Best Currency Exchange - ATM Machines
Favorite thing: It seems to always work out that withdrawing money from an ATM machine that your bank partners with internationally is the best exchange. In Spain, my bank partners with Deutsche Bank. So, I will be spotting their ATM machines if I need cash.Related to:
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Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
Favorite thing: After more than a century as the home of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, an ambitious restoration project following the transfer of all healthcare activities to the new Hospital has restored the cultural and artistic glories of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, the most important work of Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
With this transformation, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, in which history and innovation go hand in hand, has become a new point of reference in the city of Barcelona.
Sant Pau hosts a knowledge centre set up by leading institutions in the fields of sustainability, health and education, among others. In addition to running their own programmes and projects in the Site, these organisations undertake joint initiatives geared to finding meaningful responses to the challenges facing society in the twenty-first century.
The restoration of the Modernista pavilions, which were declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, has provided the starting point for an active cultural programme whose main objective is to further our appreciation of this treasure of European Art Nouveau. Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his contribution to the Modernista movement, together with the institutional and heritage value of Sant Pau and its contribution to medicine are the key elements of this programme.
In addition, with the recovery of the Art Nouveau complex, part of the Administration Pavilion has been converted into a venue for meetings and events. With a capacity for over 600 people, its splendid interiors are an ideal setting for corporate meetings, courses, conferences, presentations and so on.
The Administration Pavilion also houses the Historical Archive of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, one of the most important collections of hospital documentation in the world today, which includes historic books and documents from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site belongs to the Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau Private Foundation, which is made up of the Chapter of Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya. The governing body of the institution, founded in 1401, is the Very Illustrious Administration.Related to:
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Rambla del Raval
Favorite thing: Rambla del Raval is the centrepiece of Barcelona's increasingly hip, multicultrual Raval neighbourhood. In recent years it has been transformed into the buzzing hub of an exciting district, with plenty of street art, quirky bars and spicy eateries.
At the southern end of the Rambla del Raval is one of its top bars, Ambar, which has a retro 70s vibe and plays Indie music. Infinitely quieter at number 10 is the Cafe de les Delicies, a good spot for breakfast or tapas.
A hundred yards from here, beside a clutch of Doner Kebab emporiums and a traditional British fish n' chip shop, is Botero's famous cat sculpture, a good meeting point.
On the other side of the Rambla del Raval is an impressively shiny tower quite out of synch with the older buildings around it. This is the Barcelò Hotel. A pristine but pricey place to stay.
Near the corner of the Rambla del Raval with Carrer Hospital is the Queen of the Raval- La Reina del Raval, an elegant restaurant serving superb modern Spanish cuisine.
Rambla del Raval is generally safe and has a reassuring police presence. However, a word of warning, there are thieves operating along this drag and you should be wary returning home from a bar in the early hours of the morning.Related to:
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Arquebisbat, what is it?
Favorite thing: While walking down one of the streets in Barcelona we happened to look into this courtyard that had a guard and office on the side. I walked into the alcove near the office and took this photo looking into the courtyard. The sign next to the office said "Arquebisbat"...we looked in our guidebook, no luck. When I looked it up on the internet, I got the following:
So now I know it has something to do with religion, but not quite sure WHAT...it appears to be the local seat of religious power, and the guard appeared to frown on my photographing the courtyard so I did not even try to penetrate deeper into these religious mysteries.Related to:
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Options for Printing Documents
Favorite thing: Other than buying a cheap inkjet printer, what you can do is batch up your printing by saving them in pdf file format. Then go to an internet cafe to print the pdf files.
The advantage of this method is that you do not have to login to websites on a public computer if you don't want to. You can also save the pdf files on your smartphone, etc. so printing to paper is minimized.
I do this all the time. Some free print to PDF software I've used are PrimoPDF (currently use), CutePDF Writer, and the free PDF Printer by BullZip.com
Basically these software install itself as a virtual printer. When you are ready to print a document or webpage, you choose the virtual printer and it will prompt to save it as a pdf file on your computer.Related to:
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Favorite thing: In case of emergency ,here is a list of hospitals for this matter :
1. Hospital Comarcal Sant Antoni Abat
Address : Carrer Sant Josep 21-23
2. Hospital del Sagrat cor
Address: Calle Viladomat 228
3) UMCA - Clinica D'ara
Address: C.del Bergueda 17-19
Pharmacy : 010
Dentist: 93-2274747Add to your Trip Planner
Locals show visitors their favourite spots
Favorite thing: Some local freelancers such as journalists, fotographers and designer make themselves available to show visitors their favourite local bars, restaurants, shops, views and little secrets.
Worth checking it out: www.rentalocalfriend.com
Fondest memory: Definety the best part of barcelona is its beach side atmosphere. The city's laid back style can be felt by every visitor.
Also, the tapas are one of the city's greatest gems and that is what I miss the most of itRelated to:
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Favorite thing: I must say that I am impressed! The city of Barcelona, at least the parts that I visited, was one of the cleanest city I have ever visited. It was truly amazing to see that each early morning and during the whole day people was out cleaning the streets.
A lot of cities has a lot to learn form Barcelona!Add to your Trip Planner
San Miguel Especial.
Favorite thing: Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Australia it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like San Miguel.
Mahou is a Spanish brewing company, founded in Madrid in 1890 under the name of Hijos de Casimiro Mahou, fabrica de hielo y cerveza. (The Sons of Casimiro Mahou, maker of ice and beer). After the purchase of San Miguel corporation at the end of the 2000, the company was re-named Mahou-San Miguel, the greater Spanish brewing company. The San Miguel Especial is a nice beer and comes close to the lager we enjoy at home.Related to:
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Favorite thing: After a similar experience in Paris, (see my Paris page for details), where I came across 32 couples from China taking their wedding pictures at Place de la Concorde, I came across one more Chinese couple at Montjuic mountain, in their wedding dress, taking wedding pictures. It was a bit funny for me, seems like a new fashion in China.Add to your Trip Planner
APARTMENT RENTAL IN BCN - TIPS
Favorite thing: I am looking for a short term rental (one month) apartment in BCN for a family of four.
There are many sites and offers, but does anyone have any tip / recomendation / good or bad experience to help me?
EmilioAdd to your Trip Planner
Go and Connect discount card
Favorite thing: Barcelona can be pretty expensive for tourists, so one of the best tips I can give you all is to buy a discount card, it saves you soo much money! I bought one, named the Go and Connect discount card, which was only 12 euros. With this card I was able to go out for almost nothing. I got discounts in a lot of shops, restaurants, clubs, transport rentals and more!
If you are interested you can check out their site to see where you can get the card and where you can get discounts:
I think it is a must in an expensive but amazing city like Barcelona.Add to your Trip Planner
ELECTRIC SCOOTER or WHEELCHAIR
Favorite thing: Another for going around Barcelona is by hiring an electric scooter or electric wheelchair for the disabled or the elder people. This would allow you to see that city at your own pace riding on the side walks of the city. The company that rents them out is called COSMO SCOOTER and you can get more information at their web site - www.cosmoscooter.com
This company would pick up and drop the scooter from your hotel so its pretty cool. they have different models based ion the needs of each person and the prices go from 23 Euros for one day to 128 for a week. You can pay with your credit card. A deposit of 150 Euros is required by the company. You can contact them at the following phone numbers 690 84 55 74 / 690 84 55 73 o e mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did I tell you that they are not 2 wheelers - they are 3 or 4 wheels depending on the model and anyone can use them.Related to:
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Favorite thing: When we were eating dinner at Puerto Olimpico, we saw something in the distance that looked like a huge solar panel. That's exactly what it is. It is located in Barcelona's Photovoltaic Plant in the Forum area. I found some pictures on the internet and you can actually visit the plant and walk around the solar panel, which we didn't do, but that would have interested me greatly.
During my entire trip in Spain, I was struck by how Spain seems to be light years ahead of the US in terms of pursuing renewable resources, alternative energy supplies and energy conservation. Spain's goal is to fulfill 100% of its energy needs from non-fossil resources by 2050. The US (and any other country that is behind the 8 ball on energy) needs to look closely at Spain as an example.Related to:
Enjoy your time in city
Favorite thing: Do not too carefull think of bad people in Barcelona. Too may worried after read bad incident reported by any tourist journal or from web site will spoil your mode to fully enjoy your stay in Barcelona.I notice Barcelona people are fine and good always willing help to any tourist.
Fondest memory: Sale girl giving to me the a catalouge of branded Watch with price list, which i unable to get it in my own country.This is service which i think will make me decide to return back to barcelona.Add to your Trip Planner
Plaza Europa, 50-52, 08902
Good for: Families
Avenida Pallaresa 73-79, 08924
Good for: Couples
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