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* '''Meson David''' A great place serving excellent hearty Galician fare. Try the Lacon pork joint, its amazing. The decor is basic but the atmosphere is great. Expect queues at peak times. You'll eat and drink loads of Sangria for €15. Calle carretes 63 in the Raval area. Near St Antoni Metro. ---You'll get good Sangria and cheap (but terrible) food. The place is gross and the waitstaff is worse. I'd only recommend this place if you're staying nearby and you want some Sangria.  
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* '''Meson David''' A great place serving excellent hearty Galician fare. Try the Lacon pork joint, its amazing. The decor is basic but the atmosphere is great. Expect queues at peak times. You'll eat and drink loads of Sangria for €15. Calle carretes 63 in the Raval area. Near St Antoni Metro.  
  
 
* '''Les Quinze Nits''', Plaça Reial 6. Metro Liceu. Phone: 93 317 30 75. [http://www.lesquinzenits.com/]. Open 1-3.45pm, 8.30-11.30pm daily. A place to get cheap, huge and delicious paella. The Gazpacho served here is also one of the finest in the world. Some complaints about quality of steaksand paella, however. Overall, good value for money. There's no reservation, so arrive early: the queue starts at 8pm.
 
* '''Les Quinze Nits''', Plaça Reial 6. Metro Liceu. Phone: 93 317 30 75. [http://www.lesquinzenits.com/]. Open 1-3.45pm, 8.30-11.30pm daily. A place to get cheap, huge and delicious paella. The Gazpacho served here is also one of the finest in the world. Some complaints about quality of steaksand paella, however. Overall, good value for money. There's no reservation, so arrive early: the queue starts at 8pm.

Revision as of 08:16, 6 January 2008

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Ciutat Vella (Catalan for "Old city") is, as it's name suggests, the oldest part of Barcelona. It includes buildings and attractions from all the city history and has the most important monuments (except the most famous modernist ones).

The district is divided in four quarters, Barceloneta (separate article), Casc Antic, Barri Gòtic and Raval.


Get in

Since Ciutat Vella is the also the city center, nearly all public transportation leads you there. The transportation center is Plaça Catalunya, and is possible to arrive by train, subway (L1, L3, L6, L7) and bus (many regular ones during day, all the night lines and Aerobus to the Airport)

There are also two other places very close to Plaça Catalunya where the subway and the buses stop, Plaça Universitat, with L1 and L2 lines and Plaça Urquinaona, with L4 and L2 lines.

To reach the other parts of the district you can walk for about twenty minutes to the furthest place.

See

Casc Antic

  • Palau de la Música, C/Sant Pere més Alt 13. This Modernist auditorium designed by Ramon Muntaner is the most important modernist example in Ciutat Vella. It was made to be the headquarters of the Orfeó Català, the oldest Catalan Choir. The most beautiful part is the stalls , although all the building is plenty of allegories about music and Catalonia, since the Orfeó Català is strongly bounded with the Catalan Renaixença, the romantic movement that tried to recuperate the Catalan history, language and traditions. Is also the best place in Barcelona to listen Symphonic music.
  • Santa Maria del Mar Plaça de Santa Maria. This Gothic church is could have been the cathedral, and is, for many people, the most beautiful Gothic building from Barcelona. Is dedicated to Saint Mary of the Sea, since the quarter where is located (Born) was dedicated to the jobs related to the sea, from sailors to harbor works, commerce (see Carrer Montcada), even coin exchange (now you can do it in any bank, then was made in front of the church). The inside was burned during the civil war, but is still very interesting. Next to the church, you can see a monument, called Fossar de les Moreres, which is the place where many fighters where buried after the Barcelona defeat in 1714, so it's an important monument for the Catalan nationalism.
  • Calle Montcada, near C/Princesa, in the Born quarter. This street has the biggest collection of Gothic houses in Barcelona, since it was the main commercial street (and the widest one in the city, although today seems very narrow). One of this houses is the Picasso Museum, and there are also smaller museums along the street. During the night and lunch time, is a very good place for eating tapas (Catalan and Basque ones), although a bit expensive.
  • Passeig del Born This avenue goes from the Santa Maria del Mar church to the Born market. It's a really old street, very wide for the time. This is because it was the place where knights made their contests during the middle age. Don Quijote de la Mancha, the famous Cervantes character, had a contest in this place.
  • Mercat del Born This market was the central market from Barcelona until the 60's. Now, it will become a museum about Barcelona's defeat, because the archaeologists have discovered the rests of the city destroyed after the battle.
  • Parc de la Ciutadella, at the end of C/Princesa. This park was built at the final part of the XIX century in the place that formerly occupied the fortress (ciutadella) built after the defeat of 1714. This fortress was hated by the citizens, and when the middle age walls were demolished, so was most of the fortress. Some buildings where conserved, as such as the church, and the gunpowder magazine. The new park was used as the place to hold the 1888 international expo, and some of the older modernist buildings are there, such as the Zoology museum, the greenhouse and, following the avenue Passeig de Sant Joan (towards the mountain), the Arc del Triomf, a modernist Arc de Triomphe. The park also has inside the city Zoo (not very big, and less interesting since the white gorilla Floquet de Neu died) and the Parliament of Catalonia. During weekends, there's a lot of life, with people practicing games, dancing, playing drums... a very good alternative if you are tired of old buildings.

Barri Gòtic

  • Plaça Sant Jaume. This square has been the central square of the city since the roman era. One in front of the other, you can see the Palau de la Generalitat (the one with two flags on the top) and the city hall (three flags). Both are Gothic buildings, although their fronts are newer (the Generalitat'sis best example of the Barcelona's Renaissance art). But if you can go inside, both are very important civil Gothic buildings, and Catalonia has one of the most important civil Gothic in Europe. Visit hours are: City hall: Every Sunday, from 10 to 14. The entrance is free. The Saló de Cent, room where the artisans made the meetings is the most important part. Palau de la Generalitat: The second and forth Sunday every month from 10 to 14. Free entrance. The Pati dels Tarongers, a Patio with orange trees and the main room are the most famous parts. If you want more information (from Barcelona in general), at the left part of the City Hall there's an Touristic information point. The two buildings have guides.
  • Plaça Reial. This square, next to La Rambla, is famous for the nightlife and the uniform architecture. It was build during the XIX century in the place of a monastery, after the Mendizábal law expelled the monks. A new square was built, making all the buildings look the same, with fountains and palm trees. After some years, Antoni Gaudí, the famous architect, designed the lights. It's a good place to take a drink (although expensive) or go to dance in the several locals (Sidecar, Tarantos...)
  • Plaça del Rei This square next to the Cathedral is known because has two important buildings, the Santa Àgata church, where the kings from the Aragon crown had baptism. Is possible to visit it. The other building has the Saló del Tinell, one of the best civil Gothic architecture examples. Is the place where the royal receptions where held, so is very wide with a wooden ceiling hold by the typical Catalan Gothic arches. It has also a tower from which you can have a good view of the old town. An entrance is needed to visit both.
  • Cathedral Plaça de la Seu. Opens daily. The Gothic Cathedral is the main Gothic church in Barcelona. The cloister is maybe the most interesting part.
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri To arrive, take the narrow street next to the cathedral cloister. This square has a very nice atmosphere. There's a baroque church (Sant Felip Neri), a XVI century palace and a fountain in the middle. The palace was moved from it's original location in the street Via Laietana during the 20's. If you llok the front of the church, you can see some holes made by a civil war bomb. If you go out the square through the other street, you'll arrive to the street Baixada de Santa Eulàlia, where is said that the Barcelona's protector was tormented.
  • Plaça del Pi This square next to Les Rambles is one of the prettiest parts of the quarter. It has a pine tree in the middle (Pi mines pine tree), the church of Santa Maria del Pi, which is a very pretty Gothic church with a huge rose window. Many concerts are done here. The Pi square and it's twin square, called Sant Josep Oriol, have several bars and artisans, painters, musicians are there to sell their products.
  • Carrer Petritxol This narrow street, that starts in the Plaça del Pi has a very special atmosphere. It's famous because of it's chocolate shops, where you can drink a hot chocolate since the XVIII century. It has also very important art galleries (Sala Parés it's the place where Picasso made a dedicated exposition for the first time). You can enter for free and see, if you are lucky, nice expositions. The street is decorated with flagstones that represent scenes of a modernist book called L'auca del senyor Esteve, by Santiago Rusiñol, which is a critic to the bourgeois society of that time and that he had to live.
  • Synagogue C/Fruita 5. Free entrance (you can leave donations). They open during the morning. It's the recently re-discovered synagogue from the Jewish quarter, called call. This building, not very spectacular, is important since is there since the roman era, and stayed as a synagogue until the Jewish exodus in the XV century. The guide explains all the facts from the place in several languages.

Raval

  • La Rambla. La Rambla is an avenue that crosses all the old town Ciutat Vella from Plaça Catalunya to the harbor and divides Ciutat Vella in Raval and Gòtic quarters. It's the most famous street in Barcelona, due to its animation and life during all the day. But it's much more. It's the place to find the most strange people, the place to meet, the place to stroll, to celebrate events such as Barça's victories, foe going to the Liceu, the opera house, to buy flowers or birds or press in the many places you can find, to go to the Boqueria market, to see the human sculptures, to... it's impossible to define, so you can take the Catalan word ramblejar, which means just that, going to La Rambla and spending your time there as you prefer. Be really careful with pickpocketing, it's the worst place in Barcelona for this kind of problems. During the night, be careful also if you go to the part near the sea, it has always been one of the prostitution centres of Barcelona.
  • Hospital de la Santa Creu C/Hospital 56. (going down Les Rambles, turn right at the Miró painting). This Gothic building was the old city hospital, before the modernist Hospital de Sant Pau was build in l'Eixample. Now, the Hospital has the national Library inside, and it's a very nice example of civilian Gothic.
  • Drassanes Av. de les Drassanes, 1 (From the Columbus sculpture to the right). The Gothic shipyard of the city. During the 14th century, the Aragó Crown wa the most important power in the Mediterranean Sea, and this was the main place where the ships where built. Nowadays is the Museum of the sea, and it's worth a visit more for the architectonic structure. If you don't want to go inside the museum, you can see a little bit looking inside thorough the big windows at the part in front of the Sea.
  • Sant Pau del Camp C/Sant Pau 101 (Going down Les Rambles, following C/Sant Pau, which starts at the Miró painting). This Romanesque monastery is called Saint Paul of the Fields, since is located where the city finished and the country started. It's the prettiest Romanesque example in Barcelona, and it's worth the visit if you don't plan to go to the Pyrinées. To visit the cloister it's necessary to pay a 2€ entrance.

Harbor

Although it's not a quarter, it can beclearly separated touristically.

To find it, just walk down La Rambla until the monument to Columbus. The sea is just after it. The harbor you can see is completely new, since until the 80's it was closed to the public. Some old buildings related to the harbor still exist, such as the Tinglado near the Barceloneta quarter that is now a History museum.
There are two main parts in the harbor: the Moll de la Fusta, which are the decks that touch the city, and the Maremagnum, a newly created amusement center/shopping mall, with an Aquarium, an IMAX cinema, discos, bars, restaurants. The clubs are situated on the top floor, which is accessed through the general shopping area via stairs and the like. Even out of season and on work nights you are sure to have a good time, as the clubs are always filled. It is located at the other side of the wooden bridge next to the Columbus monument.


Buy

Food

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  • La Boqueria market (going down Les Rambles, is at your right hand) it's worth a visit. Is a modern food market where you can find almost every kind of the food eaten in Barcelona and more (even live insects!). Some fruit shops sell very good fresh and natural juices to drink and there are about five small restaurants where you can eat the food from the shops. If you want some special thing, just ask the waiter and he'll buy it and cook it for you! (be careful, prices can be high if you don't ask before).

To avoid heavy crowds, or to buy the freshest perishables (e.g., seafood), go well before noon. At least in late Fall, Winter and early Spring months, La Boqueria is closed on Sundays.

  • Cansaladeria i Formatgeria Josep's, stands 176-179, 93 302 1880, [1]. Front-line stand featuring most of hams and meats a tourist needs. Accepts credit cards(!) and has vacuum packaging for any purchase so you don't worry through the rest of the day about smell of all the chorizos you bought.

Clothes and shoes

  • Comite, Notariat, 8 (Raval), +34(93)317-6883, [2]. Mon-Sat 12pm-8:30pm. A group of 7 designers sharing a space where they create and sell their collections. Women; Cecilia Sorensen, Julia Pelletier, Pia Kahila and Potipoti. Men: Jan iú Més, Bingo and potipoti.
  • La Gauche Divine, Passage de la Pau, 7bis. Mon-Sat 11am-2pm, 4pm-9pm. An incredible multiconcept store near Las Ramblas. An example of the Catalan design is the decoration of the shop with an exclusive combination of furniture from the sixties and paintings and sculptures all around. The shop includes a little corner where you can have a drink while watching the latest trend publications and an inner patio with plants and sculptures. They have a lot of clothes and accessories for men and women, the most original pieces you can find in Barcelona. Don't miss the courreges mini dresses brought from Japan and the catwalks and special events they organize every month.

Eat

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Up to €10
Mid-range €10 - €25
Splurge €25 and up


The best part in touristic Barcelona is eating for little money. Avoid Les Rambles, since the prices there are much higher and the quality is lower.


Budget

  • La Boqueria [14]: it's on the Rambla, and there you can find food at low prices, the only problem is that all that food is mostly raw food! Some stall sells stuff for you such as many kinds of well cooked ready to eat pasta, fresh fruit already sliced, ... When buying anything here head to the cheaper stalls at the back - you can save a fair bit.
  • Cafe Viena. A sandwich bar on Las Ramblas. Truly some of the most delicious sandwiches anywhere. The bread is fresh and crispy, and the beer is cold.
  • Can Conessa C/Paradís 2 (In a corner of the Plaça Sant Jaume). Cheap and very good sandwiches. Always with a lot of people. They have some tables inside. They close quite early at night (for the Spanish Standard!).
  • Delfin, on the Born: A good set lunch for €9, with typical Catalan specialties such as salmonetes (little fish eaten whole).
  • Naim C/Hospital 155. Maybe the cheapest restaurant in Barcelona. Indian/Pakistani food menu for 3 €.
  • El Gallo Kiriko C/Avinyó 19. Cheap Pakistani food.
  • Pollo Rico. C/Sant Pau 31. A fantastic and cheap grilled chicken place buried in the side streets east of La Rambla.
  • Travel Bar (see details in Drink section) C/Boqueria 27 (near the L3 metro Liceu) [15] For the truly stingy the bar offers meals for €1. They also serve a full English breakfast and 8oz Irish rump steaks all day long with ingredients imported from the UK.

Mid-range

  • Cal Pep, Placa de less olles, 8, 93 310 79 61 (), [3]. Mon: dinner time only; Tue-Sat lunch and dinner time (closed in Aug). Legendary fish restaurant. Only a few tables; only bar seats available after queuing for a while if you arrive without a reservation. No menu available--just ask what they have today. Dinner with wine: €30-40.
  • Drassanes cafe (Museu Marítim cafeteria/restaurant), Av. de les Drassanes s/n, +34 (93) 317 52 56, [4]. Mon-Sat daytime, Thu-Sat nighttime. Quiet location just next to Las Ramblas and Columbus monument. Web site and travel guides report there's menu del dia with simple but excellent food (Sant Cristòfol Gallery, at the end of the route through the museum). Even if you fail to catch the cafeteria open, a bar with a small open-air terrace (Garden of the King) is great place for having a break with coffee and a snack from a bar.


Traditional Spanish food

  • Arrel, Fusina 5, +34 93 319 9299 (), [5]. A must in El Born area of town. Catalan cuisine. Mains €12-16.5.
  • Can Culleretes C/Quintana 5 (From Les Rambles, go to C/Ferran, and it's the first street at your left). Founded in 1786 is the second oldest restaurant in Spain (after Casa Botín in Madrid). The prices are from low to medium, and the quality is quite good for the price. They have Catalan traditional food. But the most interesting from the restaurant is the decoration, an eclectic mix from all the times. A really good option if you don't have much time/money.
  • La Dolca Herminia, C/Magdalenes, 27 (just off Laietana near junction with Carrer Comtal), 933 170676, [6]. 1pm-3:30pm, 8:30pm-11:30pm (closed Dec 24, 25). Same chain as Les Quinze Nits. No reservation accepted. Bit old-style and dark interior, judging by web site.
  • Elx, [7]. daily 1pm-3am, without breaks. Valencian paella and Meditterian dishes. One of the few places available for tourists where paella is genuine enough.1
  • L'Elx, Maremagnum (don't confuse with Tapas Bar which Maremagnum scheme leads you to), 93 225 81 17. Has a summer terrace. Rice and noodle specialties: €10-17 (paella: €14-15); salads €6.80-10.80; warm starters €4.90-15; main courses €11.9-25.
  • Elche, C/Vila Vilà 71 (M. Paral-lel), 93 441 30 89.
  • Meson David A great place serving excellent hearty Galician fare. Try the Lacon pork joint, its amazing. The decor is basic but the atmosphere is great. Expect queues at peak times. You'll eat and drink loads of Sangria for €15. Calle carretes 63 in the Raval area. Near St Antoni Metro.
  • Les Quinze Nits, Plaça Reial 6. Metro Liceu. Phone: 93 317 30 75. [16]. Open 1-3.45pm, 8.30-11.30pm daily. A place to get cheap, huge and delicious paella. The Gazpacho served here is also one of the finest in the world. Some complaints about quality of steaksand paella, however. Overall, good value for money. There's no reservation, so arrive early: the queue starts at 8pm.
  • El Salero, C/del Rec 60 (in El Born), +34 933 198 022. Mon-Fri 1:30pm-4pm, 9pm-12am; Sat 9pm-12am. A very mellow place to eat and see Barcelona's beautiful people. International cuisine with some bias to Japanese. No menu del dia (at least on Sat). Main courses generally €10-17.
  • Silenus, C/Àngels 8 (M. Liceu), +34 93 302 2680. daily 1pm-4pm; Mon-Thu 8:45pm-11:30pm, 8:45pm-12:30am Fri, Sat. Also has excellent lunch offers. A very design restaurant just in front of the MACBA. Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine. Main courses: fish €12-17, meat: €12.5-17.

Modern creative cuisine

  • Carmelitas, C/Doctor Dou, 1 (between MACBA and Bouqueria), 93 412-4684 (), [8]. Daily 1:30pm-4pm; Sun-Wed 9pm-12am, Thu-Sat 9pm-1am. Large windows; most seats are armchairs. Cuisine focused on market-fresh ingredients brought from Bouqueria. Simple Catalan dishes in a modern setting. Place is quite popular during lunchtime in weekdays. Visitos are mainly local (bit older than in Mediodia). Menu del dia: €8.90 (choice of 3 soups, 3 mains, 3 desserts). Soup €4.90 (all you can eat); mains €7.8-16.8; salads €4.30-7.90 (terrace surcharge: +10%; VAT not included).
  • Mediodia, Carrer del Carme, 40 (between MACBA and Bouqueria). Arguably a nearest competitor to Carmelitas which is just across the road. No-frills but trendy interior, full of light: light walls, large windows. Pleasant terrace in summer. Visitors mix: creative people working around, only locals. Menu del dia €9.5 (starter, main course, desert; water / glass of wine or soft drink / bottle of Morritz).

Non-Spanish cuisine

  • Al Passatore, two locations near Pla del Palau (M. Barceloneta). Pasta, pizza and risotto in very generous portions for moderate prices. No-frills dishes, but wide choice. Simple interior. Bread should be asked for explicitly. For dinner, reservation essential. Meat main courses: €6(sirloin)-9(entrecot); pasta: €6.5-10; pizza: €6-10; fish main courses: €7.5-9.5. Menu del dia: ? (Mon-Fri)..
  • Pla del Palau, 8.
  • Placa de les Olles, 11. Less crowded in the daytime than in the first location.
  • Betawi a really tasy Indonesian restaurant. Portions aren't huge (average) but they sure know how to cook meat and fish to perfection. C/Montsio 6. In the Barrio Gotic. 93 412 62 64
  • Egipte, 79 Las Ramblas (near Bouqueria). Recommended both for a la carte and tapas. Good fixed-price lunch and dinner menu.
  • La Locanda in C/Joaquim Pou 4, between Via Laietana and the Cathedral, is a good choice for Italian food lovers. Between Urquinaona and Sant Jaume metro stations.
  • Rosa del Raval, C/dels Àngels, 6 (next to Silenius), 93-304-26-81, [9]. No-frills Mexican eatery, with Europeans-friendly cuisine. Popular in the evening, while Silenius is nearly empty. Cesadilya with seasoned pork is good. Main course up to €10; steaks €9.90.
  • Shunka in C/ Sagristans 5, next to the Cathedral, is one of the most appreciated Japanese restaurants in town. Prior reservation is strongly advised. Between Urquinaona and Sant Jaume metro stations.

Breakfast

  • Cafe de L'Opera, La Rambla 74, is a marvelous place to have a breakfast with fine strong coffee. The inside features 1920's decor.
  • Pasteleria Escriba, La Rambla 83, a cute little place with great pastries and good coffee. Try the chocolate croissant. Out of this world.

Splurge

Drink

Cafes

  • L'Antic Teatre, [17] screens special artistic productions. There is also a small café inside and outside operated by the association which makes for a great break from the noisy Barcelona downtown. It's only a few steps away from the Palau de la Música Catalana.
  • La Clandestina, C/Baixada de Viladecols 2bis (Behind the Post Office in Via Laietana). You can take tea, different fruits juices, vegetal sandwiches and much more in a different place that holds some cultural events, lends some books.
  • Escriba, C/La Rambla 83, +34 93 301 6027 (), [10]. Mon-Fri 8am-3pm, 5pm-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-9pm. Very old and beautiful confectionery.

Mid-range

  • Otman, C/Cirera 4 (between C/Flassaders and C/Montcada). In the Born, very close to Picasso museum, this Moroccan designer has a clothes shop where you can have a tea in a very relaxing ambient. Medium prices.

Bars

  • El Bosc de les Fades, off LaRambla. Dubbed the "Tree Bar" by many English speaking tourists. This wax-museum bar features expert-crafted ambiance to look like a forest.
  • Dusk, carrer Merce 23. Sexy bar and bistro inside centuries-old stone walls in Ciutat Vella/Barri Gotic. One block in from the Correos (Big Post Office at the end of Via Laietana), "Dusk" offers an upbeat bar and a more relaxed lounge in the back. It's a perfect place to get a delicious bite to eat to start the night off, or to finish the night with funky music and a Bailey's Martini. Overall, a perfect place to get a taste of both the old Gothic Quarter and the new, hip, contemporary Barcelona.
  • RiBborn, C/Antic de Sant Joan 3, Tel.(+34) 93 310 71 48, [18]. A hip bar in the heart of the Casc Antic, a vibrant section of the Ciutat Vella with a variety of bars and restaurants. RiBborn offers "Funk you till you drop" hiphop jazz reggae and soul with dj Chocolito + guests, Tuesday-Sunday 10PM-3AM. Live music until 1am on most Sundays and the odd weeknight.
  • Travel Bar, C/Boqueria 27 (Going down Les Rambles, the street at the left from the Miró's painting on the floor), [11]. Travel's ambient, Internet connection, a good place to ask and talk with other people visiting Barcelona. Has a quite terrace. Very much a backpackers bar, this is a staple hang-out for many travellers. The Travel Bar has a barcrawl every evening (although it is poorly advertised in the bar - staff 'invite' people they would like to join, otherwise you have to ask), as well as a mean Catalan cooking course. This is an OK place to hang out and meet other English speaking people. It does have some decent perks - notably, the one Euro meals (again, you have to be in with the bar staff to get this) and the free Wi-fi plus free internet computers (again, ask the barstaff - its rather haphazard if you'll get it offered to you, depending on whether you look like a part of the backpacker crowd).
  • Harlem, C/Comptessa de Sobradiel (Behind the City Hall, ask there). Live music every night. You must take at least one drink, but the entrance is usually free.
  • Jazz sí C/Requesens 2 (Near Ronda St. Antoni). Live music every day, by the teachers and pupils of the music school next to it. Pop/Rock, Flamenco, Jazz, Latin music etc depending on the day. The entrance with a drink for about 3 euros.
  • Sidecar Factory Club, Plaça Reial 7 / C/Heures 4, (+34) 93 302 15 86, (+34) 933 177 666, [19]. One of the best choices for drinks and music in Casc Antic. Offers live music (4 or 5 nights a week, 10pm-12:30am). Hosts DJ sessions every night (Mon-Sun 12.30am-4.30/5.00am) with DJs of many different styles and from the most important clubs making people dance until the wee hours. Always a good atmosphere.
  • L'Ovella Negra, or the "Black Sheep" is a large dark tavern-like bar. Located in calle Sitges just off Las Ramblas. You can get cheap and delicious Sangria 10 euros before 23:00 and 13 euros after. Kind of shady atmosphere but a great time is almost guaranteed to be had wheather you are just sitting around talking with some friends or partaking in a game of futbolina (foosball). Great choice for a place to start the night off. Annoying door policy including very unfriendly security monkeys.

Mid-range

  • Amatxu an authentic tapas bar, popular with the natives and tourists alike. Their squid rings are particularly good and their staff are friendly. They are located on Las Ramblas.

Sleep

There are a lot of hotels, hostals, and pensions in Ciutat Vella.

Hotels

  • Best Western Premier Hotel Regina Bergara 2-4. The Hotel Regina is located next to Plaza Cataluña, right in the heart of Eixample, where the city's two most cosmopolitan avenues begin: Paseo de Gracia and Las Ramblas. About €100 per night for a double room with bath and breakfast.
  • Hotel Barcelona Catedral, Capellans, 4. Since October 2006, a 4* boutique hotel. Exclusive new and modern designed hotel, located just where you wanted right in the centre, next to the Cathedral, las Ramblas and the Plaça Catalunya. It offers guests excellent quality rooms and a personalized service, creating a relaxing and comfortable stay for business and leisure. Your best option now to discover Barcelona and to be part of it. Every Sunday free guided cultural walks through the gothic quarter.
  • Hotel Cuatro Naciones, La Rambla 40, Tel: (+34) 93 317-36-24, [20]. Hotel ** on the Barcelona's most characteristic avenue (La Rambla), the nerve centre of the city. This historic area is very close to the Cathedral, the Gothic quarter and the harbor, as well as Barcelona's best shopping streets. Rooms varying from single to Quad size. Prices are very modest - starting at 80€ for a double.
  • Grand Hotel Central, Via Laietana 30, +34 93 295 79 00, [21]. Close to the Born district, the Grand Hotel Central is in an elegant building dating back to 1926. The stylish bedrooms are generous in space and comfort and emphasise urban modernity through the use of cool, natural materials. Large windows provide rooms with magnificent views and a lot of natural light.
  • Hotel Lleó, C/ Pelai, 22-24,Tel. +34933181312, Fax. +34934122657 [22]. Hotel Lleo of Barcelona, just two steps from the Rambla, from plaza Catalunya and from plaza Universitat, is the ideal solution for both business and tourist stays in central Barcelona.
  • Hotel Lloret, Rambla Canaletes, 125, ES-8002, Tel: (+34) 933173366, Fax: (+34) 933019283, [23]. Cheap hotel in La Rambla Barcelona.
  • The Royal Ramblas A first class hotel with a privileged location right at the top of "Las Ramblas" boulevard, close to Catalunya Square - the business, entertainment and cultural meeting point of Barcelona. The hotel is within walking distance to the most fashionable area in Barcelona for tourism and shopping. The Royal Ramblas is the perfect place to live the real Barcelona experience.


Hostals and Pensions

  • Pension Alamar, [24] is located in the Gothic Quarter, in a quiet pedestrian street near La Rambla. Provides reasonable rates, cosy clean rooms, in a warm family atmosphere. Facilities: kitchen, central heating, air conditioning, telephone, tv room, free cradle available for babies up to 2 years, washing machine, and close parking.
  • Chic & Basic Tallers, C/Tallers 82 (Plaça Catalunya(L1, L3); Universitat (L1, L2)), [12]. checkin: Reception opens around 9:30am (officially 9:00am). Designer-everything self-service pension with entirely white interiors. Personnel can be seen even less often than other travelers. Designer features include: Lacus massage shower, 25" TFT TV and touch-operated lamps in rooms; SMEG designer fridge, trendy bar chairs and Nespresso in the common area. Rooms feature balconies but are not too spacy; WC, shower and a wash-bowl are almost in the room space (and if you close shower you open WC); white floors are not cleaned during your stay--maybe this is why the place is regarded as low-fi alternative to Casa Camper. Self-service breakfast available 24 hours a day in a common room with kitchen: youghurts, ham & cheese, toasts, coffee & tea, juices, fruits. Kitchen has a microwave, but not an oven. One common Internet station per floor (6 rooms); weak-signal slow-connection WiFi in some rooms (but not in the breakfast area. Plug for listening your iPod in the room--and some mix centrally available if you don't have iPod. Add 7% VAT to web site prices.
  • Hostal Levante, Baixada de Sant Miquel, 2 - Tel.(+34) 93 3179565, [25] has clean, simple and good private rooms. Renovated bathrooms. Very good location, one block from the Plaça Reial, two from the famous La Rambla. Very good price, but breakfast not included.
  • Pension Barcelona City Ramblas, [26]. In the central square of Barcelona with Ramblas street. Clean rooms with shared bathroom.

Hostels

Increasingly, there are also many Youth Hostels that offer budget accommodation to those who don't mind bunking in a dormitory with other travelers.

  • Alberg Palau [27] carrer Palau, 6 - Tel.(+34) 93 412 5080 and Hostel New York [28] carrer d'en Gignas, 6 - Tel.(+34) 93 315 0304 are two youth hostels in Barcelona's Barri Gottic. Clean and friendly, both hostels include breakfast, Internet, kitchen facilities, and a common room; all for under €20 per person.
  • Gothic Point Hostel. E-mail: [email protected]. phone="+34 93 231 2045". €17 per night, breakfast, internet access, and bottom linen included. €2 to rent a top sheet or blanket. Free lockers (padlock not included, but on sale in reception for €3). Unique dorm design with wooden cubicules allowing privacy. International atmosphere.
  • Itaca hostel is centrally located in the Gothic District, only a stone's throw away from the Cathedral. The beds and bathrooms are clean, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Beds go for around 20 euros a night (depending on the season), breakfast is offered, and there is a kitchen that's open to guests, along with balcony access.
  • Residencia Australia [29] and Hostal Central [30] are located on different floors of Ronda Universitat No 11. Clean, friendly and good value, just off the Plaça de Catalunya. They belong to different owners. En-suite double rooms for around €60. Residencia Australia is more family orientated, they also offer ensuites with kitchenettes , small apartments starting at around 75 euros per night.
  • The Welcome INN, carrer Hospital, 93 Tel.(+34)664 127 664 is an alternative to the typical 'dorm bed' hostel. It offers private rooms (single, doubles,triples,quads)in a large hostel-apartment with a kitchen and living area. ideal for backpackers/tourists that want privacy at affordable prices. Very good prices under 20 Euros per person per night. This place is a privately owned apartment and as so is not a typical hostel but it is very legitimate and is rated on various independent websites worlwide.
  • Hostel Kabul, Plaça Reial, 17, +34(933)185-190 (, fax: +34(933)014-034), [13]. Has increased its prices considerably to capitalise on its location, popularity and positive guidebook write ups. However it remains friendly and is a magnet for young travellers who come for the party atmosphere. Bookings are available through its web site. dorm rooms €24.

Apartments

  • Las Ramblas Bed & Breakfast, Phone +34 695 097 612, [31]. Double from 60eur/50eur high/low season.
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