Archive for November, 2010

Barcelona Best Guided Tours.

MorBCN´s photoBus tour.

One of the best ways to get to know Barcelona and experience it to the fullest is to take the  bus tour. You can hop on and hop off the bus at any place, choose any destination and change the route as often as you wish. Sights covered by the tour are all the main attractions in Barcelona including: Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter Olympic Village, Poble Espanyol and are accompanied by the audio guide that includes 10 languages. You can buy the ticket for the tour either for one or two days, the price for one day ticket for adult is €22,00 and it is valid for 24hours.

Bicycle tours.

If you are looking for a tour on two wheels there are some options for you! You can rent a bicycle or make a bike tour.  The length of the tours vary, but they are all conducted in English. The bike tour is 3 hours long and you will ride 125cc automatic scooters. The tour takes start at Barceloneta area where an English-speaking guide will lead you through every district of Barcelona.

Walking tours.

One of the most enjoyable ways the see the city is taking a walking tour around the Barcelona centre. Wide open boulevards, beautiful sights and historic quarters make walking tours a very pleasure way to visit the city. You can discover the city’s history as stroll through the squares and streets of the Gothic Quarter, one of the best preserved medieval districts in the Barcelona, enjoy a flavour-filled journey and discover the history of Barcelona’s cuisine, admire the Catalan art-nouveau buildings by architects such as Gaudí, Domènech & Montaner and Puig & Cadafalch. Follow in the footsteps of Picasso and the 19th and 20th century Bohemiam movement.

Additional Services.

Learn about special offers, discounts and alternative services so you will enjoy the city as you deserve.ComeToBarcelona offers additional services such as bike tours, booking taxis, tickets purchase and many more activities. See here special offers and discover a different Barcelona.

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New Year holiday race in Barcelona.

New Year Eve in Barcelona

Barcelona race opening

If you want to have an unforgettable New Year, La Cursa dels Nassos in Barcelona is a great chance for you to visit the city and have an interesting experience, participating in a 10km race through out Barcelona streets on December 31. For thousands of people that will be an amazing way of saying goodbye to the old year!

The first “La Cursa dels Nassos” was held in 1999 and since then, the number of participants has been increasing every year reaching 9,000 runners on December 2009. The race picks up the inheritance of the first Saint Sylvester Race on history, held in Sao Paulo in 1924.

The Race

The race will start at Selva de Mar Street and will have two starting times; the first one at 5:31pm and the second one at 5:33pm. The duration of the race is about an hour and a half, so it will be closed at 7pm.

Ten minutes after it starts, the participants will be running when would be dark outside, but fortunately the streets in Barcelona are well lighted so it will not be a problem for them to run at night.

All the participants must have a timing chip. For those who may not have their own, a single use chip will be available for 3€. It is mandatory for all runners to have a race number that is clearly visible and attached to the shirt.

The runners bag, with all the items can be picked up at: Complex Esportiu Municipal Mar Bella: Ave. del Litoral del Mar 86-96 from 29th -31 of December until 3pm.

The internet registration will be opened until midnight of December 26 and from December 9 until 21 the registration can be done at: Agrupació Atlética Catalunya, located at: The Estadi Municipal d’Atletisme Joan Serrahima (Joan Serrahima Municipal Stadium), Carrer del Polvorí, 5-7 (Montjuïc).

Accommodations

Barcelona is one of the best destinations for tourists; there is so much to see that you will find yourself returning again and again. For your New Year´s vacation in Barcelona you might need to rent short term apartments on the Ramblas, next to Sagrada Familia or you may prefer beautiful views to the beach, so renting beach apartments will be the best option for you. In case you are coming with friends don´t forget to check special apartments for groups.

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Barcelona architecture guide.

Barcelona is full of buildings with wonderful architecture, just walk around the city, especially through the Gothic Quarter or the Eixample, and you’ll find an infinite number of fascinating buildings.

From Roman times to the Gothic period to the Catalan Art Nouveau, “modernisme”. The two most important styles of Barcelona architecture are Catalan Gothic and Modernisme.

So if you consider coming to Barcelona you should definitely choose to stay in an apartment in Eixample or Gothic area.Renting apartment in this areas is the best way to get to know Barcelona.

Barcelona Cathedral.

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia also known as Barcelona Cathedral was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries.It is located on the “Plaza de la Seu” in the Barri Gotico – the gothic quarter of Barcelona, the original site of the Roman settlement of Barcino.

Casa Milà(la Pedrera).

La Pedrera street view(Barcelona)Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera was built for the married couple Rosario Segimon and Pere Milà in 1905-1910 by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.It is located at Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district of Barcelona.Visitors to La Pedrera can see the patios, the Espai Gaudi (attic and roof-terrace) and The Pedrera Apartment.

Sagrada Família.

Sagrada Familia BarcelonaSagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.Though construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882, Gaudi took over in 1883, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style — combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms with ambitious structural columns and arches,it is planned to be finished in 2026,the 100th anniversary of Antoni Gaudi’s death.

Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Palau de la Musica CatalanaPalau de la Musica Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908.In 1997 this building and the Hospital Sant Pau, also by Domenech i Montaner, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.With 100 years of history, the Palau de la Música Catalana (1908) is a cornerstone in Catalan musical life.

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Barceloneta beach area.

“La Barceloneta”  was an area virtually uninhabited until the mid eighteenth century. Because of its proximity to the sea, fishermen were the first to settle in this part of the city, but their conditions were really poor at the time. In 1754 they began building the first houses and the neighborhood was filled with fishermen and people related to port activities.Barceloneta area

Barceloneta currently

Currently, the neighborhood still with that air of little town outside the city that have always characterized it. But the environment has changed a lot, especially in the summer. The beach is one of the biggest attractions in the city.It all starts when they open the beach bars “chiringuitos” and  set the music there in the sand where you can go after enjoying an amazing day at the beach and have dinner or have a  drink until late.

 

Along with this modern face, Barceloneta still has that salty smell and marine environment. For many it is a luxury that is preserved in a neighborhood of a city like Barcelona. Is somewhat surprising that on this narrow streets, and wet and blackened by salt sidewalks, exist many of the best restaurants in the city and luxurious cruise ships arrive in this port .

Port

La Barceloneta is one of the best places in town to test fresh seafood. And if you prefer not to eat off the menu you can always do the famous “tapas”. The most typical one is called   “La bomba” , which is  a potato dumpling stuffed with meat and accompanied by hot sauce or the classic All i Oli.
The location of the neighborhood is perfect for families who come on holidays with their children and for people who just love the beach. The beach is not far from the city centre and is well communicated with city transportation.

Hotel

Barceloneta area is full of hotels,but they are pretty expensive, so renting an apartment is another great option. Located right next to the beach or at the very centre of Barceloneta, many of these apartments have a beautiful ocean view. Fully equipped, can be rented for days, weeks or months.

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