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Sarria-Sant Gervasi area: sights, shopping and leisure in Barcelona

We continue the series of articles about the best shopping areas in Barcelona and the opportunities that are offered for everyone who wants to go shopping and find cultural activities in the Catalan capital. Today we will tell you about the elite Sarria-Sant Gervasi district.

 

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Sarria-Sant Gervasi is located in the western part of Barcelona close to Horta-Guinardo, Gracia, Eixample and Les Corts areas. Total area of the Sarria-Sant Gervasi district is 20 km2, the population is about 140 thousand inhabitants. The district consists of 6 parts: Sant Gervasi-Galvany, El Putget i Farró, Sant Gervasi-La Bonanova, Les Tres Torres, Sarria and Vallvidrera, el Tibidabo i les Planes.

The district is surrounded by Diagonal street on one side and by Tibidabo mountain with the part of the Collserola mountain range on the other. Long time ago the territory of Sarria-Sant Gervasi was formed by the several towns joined to Barcelona in the late XIX – early XX centuries. Now it is a picturesque and quiet area located away from the noisy city center. Sarria-Sant Gervasi along with Pedralbes district is also a prestigious area of Barcelona where many famous people live. Here you can find house of Shakira and Gerard Pique.

 

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One of the most beautiful parts of the district is considered to be Tibidabo mountain. You can admire fantastic panoramic views and visit famous Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor on the top of the mountain. In CosmoCaixa museum you can learn more about the human history and life evolution. Here you can find virtual planetarium, the amazon jungle, geological section and many others exhibitions. Parc de Monterols and Turó Park are the perfect places to relax or have lunch.

The best places for shopping in Barcelona in Sarria-Sant Gervasi are situated close to Francesc Pérez-Cabrero Street. Where you can find men’s and women’s elite clothing store Jofré where famous international brands are presented such as Paul Smith, Ralph Laurent, Prada, Marc Jacobs and others.

In the Pau Casals Avenue there are fashionable stores Аvirex, Etro, DM3 and also a store for kids Mon Plus Beau Souvenir and the shop Petit Príncep for babies under 12 months.

Women can enjoy shopping in Barcelona in the boutique TCN in the Mestre Nicolau Street: everything from underwear to outerwear can be found here.

 

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Cintia Boutique sell the best international brands clothing and in the shop Castañer in Mestre Nicolau Street you can choose any kind well-designed shoes and accessories. We highly recommend you to visit Tot-Hom boutique in Balmes Street if you are getting married: here are presented elegant wedding dresses and fashionable women’s clothing. Good jewelry stores are Rosa Bisbe and Domenech Joyeros in the Ganduxer Street.

In Sarria-Sant Gervasi area you can also try Catalan delicacies. Reina Elisenda de Montcada Market in Passeig de la Reina can surprise you with variety of vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and other products. In the street Major de Sarrià threrу is a fantastic confectionery called Foix de Sarria and The Chocolate Factory with variety of cakes, biscuits, meringues and bread. This is where you can find the perfect dessert for a special occasion. Another attractive shop is The Chocolate Factory, which is characterized by a variety of chocolate, jam, truffles and other delicacies.

Bars and restaurants in Sarria-Sant Gervasi area are also very good. In the Bar Tomas they serve the best in Barcelona tapas ‘patatas bravas’. Near the square Plaça de Sarrià is situated the bar El Vell Sarrià, where you can enjoy delicious Catalan cuisine dishes. In the Turo Park there is a good bar called Turo as well where you can try tapas, pizza or pasta with a glass of cold beer.

 

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Other popular bars are Nuba, Dos Torres and La Bodega. And gourmets should visit the 2-star Michelin restaurant AbaC in Barcelona and one-star Freixa Tradició, Via Veneto, Hisop and Hofmann.

Nightlife Lovers should go to cocktail bar Gimlet, located near the metro station Muntaner. Mirablau is an elegant bar where you can sit outside in the terrace with spectacular views and enjoy a delicious cocktail. Furthermore, there is the area of Gracia, where nightlife offers endless entertainment options.

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Sant Martí District: Unforgettable Shopping and leisure in Barcelona

Sant Martí district: unforgettable shopping and leisure in Barcelona

We continue our series of articles dedicated to the neighborhoods of Barcelona, the shopping and leisure in the capital of Catalonia. Today we offer you an article about Sant Marti neighborhood – the neighborhood with an industrial past and innovative future.

Sant Martí is next to such neighborhoods as Ciudad Vella, Eixample, Horta-Guinardó and Sant Andreu. The Plaça de Sant Martí has about 10.5 km2. It is the most populous district after Eixample, 230 people live here. Sant Martí is divided into the following districts: The Camp of LARPA Clot, The Clot, i Llacuna Parc del Poblenou, The Besòs i Maresme Provensals Poblenou, Sant Martí de Provençals and Verneda i la Pau.

 

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From the seventeenth century on the territory of Sant Martí a major industrial areas of Spain was situated. The name of the district coincides with the city of Sant Martí de Provensals, which became part of Barcelona in 1897. Sant Martí has almost all the sea coast of Barcelona, ​​with the exception of Barceloneta.

The particular interest is the area that has been completely rebuilt: The Olympic Village (the Olympic village) and Diagonal Mar and Poblenou with high tech district 22 @ Barcelona district.

Olympic Village is an elite area rehabilitated in relation to the Olympic Games in 1992 here you can also find residential areas with modern houses, beaches and parks, there is a lot of space to walk around. The twin towers have become the gateway to the Olympic Village.

 

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In the Port Olympic occur water sports competitions. A huge goldfish created by Gary Frank has become a new symbol of Barcelona. The main artery of the Olympic Village is Avinguda Icaria with original pergolas and popular cinema Cineplex Icaria Helm.

Diagonal Mar is the district built in the last century. The impetus for its development was the World Cultural Forum held in the capital of Catalonya. Diagonal Mar is famous for its clean and beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and apartments. At the end of May each year, here the popular music festival Primavera Sound occurs. In the Forum building is located the Museum of Natural Sciences in Barcelona. Huge solar panels that show how the city is responsible for energy savings. An incredible Diagonal Mar Park attracts many visitors.

Poble Nou District, formerly known as the “Catalan Manchester” is building quickly. The latest innovation is the district 22 @ Barcelona that has been built in order to convert the industrial area in the center of high technology. This area is the concentration of innovative companies, universities, research centers, support structures, along with residential facilities, buildings and green spaces. Here will be the area for the development of the following sectors: media, information technology, communications, energy, design and medical technology.

Torre Agbar, Parc Central del Poble Nou, the construction of a new market Mercat Encants has become the hallmark of Barcelona.

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Speaking of shopping in the area of Sant Marti worth mentioning such malls as Les Glories and Diagonal Mar, located on Avenida Diagonal. Les Glories – modern shopping center with over 160 shops and fast food restaurants and a Carrefour supermarket. The Diagonal Mar shopping center is one of the largest in Spain, where you can find a number of shops (Zara, H & M, Miss Sixty, Desigual and others), a cinema with 18 halls, restaurants, huge supermarket one of the famous chain Auchan.

In the neighborhood of Poble Nou main street for shopping is the Rambla de Poble Nou. The Mercat Encants – the oldest in Europe – you can find everything you imagine. Other markets are Mercat del Clot and the Mercat de Sant Martí, selling fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, seafood, meats, etc

There are a lot of restaurants in Sant Marti district of Barcelona. A good idea for a snack in the bar or restaurant, Diagonal Mar shopping center many places in Poble Nou, located by the sea, fish and seafood are served. Popular restaurants are Els Pescadors, L’Aliança de Poble Nou, Cala Blanca and Il Chiringuito di Bogatell. Clot County Restaurants, The Chef and Els Tres Porquets are known for their quality food and excellent service.

The undisputed leader of the Sant Martí district of Barcelona by the number of bars and restaurants with terraces outdoors is the Olympic Village. Restaurants distinguished are the Mestral springs of Gregale as Tapas Locas and the Port Tunnel. The Blend Lounge & Bar (Hotel Pullman Barcelona Skipper) you can enjoy cocktails and Mediterranean flavors. Another recommended institution – Barcelona Ice Bar.

The night life in the Olympic Village is very saturated. Along with construction of the twin towers is a casino (Gran Casino de Barcelona) and discos in Barcelona, Opium Mar, Shoko, Catwalk, CDLC and others.

In the neighborhood of Poble Nou is the biggest club in Barcelona Razzmatazz, where popular musical groups make their concerts.

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The best places for recreation and shopping at Les Corts Pedralbes

The best places for recreation and shopping at Les Corts Pedralbes

We present the following article from the series about the neighborhoods of Barcelona and Barcelona’s main attractions, and places to go shopping or spend your stay in this nice Mediterranean town. Let’s talk about Les Corts  – the neighborhood without which it is impossible to imagine the modern history of the city and its sporting life.

 

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Les Corts is located between the districts of Barcelona Sarria-Sant Gervasi, Eixample (Eixample) and Sants-Montjuïc (Montjuïc-Sants). Les Corts area is 6 square kilometers, the population – about 83 thousand people. The district includes the district of Les Corts, The Maternitat i Sant Ramon (La Maternitat and Sant Ramon) and Pedralbes (Pedralbes).

During the walk through Les Corts one could get the feeling that is not in Barcelona, ​​but in some other city. This has a historical explanation: until the end of the late nineteenth century here was a small village of Les Corts de Sarria, which was annexed to Barcelona in 1897.

Currently, Les Corts is a business and financial center of the city with huge buildings, home to numerous hotels and offices. In the district of Les Corts there are two major roads in the city: the Avenida Diagonal and Les Corts Travessera. Perla de Les Corts – Camp Nou, one of the most famous stadiums in the world, belonging to FC Barcelona.

A special place in the district of Les Corts is Pedralbes, you can call the Beverly Hills of Barcelona. Here the houses are spacious and modern, made ​​of individually designed with private pools and flower gardens, which are home to the richest city residents. In Pedralbes there are beautiful parks (eg Cervantes park with a rich collection of roses), the best medical centers (such as Planas Clinic, which specializes in plastic surgery) known educational institutions (including business school ESADE and IESE) , elite sports clubs (including – Real Tennis Club and Real Club de Polo). A place of a great interest is also the Pedralbes landmarks: monastery of the same name of the fourteenth century, the royal palace, pavilions Guell, Gaudi, and a lot more.

 

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Major shopping centers in the district of Les Corts in Barcelona focused on Avinguda Diagonal Centro Comercial L’illa Diagonal – one of the most important places for shopping in Barcelona. Here, under one roof there are the top fashion brands such as Camper, Diesel, Desigual, Mango, Zara and many others, as well as numerous bars, restaurants and cafes. The Pedralbes mall can be combined with a visit to exhibitions, fashion shows, parties or roller, which opens in the winter. Here’s a great selection of clothes and a wide range of high quality products. The nearest shopping center El Corte Ingles, which belongs to the large chain stores in the country, which is considered by the Spaniards as a symbol of their culture. In the district of Pedralbes you can visit the Mirall Pedralbes, where you can find a wide range of products ranging from food and ending with household items, clothing and accessories shopping arcade.

In terms of gastronomy in the area of Les Corts in Barcelona, ​​we can highlight the restaurants Piscolabis y Negro-Rojo in Avinguda Diagonal with a varied menu and a high level of service. Near the L’illa Diagonal shopping center is an island of tranquility – the area of ​​the Place de la Concorde and the pedestrian area with restaurants, bars and small shops.

Jardí de l’Abadessa in Pedralbes invites you to enjoy the cookout, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Those who like to eat seafood must visit Restaurant Triton. Very popular restaurant is also Neichel with Michelin stars.

 

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Among the clubs in Les Corts wi should mention Bikini, located behind the L’illa Diagonal shopping center – its music is music indie, rock, club and house music. Fashion Institution Sala BeCool also, where are the most popular DJs.

In the district of Pedralbes features a range of elegant nightspots, but none of them can compare with the Elephant Club, in which the local bourgeoisie and celebrity meets Barcelona. In the summer months a large Bedouin-style tent, where you can enjoy a pleasant stay with friends in a relaxed atmosphere is established.

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The Old Town – the sights and shopping in Barcelona

The Old Town - the sights and shopping in Barcelona

We continue our series of articles about the neighborhoods of Barcelona, ​​the attractions and the best places to go shopping in the capital of Catalonia. In this article we will discuss the Ciutat Vella (Old City) – the area that attracts tourists from all over the world because of its history, a friendly atmosphere, and a large amount of goods and services presented here.

The Old Town is one of the ten districts of Barcelona, ​​its historic center, that consists of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The grounds of the Old City areas are limited by Sants-Montjuïc (Montjuïc-Sants), L’Eixample (Eixample), Sant Martí (Sant Martí) and the Mediterranean Sea. With an area of 4.49 square kilometers, the population is about 105 thousand people. Officially, the  Old Town  of Barcelona is divided into four districts: El Raval (Raval), El Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), La Barceloneta and Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, where the popular neighborhood called Born is situated.

The Old Town - the sights and shopping in Barcelona History of the  Old Town  of Barcelona begins with the founding of  the Romans in Mount Taber. Until the late twelfth century Barcelona was confined within the walls of the Roman city of the fourth century, then by order of the King’s, the city´s limits were expanded. Barcelona was surrounded by medieval walls till the mid-nineteenth century.

Heart of the Old Town in Barcelona is the Gothic Quarter.  Here is the concentration of many churches and old buildings: Barcelona´s Cathedral,  the Roman walls, the ruins of the palace of Octavian Augustus, Basilica of the Virgin of La Merce (Iglesia de la Mercè), Palau Reial. It is mandatory to visit the Plaza de Sant Jaume (St. James Square), where you will find the Palau de la Generalitat (Catalan government building) and Barcelona City Council.

La-RamblaLa Rambla is the most popular pedestrian street that divides Barcelona’s Raval and Gothic Quarter. It is associated with important places such as the Mercat de la Boqueria (Boqueria Market), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau Güell (Güell Palace), Plaça Reial (Royal Square) and the column with the Columbus monument.

In the Ravalis the district with ancient monuments, such as Sant Pau del Camp (St. Paul Church) and the Church of Saint Augustine (St. Augustine) the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) and the CCCB  (Center Contemporary Culture of Barcelona).

In the Born is the majestic church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Picasso Museum, where you can see the early work of the artist. And for those who want to change their environment and relax in nature, we recommend a walk in the Parc de la Ciutadella, which can be combined with a ride on the boat and the entrance to the zoo.

The Old Town - the sights and shopping in Barcelona The key place for shopping in the Old City of Barcelona is Maremagnum shopping center, where you can go over the bridge of the Rambla del Mar. Portal de l’Angel is another popular shopping area in Barcelona. There is a shopping center El Corte Ingles, and shops with democratic brands like Zara, Bershka and H & M.

On the streets  Princesa and l’Argenteria (Born) are jewelry stores, vintage jewelry, furniture, clothing and gift items (for example, Sequin and Francesc Raich). Traditional shops that offer products in retro style can also be found in the Gothic Quarter and Raval.

Wide range of products are offered at the Mercat de La Boqueria, Mercat de Sant Antoni, Mercat de Santa Caterina, Mercat de la Barceloneta, as well as many small stores, working at night. Casa Gispert Delicatessen in the Born neighborhood offers wine, chocolate, nuts and organic food.

In the Old Town there is a huge variety of restaurants and cafes. Here is the oldest restaurant in Barcelona Can Culleretes (founded in 1786). Plaça Reial (Royal Square) is known for its dining establishments, among which stands out Quinze Nits. Nearby is the Sinatra restaurant with good value. Peruvian Restaurants Macchu Picchu and Peimong are remarkable.

Raval attract a wide variety of international cuisine: restaurants Arabs, Indonesians, Pakistanis coexist with traditional Catalan institutions. We can recommend Mama Coffee, jam and Meson David. Recommended Restaurants in Born are Cuines Santa Maria, La Paradeta, Cal Pep, The Xampanyet.

BarcelonetaIn Barceloneta there are many restaurants serving seafood. Can Majo offers the best paella at an affordable price, The Bombeta is known for its tapas (snacks) and fast service. You can try a menu and dishes of lamb and vegetables in an Indian restaurant Rangoli.

Gourmets will enjoy Michelin restaurant of the old city of Barcelona: 24 Commerce, Two Sticks, and Koy Shunka Saüc.

In the Gothic Quarter such bars as Polaroid, with an atmosphere of the 80s, Pipa Club, Sugar, Bosc de les Fades are recommendable. Among the clubs are well known Sidecar Factory Club, Jamboree, Harlem Jazz Club and Marula Café.

The most famous bars in Born are Movers, Rubi Bar, Cactus Bar, Coppelia Club; in Barceloneta – Jai Bar and Bar Leo Ca. Popular coastal Clubs: Opium Mar, Shoko, CDLC and others. The elegant Eclipse bar on the 26th floor of the W Hotel invites you to enjoy the beautiful views of the coast and try the cocktail.

In Raval it is worth visiting La Concha bar with an Arabic style, Betty Ford, Sifo (23.00 restaurant then – a lively bar), nightclubs 7Sins and MOOG.

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 THE ROUTE OF SHOPPING IN BARCELONA: PASSEIG DE GRACIA

The route of Shopping in Barcelona: Passeig de Gracia

We continue with the column dedicated to the shopping in Barcelona. First of all, we advise you to pay attention to the main shopping street in Barcelona – Paseo de Gracia, in Catalan it is called Passeig de Gracia. In 1827 Paseo de Gracia was the way that united the Catalan capital Barcelona with a small town called Gracia. In 1854 after the destruction of the walls surrounding the city, Barcelona began to extend and the Eixample neighborhood became important. On the street Paseo de Gracia appeared houses with gardens and terraces for wealthy families, also restaurants and theaters. Paseo de Gracia has become a popular place for rich people.

After the international exhibition happened in 1888 in Barcelona, ​​many buildings have been replaced by four-story buildings with shops on the first floor below. The upper class of the citizens began to live on Paseo de Gracia. Famous architects participated in the construction of these buildings, so today we can enjoy the stunning examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the Paseo de Gracia. In the Paseo de Gracia Gaudí and Domenech i Muntaner constructed their works very close to each other, these buildings are considered as the World heritage of UNESCO.

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We advise you to start your shopping tour in Barcelona in Plaza Catalunya and then go to Paseo de Gracia till Avenida Diagonal. In the Plaza Catalunya the English Court is located in the 8th floor of this mall you can find unique things Spanish and international brands. Also you can have coffee or tea before you start your shopping in Barcelona on the top floor of this building where you can see the beautiful view of the city.

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Apple fans can visit their favorite store the Paseo de Gracia, 1. Do not forget that you can return the Tax Free. Next door there are the shops Adidas, Berchka, H & M, Miss Sixty and Stradivarius and on the opposite side Camper, Mango, Zara and Emporio Armani. Also there is the Furest shop, where you can find different brands.

Between Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes and Passeo de Gracia you will find Prats Joiers jewelry. Not far from here you will see the brands Massimo Dutti, Lottusse, Guess, Tommy Hinfiger, Diesel and Tous.

Following the route of shopping in Barcelona you can find stores Adolfo Dominguez, Tiffany, Miumiu, and Manolo Blahnik and Llarenc tambiñen Loewe and Swarovski.

In the corner between Paseo de Gracia and Carrer Arago is the great work of Gaudi – Casa Batllo, across the street at the Carrer de Arago, 333 there is a very special shop of furniture – Dedon.

Between the streets Carrer Arago and Carrer de Valencia on Paseo de Gracia there are Huckett, Sisley, Burberry and Liujo, also Rosa Boulevard Mall, in front of which you can find textile shop Top Natural Fibers.

Between the streets Carrer de Valencia and Carrer de Mallorca don´t miss Brunello Cucinelli, Chanel, Bulgari, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chopard stores, which are very close to each other side. The best wedding dress can be found in Pronovias store.

On Passeig de Gracia you can also find the jewelers and the watch stores Rolex, Cartier, Suarez, Tous. Longchamp, Prada, Carolina Herrera, Hermes and Hugo Boss are also here.

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At the intersection of Paseo de Gracia and Carrer de Provence is the famous Gaudi´s building – the Casa Mila (La Pedrera). Next door are the shops Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Saint Laurent и Stella McCartney, the store front is Santa Eulalia, Ernest Oriol jewelry, stores Mont Blanc, Dolce Gabana, Dirk Bikkembergs and Jimmy Choo.

At the end of the Paseo de Gracia are you will find the best known jewelry international brand – Carrera y Carrera, exclusive porcelain shop Lladró, TCN and Valentino brands.

If you are also looking for the unique jewelry and watches of international brand, then you have to visit Rabat stores, located in Paseo de Gracia 59 and 99.

Paseo de Gracia is known not only as the main shopping street in Barcelona, ​​but also as the neighborhood with the lux hotels. Among them there are five-star hotels Majestik Hotel, Mandarin Hotel and Casa Fuster. Also on the Paseo de Gracia there are restaurants with very good food, for example Pomarada, Fishop and also try different tapas in Txapela.

To make your shopping more comfortable, we elaborated shopping routes in Barcelona.

 

L'Eixample - the district of culture and shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona is a very cozy city located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. The city results to be the key point in the touristic routes in Europe. Comfortable weather, lots of history, unique architecture and excellent cuisine will always attract those who have been here once. Barcelona has an impressive relief, it is surrounded by mountains. The city is divided into 10 districts: Ciutat Vella, L’Eixample, Sants-Montjuïc, Les Corts, Sarria-Sant Gervasi, Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu, Sant Martí.

The heart of Barcelona is Plaça de Catalunya – the place where the old and new districts make a unity. From Plaça Catalunya starts L’Eixample – a neighborhood in Barcelona that occupies the central part of the city.

L’Eixample district is divided in 5 parts: Eixample Vella, L’Eixample Esquerra, La Sagrada Familia,  Sant Antoni and Fort Pienc. L’Eixample was designed by architecture Serda in order to extend the city. The district is the first example of contemporary urbanism.

L’Eixample is the neighborhood with the largest population in Barcelona, ​​located between the Ciutat Vella (Old City) and many other small towns that were around Barcelona before. L’Eixample´s surface is about 7.5 km2. Around 250,000 people live here.

The straight and narrow streets form “manzanas” – neighborhoods in rectangular shape with cut corners. This type of planning does not impede transport circulation and leaves the streets well illuminated and ventilated.

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The most important buildings in the neighborhood of  L’Eixample are in the central districts. Paseo de Gracia is a street where the most prominent buildings created by Gaudí, Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch are located. The best known of them are Amatller House, Casa Batllo, Сasa Mila. These buildings can be considered as the best buildings of modernism. Pretty close is also Fundació Antoni Tàpies, dedicated to the contemporary art. The famous building Punxes House is located on Avenida Diagonal. Palau de la Música Catalana is located on the border between the new and the old city. Tourists from all over the world are attracted to the Temple of the Sagrada Família.

The main street of L’Eixample is Paseo de Gracia. This street can be considered as the largest shopping street in Barcelona, ​​where you can find the worldwide famous brands, such as: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany, Burberry, Adolfo Dominguez, Loewe, Cartier, Chopard, Dirk Bikkembergs, Jimmy Choo, Lladro, Swarovski, RABAT, Zara, Mango, Prada, Camper and more. Right here is the Boulevard Rosa Mall, with a wide variety of exclusive clothing and footwear. Rambla de Catalunya is the street parallel to Paseo de Gracia. Here are the shops of clothes created by the famous designers.

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The largest shopping centers in the Eixample are El Corte Ingles, The Triangle, Fnac which are located in the Plaça Catalunya, El Corte Inglés in Francesc Macia square Arenas in Plaça d’Espanya

In the Eixample there are many supermarkets, for example Mercadona and Lidl. If you need to shop at night, you can always find some small shops. You can buy fresh fish, seafood, meat, fruits and vegetables in the Mercat del Ninot.

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In a special shop called Navarro you can find a great variety of flowers. In the neighborhood there are many shops of home utensils and pet stores.

L´Eixample is a district of bars and restaurants, where you can also order menu of the day (menu del día). In restaurants you can find cuisine from all over the world.

For those who like vegetarian food we recommend to visit Amaltea restaurant.

In Gaudí Avenue there are a lot of places to have a snack – tapas restaurants Tapas Gaudi and La Llesca, also Aladdin restaurant with a libyan cuisine .

For the gourmands we advise to visit a restaurants with two Michelin stars – Lasarte y Moments or also restaurants with a one Michelin star – Caelis, Roca Moo, L’Angle, Cinc Sentits, 41Grados, Gaig, Manairó, Nectari, Tickets and Alkimia.

To spend a good night in the Eixample district you must visit the bars and clubs, those that are next to the University of Barcelona. A classic bar is called Espit Chupitos (shots) where you can try more than 500 types of shots. For the people who prefer cocktails will suite the Dry Martini bar – the perfect place with quiet music and great cervices, also we recommend the Milano bar next to the Plaza Catalunya, the club Mojito is a the perfect place for those who like Latin music. Here at night you can dance salsa, samba, merengue and bachata.

Sights of Barcelona

Barcelona Cathedral

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Barcelona Cathedral is a masterpiece of Catalan Gothic style, and the official residence of the Pope during his visit to Barcelona. Construction of the cathedral began in May 1298. The work was carried out in three phases and lasted 150 years. During the first phase the constructions of the apse, chapels, crypts, the altar and the crypt were carried out. Then three naves and the apron of the chapel were built, the work continued with the construction of the Basilica (1417). Only in the late 19th century the facade was completed with the height of 90 meters. Today, the main altar is a masterpiece of the Cathedral – a statue of Christ Lepanto which previously was guarded in the Spanish fleet and defended the Spanish boats during the fight against the Ottoman Empire (in 1571, the Battle of Lepanto ). The Cathedral has the name of a young 13 years old girl Eulalia, she was persecuted for her Christian faith and suffered many tortures, but never renounced her faith. Hidden crypt chapel, legends, and a small garden with 13 geese – who knows what else can be found in the walls of the cathedral …

Address: Pla de la Seu, 3, Barcelona

Casa Vicens

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The house built in the years 1883 -1885 is one of the most prominent works of Gaudi. The work has nothing to do with contemporary architecture. Gaudi created a work of art, considered as a World Heritage by UNESCO. The planning of the house is quite simple, but with impressive decorative elements. Thanks to the original facades projections, balconies, elegant towers and interesting combinations, Gaudí was able to create the illusion of size, combined with the simplicity of form. In this creation the influence of the oriental style is shown. But the main element of construction is a rough stone. Also, in honor of his client, Gaudí used the bricks produced by Manuel Vicens.

Address: Carrer de les Carolines, 22-24, Barcelona

Torre Agbar

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The building in the form of cucumber shines with different colors at night, as if living a secret life. Torre Agbar has metal plates everywhere where devices are 4,500 LED technology, forming complex combinations (up to 16 million colors). The tower was built by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel. The architect explained that the building was inspired by the main characters in Catalonia, such as the bell tower of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, and the peaks of the mountain of Montserrat, where the Black Virgin is guarded. During a day in the tower the offices of the water channel of Barcelona are situated but after sunset comes a magic moment of light and colors.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 211, Barcelona

El Poble Espanyol

El Poble Espanyol

 

El Poble Espanyol  is an outdoor heritage, which lets you take a trip to Spain without leaving Barcelona. It was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, held in Barcelona. The purpose of the construction was to represent the “ideal village” that combines the features of all the Spanish regions. So a village with 117 buildings representing life-size squares and streets across the Spain appeared in Montjuïc. In the walls of El Poble Espanyol around 30 artisans create unique ceramics, leather, jewelry, baskets, guitars and more with their own hands. There is also a gourmet shop with products from different regions of Spain: sausage, ham, cheese, honey and more. An interesting fact is that in the main square of the Poble Español the final scene of the movie “Perfume” was filmed.

Address: Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13, Barcelona

Shopping in Barcelona

Those who love shopping have begun to choose Barcelona instead of Paris or Milan. This year Barcelona has occupied the first place in Europe in shopping tourism. According to the studies of business-school ESADE, tourists in Barcelona spend about 34 percent of their budget on shopping. And they are right. Shopping in the Catalan capital is characterized by very good prices and very good quality of the products. The best brands are represented here. The city is famous for its shopping opportunities. In Barcelona there are more than 35 000 shops, many streets and shopping district. In the shops of Barcelona you can find clothing and footwear from top brands and collections of Spanish  designers, house utensils and exclusive jewelry. You will be surprised, most of the shops are located in the cultural center of Barcelona. Shopping becomes a way to get to know the city. For example the famous route of shopping in Barcelona is Barcelona Shopping Line. It starts from the Maremagnum shopping center and passes through Las Ramblas, El Barrio Gótico, Paseo de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya and ends at the Avenida Diagonal. The part of Port Vell – La Rambla – Raval – La Ribera – Plaça de Catalunya – Barri Gòtic – Montjuïc those are the places where tradition and modernity form a unique part. Here you can find the stores with more than 100 years of history and very contemporary shopping malls such as El Corte Ingles, Maremagnum and El Triangle. These malls have converted the historical and cultural area also into the shopping area. Here you can also discover the Columbus Monument, Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Palau de la Música, Plaza Real, the Cathedral, the Montjuïc mountain where the famous Pueblo Español is situated, here more than 30 artisans create their exclusive handmade products.

In the modern part of Barcelona, in the Eixample and Paseo de Gracia you will see the works of Gaudi – Casa Batllo and Casa Mila (La Pedrera). Here is also Boulevard Rosa, where you can find more than 100 worldwide well-known brands.

Barcelona Shopping Line can be divided into two parts. The first part ends at the Paseo de Gracia with Avenida Diagonal. The second part is from the L’illa Diagonal shopping center to Pedralbes Centre. It is one of the best malls in Barcelona.

The most popular shopping center in Barcelona is La Roca Village outlet. It’s where American, Chinese, Japanese (24 percent of all the sales), French and Russian (22 percent) visitors do their shopping.

If we talk about sales-seasons, they occur in Barcelona twice a year. The winter sales begin on 7 January and last until the end of February, the summer sales begin on 1 July and end on August 31.

Have a good shopping in Barcelona!

Sights of Girona

The Jewish district (El Call)

The Jewish district (El Call)

One of the symbolic parts of the Old City is the Jewish district, consisting of back alleys, courtyards and arches that create a Medieval atmosphere. This is the Jewish district, very large and well-preserved in Europe. The district appeared in Girona in the ninth century, in the fifteenth century the Jews had to leave Spain. Finally, the poor Christians came to the neighborhood, but they did not have enough money to rebuild it. Today people with artistic spirit live here. If you look well, you can see the stars of David everywhere. Right here, in ancient Synagogue is the museum of Jewish history. Those who live in Girona say that most of the money for the Columbus voyage was obtained right here.

Address: the center of Girona, to the south of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral

Catedral Girona

Built between the eleventh and eighteenth century, the cathedral represents a harmonious mixture of different styles of architecture from Roman style (Monastery and the Tower of Charlemagne) to Baroque (facade and stairs). But most impressive is the widest Gothic nave (23 meters). In the cathedral statues, manuscripts, the utensils of the church, the gold and silver goods are stored. The most important is the carpet “Creation of the World” from the XI-XII centuries. According to the legend each step up the ladder (90 step) removes 1 sin.

Address: Plaza de la Catedral Open: April to October from 10 to 19.30 November to March from 10 to 18.30

Houses on the river Oñar

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In XVII during the war for independence the city wall in Girona was destroyed. After this the colorful houses were built in this place. Eventually the houses were rebuilt. The houses are on the border of the old city and create a picturesque panorama. These houses have become a symbol of Girona, visitors like to take pictures in front of them. For someone the houses remind Venice to others Florence, but anyway, houses in the river Oñar form part of Girona, a city where history and modernity live in a set.

Address: La Rambla Llibertat

The world’s best restaurant El Celler de Can Roca

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Last year the British Restaurant Magazine has published a list of 50 best restaurants in the world. The first row of 2013 has occupied El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. Today three Roca brothers managed the restaurant. Joan Roca – the creator of taste, the head of the kitchen, the researcher and teacher of the culinary. Jordi Roca creates sweet anarchy, he is responsible for the sweetest part – desserts. Josep Roca – the magician of Celler, guru in the world of drinking. In the restaurant you will get an adequate ration of innovation and tradition, thanks to which the El Celler de Can Roca has 3 Michelin stars since 2009, which is considered as the best prize in the world of gastronomy. Few stars are given but enough are removed. The pleasure of visiting El Celler de Can Roca is between 135 and 200 euros. For the next 11 months everything is already booked, but you can be lucky and visit the restaurant if someone cancels the visit.

The address: C / Can Sunyer, 48 Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 13: 00-16: 00/20: 30-23: 00

Catalonia's Beaches

Playa del Garraf (Barcelona)

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Costa del Garraf  is situated in a neighborhood near Sitges. The most frequent visitors are locals, who are looking for two things: exclusivity and the opportunity to get away from the noise of the Catalan capital. The beach length is 380 meters, there is fine sand mixed with pebbles. On the shoreline you can see picturesque wooden cottages, fishermen’s huts that create a very special atmosphere. At noon you can dine at the restaurants on the beach, hiding from the scorching Mediterranean sun.

Location: Carrer Mirador del Port, s/n, Garraf  (Barcelona)
Distance from Barcelona: 30 km

 

Playa Fonda (Tarragona)

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Fonda is one of the best-preserved beaches of Tarragona, it has almost the same appearance as 100 years ago. The beach is situated near Marquesa forest, which has a great ecological value in this part of the coast. Beach with 200 meters longitude is protected by limestone cliffs of yellow color, which appears golden under the sun shines. Warm waters, fine sand and magical forest´s aromas guarantee the perfect pastime. We recommend bringing food and drinks with you.

Location: Espai Natural de la Punta de la Mora, s/n, Tarragona
Distance from Barcelona: 42 km

 

Playa Aigublava (Girona)

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The Aiguablava beach is situated in the village Begur on the Costa Brava and it is a paradise created by nature itself. Fine golden sand, turquoise sea and picturesque scales – this is a characteristic of a place. A cozy cove surrounded by high cliffs and dense pine forests is ideal for couples who want to spend romantic time and for all who appreciate a calm resort. The beach is 75 meters. There is a restaurant nearby. Environmental Foundation of Europe awarded ‘Blue Flag’ to this beach.

Location: PlatjaD’Aiguablava, s/n, Begur
Distance from Barcelona: 139 km

 

Playa Portitxol (Girona)

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Portitxol Beach is surrounded by the forest of pines that almost reaches the water. The beach has fine golden sand and calm water. On the right side there are rocks curiously shaped that dip in the sea, rocks on the left side separate the beach from the other one and from the monastery. The beach is very quiet, the coast is shallow, making the place to be ideal for games with children. The beach is 250 meters. You can have your meal in “chiringuito” – the restaurant on the beach, opened only during summer.

Location: Dr. Pi i Llussà, s/n, L’Escala (Girona)
Distance from Barcelona: 144 km

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