Your apartment has a wireless Internet connection. See below the log-in details:
If you don’t get a strong connection at the small terrace next to the entrance door, you can try the following network:
If you experience connection issues you can reset the router by unplugging and plugging again the two black plugs located at the bottom of the far right cabinet in front of the entrance door.
Keys & Check-out
During check-in, you will be provided with two sets of keys.
Make sure you always double lock the apartment door with the keys when exiting the apartment. For security reasons, please do not keep the address of the apartment together with the keys.
If you lose the keys, notify us immediately. You will be responsible for the cost of a new set. DestinationBCN has the right to change the lock entirely if considered necessary.
Upon check out, please leave both sets of keys on the table in the apartment and close the door 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 a tablet (provided in one of the kitchen cabinets) in the dispenser.
+ Close the dispenser by sliding the cover over the detergent deposit, and press
down on the arrow until it clicks shut.
+ Close the door and turn on the dishwasher by pressing the ON/OFF button on the left hand side.
+ Press the button for the appropriate program next to the digital screen. The screen will automatically show the running time.
+ Press the START button on the right hand side.
+ At the end of the cycle, the dishwasher will stop and beep. Press the ON/OFF button to turn it off and open the door (the lights will turn off).
+ Place the pot/pan on the desired burner
+ Press the ON/OFF button on the left hand side of the stove.
+ Select the desired burner you wish to cook on by pressing the button with the burner icons. Each time you press, it will move to indicate which burner you are about to cook on.
+ Use the +/- buttons to adjust the temperature.
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, it will not heat.
In the event that the stove is locked, the key symbol will light up. To unlock it, just press and hold the key button for a few seconds or until the stove unlocks.
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):
– Fan assisted oven
– Heat from top to bottom
– Grill with fan
+ Choose the desired temperature with the right dial.
+ Press the START/PAUSE button on the far right to turn the oven on.
Preset defrosting programs after grill option:
Select the desired program with the +/- buttons on the digital screen. Then press the KG button on the digital screen and enter the weight of the food you are heating.
Press the START/PAUSE button on the right. The defrost time will appear automatically depending on the selected program.
HOW TO USE THE MICROWAVE
+ Press the left dial in and it will pop out. Then turn the dial to the wave symbol (first one to the right).
+ Choose the power (900, 600, 360, 180 or 90), located to the side of the left and right dials.
+ The default of 1 minute will appear on the screen. Choose more or less time by pressing the + and – buttons on the digital screen.
+ Press the START button located at the far right.
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.
Your apartment has a combination washing machine/dryer.
+ Pour detergent into the left container 2(II).
+ Select the MIX RAPIDO program (an hour-long wash program).
The pre-set temperature is 40ºC, but you can change it with the ºC button to the left of the screen.
Options include: cold, 60ºC, 50ºC, 40ºC, 30ºC, and 20ºC.
+ Press the INICIO button at the far right to start the cycle.
Other wash options include:
+ Resistentes/Algodones (Cotton)
+ Color eco (Cotton or linen)
+ Sinteticos (Synthetics)
+ Delicados (Delicates)
+ Lana (Wool)
+ Centrif. Adicional (Additional spin)
+ Rapido 15′ (quick 15 minute wash all types of fabric)
+ Power wash 60′ (60 minute program for cotton or mixed fabrics)
When selecting the program, the digital screen will automatically show the duration and temperature of the cycle. For all programs you can adjust the temperature with the button with the ºC button.
+ To use the drying function, turn the dial to either of the two following options: SECAR NORMAL (Normal dry) SECAR SUAVE (Soft dry)
+ Set the desired drying mode by pressing the red SECAR button to the right of the digital screen. The screen will indicate the drying time automatically.
+ Press the INICIO button at the far right to start the cycle.
WASH AND DRY WITHOUT INTERRUPTION
You can wash and dry without interruption only when selecting the following washing programs (Resistentes/Algod., Color eco/Cor eco, Mix Rápido, Sintéticos y PowerWash 60′) After selecting one of this programs, press the SECAR button to the left of the panel and select AUTO. The maximum load is 2Kg.
Please note that when the washing or drying program is finished, the dial does not turn to the STOP position.
You should hear a click that indicates that the cycle is now finished. The door remains locked until the machine cools down. Don’t force the handle. Please allow 10 minutes to pass before attempting to open the door.
If the door remains locked and you can’t open it after waiting a while, move the dial to the STOP position and back to the latest program used. You should then hear a click that indicates the door is unlocked.
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 your street.
The regular and organic containers are just across the building’s main door and the recycling containers are across the street, to the right, at the corner.
+ 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 (top left below the ON button)
+ Select Live TV from the menu
In case you prefer to change the TV program mode follow these steps:
+ Press the LIST button on the remote control
+ Select the far right icon at the top (FILTERS) 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 LIST button on the remote control
+ Select the far right icon at the top (FILTERS) with the arrows on the remote control
+ Select Favourite 1 from the list under Programme Group
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 (arriba a la izquierda, debajo del botón de encendido)
+ Selecciona Live TV
En caso de querer cambiar el modo de programación (Satelite o Antena local), sigue los siguientes pasos:
+ Presiona el botón de LIST del mando
+ Selecciona con las flechas del mando el icono que esta mas a la derecha en la parte superior (FILTERS)
+ Selecciona Antenna (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 SOURCE 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.
Note that when opening the apartment door the AC will automatically turn off. You’ll have to manually turn it back on after closing the door. Let a minute go by after closing the door, before turning the AC on, otherwise you will get an error message.
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 Gran Via, the main street to your left when exiting the apartment, which are good for basics. Otherwise we recommend the following nearby supermarkets.
MERCAT DE SANT ANTONI
This is one of the city’s most popular markets after La Boqueria. It’s set in a stunning 1988 steel-frame structure and after years of restoration work it has re-opened in 2018.
There are plenty of cash machines all over Barcelona that are accessible 24/7. The closest ones to your apartment that we recommend are at Caixa bank and Sabadell bank (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.
Enjoy homemade cakes, tasty sandwiches, good coffee and fresh juices. They also have a menu del dia (set daily menu) during lunch hours from Monday to Friday – at very good value. They do brunch during the weekends, serving eggs benedict, avocado on toast and more. Not surprisingly, weekends get very busy!
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Founded by Paula & Laura after returning from a long USA trip and falling in love with the American style breakfast. You can expect great pancakes, eggs, grilled cheese, deli sandwiches, omelettes, milkshakes and juices. They also have vengan alternatives.
Ugot offers an abundance of beautiful cakes, all made in-house with the finest ingredients. It offers a standard brunch with some surprises that come from owner Adi Nachshon’s Israeli roots. The most popular plate on the menu is the shakshuka – a spicy poached egg dish.
THE JUICE HOUSE
If you like to start the day with a glass of cold pressed goodness and a shot of wheatgrass, this is the place for you. Along with the fantastic juice menu, they serve tea and coffee and vegan and vegetarian dishes that change frequently. A word of advice: try the vegan strawberry cake!
An artsy café with a friendly and vibrant atmosphere and a Nordic style interior. It offers fresh juices, smoothies, sandwiches and coffees. A perfect spot to chill and refresh.
BAKERIES & PASTRY SHOPS
You’ll notice lots of delicious bakeries around town, but here are some of the best, just outside your door.
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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La Donuteria explores new frontiers in doughnuts, with flavors like ‘bacon apple maple syrup’ and ‘orange and pistachio’ – and they are all delicious. They are made fresh daily and on site. A fun spot for kids (and adults) as you can watch the doughnuts being made from the shop window. Take your treats away or sit down to enjoy a truly unique doughnut with a cup of great 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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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.
Bar Alegría is a modernist tapas bar that first opened its doors in 1899. It has a long history, and not long ago, it was taken over by a dynamic team headed by Tomàs Abellan (son of famed Carles Abellan, with 10 years of experience leading other great restaurants in the city) and gently renovated and reopened. You can expect traditional tapas with a modern twist, carefully selected wines and local vermut set in a great atmosphere.
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ELS SORTIDORS DE PARLAMENT
Have a seat at a barrel and tuck into delicious cheese plates, anchovies, Galician shellfish, cured meats and more at this charming place in Sant Antoni. You will also find a super selection of Catalan and international wines as well as a huge selection of beers.
At Casa Dorita you’ll rediscover flavors, smells and feelings you might not even remember…The kind that only authentic market food can bring back: the kind of dishes that always start with the best ingredients.Traditional recipes and gourmet tapas cooked without a lot of fuss, so you don’t miss out on the essence of the food.
Garage Bar is a local natural wine and tapas bar where you can find more than 150 natural wine cellars from all over the world. They have a reduced menu focused on seasonal products, local and international cheeses & cold cuts. They also have options for vegetarians and vegans. The bar features a great wine shop with a wide variety of natural wines. The owners are not only passionate about natural wine but have more than 10 years of constant training; visiting wineries and doing tastings with wine artisans.
Some of the best empanadas in Barcelona on your doorstep. Rekons is a casual little bar where you can eat on the terrace or grab a bite to takeaway. We recommend the carne y calabaza (pumpkin and meat) empanadas – delicious!
Enigma is known as the ‘culinary amusement park’ of famed chef Albert Adrià. It only offers a tasting menu of over 40 dishes. A true one-of-a-kind experience, and you should expect to spend at least 3 hours there. To make it even more incredible, the impressively huge space seats only 24 diners at a time (so make reservations). Small cocktails, mineral water and coffee are included and a wine pairing option is available.
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, omelets, grilled meat, seafood and vegetables.
It’s always the right time to take a break in Barcelona and there are plenty of places to do so.
Xix Bar was among the pioneers of the gin craze and they are unpretentiously aware of it. A cool and quirky vibe, frequently by locals, expats and tourists alike, Xix Bar has a stellar selection of gins, a unique cocktail menu and many specialty beers. Great for after dinner.
A stylish Nordic interior is the perfect setting to enjoy delicate and sensual cocktails that move just far enough from the classics. Concoctions feature fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, basil and lavender…).
The kitchen serves delicious gourmet sandwiches. A dignified setting, but never stuffy. Great jazz music adds to the unique ambience.
A charming place to enjoy a vermouth and an aperitif in a lively and homey atmosphere. Located on a pedestrian street with a fresh and colourful terrace, among the most popular in the Sant Antoni area.
Open since 1912 when it was a confectionist’s shop, in La Confiteria it is as much about the atmosphere as it is about the cocktails, which are elegantly divine. Get cozy in an intimate wooden booth and try a classic, like an Old Fashioned, or something more modern, like the signature drink El Confitero, a mix of fig, apricot, egg whites, sherry, and whiskey, served in a jelly jar and tied with a ribbon.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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/
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: Urgell
+ Address of your apartment: Urgell 53. Doorbell: S.Atico (Sobre Atico – A 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 to open the building door is in the far right cabinet across the entrance door.
If you need further assistance, you can contact us at 0034 935325267 (9:30 to 18:00) or on 0034 935141950 (18:00 onwards)