Bohemia Barcelona

Gran de Gracia 123, Barcelona, 08012, Spain
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Best spot?

by unaS

Any suggestion on the best spot to stand (or sit if possible) to view the Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona?

From this view on youtube:
it would appear that one doesn't want to be too close to get a good over-all view.

Re: Best spot?

by puerto_lover

Did you see Belsaita's pictures ?

Re: Best spot?

by unaS

Yes, I did, thanks. Belsaita's pages are the first ones I read when I began planning my trip ;)

Re: Best spot?

by Belsaita

hehehe :)

My pictures were taken from several points. It does not get so crowded you can't move around. Incidentally, the day I took the pictures my aim was not watching the fountains, I just passed by at the show time and I had my camera with me.

At Maria Cristina Avenue you will get an overview of the fountains and the Palau Nacional behind... but most probably you can't sit anywhere. You may sit down at the stairs, but in this case you will have the Palau Nacional behind you (not so good view IMHO)

Re: Best spot?

by unaS

I noticed in your photos that people were sitting on the steps, but then the fountains are behind them, no?

Also some seemed to be sitting on a wall around the fountains?

Better to see after dark, I guess?

Thanks for the information!

Re: Best spot?

by Belsaita

people do sit all around, even if the view is not that great. The steps are between the main jets and the MNAC (Palau Nacional)

there is usually many people in the terrace in front of the MNAC as well, so seeing the fountains from "above". However I would not recommend this place for a first visit (but is a different perspective when you already have seen others)

The show does not last so much, you can go a bit early, sit somewhere people watching, once the show starts you can get up to a place with better views.
The shows are at sunset/night. I do prefer it when is not totally dark, so the buildings around add to the visual effect

Re: Best spot?

by unaS

Nice to know that! I would have thought to get there after dark, now I know better.
Have added this to my Barcelona folder.

Re: Best spot?

by tango_jd

From my own Barcelona /tips pages :-

There are VERY FEW TOILETS.....Don't drink lots of beer, make sure to "go" beforehand, and if you do need to use the toilet, then might be worth walking to the hotel at the end of Plaça d'Espanya to use that rather than queing at the cafe!

Re: Best spot?

by unaS

Thanks John. VERY important info indeed!

Re: Best spot?

by Badger1492

Another very important tip and not to put a damper on things, but this is prime hunting grounds for pickpockets. Be on extra high alert. My wife got her wallet taken out of her bag there or on the metro coming from there. We were living in Barcelona, very savvy about the situation and still we got burned. Just be extra careful where there are crowds of tourists. Have fun (seriously).


Re: Best spot?

by unaS

Thanks Badger. That is a given.

Travel Tips for Barcelona

Casa Calvet

by Klod5

Casa Calvet (Calvet House), located at No. 48 Carrer de Casp in Barcelona, was erected between 1898 and 1900 for the Calvets, a family of textile industrialists. It was built with offices on the ground floor, though the space now hosts a restaurant. Gaudi's most conventional work, it received the Barcelona City Council Award in 1900. The edifice is the first built by Gaudi along the strictly codified lines of houses in the Eixample district. The stone facade with its bay windows and sculptural decoration as well as the vestibule, stairway, and elevator reflect baroque influences. The remainder shows a much more personal and functional solution in which the bay-windows form a visual continuity. The roof is topped with two pediments, each supporting a wrought iron cross, and are surrounded by various pieces of stone ornamentation as well as statues of St.-Gines and St.-Peter, patron saints of the Calvet home town of Vilasar de Mar. Casa Calvet features several smaller instances of fine workmanship. The furniture for the offices and the first floor was designed by Gaudi himself and is considered particularly noteworthy. Wrought iron is cleverly employed, especially in the form a door knocker where one raises a Greek cross to crush an insect. The building's interior boasts an incredible amount of detail and color as well.



Although Spanish is spoken all over Spain, Catalan is the official language -next to Spanish- in Catalunya, where Barcelona is the capital. So you'll find everything in Catalan, such as the name of the streets, some menu in some restaurants, and even TV channels!
But don't worry. The people are well aware that this is a touristic place, and they will speak to you in Spanish if you need to. Well, that is if you speak Spanish....


by emilybcn

-bring a warm jacket, like a peacoat, something wool etc.
-bring black comfortable boots.
-bring an umbrella.
-Assume Spain is warm in the winter, warmer than Northern Europe maybe but not beach weather by any means.
-wear sandals.
-wear your university sweater(if you want to fit in) if not wear it who cares!


by jorgejuansanchez

Travel literature, guides and maps.
This is a temple for the travellers, the kilometre cero. A unique library dedicated entirely to the travels with a great collection of maps.
It is even greater then the mythical (and first founded in Europe) Ulysses library in Paris (so named because before there was a library devoted to James Joyce).
There is a announcements tableau where people sell tickets or request company to share expenses to cross the Sahara dessert in a land rover, or look for a companion to make an around the world journey.
They also sell folkloric music from the five continents.
Even if you do not have any intention to buy any book, it is worth to have a look at it if you are a traveller in transit to Barcelona. The travel atmosphere is contagious. They sell books not only in Spanish, but also in French, English and many other European languages.
They have a filial in Madrid.

Gran Via 616, Barcelona, near Plaza Cataluna

Ski-ing outfit

by martin_nl about Pull and Bear

Pull and Bear is a world wide chain with a street culture concept. They sell different types of clothing ranging from ski and other sport outfits, to more casual clothing. I might sound funny, but I bought a beautiful ski outfit in Pull and Bear. The quality is really good and attention is paid to a lot of details. I paid much less than I had expected to pay for a ski suit. The pants I bought were 40 EUR and the jacket 80 EUR. So 120 EUR in total!!


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