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It’s time to visit Barcelona: activities and accommodations

One of the big European cities where you would love to live and explore calmly is Barcelona.It’s one of the safest cities in the world, with high quality public services and a great artistic history. Catalonia capital invites us to travel around it and explore its beaches and museums, as well as going shopping in the city, visiting its varied shops or simply enjoy a romantic getaway at the weekend. It’s also the perfect city for business meetings at its specially designed hotel. In conclusion, you must visit it.

Activities in Barcelona

If you have enough time, you may want to visit some of the beaches in Barcelona such as:  Sant Sebastia, Sant Miquel, Barceloneta, Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Baños del Forum.

If you would like to visit the most emblematic places of the city, you should go to: Museo Picasso, Fundacion Joan Miro, Castillo de Montjuic, Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia Basilique, Plaza de Cataluña, Tibidabo, or the magic Montjuic fountain.

Where to stay at Barcelona?

There is a wide range of hotels where to stay or spend the day in the Catalan capital. We made a list of the best accommodation options in Barcelona, taking into account the service quality, the location and the deals and experiences offered, because your stay is essential for us. Here’s a list of the best hotels you can choose if you visit Barcelona:

·       One of the best design hotels in the centre of Barcelona. It’s one of the most demanded hotels because of its guest services. We are talking about Petit Palace Barcelona. The best advantage of this hotels is its location, close to any place you would like to visit. The perfect hotel for a city break without any transport or traffic difficulty. An amazing 4-star hotel.

·       Museum Barcelona: the Petit Museum Barcelona hotel is an architectural jewel, perfect for a romantic getaway in Barcelona or for a business meeting. It’s just in front of Plaza de Cataluña and it’s considered an architectural icon of Catalan modernism.

The fabulous modernist Güell Park of Barcelona

Gaudí’s footprints in Barcelona cannot be missed during any type of trip or getaway. As the greatest world exponent of modernism, Antoni Gaudí has sprinkled all the nooks of the city with important works, among which we find one which makes the difference: the Güell Park.

Without taking anything away from the Sagrada Familia, the park offers a tour around a modernist style accessible for all ages and type of travellers: you do not need to be an expert art lover to enjoy its beauty and originality, its colours and its stunning views, its surroundings and its different outdoor leisure proposals.

With more than 100 years of history, the park is one of the reference tourist attractions in Barcelona, and it has been chosen as the setting of famous films such as Vicky, Cristina i Barcelona by Woody Alen, and it is a daily meeting point for locals and tourists from all over the world.

Useful information:

  • It is open every day of the year.

→ From the 1st of January to the 28th of March: from 08.30 am to 06.15 pm (last access 05.30 pm)

→ From the 25th of October to the 31st of December: 08.30 am to 06.15 pm (last access 05.30 pm)

→ From the 4th of May to the 6st of September: 08.00 am to 09.30 pm (last access 09.00 pm)

→ From the 29th of March to the 3d of May: from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm (last access 07.30 pm)

→ From the 7th of September to the 24th of October: from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm (last access 07.30 pm)

  • Tickets prices: the general ticket costs 7€ online and 8€ at the ticket office. Admission free for children under 6. Tickets for children 7-12 cost 4.90€ (5.60€ at the ticket office), like tickets for people over 65.

  • Accommodation: there are different hotels in the centre of Barcelona which offer services and complete information about routes and leisure activities. Some 4-star hotels in Barcelona combine these services with a good quality price ratio:

New boutique hotels in Barcelona for 2015

We keep talking about boutique hotels as a different trip plan for 2015. After the previous short introduction and our short trip for some charming accommodations in Madrid, this time we will travel to Barcelona, another big city in Spain where you can enjoy a wide variety of boutique hotels characterised by their design, singular spaces and personal attention.

The big difference between Barcelona and Madrid is that the Catalonian capital always stands out for its taste for design and innovation.  It is also important to bear in mind that this city has higher rates than Madrid and its attractions are more distant from each other, in comparison with the Spanish capital, where we find clearly an historic and artistic centre.

In Barcelona you can book a good boutique hotel in almost any pace and enjoy the authentic ambience of the city without needing to be very close to the old town. Nevertheless, it is truth that some of the most singular hotels in Barcelona are situated in famous streets such as Ciutat Vella, L’Eixample, Gràcia, etc. You can find a few interesting hotels in Poble Nou, but not as much as in the aforementioned areas.

Posada del Peine Hotel Petit Palace

Posada del Peine Hotel Petit Palace

Modernism is another hallmark. All the modernist area has wonderful must-visit hotels. This is the case of Museum Barcelona Hotel, one of the classic one in this city, where you can rest in an old modernist house (Garriga Nogués House) which has been completely and very gently refurbished and almost all the period details have been preserved.

Along with this, also managed by Petit Palace chain –which is one of the most important and best examples of boutique hotels in Spain-, it is worth mentioning the Boquería Hotel, renowned in the city for its beautiful romantic garden surrounding it and shaping the entire hotel. In this case, besides being an accommodation that boasts exquisite details, it stands out for its location, just some metres away from the famous market which gives it its name.

What you should always request in a boutique hotel in Barcelona is spaces conceived to enjoy experiences in the hotel representing a trip motivation in themselves. This is one of the main characteristics of Barceló chain with its Raval Hotel: although it cannot be considered a boutique hotel for its dimensions and accommodation capacity, it has applied this philosophy in its spaces, creating one of the fashionable terrace roofs in Barcelona where tourist from all over the world want to be, being or not guests of the hotel.  Creating a viewpoint of the city is a real success, undoubtedly, since it is one of the best marketing formulas nowadays.

Being linked to the destination and achieving that the hotel, its spaces and activities make part of the social schedule of a city such as Barcelona is worth taking your hat off to. Few are the ones who achieve it, but there are more and more trying to. It is truth that many boutique hotels in Barcelona have not much capacity to make them know by word to mouth, but it is clear that in this hard-fought industry, as in others, making efforts, listening to the customer and making good investments give good results. If not in the short-term, then in the medium-long-term.

Choosing the right accommodation is essential, since many call themselves boutique hotels, but they are really a small and family accommodation where you feel at home… with all that being at home implies. Without an attraction, without extra services.  That is not a good boutique hotel, but a small hotel. Pay attention, because there are many of these ones in Barcelona.

You should always request quality (never stay at a 1 or 2-star hotel, although you see an attractive price) and trust in the previous guests’ reviews: those who have tried it before can tell you what you will really find. But, do not hesitate to try a good boutique hotel, it will worth it.

Catalonia Sagrada Familia Hotel

Catalonia Sagrada Familia Hotel

There are hotels in Barcelona that can offer you experiences similar to the boutique hotels –maybe with a less noticeable personal attention- that will help you to plan a romantic escapade or a trip with friends completely different from what you have seen before. Some hotels that give this type of added value are, for example, hotels such as Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, where, from the beginning of the stay you see that everything is organized, every service and facility is conscientiously designed to offer the maximum comfort and the best experiences. If you want to make sure of this, you just need to stay at one of its rooms next to Plaza España or to enjoy its swimming pool in the terrace roof.

This type of accommodations (most of them 4-5 stars) are a not very affordable, but you should also check the prices in relation to the quality: we often get swept up in the offer, thinking of a low cost accommodation… and then we end up writing a bad review about a hotel for which we had many expectations and have paid too little.

Barcelona and its 40 markets

When you are travelling to another country or city, you need to dive in its culinary culture if you want to truly discover that place. Savouring its traditions and discovering its smells is essential to find the unique tastes that have conditioned its people. Thus, the markets, taverns and most popular restaurants are a must visit place during a tourist route around the city.

In this case, we recommend you discover the truly essence of Barcelona visiting, at least, some of its 40 municipal markets full of colour, taste, smell and delicious gastronomic proposals proper of this innovative Mediterranean city.

Confortel Barcelona Hotel

Confortel Barcelona Hotel

Apart from the famous Sant Josep market (real name of the Boquería market) you will be amazed with the typical products of the market, like meats, fish, fresh vegetables, fashion of local designers, craftwork or the daily cultural activities that take place in different meeting points of the city.

All those interested may enjoy the different routes around the markets of Barcelona, among which we highlight the modernist route and the route around the historic markets. If you stay in a hotel in the Eixample of Barcelona, you will be really close to some of the most emblematic markets of the city, like the Conception Market or the already mentioned and famous La Boquería market, to which we have to add the Santa Caterina market in Ciutat Vella, really close to the cathedral. It stands out for being one of the last refurbished markets of the city. You can also visit in the surroundings the Barceloneta market, whose architecture and materials have made it one of the greatest municipal heritages of Barcelona.

If you have booked a hotel in the area of Las Glorias squares you will be near the Encants Vells market, an outdoor market where you can find furniture, clothes, antiques, books and toys.  Besides, on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 am different auctions are hold (the only auction of these characteristics in Europe).

Despite you stay in a hotel near Las Ramblas of Barcelona, it is worth walking further the old town and doing a route around the modernist markets: the Liberty market, in Gràcia; the Galvany and Sarrià markets, in the Sarrià districts; the Sants market, in the area of Montjuïc and the Sant Antoni market, in the Eixample. All the buildings have a great historic value for the city and its society.

These buildings, some of them refurbished and some of them being refurbished right now, offer all type of products and a wide range of workshops and activities.