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Holidays in Barcelona, Spain

Posted January 9, 2011 by BookingBuddy

Draped along the rugged Mediterranean coast, Barcelona greets visitors with abundant sunshine, friendly people, fantastic food, and its famous nightlife scene. Stroll along the Passeig de Gràcia past breathtaking Gaudí buildings and chic shops, explore the Barri Gòtic 's (Gothic quarter) tight streets, admire the Sagrada Familia's elegant spires, or simply catch some rays on bustling La Barceloneta. Whether you want to party all night or simply relax with a glass of wine and tapas, Barcelona makes you feel at home.  Cheap year round flights to Barcelona from the UK make it hard to resist a holiday in this Spanish city.

 

Eat

Casa Delfin: Want to eat like a local? Tucked away in El Born, Casa Delfin is understated, casual, and far enough off the tourist track that you may be the only foreigner there.  The restaurant  serves tapas and mains at reasonable prices, and everything is full of flavor. Service is friendly and professional. Best of all, patrons can sit outside on the pedestrian Passeig del Born, across from the Mercat del Born. A great place to while away the evening hours with wine and good food. Tapas from around €5, mains from around €10.

 

Stay

Hotel Cram: Barcelona is known for its "design hotels," which emphasize form, often at the expense of function; but while the Cram's curved walls and circular bathrooms may be disconcerting at first, the hotel's location and rooftop plunge pool and deck more than make this a worthwhile stay. Situated just three blocks from the bustling Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona's quiet L'Eixample area, Hotel Cram provides easy access to Gaudí's Casa Mila, the Plaça de Catalunya, Las Ramblas, and the Barcelona metro. Windows open to L'Eixample's breezy, tree-lined streets, which are busy during the day but quieter in the evening. The hotel offers breakfast (extra charge) on the rooftop deck, and there are plenty of cafes and bakeries nearby. Rooms start at around €120 during high season.

 

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El Born (la Ribera): This little piece of Barcelona, wedged between the Barri Gòtic and La Barceloneta in Barcelona's old city, is a breath of fresh air in one of the city's most tourist-heavy areas. Simply cross the Via Laietana, and souvenir shops are largely replaced by boutiques, galleries, and, of course, cafes and restaurants. El Born is also home to the Museu Picasso. It's easy, and enjoyable, to get lost here!

City Breaks In Barcelona – Barcelona Hotels

Posted July 10, 2009 by BookingBuddy

Barcelona_sunset Whether you’re looking for a short weekend getaway or a longer holiday, Barcelona has lots to offer you. The city is famous for the fantastical buildings of Antoni Gaudi, but the Gothic quarter also offers a wealth of lesser-known, yet no less beautiful architectural creatures. If all you’re looking for is a relaxing break, then simply head to its nearby beaches where you can lie back and work on that tan.

Stay
Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya – Located right in the centre of town, this hotel has the added advantage of being only a minute away from the main train station, with lots of public transport nearby. For a fantastic view of Barcelona, head up to the hotel’s restaurant on the 23rd floor – the food’s not too shabby either. If you need to relax, pop into the spa and try a therapeutic hydro-massage. Rooms start at around £90 per night.

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Parc Guell – No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to at least of one Gaudi’s  creations. However, if you don’t feel like spending a nice sunny day inside a building, then why not spend it in this park? You’ll think you’ve stepped into a wonderland as a multicoloured dragon fountain greets you at the entrance. The rest of the park is filled with Gaudi’s whimsical, seemingly outlandish designs. Walk up to the large cross at the top of the park for a panoramic view of the whole city. Take a rest and have a seat on the long serpentine bench at the main terrace – said to be inspired by the imprint of buttocks in wet clay. Entrance to the park is free.

Eat
Quimet y Quimet – This tavern has been open for over a century, and is still run by the same family that started it (the titular Quimets). The wall behind the bar is filled floor to ceiling with canned and bottled goods, and the selection of tapas served seems almost limitless. The adventurous gastronomes among you may opt for a taste of the tou dels tillers (cheese stuffed with trout roe and truffles). Or you could just try the classic dishes such as potato croquettes, tortillas, and empanadas – simple food all cooked to perfection. Tapas start from around £2.


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Hotels In Barcelona - City Breaks

Posted May 18, 2009 by BookingBuddy


Barcelona_la_rambla If the spring weather at home is turning out to be a tad disappointing, why not head somewhere else for a dose of sunshine? And you don’t even have to go far – Cheap flights to Barcelona are only a short plane ride away, and is chockfull of history, great food and exciting sights. And your helpful friends at Bookingbuddy are here to recommend some places you can stay at while you’re over there enjoying yourself.

Splurge – Hotel 1898

Centrally located right on La Rambla, this five-star hotel gives you easy access to most of the city’s must-see sights. The Gothic neighbourhood, Palau de la Musica Catalana,  and Plaza Catalunya are all only minutes away by foot. If you’re afraid the street noise might get too much, simply ask for a room towards the back, where you’ll be able to sleep in peace. And should all that walking about take its toll on your feet, simply pop into the hotel’s spa and ask for a foot massage, or just lie back and relax in while indulging in a full body massage.

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Midrange – Villa Emilia

This stylish little boutique hotel is situated just off the city centre and has only 53 rooms - perfect for those of you craving a little peace and quiet. This is also one of the few pet-friendly places around, so if you can’t bare to leave your furry little darling behind, then take them along on holiday! If all your sightseeing is giving you a bit of an appetite, simply head back here and make a beeline for their free coffee and croissants, which are dished out between 5 to 7pm.

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Budget – Hosteria Grau

If you’re looking for somewhere that’s inexpensive yet close to the city centre, then book yourself a room at this little place! Unlike most other budget places which tend to be a fair way away from the action, this historic building is just a short walk from La Rambla and only minutes away from Plaza Catalunya. Although billed as a hostel, the rooms are more similar to bed-and-breakfast style accommodation, which is great if you’re hesitant about sharing bathrooms with a bunch of drunk backpackers.

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Have you got any recommendations for accommodation in Barcelona? If so, please leave us a comment!

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