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clean, friendly hotel near centre

by maadii

Hello fellow VTers. I want your excellent advice once again please. I'm going to take my lovey husband to Barcelona for a long weekend and instead of staying at the 'normal' international hotels, I would love us to stay in a clean, cosy, back-street small hotel where the staff are friendly and the rooms are nice...
Can anyone reccommend such a place please...
Many thanks
Maadii

Re: clean, friendly hotel near centre

by Windsailor

Here´s one, Hostal Centro Barcelona, situated as the name says in the center of the city and a block(or was it two?)away from Plaza Cataluña, so it is very centric indeed, only few metres from Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes where you can find Metrolines 1&2 not far from the hostal. Adress is Carrer de Villaroel 47, Barcelona.

Re: clean, friendly hotel near centre

by oriettaIT

I suggest you Hotel Urquinaona, other vters followed my advice in the past few years and everybody were happy about it. You can read more about it here http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/bdaa0/430de/3/

Travel Tips for Barcelona

The Monument to Columbus

by nicolettart

Gasping at the sight of the Columbus Monument, as he points to the new world. Being an Italian-American, this monument really moved me! This was one of the first glimpses of Barcelona when we first arrived.

The "apple" of the Discord

by SirRichard

This is the name (La Manzana de la Discordia) given to a block of houses in the Passeig de Gracia, where you can find the:
- Casa Lleo Morera,
- Casa Amatller and the
- Casa Batllo,
3 jewels of the BCN modernism.

So why "apple"? The word manzana has 2 meanings in spanish: apple and block of houses.
The first meaning is a block of houses that are all very important and the discord comes when it has to be decided which one is the best.
And here comes the other meaning (apple): according to a Greek Myth, an apple was the responsible of the Trojan Wars, as it was given as a prize to the most beautiful Goddes (out of 3), causing the revenge of the other 2.

So here are 3 buildings (as the 3 Goddess) and none wants to decide who is the winner... well, I have my favourite, but I won't tell, LOL!! Passeig de Gracia 35, 41 and 43.
Metro Pg. de Gracia

NEW YEAR

by xinoxano

New Year's Eve in Barcelona is nothing special. There are no fireworks and we locals usually have dinner with the family or friends and go out after 1 am, usually to discos, pubs or such places. At Plaça Catalunya there are some thousands of people waiting for the clock to strike twelfe, and 99% of those people are immigrants and tourists.

In any case, Barcelona is always worth a visit but my point is that you will not see anything extraordinary on that day. For special dates in Barcelona, you should come here on 23 April, 24 June or 24 September.

Romanesque Cathedral at Ripol

by atufft

A great day trip could include a train ride out to the town of Ripoll, which is also on one of the highways leading to Andorra in the Pyrennes Mountains. There's an electric train that runs from Barcelona to Ripoll. Ripoll has on it's main plaza a great Romanesque style Benedictine monastary and Church known as Santa Maria de Ripoll, which should be considerably older than the Gothic cathedral in Barcelona, except that fire destroyed much of it in 1835. Nevertheless, the doorway arch stonework appears to be from the original, and has medieval figures working. Since there is coal mining in the foothills of the Pyrennes not far away, it's not surprising that one of these medieval figures in stone appears to be digging for coal. Originally founded in the sixth Century by the Visigothic king Reccared, the first church was consecrated in the ninth century and enlarged in the 11th to a five-aisled basilica. The monastery became a great center of learning and culture. Benedictine monk Gerbert of Aurillac (c. 940-1003), the future Pope Silvester II, was a product of this monastery. The current restored church is modeled on the original and reproduces the Romanesque style architecture very well. At the time of our visit, we had the pleasure of seeing a local wedding completed on the square before the church, as my photo shows. After studying the great entrance stonework for awhile, we wandering alone inside the church, which has a candle lit altar display. It's also possible to wander the corridors of the monastary itself, which has wonderful hardwood flooring.

Vall de Nuria - Escaping to nature

by Belsaita

All-year round, Vall de Nuria is a very popular day or weekend leisure escape for us Barcelonins. In winter, it is a small-scale ski resort with 10 short runs. When the snow melts down, there are good hiking trails.

From Barcelona you can easily reach Nuria by train: Renfe train to Ribes de Fresser and there a rack-train to Queralbs and Nuria's Monastery. Just the trip is worth it, very scenic.

You can do it as a daytrip, but to make the full of it, overnight stay is advisable (and you’ll need at least a couple of nights if you want to do the longer trails). Once in Nuria, next to the Monastery you'll find an hotel, apartments and if you take a cable car you'll reach the hostel that's pretty nice (amazing views) and very good value. Be advised that it tends to be full booked, especially on weekends. Details of the hostel here: Alberg Pic de l'Aliga

The Monastery is nothing to remember regarding architecture, but it had an important religious and political significance. There are great trails departing from there. The most famous are climbing El Puigmal and/or Pic de Finestrelles (quite difficult) but there are many easier (but beautiful) paths. You can ask for maps and itineraries at the visitors' centre next to the monastery. If you have only one day, or for the last day, a good option is walking down back to Queralbs (not so easy as it looks, most of the way is walking downhill but there at some parts you have to get up again, with lots of stairs. But the scenery is great).

Next to the train station at Ribes de Fresser you'll find a very small bar/restaurant. Really basic, but excellent quality on local dishes and sandwiches, and very cheap.

More info, pics and tips at my Vall de Nuria VT page

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