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GETTING TO KNOW BARCELONA

For an opportunity to relive the atmosphere of medieval Barcelona, try strolling through the Gothic Quarter around the Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and other ancient buildings which have remained the homes of the government institutions right down to the present day: the City Hall (el Ayuntamiento) and the Palau de la Generalitat ( the seat of the Catalan autonomous government) .

The Picasso Museum and the splendid Gothic church of Santa María del Mar are located nearby the Ribera district (el Borne), while the Cuitadella Park, which contains the Zoo, more museums, and the Catalan Parliament, are only a little farther away. From here you can walk along the seafront to La Barceloneta, a district built in the 18th century which has preserved its old seafaring atmosphere and now offers numerous fine seafood restaurants.

You will almost certainly want to stroll along the Rambla, past the Liceu opera house, admiring the stands selling birds and flowers, and the kiosks with their newspapers, magazines and books. Whether by day or night, the atmosphere of the Rambla is unique and if you linger long enough, you’ll see how your fellow strollers change from one hour to the next. And there’s always a good choice of places to stop for a drink or a meal on the Rambla itself or in the adjoining side streets.

All the SPAINFLAT apartments follow a rigorous selection process and are chosen for their uniqueness and location. The apartments are centrally located and close to the major tourist attractions that your holiday destination offers.

Barcelona underwent a boom in the 19th century as a result of industrialization. The surrounding towns and villages were absorbed under the trendsetting city plan drawn up by Ildefons Cerdà which resulted n the creation of the Eixample district, today full of boutiques and art galleries.

It’s well worth walking along the spacious Paseo de Gràcia to admire the Modernist-style houses at the intersection with Calle Aragón and Antoni Gaudí’s Pedrera with its ondulating façade. Other works by Gaudí which not should be missed are the vast and amazing Sagrada Familia church, on the outskirts of the Eixample and Güell Park.

Elegant residential districts, such as Pedralbes with it’s gothic walled monastery, lie along the foot of the Collserola range towards the Tibidabo hill. It is possible to reach the amusement park on the top of the hill by taking the charming old-fashioned Blue Tram and then the funicular.

On Montjuïc, Barcelona’s other hill which overlooks the sea, attractively landscaped gardens provide the setting for museums, such as the Miró Foundation, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, the great Olympic sports facilities - including the old Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi- and the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol), which contains reproductions of typical buildings of all over Spain.

The old port (Port Vell) has been given a face-lift and turned into one of the city’s most attractive entertainment districts, with facilities stretching beyond la Barceloneta as far as the New Port and the Olympic Village, overshadowed by its twin skyscrapers.

At any time of the year Barcelona is alive with numerous cultural, commercial and sports attractions: concerts, operas, plays, exhibitions, good restaurants, international fairs, shops and art galleries. Barcelona, one of Europe’s great cities, is a place well worth visiting and once you get to know it, you will return time and time again.

Remember that on the SPAINFLAT website you can quickly and easily search for and reserve online apartments or studios in Barcelona or the coast for vacations, weekend breaks or business trips.


MUSEUMS
 
Museo de arte contemporánea de Barcelona MACBA
Plaça dels Angels
tel: 93 412 08 10
Closed Tuesdays entrance 4,21€
 
Museo nacional de arte de Cataluña MNAC
Palacio nacional-Montjuïc
tel: 93 622 03 75
Closed Mondays entrance 3,01-5,41€
 


Centro de cultura contemporánea de Barcelona CCCB
Montalegre,5
tel: 93 306 41 00
Closed Mondays entrance 3,61€

 
Museo Barbier-Mueller de arte Precolombino

Montcada 12-14
tel: 93 268 39 38
Closed Mondays entrance 3€
 
Museo de Arte moderno del MNAC

Parc de la Cuitadella
tel: 93 319 57 28
Closed Mondays entrance 3,01-5,41€
 
Museo Picasso

Montcada 15-19
tel: 93 319 63 10
Closed Mondays entrance 3,61-4,81€
 
Museo de la historia de la cuidad

Plaza del Rei
tel: 93 315 11 11
Closed Mondays entrance 3,01€
 
Museo Maritimo
Avenida Drassanes
tel: 93 318 32 45
Closed Mondays entrance 4,81€
 
Museo de la historia de Cataluña

Plaza Pau Vila 3
tel: 93 225 47 00
Closed Mondays entrance 2,10-3,01€
 
Museo de la Ciencia
Teodor Roviralta 55
tel: 93 212 60 50
Closed Mondays entrance 3,01€
 
Museo FC Barcelona
Avenida A Maillol acceso 7
tel: 93 496 36 00
Entrance 2,85€

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