place in Barcelona.. now it’s time to have some drinks in one of the amazing bars in BARcelona!! What do you think about self-made cava (Catalonians champagne) and some chorizo, Manchego cheese and spanish sausages. It’s actually always the same when I tell people to go there and give them the direction. When I meet them again, I always hear.. Can paixano “Yeah and then we walked down to the port, into Carrer de la Reina Cristina.. we didn’t see anything which looked liked that place u were talking about.. just some random shops with watches and stuff.. and THEN we looked to the left.. a bar, completely packed, ham was hanging on the ceiling, we smelled the sandwiches already outside on the street and the glasses of cava, standing on the bar, seemed like calling us” Honestly.. it’s always something like that. well. let’s get a bit more into the details. The Xampanyeria Bar Barcelona was founded in 1969.. so I already heard my uncle talking about his visit there in 1985. He was extremely excited when I told him that I go there every week now since I live here in Barcelona. Can Paixano has still the atmosphere of a traditional sailors tavern. You won’t find any seats.. no.. everybody is standing, handing glasses of cava over heads to friends and eating these amazing bocadillos and tapas they are offering there. You are not getting “any” cava there.. the 4 kinds offered are self-made and very very tasty. I do prefer the Rosat, which costs just 0.95 € a glass (the “most expensive” is 1.45 €, I think). They never serve you the first glass of cava there unless you also order something to eat (just for the first glass) - which is good, because everybody should try the bocadillos (spanish for “sandwiches”) they serve there. You can choose between hot (melted cheese and bacon, chorizo etc.) and cold ones (ham, salmon, cheese etc.) and as well plates with manchego cheese, ham or pieces of hot Spanish sausages. Also the food is really cheap – I love the bocadillo with chorizo and it’s just 1.80 €. When you go there before 5pm they also serve bottles, which start at 4.60 €. You will also find a little shop at the back of the bar, where you can buy bottles to take home (bottles start at 2.30 €) It’s always pretty packed in this bar in Barcelona ..but don’t get scared..haha..you will find Spanish and catalan people drinking their cava next to Barcelona Erasmus students and people from all over the world – it’s a really nice atmosphere there and you always meet new people. So guys, what are you waiting for? Go there, have some glasses and after that you can hang out a bit under the palmtrees at the amazing port of Barcelona – that’s how we do it here! The best is to go there at 8ish for a little pregame before partying, because they close at 10.30pm. Here is the complete address: Can Paixano Carrer de la Reina Cristina 7 08003 Barcelona Metro: Barceloneta (Line 4)
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