Your apartment has a wireless Internet connection. See below the log-in details:
Network: UNI PasoDoble-Canadilla 5Ghz
Network: UNI PasoDoble-Canadilla 2.4Ghz
We suggest connecting to the above networks first; however, if you have connection issues you may also try the following:
Network: UNI Finn-Ghost 5Ghz
Network: UNI Naoko 5Ghz
Network: UNI Figi-Walden 5Ghz
Network: UNI Rooms 5Ghz
Network: UNI Principal 5Ghz
Network: UNI Riva-Cadaques 5Ghz
Network: UNI Tengujo 5Ghz
Network: UNI Finn-Ghost 2.4Ghz
Network: UNI Naoko 2.4Ghz
Network: UNI Figi-Walden 2.4Ghz
Network: UNI Principal 2.4Ghz
Network: UNI Rooms 2.4Ghz
Network: UNI Riva-Cadaques 2.4Ghz
Network: UNI Tengujo 2.4Ghz
The password for all of the above networks is: barcelona1234
Keys & Check-out
During check-in, you will be provided with two electronic keys (tags). Each of the tags opens 3 doors: the main building door, the entrance hall door and your apartment door.
+ Main building door: hold the tag in front of the black box located below the buzzers and push the door after you hear a beep and see a green light.
+ Entrance hall door at apartment level: hold the tag in front of the black cylinder and you will get a green light. Then turn the cylinder and push the door (note: some cylinders turn counter clockwise).
Make sure you always double lock this door
– When entering, just manually turn the lock.
– When exiting, repeat the entering procedure but turn the cylinder the opposite way.
+ Apartment door: hold the tag in front of the black part of the lock and you will hear a beep and get a green light. Then press the handle down and push the door.
For security reasons, please do not keep the address of the apartment together with the tags.
If you lose any of the tags, notify us immediately and note that you are responsible for the cost of a new one. DestinationBCN has the right to change the lock entirely if considered necessary.
Upon check-out, just leave both tags on the table in the apartment and close the doors behind you (without locking).
Kitchen appliances & Garbage
+ You will find the detergent dispenser on the inside of the dishwasher door. Open it by pressing the release tab.
+ Put one of the tablets provided (underneath the kitchen sink) in the dispenser.
+ Close the dispenser by sliding the cover over the detergent deposit and press down on the arrow until it clicks shut.
+ Turn the machine on by pressing the ON/OFF button located on the door (to the left of the Bosch logo).
+ Press the button for the appropriate program, located on the right-hand side of the door. Once the program is selected, it will light up in red.
+ Close the door and the dishwasher will start automatically. It will continue until the end of the selected cycle. It will then stop and beep.
+ Open the door and press the ON/OFF button to make sure the machine is switched off.
+ Place the pot or pan on the desired burner
+ Press the POWER button at the far left.
+ Select the +/- buttons on the desired burner to set temperature.
+ Simply press the POWER button to switch off
Please note that this stove works on an induction system. It won’t get red and hot until you put a pan on it. If you use glass or ceramic kitchenware, the stove will not heat.
If the stove is locked, the key symbol will light up. To unlock it, simply press and hold the key button for a few seconds.
OVEN & MICROWAVE
Your apartment has a combined oven / microwave.
HOW TO USE THE OVEN
+ Press the two dials in and they will automatically pop out.
+ Choose the desired cooking option with the left dial from the following options (clockwise):
– Heat from top to bottom
– Fan assisted oven
– Grill with fan
+ Choose the desired temperature with the right dial. The oven will start automatically.
If you want to set the cooking time, simply press the +/– buttons next to the digital screen and press start.
Please note that if the time doesn’t appear on the screen, the oven and microwave might not work. In this case, you can set the time on the digital screen. Press the clock button and you will see the symbol flashing. Choose the desired time with the +/- button and press the start button to set the time.
HOW TO USE THE MICROWAVE
+ Choose the power (900, 600, 360, 180 or 90).
+ The set time of one minute will appear by default on the screen. Choose more or less time by pressing the + and – buttons next to the digital screen.
+ Press the START button.
WASHER & DRYER
You will find a supply of towels in your apartment. Should you need any more, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We will be happy to replace towels. We kindly request that you do not wash them yourself, since we use special products.
+ Pour detergent into dispenser number 2(II).
+ Select the MIX program (55-minute wash program).
The MIX program has a preset temperature of 30ºC, but by pressing the temperature button below the screen you can select 40ºC or COLD.
+ Press the INICIO/PAUSA button to start the wash cycle (button to the right of the dial).
Other wash options include:
+ Sinteticos (Synthetics)
+ Intensivo (Intensive)
+ Rapido (Quick)
+ Delicado (Delicate)
+ Lana (Wool)
+ Resistentes/Algodones (Cotton)
+ Centrif. adicional delicado (Delicate additional spin)
+ Centrif. adicional (Additional spin)
When you select your option, the length of time, temperature, and spin speed will appear on the digital screen.
Please note that when the program finishes, there is a security lock on the door.
Do not attempt to force it open. Please allow 5 minutes to pass before attempting to open the door.
+ Select the appropriate option depending on what you are drying.
+ Press the INICIO/STOP button to start the cycle.
See below the available drying options:
– Extra Seco (Extra dry)
– Seco (Dry)
– Seco para Guardar (Dry for the closet)
– Seco para Planchar (Dry for ironing)
+ For Sinteticos (Synthetics):
– Seco (Dry)
– Seco para Guardar (Dry for the closet)
– Seco para Planchar (Dry for ironing)
+ Caliente 20 minutos (Hot 20 minutes)
+ Caliente 40 minutos (Hot 40 minutes)
If the DEPOSITO light flashes, you simply need to remove the deposit located on the top left of the machine and empty the water.
If the FILTRO light flashes, open the door of the dryer. In the inner rim of the drum, you will
see a white filter that you can take out. Empty this and continue with your drying program.
In warm climates, like in Spain, it is advisable to take the garbage out regularly. This can be done at anytime of the day, by taking it to the garbage containers located on Balmes street.
Turn left when you exit the building and once you get to the corner just cross Balmes street and turn left. You’ll find the grey general garbage containers half way the street and the coloured recycling containers at the end of the street.
+ Grey container: general
+ Brown container: organic
+ Yellow container: plastic
+ Blue container: paper/cardboard
+ Green container: glass
TV & Apple TV
You may watch either local channels in spanish and catalan OR satellite channels in different languages.
Press the POWER button on the remote control. The TV will be set up in either one of the above program modes.
If the image doesn’t appear follow these steps:
+ Press the INPUT button on the remote control
+ Select Live TV from the menu
In case you prefer to change the TV program mode follow these steps:
+ Press the LIVE MENU button on the remote control
+ Select P with the arrows on the remote control
+ Select Antenna (local channels) or Satellite (international channels)
We have put together a list of favourite channels under Satellite TV mode:
+ Press the LIVE MENU button on the remote control
+ Select FILTER (next to P) with the arrows on the remote control
+ Select Favourite A
Puedes ver canales locales en español y catalán O canales internacionales en distintos idiomas.
Presiona el botón de ENCENDIDO del mando, la TV estará en uno de estos dos modos de programación.
Si la imagen no aparece sigue los siguientes pasos:
+ Presiona el botón de INPUT del mando
+ Selecciona Live TV
En caso de querer cambiar el modo de programación (Satelite o Antena local), sigue los siguientes pasos:
+ Presiona el botón de LIVE MENU del mando
+ Selecciona la P con las flechas del mando
+ Selecciona Antena (canales locales) o Satellite (canales internacionales)
HOW TO USE THE APPLE TV TO WATCH MOVIES OR LISTEN TO MUSIC
You can use the Apple TV to access our collection of music and movies, or to connect your own devices to access your own libraries. To use the Apple TV:
+ Turn on the normal TV
+ Press the INPUT button on top of the TV remote control
+ Choose HDMI1
+ Press any key on the Apple remote control in order to turn on the Apple TV. A small white light indicates that it is on.
+ The main menu with several apps should appear on the screen. If that’s not the case and you get a black screen with Airplay information instead, just press the Menu button on the remote control.
+Choose ‘movies’ or ‘music’ to access our collection, which you’ll find under ‘purchased movies’ and ‘my music’. You may also access Netflix with your own account or any of the other available apps.
To go to MOVIE SETTINGS for chapters and subtitles, press play to start watching the selected movie and then hold the round silver button in the middle of the Apple TV remote control for a few seconds.
HOW TO CONNECT YOUR DEVICE THROUGH AIRPLAY
With Airplay, you can stream your own music, photos, and videos to the Apple TV.
+ From your iPhone, connect by swiping up the hidden menu from the bottom of the screen. From your computer, connect by selecting the Airplay icon from the upper right menu of your computer screen.
+ Select Airplay (skip this step if connecting with a computer).
+ Select the name of the apartment you are staying at and turn on the MIRRORING option (the name of your apartment can be found on the front page of the leaflet. There is no need to turn ‘mirroring’ on if you are connecting from a computer.)
+ A code will appear on the TV screen. You will have to enter this code on your device. Once the code has been entered, the device will be connected to the TV and you can start using it.
HOW TO USE THE APPLE TV REMOTE CONTROL
The Apple TV remote control is the little silver one.
The big, round silver button in the middle works like the ‘enter’ button on a keyboard. The black circle around it works as arrows to go left, right, up or down in the different menus.
By pressing the MENU button, you will go backwards. If you hold it for 5 seconds, it returns to the main menu.
By pressing the big, round silver button for a few seconds while a movie is playing, the movie settings menu will appear.
The Apple TV can be switched off by going back to the main menu and holding the PLAY/PAUSE button for a few seconds.
Air Conditioner & Heater
The air conditioner in your apartment both cools and heats the apartment. You can also set it to dehumidify or ventilate the air.
HOW TO USE THE AIR CONDITIONER
+ To turn the system on or off, press the ON/OFF button at the bottom right hand side of the thermostat.
+ Select the operation mode by pressing the MODE button on left hand side below the screen (snowflake = cool; water drop = dehumidify; fan = ventilate; sun = heat).
+ Set the temperature (Celsius) by pressing the Temp. +/- buttons in the center, below the screen.
+ Set the fan speed by pressing the FAN button at the right hand side below the screen.
In order for the machine to function properly, the operating icon needs to correspond to the function you want: lowering the temperature to 19ºC when set to heat will not produce the same result as lowering it to 19º when set to cool.
There is a safe in the apartment to store your personal belongings.
HOW TO USE THE SAFE
+ The safe locks manually by turning the dial left
+ To open the safe, you will need to enter the code provided by us
+ The green light will light up when you enter the code
+ Then you can turn the dial to the right to open the door
If you enter the wrong code, the machine will lock after 3 attempts. You will have to wait 15 minutes before trying again. In this case, the red light will remain on and the green light will flash.
Please note that it is not possible to change the safe code to a custom code.
Love one another
We are delighted that you have chosen to stay with us and will do everything to ensure that you have a pleasant stay. In return, we ask that you act responsibly and do not inconvenience other guests or neighbours. Please pay attention to the following:
+ No noise is allowed in the apartment (including the terrace when applicable) after 9:00 PM . In the event of excessive noise nuisance, DestinationBCN maintains the right to evict the guests without refunding the rental fee.
+ Guests are not permitted to host parties in the apartment or in the adjacent communal areas.
+ The amount of people staying in the apartment cannot exceed the amount of people the booking is made for.
+ Smoking is not allowed in the apartments and communal areas.
+ Guests are obliged to leave the apartment at the time agreed on upon checking in. When breaching the agreement the guest is liable to a fine of 350 euros per day.
+ On departure, the apartment should be in a generally clean condition.
+ Damages done to the apartment’s contents as a result of deliberate, criminal or reckless behavior, such as breakages, leaving the apartment in an especially dirty condition or accidental damage, will be forfeited to the guest. The amount shall be established by determining the replacement value or the repair cost of each object so it can be returned to the exact state it was in before the incident occurred. DestinationBCN reserves the right to charge the credit card submitted to cover the damage caused.
+ Pets are not allowed.
At your doorstep
The nearest tourist office is located on Placa Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square, just a block away (to the left when you exit the building). The entrance is in front of El Corte Ingles department store.
Tourist info signposts will lead you to the stairs towards the underground office.
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There are several convenient stores located on your street which are good for basics. Otherwise we recommend the following nearby supermarkets.
EL CORTE INGLES
El Corte Inglés department store on Plaça Catalunya has an excellent supermarket located in the basement. It offers all the basics, a variety of gluten-free and healthy products and a gourmet department.
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Veritas is a renowned chain of organic supermarkets offering only organic products, including fruits and vegetables. They also have a variety of gluten-free alternatives.
There are plenty of cash machines all over Barcelona that are accessible 24/7. The closest to your apartment that we recommend is at Caixa bank located just a block away on Plaça Catalunya (to the left when you exit the building)
Whether you are in Barcelona for business or leisure, you can always look your best.
Pharmacies in Barcelona are able to treat many symptoms over the counter, helping to avoid a visit to the doctor.
Barcelona is known for its late nights, but also has a lot to offer in the early (or not so early) morning.
Coffee at La Esquina is carefully prepared following a well-measured ritual. It also offers toasts, burgers and the ‘Best eggs benedict I’ve had in years!’ Delicious cakes and desserts are hard to resist, and everything is 100% homemade. Enjoy a warm atmosphere complete with English indie music.
EL ARBOL BRUNCH
Popular brunch place with a cozy and fun decor with some cute swings and an outdoorsy feel offering an amazing menu with all the brunch staples, some with unique twists and a good choice of alternative options like vegan, lactose free and gluten free. Their Eggs Benedict are praised by many.
Galeria Cosmo is a cafe and contemporary art space with a relaxed location on a leafy, semi-pedestrian street. It offers healthy breakfasts and brunches, sandwiches, fresh juices, and specialty coffee and tea.
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BILLY BRUNCH & GARDEN
Lovely brunch / breakfast place with a cute garden at the back, including a small chicken coop and a swing for children. The food quality is superb and really tasty and the service is next level. The staff is extremely sweet, welcoming and cheerful. It gets quite busy at some days and there may be a bit of a line, but the wait is so worth it!
BRUNCH & CAKE
Salad for breakfast? Pancakes for dinner? You can have it at Brunch & Cake, with a delicious offering of sweet and savory dishes in a sunny, stylish space. Everything is homemade with the best ingredients.
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Seasonal specialty coffee, sourced ethically and sustainably from small coffee farms around the world. Roasted with passion in Barcelona. It’s a small shop for take away only and in addition to the great coffee they offer some delicious homemade pastries and cookies (vegan options as well).
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Hip and laid-back Savta offers a great selection of delicious artisan sandwiches, with a variety of high quality ingredients, all freshly prepared. Lots of veggie / vegan options as well. Great for a quick stop. Big portions and very good quality for the price.
BAKERIES & PASTRY SHOPS
You’ll notice lots of delicious bakeries around town, but here are some of the best, just outside your door.
Forn Mistral has been one of Barcelona’s best bakeries since 1879.
It still uses traditional wood-fired ovens and offers a wide variety of breads, including organic kamut, spelt, buckwheat, rye and plenty of mouthwatering pastries.
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LA PASTISSERIA BARCELONA
Cake and coffee shop founded by one of Barcelona’s best pastry chefs, Josep Maria Rodríguez Guerola. He was the 2011 World Pastry Chef of the Year (try his rosa dels vents cake). There are rows of beautiful cakes and pastries to take away or enjoy in- house with a coffee.
TRITICUM BY MORITZ
World-class bread at the Moritz brewery. Triticum supplies bread to several Michelin starred restaurants like Celler de Can Roca. Baker Xevi Ramon has taken bread to the next level, mixing artisan tradition with the most modern techniques.
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A chocolate kitchen…yes. Find handcrafted chocolates, truffles and bars, Krönuts and Chökanias, cookies and much more. Indulge in the chök, their signature gourmet doughnut – made with less sugar and less fat. Lighter, healthier and truly scrumptious.
With 107 years of experience, Escriba offers gourmet cakes, ice cream cakes, artisan chocolates and other sweet delights. Also a great place for a quick coffee or a specialty hot chocolate (including 70% cocoa, Swiss and praline).
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LUNCH OR DINNER
With fresh ingredients as the main attraction, it’s hard to go wrong with Barcelona cuisine – but these recommendations are tried and true. Click here to see them all in a map
Enjoy high-quality tapas and flautas – delectable crusty baguettes with your choice of filling. La Flauta is a relaxed place for a quick bite, with a long history of excellent food at excellent prices. Also offers a wide selection of fresh sandwiches, salads, ommelets, grilled meat, seafood and vegetables.
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Busy place with a buzzy vibe offering excellent tapas and a wide selection of seafood. The food is super fresh and tasty and the service is pleasant and very efficient. They don’t take reservations and the place is popular so there may be a bit of a wait. It is a very well-worth wait though.
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Tasty tapas, welcoming staff and nice jazzy sounds in an old school decor. Perfect for a Sunday vermut or drinks and a pica-pica in the evening. Very reasonably priced!
Paying homage to classic tapas like Ous estrellats al gust with bull negre, and the always-fresh Boquerones al limón accompanied by excellent pa amb tomaquet. Run by renowned chef Carlos Abellan, also behind Suculent in the Raval neighborhood and La Guigueta in Barceloneta.
Extraordinary restaurant, famous for reviving ancient recipes from different Mediterranean cultures and various regional cuisines, uniquely and expertly prepared by chefs who take the dishes to another level. Incredible food and a superb dining experience. Staff is attentive and friendly and the atmosphere is lively.
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This is a favorite among locals and visitors for its wide variety of tapas and imported beers. It also offers excellent seafood dishes like Galician Octopus and is sure to have something for everyone. Can be busy, but the queue moves quickly and it is worth the short wait.
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Outstanding old school restaurant serving traditional Catalan food with a refined edge. The staff is very well-trained and extremely hospitable. And fun. The place is frequented by locals.
PEPA BAR A VINS
Great little spot offering a wide range of (natural) wines and outstanding dishes to share in a welcoming atmosphere. Excellent products and amazingly cooked! Plus lovely staff that make you feel very well looked after.
Small laid-back restaurant, serving seasonal dishes with a refreshing modern twist. Run by lovely people offering excellent service, very tasty dishes to share and a wide range of wines, all at very reasonable prices.
Seafood restaurant with an elegant interior design. Owned and operated by young, talented and passionate people offering exceptional dishes to share with a creative blend of flavours and textures inspired by Galician cuisine. Give their cocktails a try as well.
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Beautiful rooftop restaurant with a lovely terrace on top of the Casa Luz hotel, serving creative, elaborate tapas, small dishes and drinks. Impeccable service and an amazing setting looking out over Placa Universitat.
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L’ARROSSERIA XATIVA SANT ANTONI
Warm and welcoming restaurant that specialises in traditional spanish rice dishes and a wide variety of paellas, including a vegan paella and gluten free options. If you want to taste real paella, this is the place!
Four distinctly themed gastronomic areas: La Braseria for meat, La Llotja for fish, La Taperia for tapas, and La Paradeta deli-style café, as well as four bars specialized in beer, wine, cava or cocktails. The spectacular décor was done by the Barcelona based studio Lázaro Rosa Violán, to recreate the elegance of the 1930s and 1940s in Barcelona. Imagine ceramic wall art and Valencian mosaics, glass lamps, and a sky-high ceiling of lowered vaults. The building itself is 2600 square meters of history. Built in 1870, it originally housed a textile factory, then a café-theatre, a pre-Civil War car dealer’s shop and finally a garage. Go and see for yourself…you won’t be disappointed.
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FLAX & KALE
Their motto is: Eat better, be happier, live longer. Founded by Teresa Carles, a pioneer in veggie restaurants in Barcelona, Flax & Kale offers gourmet vegetarian, raw, vegan, gluten free, and fish dishes. Get your salads here (try the kale and red quinoa), as well as cold-pressed juices, delicious smoothies and nut milks.
An impressive choice of healthy, flavourful, nutritious and delicious food with a wide variety of vegetarian, plant-based and paleo options, as well as ethically sourced meat options. Fit for any meal of the day, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Cool vibe, nice music, a lovely decor and plenty of seats.
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Veggie / vegan heaven with a daily menu of two or three plate combinations and lots of interesting choices a la carte as well. Excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes that are flavourful and very delicious at great value. They also have a great variety of cold-pressed juices. Reservations highly recommended as it is a popular place!
Fresh, local and organic, Mont Bar offers a variety of small dishes from traditional and vanguard cuisine. Their menu is always changing, based on seasonal products often from their own farms. It features an amazing wine list, with a bottle for all budgets. Superb dining in an informal atmosphere with a lively terrace.
Highly recommended to adventurous food lovers. Dos Palillos’ tasting menus are an amazing tour of textures, contrasts, flavours and well-thought-out combinations of products, to surprise and excite. The food is heavily inspired by Japanese and Asian cuisine. The place is like a dim lit sophisticated sushi bar where you sit around a square bar so you can witness all of the chefs preparing your dishes. You’ll be entertained with all of your senses! Exceptional flavours and each dish is a feast for the eyes. This is a spot to try before you die! Count on a 3 number bill – per person. The place has a well-deserved Michelin star.
Mediamanga creates signature dishes based on traditional Mediterranean recipes. Fresh fruit and vegetables are grown in their own orchards in the village of Mont in the Vall d’Aràn. Meat, fish and other ingredients are sourced from small local producers and the best Catalan markets. Their dishes are designed to share.
Kasparo is a terrace bar café located under the arcades from the pretty Vicens Martorell square with views on a children’s playground, so easy to let kids play while you relax and enjoy a drink accompanied with some of their delicious bites. Its often busy and it attracts a nice and vibrant crowd.
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Hip and laid-back Savta offers a great selection of delicious artisan sandwiches, with a variety of high quality ingredients, all freshly prepared. Lots of veggie / vegan options as well. Great for a quick stop. Big portions and very good quality for the price.
It’s always the right time to take a break in Barcelona and there are plenty of places to do so.
Named after the rehab clinic of choice for Hollywood stars, Betty Ford serves giant cocktails and delicious snacks and burgers (meat or veggie). Thanks to the Australian owner, you can also try some great international brews.
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Fabrica Moritz is an old factory of Catalan beer maker Moritz, which was completely renovated by renowned architect Jean Nouvel.
Savor unpasteurized beer from a tap connected directly to a micro brewery. Take your time with the different beers to also sample the long menu of tapas.
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If you love wine, Monvinic will be your Eden. It is a wine store with a space where you can also try their wines and a selection of artisan cheeses, sausages, cold cuts pickles, marinated fish and conserves.
MILANO COCKTAIL BAR
A classic bar with a modern vibe. Red velour, cozy booths, and bow tied waiters. Nothing too fancy, frequented by young and old.
A daytime visit might surprise you with a live jazz combo, slowing down the bustle in one of the busiest parts of town.
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Museums & Sites
If you intend to see more than one museum, you can purchase the Articket, which will give you access to MNAC, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Fundacio Joan Miro, MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art), CCCB and Picasso museum.
LA SAGRADA FAMILÍA
The Sagrada Familia is a monumental Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction work has been ongoing, intermittently, since 1882 and it is perhaps the most famous incomplete building in the world. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an iconic symbol of Barcelona. There are several tours available (a guided experience, an audio tour or discover by yourself). It is strongly advised that you purchase tickets online in advance if you wish to go inside.
LA PEDRERA / CASA MILA
Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a modernist building designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. It was built between 1906 and 1910. At the time, it was controversial because of its undulating stone facade, twisting wrought iron balconies and windows designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Several structural innovations include a self-supporting stone front, columns and floors free of load-bearing walls, an underground garage and sculptural elements on the roof. In 1984 La Pedrera was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is currently the headquarters of the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera which manages exhibitions and other activities at La Pedrera. You can visit La Pedrera at day time or night time. It is recommended that you buy your tickets online in advance.
Casa Batllo is another one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. Like everything Gaudí designed, it is only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor in particular, has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.
There are several tours available and it is recommended that you buy your tickets online in advance.
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Park Güell originated in 1900, when Count Eusebi Güell bought a tree-covered
hillside and hired Antoni Gaudí to create a miniature city of houses for the wealthy in landscaped grounds. The project was a commercial flop and was abandoned in 1914, but not before Gaudí had created 3km of roads and walks, steps, a placa and two gatehouses in his inimitable manner. In 1922 the city bought the estate for use as a public park. The park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. At the top of Parc Güell is a terraced area where you get a wonderful view of the park and of Barcelona City. Park Güell also has a small house in the park in which Gaudí lived at one stage. The house has now been converted into a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudí.
Due to its popularity it is recommended that you buy tickets online in advance, since access to the park is limited to 400 people every half an hour.
Park Güell is off Carrer d’Olot in Barcelona and has three entrances: one on Carrer de Olot (main entrance), one at Carretera del Carmel 23 and on Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya, which you get to by going up an escalator.
The Picasso Museum Barcelona houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The museum is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona’s El Born area. It is recommended that you buy your tickets online in advance.
FUNDACIO ANTONI TAPIES
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is a cultural center and museum dedicated mainly to the life and works of the painter Antoni Tàpies. The Fundació was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. It combines the organisation of temporary exhibitions, symposia, lectures and film seasons with a range of publications to go with the activities and periodic shows of Antoni Tàpies’ work. The Fundació owns one of the most complete collections of Tàpies’ work, mostly made up of donations by Antoni and Teresa Tàpies. You can buy tickets at the entrance.
FUNDACIO JOAN MIRO
Internationally renowned museum, honoring artist Joan Miró located on the Montjuïc hill. Miró formed the Foundation in 1968 with his friend Joan Prats. Miró wanted to create a new building that would encourage particularly younger artists to experiment with contemporary art. The Building, the courtyards and the terraces were designed by Josep Lluís Sert. In line with Miró’s original idea, the foundation has a space named Espai 13, which is dedicated to promoting the work of young experimental artists. You can buy tickets at the entrance or online.
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MNAC – Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
MNAC is the national museum of Catalan visual art situated on the Montjuïc hill near Placa Espanya. The museum is especially notable for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. The Museum is housed in the Palau Nacional, a huge, Italian-style building dating back to 1929. From the roof- viewpoint you can enjoy 360º views of Barcelona.
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) offers an enticing exhibition programme of outstanding contemporary art. Located in the Raval area, a two-minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya, its iconic main building designed by Richard Meier, features captivating exhibitions for art lovers and a permanent collection of more than 5800 works.
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CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is an exhibition and event space focused on contemporary culture, cinema, music, performing arts and everything related to artistic experimentation.
LaiCaixa Forum has one of the most important collections of contemporary art in Europe with works of outstanding artists such as Beuys, Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg or Juan Uslé amongst others. It is located in the restored clothing factory Casaramona. The construction at the foot of Montjuic was designed by Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in the style of Catalan Art Nouveau, the Modernism. It was reopend in 2002 as LaCaixa Forum. The most important objectives of the reconstruction of the building were to maintain the original structure, colour and style, but also to set new trends. The exhibition space comprising 3000 sq meter is flooded with light. The entrance area was designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. A tree made of steel and glass welcomes the visitors at the entrance.
Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 6-8
BARCELONA BUS TURISTIC
The Barcelona Bus Turistic allows you to get to know Barcelona by bus at your own pace. This hop on hop off tourist bus operates on three different routes in the centre
of Barcelona. All the tour buses are open double deckers, so on the top deck you can enjoy the sun while driving around the city. Especially in summer make sure to bring sun protection since the sun can get quite intense in Barcelona.
Tickets are valid for one or two days and in this time you can get on and off the Barcelona Bus Turistic as often as you like.
All the buses dispose of audio guides in ten different languages that will give you some background information on the sights passing by.
The blue and the red route take both about two hours whereas the green route takes about half the time.
The nearest hop on spot is Placa Catalunya, You can buy tickets online or on the bus.
Plaça Catalunya stop
Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about
one hour North West from Barcelona by train. Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance, the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking.
If you enjoy walking, there are also some interesting walks through the mountains where you will experience magnificent views of some of the most unusual rock formations
in Catalonia. You can take a funicular to the top of the mountain and from there you
can choose a number of different walks, all with amazing views of the Catalonian countryside.
Another highlight of your visit to Montserrat monastery is to listen to the famous Basilica choir boy performances of Gregorian chants and other genres of religious choral music. The performances can be heard free of charge in the Basilica daily with the exception of Christmas holidays, July and some other festive periods during the year.
MUSEU DEL DISSENY
Located at the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona’s Design Museum glorifies Catalan and, more in general, Spanish decorative and applied arts. The museum displays a marvel of handicraft from past centuries, and product, fashion and graphic design of more recent times.
The first floor displays 240 objects of mostly Spanish product design. Objects range from the obvious chairs, lamps and other furniture to a tree pit by Salavador Fábregas that adapts to the growth of the tree, and a wringer bucket Ecofrego by Carlos Rivadulla and Josep Añols that separates the wastewater. The second floor houses incredible pieces of Catalan artisanry from the 3rd to the 20th Century in ceramics, textiles, furniture, glassware, miniatures, clocks, wallpaper and more. The third floor presents a beautiful display of the development of fashion from 1550 to the present. Finally the top floor gives an overview of the evolution of Spanish graphic design between 1940 and 1980 from a side occupation for artists to a profession.
The building by Barcelona architecture firm MBM arquitectes at first impresses by its size. The public atrium of the building, called Design Hub, is enormous.
Placa de les Glòries Catalanes 37-38
Camp Nou is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957.
With a seating capacity of 99.354, it is the largest stadium in Spain, also the largest
in Europe and the third largest association football stadium in the world in terms of capacity. It has hosted two European Cup/Champions League finals in 1989 and 1999, five matches including the opening game of the 1982 FIFA World Cup and the football competition final at the 1992 Summer Olympics. It is recommended to book tickets for the Camp Nou Experience online in advance to avoid queues and handing costs.
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EXTENDED FAMILY, LOCAL TALENTED COLLABORATORS
With a magnitude of things to do, see and eat, Barcelona is very exciting but can be a little overwhelming if you don’t do your research. Guests that book with us always receive a personalised list of recommended places to eat and are welcome to ask us any questions, to ensure they have a good stay in Barcelona. We have extended this further by collaborating with local businesses in the city that dedicate themselves to helping visitors experience the real Catalonia and to find the special places. This entails customised trips for the family, an intimate tapas tour, a wine tasting, a bike tour and more – we like to think of them as our extended family.
Gorka and Ann-Marie, a Spanish-Irish couple started their Runnerbean walking tour project in 2010, inspired by their passion and love for everything with Barcelona’s name on it. They love Barcelona and they love their job!
As they became very popular over the years, they expanded their team with other like-minded guides, but you will still find themselves guiding and answering all your queries by email or phone to ensure that extra bit of personal attention. They also have an excellent top-40 list of things to do with children on their website!
THE BARCELONA TASTE
If you want to experience a tapas tour, Jo and Joe are the fun duo to break you in. The tour makes several stops at local little spots, where you get the chance to enjoy a selection of cheeses from Catalunya, patatas bravas, embutidos, alcahofas and wash it down with local wines. It’s a nice way to get to know the narrow streets of the Gotico neighbourhood and try some delicious homemade dishes. The team know everyone, so you are in very in good hands.
BARCELONA DESIGN TOURS
This is the only tour company in the city that I00% focused on contemporary design and architecture, and there’s a lot to see. Brian is a qualified architect while Suzanne is a widely published writer on design. Together they lead private walking tours around the city’s design showrooms, spectacular commercial interiors and celebrated modern buildings and urban landscapes. Tours of the city’s independent galleries and art spaces can also be arranged.
Discover Barcelona by bike with Dirk and Mahrou and their team at Cruising Barcelona. You can either join their original tour, choose for a customised tour with a private guide or just rent a bike and create your own adventure. They have a variety of cool bikes in different colors and sizes, safety seats for children and even e-bikes and their shop is located on a very short walk from our Universidad location.
CLOS MOGADOR, PRIORAT
René Barbier, descendant from a known family of French Winemakers, bought a small property of 20 hectares in Gratallops, Priorat, in 1979, where he planted Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. With that, the journey of Clos Mogador began. The Barbier family nowadays offers guided tours for small groups around their best vineyards and their winery, including a tasting of their precious wines: Clos Mogador, Manyetes, Nelin and a DO Montsant wine, accompanied by their organic olive oil and wine bread.
Pairing food with wine is a real art. Learn the basics with a knowledgable sommelier with Vivinos’ small-group tasting experience in the heart of El Born. Savor Catalan cheeses alongside carefully selected local wine styles and learning about individual producers as you go. You can choose between an introductory option, featuring three wines and three cheeses or a more in-depth experience, with five wines and five cheeses.
This fun, young company takes visitors on urban adventures In either a classic motorcycle with sidecar or vintage campervan. Rides range from foodie and night experiences to trips into Catalonia’s wine country.
This highly recommended company offers small group, half-day walking tours for “the intellectually curious” led by highly knowledgeable guides (or ‘docents’) that are experts in their chosen field. Gaudi in Context, The Spanish Civil War and Picasso’s Barcelona are just some of the tours offered in Barcelona by Context.
HIDDEN CITY TOURS
An admirable social enterprise, started by British expat Lisa Grace, that trains up Barcelona’s homeless (or ex-homeless) to give insightful walking tours of the Barri Gòtic. Tours can be held in English, French and German, and take you to offbeat places not included in the regular itineraries.
MORE USEFUL INFORMATION
+ For the latest in Barcelona and things to do please visit our blog at www.destinationbcn.com/blog
+ Barcelona tourism official website www.barcelonaturisme.com
+ If visiting Barcelona with children, you can find activities and things to do at www.runnerbeantours.com/barcelona-with-kids-the-complete-guide/
You can print the tickets at our office. Just send us an email with the tickets attached to email@example.com, informing us that you want them printed and we will print them for you. Please send your email at least one day in advance and indicate in the subject your apartment name (you can find the name of your apartment at the front of the leaflet) so we can make sure we can print them in time.
If you need medical assistance during your stay, you can contact private medical services provider Betlem. They speak several languages.
Betlem provides private doctors 24 hours all year round. The fee ranges from 100 euros Monday to Friday from 7am to 11pm; to 110 euros in the evenings, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. They take cash or credit card payments.
If hospitalisation is needed, Betlem partners with Delfos Hospital, a reputable medical center in Barcelona, where preferential treatment can be expected.
You may call their toll free numbers or contact them through their App which you can download here.
From an international line: 0034 971894484
From a local line: 900844484
You will be asked to provide our specific code along with the below information:
+ Code: DESTINATION
+ Name of your apartment: Paso Doble
+ Address of your apartment: Ronda Universitat 11. Doorbell: Paso Doble (3 in the elevator)
+ Name of your insurance company if you have one
It’s important that you provide your doorbell name at the front entrance so they can ring your apartment doorbell when they arrive and you can let them in. The buzzer is next to your apartment door; you’ll have to make sure that it is ON by pulling the black pin located on the side of the buzzer all the way up.
If you need further assistance, you can contact us at 0034 935325267 (9:30 to 18:00) or on 0034 935141950 (18:00 onwards)