Published on December 3, 2009 | by Francy0
The Catalan city is an important tourist destination, so it is easy to reach, even economically.
Low cost flights to Barcelona are on the agenda, as well as those of major international airlines. The Spanish airline Iberia has daily direct flights from all international airports and connecting flights departing from Barcelona with all the Iberian airports.
From the airport, with few euros, you can take the train or bus (Aerobus) that reach the center of the city in half an hour. For a taxi ride takes approximately 20 euros. For those who want to reach Barcelona by car requires a warning: the journey to the outskirts of the city is very beautiful and peaceful, a real treat for those who love transfer with own means. But just arrived in the periphery can unleashing a real hell: reaching the center is problematic not only for the increasingly intense traffic both day and night, but even because the signals are often inadequate. To avoid losing the instructions to follow are Ciudad Center and Port, although many recommend to get an idea of the road structure of the city in advance by studying a road map.
Accommodation in Barcelona
The hospitality of the Catalan capital is significantly improved over the last decades as the number of available facilities. The increasingly massive influx of tourists has forced the Catalan institutions requiring private hospitality facilities to raise the quality and increasing the authorization for the construction of new reception facilities. Hotels in Barcelona are rated with the international categories from 1 to 5 stars, but it is mainly the lower middle class that has improved in terms of quality and choice. In Barcelona there are small family-run hotels, “hostales”, residential, B&B and several hostels, very well maintained and managed privately, where even families can find accommodation, because is often not required the HI membership card. “Gran Lujo” (luxury) hotels are mainly in Eixample district, while most economic categories are in Raval, Barri Gotic and Las Ramblas districts. More economic categories are available, as well as in districts already mentioned, even in Clot and Barceloneta barrios. Youth hostels are located in Ciutat Vella, Les Cortes and Raval.
What and where to eat in Barcelona
Choose what and where to eat in Barcelona cannot be so easy, given the supply and availability of premises, pubs, restaurants, tapas-bars, tavernas and of course the full range of locals with multi-ethnic cuisine such as South American and Eastern. Perhaps the yardstick for selection is the price. Catalan cuisine is unique, because it combines the maritime tradition and that of the region below the Pyrenees, often integrating them into unique dishes, to the delight of connoisseurs. Among the local dishes you absolutely must taste the following ones: the cap i pota, or better pork offal and beef; the conil amb ceba, rabbit with garlic and onion; the calçots, onions cooked on the grill; and finally, the renowned bottifarra amb seques mongetes, sausage with white beans roasted. On the hand of seafood specialties, you cannot miss the sequets and the sarsuela, unique dishes of fish; the baccalà a la lluana, baked stockfish with peppers and garlic; the orròs parellada, paella with prawns and meat; and at the end, the arros negre, rice with squid ink.
The wine is just local, usually grown in plantations near the coast: Penedès, Alella, Costers del Segre, La Parellada. In recent years, a “new Catalan cuisine” is working its way, leaving strong flavors for a taste softer and especially creating new names of dishes … like French. For those who want taste traditional and, above all, economical cuisine, do not miss the Mediterranean bruschettas (pa amb tomaquet), with oil, salt, tomatoes and garlic; the de patates truita, the classic Spanish tortilla; and the “entrpà amb pernil salad”, bread with dried ham.
Nightlife in Barcelona
It is said that in Barcelona there are more clubs, bars and taverns than all over Sweden. And it is absolutely possible, because it is estimated that there are more than 500 places to go in the evening, drinking, dancing, listening to live music, from jazz to flamenco. In the evening, at any time of the year, after 11:00 pm starts the night life (movida) on Placa Rial, at the Born; at the Olympic Port or at the Mariano Cubi, the street of the fun of the Eixample quarter. And of course on the Rambla, where there are dozens of bars, music bars, the xampanyerias and stages where you can dance until morning. In Raval, Ciuti Vella, Sant Pere, Barri Gotic, but also outside the historic center, in Tibidado or in Montjuic, there are beautiful inns and taverns with wooden tables where to enjoy a good wine between a chat and another.