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    Barcelona: Catalonia's proud capital

    The only city of its size on the Mediterranean, Barcelona really has it all. Golden beaches, terrific weather, mountains and a history dating back to the ancient third-century settlement of Barcino, it’s also the capital of Catalonia. As such, it has a proud and independent spirit, with a formidable cultural heritage including Catalan Gothic buildings from the Middle Ages, and the modernist architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries –

    typified by the work of Barcelona’s favourite son, Antoni Gaudí.

    His most iconic building, the unfinished La Sagrada Família, epitomises the city: courageous, imaginative and without its like. Add some of Spain’s best museums and Barcelona’s world-famous cuisine, and you have the ultimate European city break destination.

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    Sagrada Família

    Carrer de Mallorca 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 198 0705
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000

    Only part-finished on Gaudí’s death in 1926, Sagrada Família has been a work in progress ever since. Whether the 18 towers will ever be complete is part of its allure, but the fantastical spires and ornately sculpted stone already make it Europe’s most unique church.

    Catedral de Barcelona (La Seu)

    Plaça de la Seu
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 342 8262
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1930

    With a suitably Gothic-looking exterior for a church originally built between 1298 and 1450, the cathedral’s facade was in fact not finished until a century ago. Dark and mysterious inside, it is richly decorated with sculptures and reliefs.

    Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

    Carrer Provença 261-265
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 902 202 138
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000 (Mar-Oct)
    0900-1830 (Nov-Feb)

    Much loathed by neighbours when it was built in 1910, the surreal building of melting stone is one of Gaudí’s most impressive. Don’t miss the chimney sculptures on the roof.

    Casa Batlló

    Passeig de Gràcia 43
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 216 0306
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2100

    Modernism meets fantasy with this mind-bending Gaudí creation built in 1906. The scaly tiles and colourful stone spine of the roof give the impression that the amorphous building is a living, breathing creature.

    Plaça Catalunya

    Plaça Catalunya
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain

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    The most important square in Barcelona is where the Old Town and modern Eixample District converge. Its handsome fountains, immaculate garden and statues make it a popular stop.

    Park Güell

    Carrer d’Olot
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 902 200 302
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2100 (May-Oct)
    0830-1800 (Nov-Mar)
    0800-2000 (Apr)

    A wonderland of brightly coloured mosaics and dreamlike stone lizards set upon Greek columns, the park designed by Gaudí for his patron, Count Eusebi Güell, is one of Barcelona’s must-sees.

    Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

    Plaça de Santa Maria 1
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 310 2390
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1330 and 1630-2000
    Sun 1030-1330 and 1630-2000

    Built in the 14th century, this breathtaking church is the only surviving example of the Catalan Gothic style with original stained glass and medieval tombs.

    MNAC and Montjuïc

    Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 622 0360
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-2000
    Sun 1000-1500 (May-Sep)
    Tue-Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1000-1500 (Oct-Apr)

    Amongst the highlights of the seafront mountain of Montjuïc is Catalonia’s National Museum of Art (MNAC) featuring an expensive collection of 19th and 20th-century works. The highlight is the Romanesque section of frescoes and altarpieces rescued from crumbling Catalan churches.

    Tibidabo

    Plaça Tibidabo, 3-4
    08035 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 93 211 7942
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    Opening times:
    Daily from noon
    (closing times vary; see website for details)

    Topped by a 20th-century neo-Gothic church, the mountain of Tibidabo offers views of the whole city, including Sir Norman Foster’s Torre de Collserola.

    Camp Nou

    Carrer d’Arístides Maillol
    08028 Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel: 902 189 900
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Securing tickets for El Clásico – the fabled contest between Barcelona and Real Madrid – may be tricky, but just walking into this enormous football stadium is worth it.

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    Country overview

    Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Endless beaches, brilliant sunshine and azure waters draw beach lovers to the Mediterranean coast, and the Balearic and Canary Islands. But visitors also flock to see the historical architecture of cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Leon, Seville and Segovia.

    If you want to experience the real Spain, don’t go to bed too early. In these parts, people stroll the city squares and dine out late into the night.

    Geography

    Spain accounts for roughly four-fifths of the Iberian Peninsula, with Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar occupying the remainder. In the northeast, the Pyrenees form a natural frontier to France. The state territory also encompasses the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located southeast of Barcelona, in the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Ceuta, Chafarinas, Melilla and Ladu are tiny Spanish enclaves in North Africa, relics of the former Spanish Empire.

    Spain is a mountainous country. The Pyrenees extend for 400 kilometers from the Basque Country in the northwest to the Mediterranean. Some peaks rise more than 3000 meters above sea level; the highest elevation here is the Pico de Aneto at 3404 meters above sea level. The country’s interior consists of a vast plateau, the Meseta, which is intersected by a number of mountain ranges.

    In the north and northwest, the Meseta is bordered by the Cantabrian Mountains and the Iberian Mountains, and in the South by the Sierra Morena, beyond which lies the Guadalquivir Valley. Galicia’s mountainous landscape runs along the jagged Atlantic coast. The extreme south is also mountainous; the Sierra Nevada southeast of Granada belongs to the Betic Cordilleras, which run parallel to the Mediterranean and include the highest mountain on the Spanish mainland, the Mulhacén (3481 meters above sea level). The highest elevation on Spanish territory is the Pico del Teide (3718 meters above sea level) on Tenerife.

    Spain has just under 5000 kilometers of coastline. The Mediterranean coast extends from the French border to the Rock of Gibraltar. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and divides Spain from North Africa.

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    Key facts

    Population: 46.43 million (2016)

    Population Density (per sq km): 92

    Capital: Madrid.
    Population: 3.16 million (2016)

    Language

    The official language is Spanish (Castellano, Castilian). Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken regionally; in tourist regions, English and German are commonly spoken foreign languages.

    Electricity

    220 V, 50 Hz (sometimes 110/125 V in older buildings in smaller places)

    Currency

    1 euro = 100 cents
    Currency sign/abbreviation: €, EUR (ISO code). Banknotes are available in the values 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins, in the nominal values 1 and 2 euros, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the period January 2017 through December 2018 are listed below.

    Please note

    a) Several regional public holidays also exist.
    b) It is usual for public holidays which fall on a Sunday to be substituted by work-free days on subsequent weekdays.

    * not in all parts of the country

    2017

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2017
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2017
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2017*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): April 13, 2017*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): April 14, 2017
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 17, 2017
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2017
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2017
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2017
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2017
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2017
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2017

    2018

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2018
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2018
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2018*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): March 29, 2018*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): March 30, 2018
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 1, 2018
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2018
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2018
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2018
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2018
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2018
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2018

    Information subject to error.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Barcelona’s superb public transport system is operated by TMB (www.tmb.cat/es). The integrated ticketing system covers the metro, bus, tram and railway, with tickets available from metro stations, tram stops and some kiosks. There are many different types of passes for single, one, two or three-day tickets, as well as the T10, valid for 10 journeys.

    Taxis

    No matter the time nor place, you won’t have any problem hailing a taxi in Barcelona. There are also lanes reserved for taxis and buses so you don’t get stuck in traffic. If you want to be extra sure, book over the phone or internet 24 hours a day with Radio Taxi Barcelona (tel: 902 222 111; www.radiotaxibarcelona.com).

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    Nightlife in Barcelona

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    One of the nation’s party capitals, Barcelona is a city that has it all when it comes to nightlife from the vast seafront discotecas, to the traditional taverns and tables sprawling across lively plazas.

    One of the nation’s party capitals, Barcelona is a city that has it all when it comes to nightlife from the vast seafront discotecas, to the traditional taverns and tables sprawling across lively plazas.

    Monvínic

    Carrer de la Diputació 249
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Aiming to have one of the best ranges of bottles from all over the world, this sleek wine bar was designed by Sergi Ferrer-Salat.

    La Bolsa

    Carrer Tuset 17
    08006 Barcelona
    Spain
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    In this novel bar, drink prices fluctuate depending on demand, like a boozy stock market.

    Jamboree

    Plaça Reial 17
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
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    This jazz venue with a history dating back half a century is a local institution.

    Fàbrica Moritz

    Ronda de Sant Antoni 39-41
    08011 Barcelona
    Spain
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    This brewery serves different craft beers from the iconic Moritz brand, with a history dating back 150 years.

    Antic Teatre

    Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís 12
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
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    An alternative locale with recycled furniture and a lovely green patio.

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    Restaurants in Barcelona

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    With plenty of fresh fish on the menu, Barcelona is one of the best gastronomical cities in the world.

    Tourists come to try the food as much as anything else, with its mix of contemporary wizardry and classic Catalan cooking.

    Windsor

    Carrer de Còrsega 286
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    Set in an impressive Catalan Modernist building, the super-elegant Windsor offers updated takes on Catalan cuisine.

    4Gats

    Carrer de Montsió 3
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    An old haunt of artists through the decades including Picasso, this legendary café and restaurant is worth it just for the bohemian atmosphere.

    Tickets Bar

    Avinguda del Parallel 164
    08015 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    Brainchild of El Bulli legend Ferran Adrià’s brother, Albert, this fun, lively tapas bar and restaurant is styled on an old ticket booth.

    La Fonda

    Carrer dels Escudellers 10
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    This classy but reasonably priced restaurant serves very typical Catalan food.

    La Tasqueta de Blai

    Carrer de Blai 17, Poble Sec
    08004 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    A buzzy nook of a bar on a popular street for tapas; sizable delicious snacks and glasses of beer alike are €1.

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    Calendar of events

    Three Kings Parade (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos)

    5 January 2017

     

    Venue: Various streets in central Barcelona.

    On 5 January every year, the evening before Twelfth Night (Epiphany, 6 January) the Three Kings (or Three Wise Men of the New Testament) arrive by boat at the waterfront of Barcelona (Moll de la Fusta) to be greeted by the Mayor of the city and conducted to the nearby park of Ciutadella. From there the Three Kings depart in their carriages, the principal part of a grand parade that proceeds slowly through the streets and avenues of the centre towards the Olympic Stadium. The Kings and other participants in the parade throw barley sugar sweets and other sweets to the children lining the route. There are many stalls along the way, especially along Gran Via. The days leading up to the parade allow the opportunity for children to inspect the Three Kings’ boat and carriages, and to leave messages requesting gifts, which they (and adults, too) receive, traditionally, on 6 January.

    Barcelona Marathon

    12 March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Streets of Barcelona.

    Thousands of runners from around the world take to the streets of Barcelona for this big sporting event. The route, which changes every year, leads them past many of the main historical landmarks of the city. Locals turn up in even greater numbers to show their support to those taking part. The aim is to finish the 42km (26 miles) race in less than six hours.

    Trofeo Conde de Godó de Tennis

    22 – 30 April 2017
    Website

    Venue: Reial Club de Tennis

    The thrilling tennis tournament is held annually at the Trofeo Conde de Godo de Tennis on the ATP circuit between some of the world’s best and up-and-coming players. Spain’s oldest tennis club provides a brilliant atmosphere for this hotly contested tournament.

    La Diada de Sant Jordi (Lover's Day)

    23 April 2017

     

    Venue: Streets and squares in Barcelona

    One of the most celebrated events in Barcelona, Dia de Sant Jordi commemorates the death of the city’s patron saint, Sant Jordi (St George). Celebrations are reminiscent of Valentine’s Day but with a twist: Men give women roses while women give men a book in tribute to Cervantes, Shakespeare and Joseph Pia, three writers who died on this day. The best place to celebrate this event in Barcelona is along La Rambla, which transforms into a massive flower market and book stall.

    Spanish Grand Prix (Formula 1)

    12 – 14 May 2017
    Website

    Venue: Circuit de Catalunya of Montmelo

    Otherwise known as the ‘Gran Premio de Espana de Formula One’, the world’s best 20 drivers compete here in one of the most important races of the year. All the action can be seen from the stands and on the 17 giant screens – not a skid nor a pit-stop need be missed. The Circuit de Catalunya of Montmelo has improved its facilities for spectators, now offering 14 grandstands, three of them under cover. This is considered to be a particularly well-designed circuit. The capacity for spectators is 104,000 and there are facilities for camping and car parking, as well as food and drink within the circuit complex. There are two days of practice and qualifying sessions before the big race on 15 May.

    Primavera Sound

    31 May – 4 June 2017
    Website

    Venue: Parc del Forum

    For three days, the Parc del Forum becomes centre stage for a host of international DJs and musicians. Sponsored by Estrella Damn, the music festival sees some of the most current international acts take to the stage alongside veteran festival players and Spanish acts.

    Corpus Christi

    15 June 2017

     

    Venue: Barcelona Cathedral and various venues.

    Religious processions and parades take over the streets of Barcelona throughout the month of June. Major boulevards in Barcelona are decorated with flower carpets, adding colours to the vibrant city streets. On many of the city’s water fountains, you will spot l’ou com balla, a hollowed-out egg ‘dancing’ on the fountain spouts. If the egg does not break, it is said to mean good luck for the year ahead.

    Sonar Music Festival

    15 – 17 June 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various locations in Barcelona

    The annual Sonar International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art is an event that attracts over 80,000 people to the city with a mix of new musical talent and international artists. The event is divided between ‘Sonar by Day’ which is a mix of concerts and exhibitions of new talent and ‘Sonar by Night’ which is mainly concerts and shows with well known international acts headlining.

    Festival of Saint John

    23 – 24 June 2017

    Venue: Streets and squares of Barcelona.

    Known as the ‘Verbena de Sant Joan’, this festival of fire takes place over the shortest night of the year, welcoming the arrival of the longest day. Subject to strict regulations, people light bonfires in streets outside their homes and in public places. As the evening warms up, parties get underway with drinking, dancing and consumption of ‘coca’ – a speciality cake. Fireworks add sparkle to the flaming night sky as people get together to celebrate this pagan tradition, tied in with the notion of witches and enchantments. Similar summer solstice festivities take place in towns and villages throughout Catalonia.

    Barcelona Summer Festival (Grec)

    July 2017
    Website

    Venue: Teatre Grec and various theatres in Barcelona

    Barcelona’s Summer Festival is one of the reasons why summer is the best time to visit the city. Popularly known as the ‘The Grec’, the festival offers a great mix of entertainment with musical highlights from previous years including Joss Stone, Brian Wilson, Craig David and Marianne Faithful. Each year the organisers aim to bring something new and different to the international audiences who attend the festival. Most of the 45 events of the Barcelona Summer Festival of theatre, music and dance are performed at Teatre Grec, a Greek-style amphitheatre on the hill of Montjuic.

    Fiesta de La Mercé

    24 September 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The Fiesta de la Mercé promises to be the biggest party of the year, involving plenty of live music, spectacular fireworks and Catalonia’s national drink, cava (champagne). Numerous events take place during these three days of celebrations including parades featuring giant wooden figures and human pyramid competitions where groups of castellers stack up and compete to form the highest human tower. For the full programme of events, enquire at the main tourist office at Plaça de Catalunya.

    Festival Internacional de Jazz

    November – December 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Playing host to one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, Barcelona sets you in the mood for jazz every winter. The festival features heavyweight artists as well as up-and-coming names in the jazz industry. It takes place in venues all over Barcelona, ranging from the grand Palau de la Musica to bars like Jamboree. Each event requires individual tickets. Previous performers include Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Cobb, Marcus Miller, Jamie Cullum and Charles Lloyd.

    Fiesta de Santa Llúcia

    November – December 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various other venues.

    The festivities to the “queen of light” begin with a noisy procession through the old town in which the narrow streets ring with the sound of thundercrackers before the evening ends with a modest firework display. The following day sees the pilgimage to the ermita of Santa Llúcia on top of the small hill above the old town for a special mass and a short procession with the images of Santa Llúcia and Santa Barbara.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Barcelona

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    The Mediterranean metropolis has a vast array of options, with seaside hotels, vast luxury towers and boutiques based out of historic buildings.

    With its year-round popularity, prices can be eye-watering but there is plenty of budget lodging too.

    Hesperia Tower

    Gran Via 144, Hospitalet de Llobregat
    08907 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    This Richard Rogers-designed building is 107m (350ft) high with 280 stylish rooms and excellent views of the city.

    Granados 83

    Carrer Enric Granados 83
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Comfortable and sophisticated, Granados 83 is a handsome hotel in the Eixample District.

    Chic & Basic Born

    Carrer de la Princesa 50
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    Contemporary chic with lots of eclectic touches, this hotel is ideally placed in the El Born barrio.

    Abba Rambla

    Rambla del Raval 4C
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    In the heart of the up-and-coming Raval area, this buzzy hotel is all about location.

    Wilson Boutique Hotel

    Avinguda Diagonal 568
    08021 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Category: Cheap

    One of the best value options in the affluent Eixample neighbourhood, Wilson Boutique Hotel is based out of an impressive 1930s building.

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    A Ravel renaissance

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    For centuries, this Barcelona neighborhood was considered “a lost cause.” Then cooks, artists, designers and other creative types discovered it.

    Ravel is now experiencing a second heyday.

    Dos Palillos

    Carrer d'Elisabets, 9
    08001 Barcelona
    Spanien
    Tel. +34- 93/3040513
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    Albert Raurich is one of the city’s best chefs, but although his Dos Palillos restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in early 2013, some Barcelona gourmets still refuse to frequent Raurich’s place on principle. “Many people from fancier neighborhoods wouldn’t dream of setting foot around here,” says the 43-year-old creative chef, “even though Ravel is not only a pretty safe place now, but also open-minded, easygoing and bubbling with life.”

    Raurich was determined to open his restaurant here despite Ravel’s persistent reputation as the city’s roughest neighborhood and a catch basin for criminals, prostitutes, immigrants – and anyone else who fate had relegated to the fringes of society. Even in the late 20th century, travel guides still warned visitors not to stray into the area directly bordering the famous Ramblas promenade.

    MACBA

    Plaça dels Àngels, 1
    08001 Barcelona
    Spanien
    Tel. +34-93/4120810
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    “Those days are gone,” says Raurich. And he’s right: Wandering through Ravel, you find yourself in a vibrant neighborhood with bars, cafés and clubs, countless tattoo studios, record stores and art galleries. Skaters practice their maneuvers in front of the brilliant white building housing the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Few buildings symbolize more eloquently Ravel’s transformation than the 25-million-euro art museum.

    MuchaFibra

    Carrer Carretes, 13
    08001 Barcelona
    Spanien
    Tel. +34-93/5665157
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    Over the years, Ravel has undergone radical change more than once. The first wave of change arrived in the 1990s, bringing with it students and artistic types, fearless people who were attracted rather than repelled by the neighborhood’s rough charm. One of these was Virginie Verrier, a French designer of elegant business attire for women. “It was a colorful mix of very different people and cultures, all respectful of otherness,” says the 42-year-old.

    At the time, the city of Barcelona also reassumed responsibility for what had been considered a “lost neighborhood.” It moved cultural centers and museums, such as MACBA, into the area, and built squares and promenades like the Rambla del Ravel. The neighborhood’s new inhabitants pitched in as well. Virginie Verrier started MuchaFibra, a non-profit initiative to support young fashion design talent. “Designers who don’t have their own studio can rent space from us,” she explains. MuchaFibra provides sewing machines and cutting tables, and has an adjoining salesroom, too. The organization is also active in the community, offering sewing courses to students and retired people, say, – or to prostitutes looking for a new career perspective.

    VilaWeb

    Carrer de Ferlandina, 43
    08001 Barcelona
    Spanien
    Tel. +34-93/4426439
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    It’s the community spirit that lends Ravel its appeal. Vicent Partal, editor-in-chief of the news website VilaWeb, has also found a way to reach out. Three years ago, VilaWeb moved into new editorial offices in Ravel; today, Partal regularly hosts film screenings in the building’s TV studio. “We discussed the pros and cons of moving here very carefully,” the 53-year-old journalist admits, “but if you want to support integration, you have to be prepared to go into the ghetto yourself.”

    Partal thinks Ravel is moving in the right direction now and has some ambitious plans to help it on its way: “We’re considering the possibility of opening a café, where guests will be able to observe our editors while they work. You have to show people what you’re doing, be visible, here in Ravel.”

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    Climate & best time to visit Spain

    The Spanish climate varies from region to region, spanning moderate in the north to Mediterranean in the south, and even subtropical on the Canary Islands.

    The best times to visit Spain are generally in the spring and the fall, when temperatures are agreeable. In most parts of the country, it is very hot at the height of summer, but sea breezes on the coast keep it bearable; the interior is best avoided in July and August. The climate on the Atlantic coast and in all of Galicia is pleasant even in summer. In winter, you can enjoy winter sports in the Pyrenean Mountains or agreeably warm days on the south and southeast coast, as well as on the Canary Islands.

    Climate and best time to visit Barcelona

    Barcelona’s ideal Mediterranean climate is one of the city’s biggest attractions, and its seafront is flooded with tourists during the summer. But there’s much more to do in this glorious ancient city than languish on the beaches, and for exploring its architecture, museums and parks, high summer is too hot and crowded; August is also the month that Spanish people holiday, adding to numbers in the city. Temperatures are good in May, with less visitors; Barcelona also hosts the popular music festival Primavera Sound in the same month. The weather is still great in September, which is also the time of Festes de la Mercè, the city’s most important festival in honour of its patron saint, with parades, outdoor concerts and numerous events.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    Jan22 °C-4 °C12 °C5 °C72 %40 mm54.8 h
    Feb25 °C-6 °C12 °C6 °C68 %31 mm45.9 h
    Mar26 °C0 °C14 °C7 °C70 %53 mm55.8 h
    Apr27 °C-1 °C16 °C9 °C69 %50 mm57.1 h
    May34 °C4 °C19 °C12 °C69 %57 mm68.2 h
    Jun35 °C9 °C23 °C15 °C69 %37 mm48.9 h
    Jul36 °C12 °C26 °C19 °C68 %35 mm210.1 h
    Aug36 °C13 °C26 °C19 °C71 %55 mm58.6 h
    Sep34 °C6 °C24 °C17 °C74 %98 mm66.6 h
    Oct30 °C2 °C19 °C13 °C76 %101 mm65.6 h
    Nov26 °C0 °C15 °C9 °C74 %57 mm54.9 h
    Dec23 °C-3 °C12 °C6 °C70 %54 mm54.3 h
    year36 °C-6 °C18 °C12 °C71 %668 mm586.7 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +34

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Barcelona

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    Key Areas

    Designer shops and high-street brands are clustered around the golden highway that is Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s main streets. Important modernist architecture hosts the likes of Armani and Chanel.

    Markets

    Near the Sant Antoni metro station, Mercat de Sant Antoni is a flea market taking place every Sunday morning. It’s full of old records, music and film posters, second-hand books, and lots of kids perusing the comic book stands and making football card swaps.

    Els Encants is another market next to Glòries metro, with second-hand clothes and antiques (open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat). Finally, El Mercat de La Boqueria on the famous Las Ramblas promenade is unmissable with a wide range of Spanish hams, cheeses and more.

    Shopping Centres

    By the port, Maremagnum is the most popular mall in the city. In Plaça Espanya, the Arenas shopping centre is based out of an old bullfighting ring with rooftop restaurants offering great views of Barcelona’s mountains.

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    My Barcelona

    I love to go down to the harbor, where Barcelona’s hottest nightlife can be found, for instance at the Barcelona Pipa Club. The area also has several typically Catalonian restaurants, like the Agua, and some very cozy tapas bars, like the Mochima Bar and the Tapac 24. At the Moo (in the Omm design hotel), you can enjoy Catalonian cuisine in a very special way – in the pool bar on the roof terrace, where the atmosphere is particularly romantic in the evening.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    It is polite in Spain to shake hands in greeting. The usual courtesies should be observed. If you are invited to someone’s home, your host will appreciate a small gift. Flowers are given only on special occasions.

    Clothing

    Casual dress is appropriate almost everywhere, although some hotels and restaurants require men to wear a jacket and tie; evening dress is only required for particularly formal occasions. Swimwear belongs without exception on the beach.

    Smoking

    A smoking ban applies in all public institutions, on public transportation, in telephone booths and in rooms containing ATMs, as well as in children’s playgrounds and schoolyards. The smoking ban also applies to all bars, cafés and restaurants. Smoking areas inside bars and restaurants are no longer permitted.

    Tipping

    Tips are generally included in hotel and restaurant bills. It is nevertheless usual to leave a small tip for the service staff. Porters receive a small sum per item of luggage. The usual amount tipped in restaurants is between 10 and 15 percent. When the waiter brings your change, you leave some as the tip. It is considered extremely rude, however, to leave two- or five-cent pieces. When tipping your taxi driver, simply round up the fare.

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    Health

    Emergency telephone number: 112

    Lyme disease, TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) and leishmaniosis are all diseases which are passed on by ticks and mosquitoes and also occur in Spain. Clothing that covers the skin and insect repellents provide protection.

    Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur all over Spain. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Visitors planning an extended stay and close contact with the local population, and generally with children and young people, should also have a hepatitis B vaccination.

    Measles and whooping cough occur in Spain. Before traveling to Spain, visitors should definitely check whether their vaccinations are up to date and if necessary, get a booster shot.

    Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis occur in Spain. Visitors should seek protection by getting a vaccination and avoiding large crowds. Children and young people, in particular, should be vaccinated. According to the latest recommendations, the vaccination applies as required travel vaccination for extended stays for certain groups of people (teenagers, school and university students). Visitors should consult their physician regarding the need for vaccination in the light of recommendations in the country of destination.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Günther, Kurt
    Clinica Diagonal
    C/Sant Mateu 24-26
    08950 – Esplugnes d. LI Barcelona
    Spain
    Tel. +34-93-2053213

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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