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CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by chipper99

Hi all. My wife and I are visiting Barcelona the week before Christma. Can anyone tell us the best area to stay for the Christmas markets and where they are located? We have looked at a couple of mid-price hotels including the Hotel Del Mar near the marina and the Arc La Rambla, on the Ramblas. Any opinions on these.

Many thanks,

Darren

Re: CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by xymmot

I stayed at U232 that I found on the net under 90 euros. It has a nice location and clean and a few blocks from the action. I got home by bus or taxi but there are many hotels closer to the Marina. U232 is in the exampile area

Re: CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by Belsaita

Hotel del Mar is in a much better location IMHO. Near to the marina as you say (if weather is nice a great area to walk and have lunch). Actually in El Born/Ribera area, charming area plenty of nice cafes, restaurants, clubs and shops. Walking distance of many sights (and easy to reach others by metro or bus)

Arc La Rambla is yes, in Las Ramblas. An area where most tourists want to be and most of we locals wonder why. This hotel is located in the lower and doggier part of las Ramblas. OK during the day (even there are much better areas in town) and it can be very "interesting" at night.

The Christmas Market "Fira de Santa Llucia" is in front of the Cathedral, in Barri Gotic. Nice small market but do not expect anything like the markets in Germany or other Central European countries. Here you'll find only stalls of Christmas decorations but no food stalls, etc. There is not a big tradition of Christmas markets here.

Re: CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by Doffcocker

Hi,

If you are expecting Xmas markets like those in northern Europe (Germany, Poland, etc) you will be disappointed, there are a couple of markets but they are small scale affairs. The most popular is the Fira de Santa Llucia in front of the Cathedral, but it is mainly about local traditional xmas decorations.

More info here

http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/events/christmas/barcelona-christmas-markets.html

More general info on Xmas here

http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/events/christmas/barcelona-christmas.html

As to Arc La Rambla it is on the lower half of Las Ramblas, this area becomes unsavoury at night. There are far nicer areas to stay than Las Ramblas, for example, L'Eixample, the area around Plac Catalunya which is ideally placed as the actual centre of the city, the Gothic Quarter, or the lovely El Born.

Re: CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by Doffcocker

Ooops! posting at the same time as usual Belsaita, - your post wasn't there when I started mine, honest, so I must have spent a long time on mine, btw just for future reference we spell it 'dodgier' not 'doggier' ;^)

Re: CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by Belsaita

Haha Doffcocker we tend to write at the same time!

Thanks, yes I meant dodgier but my Firefox's spell-checker insist on changing it to doggier. Well sometimes some areas can be both dodgier and doggier ;-))

Re: CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by Doffcocker

yes after seeing those photos in El Pais taken around La Boqueria at night you are probably right it wasn't a lot different from what we call 'dogging' here

Re: CHRISTMAS VISIT TO BARCELONA

by chipper99

THANKS FOR ALL THE REPLIES. CONFIRMS WHAT I WAS READING ABOUT THAT AREA OF LA RAMBLAS. AS FOR THE MARKETS,I'VE BEEN TO THE GERMAN ONES SO AT LEAST THE SMALLER ONES WILL BE SOMETHING NEW AND LESS TO SPEND MY MONEY ON!! BY THE WAY, DONT WORRY ABOUT THE DOGGIER, I'M A DOG LOVER AND IT MADE ME SMILE.

Travel Tips for Barcelona

Genreal Info on Barcelona

by fairy_dust

Barcelona is one of the biggest cities in Spain, but it is not what you typically think of when you think of Spain. There are no bullfights (it was banned in the city a while ago) and the only flamenco shows you'll see are the ones targetted towards tourists. Barcelona is the capital of the province of Catalonia, and since Catalonia was once an independent nation, it has retained many of its own cultural traditions. Catalan is the main language (similar to Castillian Spanish and French), and the music, dance, and food are mostly Catalan rather than Spanish. However, it is a big cosmopolitan city where many people and cultures come together, so if you don't speak Catalan or Castellano, it is not difficult to find someone who can speak English. Also, along with the city skyscrapers and unique architecture by Gaudi, there are also beaches.

Areas of Barcelona (for touristy purposes) Tip #2

by Belsaita

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1) Barri Gotic: from the right side of Las Ramblas to Via Laietana. The oldest part of the town (some Roman remains close the cathedral), very narrow streets. Nice area but too touristy to my taste.

2) Raval is on the left of Las Ramblas on the map, between Ramblas and Ronda Sant Antoni. It was the old red light district but now is a vibrant multicultural area. Still quite seedy on some streets, but changing fast. The area around MACBA is better, I would not recommend anyone the part closer to the seaport.

3) If you go a bit further away, from Via Laietana to Parc de la Ciutadella, you are at El Born-La Ribera. You'll find plenty of small nice shops, restaurants and clubs, as the old working-class neighborhood have been reconverted to probably the trendiest area in town.

4) L'Eixample (literally means "broad axis") is the area of the city build in the XIX century, easy to see in the map as the streets do cross perpendicularly (up from Plaça Catalunya, most of the city center). This is a very good area of the city, elegant buildings, wide streets, safe, lots of shops, restaurants... More elegant as closer to Passeig de Gracia. Very "local" flavor in general.

5) Another area quite convenient for tourists is La Barceloneta (its name means"little Barcelona"). This is the old fishermen's neighborhood, just next to Port Vell (Old Port). Lots of places to have seafood or paellas, and old-fashion bars to have a "vermut" on Sunday morning.

6) Gracia: a bit more out of the way, but very interesting and lively neighborhood. Located in top of Passeig de Gracia, once crossed the Diagonal. In fact, Passeig de Gracia was once the road from Barcelona to the formerly independent town of Gracia, hence its name. Park Güell is located on the hilly edge of Gracia.

In any case, ALL these areas are central. You can stay at any of them and walk to some interesting places and take the public transport to the rest.

CASTILLO DE CARLOS...

by Michael_D

CASTILLO DE CARLOS QUARTO..this is THE PALACIO de CARLOS the 4th...any guy that lived in this lavish a house would have to be influential..right? Well Carlos 'sthpoke withh a listhp' and he was so influential people copied him so now 'they sthey hablan esthpanol' a bit different than the rest of STHPAIN.Got it?

On top of this ..the Barcelona area is known as Catalonia..theres another language called CATALAN which even other Spaniards dont understand. Look at the street signs and youll see 2 languages.BUY A GUIDE BOOK WRITTEN IN ENGLISH and dont give it another thought.;-)

The Solskjaer End

by Meadows11

When touring the Nou Camp, being a Manchester United fan, I just had to ask! Manchester United's finest moment came in May 1999 when they completed an amazing treble of trophies by capturing the Champions League at the Nou Camp in the final against Bayern Munich. The victory came in the most dramatic fashion. One nil down for most of the game, and by then deep in to injury time Teddy Sheringham popped up with an equaliser. As if that wasn't enough, just moments later the baby faced assasin- Ole Gunar Solskjaer popped up with a winner, creating the most amazing moment in the clubs history. I had to confirm with the tour guide which end this happened, and took this photograph. Next time you are there, just remember what happened there. Oh, it brings a tear to my eye. :)

PARC DE L'ESPANYA INDUSTRIAL

by hevbell

I passed by this park on the Bus Turistic. It was built back in the 80's and was quite controversial. Its supposed to be a modern version of Roman baths. The towers are like lighthouses and the park houses various sculptuers including a large one of the dragon of St George fame.

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