Catalunya Off The Beaten Path

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Catalunya Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip: Montserrat

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    An hour by train from Barcelona is the impressive Montserrat. From the train station at Espana, you can buy the round trip tickets that include both the train and the cable car for around 18E. The Church features the famous Black Virgin, and there can be a long line to walk up next to the figurine. Unfortunately, we timed it during a school field...

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  • Day Trip

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Take the train (RENFE, blue line) to Blanes, You may buy directly a combined ticket for Lloret. After your arrival in Blanes, take a bus to Lloret departing from the train station (1,80 Euro a ride). After leaving Blanes, it will pass the access to Santa Cristina Beach. One stop further you have to leave the bus to go to Sa Boadella Beach. Behind...

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  • Art / Architecture

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Casa Fajol o de la Papallona This little- visited "Gaudi" ** gem is located near Placa Espanya and Parc Joan Miro. Although it is not open to the public, the reason for visiting is the enormous moth on the front! Probably not worth a long trek to see unless you happen to be nearby (e.g for the magic fountains/Font Magica), nonetheless it is a...

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  • Day Trip: Figueres

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Salvador Dali museum. I know, I know, there's already SO much to see in Barcelona. But if you've got an extra day, this is definitely a worthwhile trip. It takes a good 4 or 5 hours to see the whole museum, so plan for a whole day. I'd put this museum on the top of my list of Barcelona (in or around) museums. Check out the website for more...

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  • Tibidabo

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    the quickest way to get to Tibidabo is on the T2 from Catelunya square drops you off at the door and costs only 2.5 euros, Great place for the kids and adults Tibidabo Amusement Park is a magical place and a true Barcelona landmark. Located on top of Mount Tibidabo, 512 m above sea level, it is the highest point on the Collserola Ridge, a...

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  • Day Trip: Sitges

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    just a short train journey ideal to escape to for a day trip. found this nice video that sums up the area Sitges video Few resorts can boast the privileges of Sitges: a breathtaking landscape, seventeen golden beaches that stretch along 4 kilometres, a full and varied cultural life throughout the year and a busy festive calendar which is one of...

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  • Barri Gotic

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    We were strolling around to find interesting place. Then we find a nice courtyard and stepped in. How lucky we were! We find these: I learned that this building is Palau del Lloctinent. The sculptures seemed familiar to me. I'll keep searching. The shiny spot on the picture is a hand-shaped. People cannot resist touching it. This is why it...

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  • Parc Guell

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Park Guell is skillfully designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one could expect from a park. The absolute focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. To design the carvature of the bench surface Gaudi used the shape of buttocks left by a naked workman sitting in wet clay....

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  • Parks / Plazas

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Plaça de Tetuan is among major squares. I passed it by when was coming back from Sagrada Familia. It's located on the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanesand Passeig de Sant Joan. Its central area features the Doctor Robert monument, built between 1904 and 1910, projected by the major of Barcelona of the time Lluís Domènech i Montaner...

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  • Montjuic

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Back when I visited this attraction not many people knew about it -- at least I never heard about it in my first visit to Barcelona, but on my 2nd visit I got to see it and I LOVED IT...!! There weren't too many people going to see it but this time, 9 years later (2011), there were A LOT of people watching it and apparently it has become really...

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  • Churches

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Monastery of Sant Pau Del Camp or Saint Paul in the Field was founded by Guifre Borrel the Count of Barcelona during his rule between 897 and 911 A.D. We have that information from his gravestone found in the church in 1596. Moorish troops of notorious Al-Mansur looted the church in 985 and monastery survived as the simple church which didn’t...

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  • Side Streets

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Wife and I stayed in Confortel Hotel on Calle Ramon Turro before and after sailing on our cruise with NCL in November 08.One block from the hotel was A local Rambla "Las Rambla Poblenou" will check on the spelling and get back to it. Great area to relax,shops,Tapas Bars and a 15 minute walk to the beach.Will return someday when the weather is...

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  • Beaches

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    A city beach is called Platja Barceloneta. There is a bus from Plaza Catalunya that takes you there or you can walk for around an hour. Beach looked kind of hippy and there was lots of action going on.

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  • Entertainment

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    There is this great little bar called Stoke that you would nearly never find unless you were looking for it. Tucked away in the gothic quarter, it's a little hub for many of the young travellers that have actualy settled around Barcelona. Saying age group 20-30 here. The bar's small but perfectly formed and the upstairs has couches and shows movies...

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  • Along the Harbor

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Just close to the Monument to Columbus you will see the huge Aduana building the old customs building constructed in 1902 by Enric Sagnier and Pere García, and is in the Neoclassical style. The winged Sphinxes which crown the large towers stand out. The interior of the building houses allegorical paintings about the imaginary visit of Don Quixote...

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  • Shopping

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    At the followinglink you will find discount vouchers for many activities, restaurants, parks and lots more. http://www.portaldescuento.com/Busqueda_Avanzada.aspx?provincia=Madrid&poblacion=&sec=&sub=&orden=estrellas And more over...

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  • City Views

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    You can also take a cruise in the Medittereanen from Barcelona and you can also visit Ibiza and party, and also Mallorca. Perhaps visit the lovely Girona north of Barcelona and maybe Andorra, a small country in the mountains between France and Spain. You have many choices!

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  • Food / Drink

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    La Boqueria is Barcelona's most famous market. There you can find any kind of fresh food and many, many sweets. They have the most amazing natural fruit juices and they are quite low priced. There you can also find lunch. There are Tapas and traditional Spanish dishes or even Italian (or other countries) food. It's a great place to visit and...

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  • Barri Gràcia

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    The Plaça del Diamant is not a very touristy place. In fact, tucked away in Gràcia, you aren’t likely to assign it any specific importance compared to the other little squares in the neighbourhood. You might notice, however, a statue of a woman in anguish, made from bronze, in one of the corners of the Plaça. This is in recognition of the novel...

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  • Museums

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    This monastery was founded in 1326. Here you can visit the cells, the infermary, the refectory, the kitchen and the church. This monastery also houses the Collection Thyssen Bornemisza; with paintings by Tiziano, Canaletto, Velasques and others. Address; Baixada del Monestir, 9. Nearest metro station; Maria Cristina.

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  • Other Gaudi Creations

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    This estate was built between 1884 and 1887. Gaudì designed the stables and the porter's lodge. Visits are not permitted, but you can enjoy the wrought iron gate (the dragon!) Finca Guell is located in Avinguida de Pedralbes, 7. It is not far from the Palau Reial de Pedralbes (see tip).

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  • Nou Camp Stadium..

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    The Nou Camp (or Camp Nou in Spanish) is the largest football Stadium in Europe. This is where Barcelona Football Club (commonly known as barca to the locals) play their home games. The ground was built in 1957, and has the alternative name as "The house that Kubala built". This takes a little working out as Kubula who was a goal scoring...

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  • Las Ramblas

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    The best kept secret street of Barcelona ;-) The Rambla is, of course, the best known landmark of Barcelona, and deservedly so. Meandering down from the Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus statue, filled with newspaper kiosks, flower and animal stalls, and all sorts of artists, it is undoubtedly the place where everyone comes together, both...

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  • Port Vell

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    I highly recommend that you visit the BARCELONA AQUARIUM, located right next to Maremagnum shopping center, in the New Port... It's very big and modern, very well maintained and you will see some wonderful and rare species displayed there --- even PENGUINS! The entrance is a little expensive (I got a discount and still paid 9.90 EUR) but it's worth...

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  • Train Lleida - Pobla de Segur

    This is a quite escenic trip by train. It goes from Lleida to La Pobla de Segur on the foot of the Pyrinees.The trip take a couple of hours. Once there, you can come back or try to reach some of the most scenics places of the Pyrinees such as Parc Nacional d'Aigues Tortes i Sant Maurici. However, communications are no so good (just a few buses).On...

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  • Horta de Sant Joan

    In the county of "Terra Alta" (highlands, in catalan), there's a little village having a very specyal beauty: Horta de Sant Joan or Horta d'Ebre. The landscape, with the mountains of "Besseit" in the back, is really amazing.

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  • Prades

    Prades is a little village of 500 inhabitants in a quite inexplored zone of Catalonia, between the Priorat and the Conca de Barberà. It has a very peculiar feature. All the buildings are builded in red stone, a very plentiful kind of stone in this area. The walls are very beautiful, and it has a very charmer squarre with a known fountein in.

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  • Siurana - a wonderfull village in the...

    Siurana is a small and very old village located high in the mountains of Priorat. It's only a few houses and the old church. The views there are extremely beautiful. We were very glad we decided to go there. Very few tourists, you can just walk around and enjoy the beauty.They say they produce unique olive oil there also named Siurana, but it was...

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  • ancient water supplies.

    when hiking the mountains you can take advantage of the ancient watering holes that has been killing the thirst of the hiking crowds for centuries.the water from these places is also a lot tastier than what you get in bottles.

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  • The Placard for the Memorial

    The placard reads, roughly (and my thanks to Isabella once again) "Remember their Courage and Sacrifice" and seems to indicate that the honorees of the memorial were from a given unit of Carlist soldiers which ahd been raised in the area. For the most part, Catalonia sided with the royalists during the Spanish Civil War. That is to say they lost, a...

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  • Memorial to the Spanish Civil War

    This memorial is to Carlist soldiers who perished in the Spanish Civil War. Although different people with different backgrounds and political views will disagree, the general consensus is that the wrong side won the war.

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  • cambrils

    ______________________________________________________________________another small and charming location amongst all the others along the golden coast of catalunya. A couple of miles from Salou stands this charming location, wich offers you, a big mall at the center along with a lot of tourists surching for bargains and rememberences from Costa...

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  • La Pineda

    ______________________________________________________________________another small location in costa daurada catalunya. the golden coast stretching from south of costa brava to tarragona.this place called la pineda, it's known because of the wide beach that covers about all the lenght of the place, along with a large pedestrian walk. There's also...

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  • tarragona

    ______________________________________________________________________once an important city from the roman empire still preserves a lot and outstanding roman monuments and a gorgeous monastery on the outskirts.tarragona deserves itself a unique pg, but only half of a sunday afternoon, does not give all the information required to develop a page...

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  • Explore Catalunya

    Most people are not familiar with theGeographic patterns of Spain (I didn´t myself until I moved here). And most people come to visit theknown places such as Madrid, Barcelona, etcBarcelona is the Capital of the Autonomic Community of Catalunya, and Catalunya ha a lot more to offer than just Barcelona. I love Barcelona the City, but i enjoy even...

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  • More Horta de Sant Joan

    And still there's another magic thing: A museum of Picasso, who were in this land twice in his youngness. He seid: "In Horta i learned all that i know"

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  • More about les Fonts del Segre

    The landscape is great, in the middle of Pirineus, and you walk almost always close to the Segre, becoming an experience as you were accompanied for this lovely river. In the most warm days, you can also take a bath. In Llo there are also warm watter where you can take a healthy bath.Is not easy find information about this lovely place, but you'll...

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  • Les fonts del Segre

    In the french Catalonia, close to the border within Spain and France, there are "les fonts del Segre", this is, the fountains of the Segre. There the Segre is borned. In August you can't approach with the car too much, and you must to walk four hours from "Llo". In the other months, you can go with the car til a point from you will spend at least...

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  • La Garroxta

    The region round Olot is full of vulcanos. There are about 40 inactive volcanos. It's also a great region for hiking, there are lots of special hiking trails. We made a stop at a parking near the volcan San Magarida. We climbed on the bottom of the vulcano and then went inside it, where is the little church!Don't forget the water when it's hot!...

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  • Tossa

    Tossa was the place I loved a lot. It is not full of high hotels, it kept so more of its beauty than several other places along the coast. Sitting in a restaurant in the evening, looking on the sea, seeing the lights of the castle, having a great meal, what else do i need?

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  • Hostalric

    Hostalric is situated between the coast and the mountains. There is a big, well restaured fortress where we walked around. Nice view from there.

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  • Pals

    Pals is a pitturesque place. It is situated on the top of a hill, there is the city wall around the old part (vila vella). Lots of shops with ceramics, which are in my opinion a bit nicer than the mass ware in other places.

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  • Besalu

    Besalu is just between Figueres and Olot, a place you should not miss. The romanic bridge is typical for Besalu. Beautiful narrow streets as well.

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  • Delta de l'Ebre

    The Delta de l'Ebre is where the Ebre river finish in sea. There, the ground is completely flat, and the water goes around and become the lord of the land. This is a not to much known zone, and maybe is better that keep like this. But i think that the VT's have right to know the land where the clouds swim in the water.

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  • Castelldefels

    A beach resort on the South of Barcelona. Its long sandy beaches have attracted thousands of barcelonans holiday makers. It has thence a very local flavour and very few foreign tourist come here.

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