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Barcelona at night. Where to go?

Posted by edux127 on November 20, 2006

After dark, Barcelona changes and you must know where to find the best places to enjoy the night . There are a wide range of nightclubs, bars, coffee shops and ice cream parlours, (Some smoking, some non-smoking) theatres, shows, street entertainers, a casino and sporting events.  If you know how to move around, you Barcelonacater for all tastes, young or old, jazz fan or goth, gay or straight, and keep people entertained until 6am every day of the week.  See for a list of the main events of the week.  A good tip is that tickets for most theatres and musicals can be bought at the cashpoint machines in
La Caixa bureaux. 
Please heed the following warnings, but don’t be put off by them, you will still have a fantastic time. 

  • Vendors walk up and down La Rambla selling individual cans of beer from the six-packs they carry for about a euro.  IT IS ILLEGAL TO SELL BEER IN THE STREET, AND TO DRINK IN THE STREET THEREFORE THE SELLERS HIDE THE BEER IN THE BINS AND SEWERS.  SEVERE STOMACH BUGS  DO HAPPEN.  
  • After about 2am you will see many lady (and ladyboys) of the night in
    La Rambla, so don’t be shocked! 
  • Around La Rambla, Raval in particular, are more crime prevalent areas – pickpockets, muggings etc.  Have your wits about  you and use common sense (don’t act like a blatant tourist with maps, valuables and cameras on show) and don’t stare at prostitutes or someone in a very drunken state.  
  • When visiting nightclubs please remember that you are in a large European city and keep your wits about you.  Don’t be shocked to be offered drugs. Be on the lookout for drink drugging incidents. 
  • Be aware that the metro system stops operating at around 1am Sun-Thu and 3am Fri/Sat.  You can take a taxi in the beggining of Ramblas, but during the weekends, between 2.00 am and 4.00 am there is a 1hr cue…
  • Final warning: Don’t pee on the street!!  Again it is now illegal to urinate in the street but it seems to be too common a habit to irradicate, meaning the narrow streets are often highly smelly!  The council do wash them down every night in an attempt to make it slightly more pleasant.

Fridays and Saturdays are dominated by a cosmopolitan mix of tourists, and stag & hen parties, specially in the Old
Town area.  Sunday nights are busy with locals as many shops and restaurants are closed on Mondays.  Most of the action is centred around La Rambla, the wide boulevard stretching from Placa de Catalunya to the Port Vell.   There are usually street entertainers wowing the crowds – mime artists, clowns, acrobats, flamenco dancers etc.  Wandering the streets adjacent to La Rambla – the Gothic district, Raval and Born will reveal many fun bars, often aimed at students and budget travellers. Port Vell itself has a modern complex of 5 clubs and bars at the top – they start to fill at 1am and continue until about 5am. Port Olympic has the Casino and many little bars and clubs around the Marina – most relatively downmarket and cheesy, but good fun.  If you walk along Barceloneta beach from the Casino there are 3 very lovely restaurants that turn into modern classy lounge bars/clubs at 1am.  There is also BaJa beachclub infamous for it’s scantily clad dancers (both female and male) and a magnet for the hen/stag do crowd. 
 If you are looking for non-tourist nightclubs, you might go to Upper Diagonal, to the area called Santaló, to the corner of Diagonal and Aribau, etc. There are many nice clubs there, non-touristic at all, as Luz de Gas, Sala B, Bucaro….

  • Razzmattazz is a very large and popular nightclub with lots of events  – Missy Elliott played recently – and is widely acclaimed to be great fun with a choice of 5 different music types. 
  • City Hall nightclub off Placa Catalunya has 2 different music areas and a large outside area – perfect for late night chatting.  International Night on Mondays is good fun with a variety of nationalities wearing their country sticker with pride!For people in their 30s (or who think that way!) top bar recommendations are:
  • Shoko (on the beach near the Port Olympic Casino – particularly good to lounge on the day beds on a Sunday or to go to the club after 1am)
  • Bar Lobo (behind Hotel 1898 at 109 La Rambla, modern with great fusion food and service, and good cocktails – try the mojito)
    Patagonia (great ice-cream, below and 1st floor bar is a fantastic place to sit and watch the world go by on
    La Rambla)
  • Bar 111 (just opened on the corner of Le Meridien 5* hotel La Rambla)
  • Sinatra (off Placa Real, off La Rambla – a modern Irish bar with great service and excellent fusion restaurant above) 
  • Hotel 1898 Bar at 109 La Rambla (good for sitting at the bar from midnight until 2 and chatting to people).
  • Bar Marsella, located on the Carrer Sant Pau, opened in 1820 and looks like it hasn’t been changed much since then. The place is usually crowded as people pack themselves in to enjoy the bohemian ambiance. The bar is known as a place to drink some absinthe, a powerful drink popular when the bar first opened its doors. A slotted spoon, a sugar cube and small bottle of water are served with your order of absinthe to facilitate the ritual of drinking the liquor. This involves placing the sugar cube on the spoon, dipping it into the absinthe, lighting it on fire and then extinguishing it with the bottle of water so that the sugar drips down into the drink. There are a great number of live music jam sessions, jazz music, blues, rock and flamenco. Many people see in the latter a great number of business opportunities and, hence, they charge ridiculous amounts of money for a flamenco session – and usually, it’s not even good! Instead, look around for local flamenco bars and sessions – they are waiting to be found. If you are into more “alternative” bars and events, and want to steer clear away from the tourist crowds in Puerto Olimpico and Las Ramblas, this site, has weekly info, news and listings on what is happening in the “real”

On weekends, all places in Barcelona are crowded and it is really easy to enjoy the night. Here there is a list of some places to expend all night long inBarcelona during the week:

  • On Mondays: Try Jamboree, at the Plaza Real. It is the best place where to have a real nice party on Mondays. They close at 5.00 am and I am sure everybody will have fun
  • On Tuesdays: The best place is the Buda Bar, in Pau Clarís. It is both a bad restaurant (expensive and bad) and a great club opening till 3.00 am. The ambience is modern and quite posh. Drinks are expensive, but music is nice and it is full of beautiful people. Then, when they close you can try Up&Down, opening until 6.00 am. Just remember to dress very fashion and pass by the cash machine…
  • On Wednesdays, the best discotheque is Bikini, by the Illa Diagonal, in the upper area of the city.
  • Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are all very good days to go out, so you can manage to find good places by your own.

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Getting around in Barcelona

Posted by edux127 on November 14, 2006

Modern Barcelona, above the Plaça de Catalunya, is built on a grid system. The old town, from the Plaça de Catalunya to the port, however, is a labyrinth of narrow streets, and you’ll need a good street map to get around it. Most sightseeing can be done on foot – you won’t have any choice in the Barri Gòtic – but you’ll have to use the metro, buses, or taxis to link sightseeing areas.
The T-Dia card costs €3.76 and is valid for one day of unlimited travel on all subway, bus, and FFCC (Ferrocarriles de
la Generalitat de Catalunya) lines.
The 10-trip T-1 card costs €4.96 and is valid for all bus, metro, and FFCC travel. When switching from the Metro line to the FFCC (or vice versa), merely insert the card through the slot and the turnstile will open without charging you for a second ride provided less than an hour has elapsed since you punched in initially. Maps showing bus and metro routes are available free from booths in the Plaça de Catalunya; for general information on public transport, call 93/412-0000.
General information is also available, though not necessarily in English, at 010. Turisme de Barcelona (below) attends calls in English.
Turisme de Barcelona (Barcelona Tourism; Plaça de Catalunya 17 bis, PHONE: 906/301282) sells 24-, 48-, and 72-hour versions of the very worthwhile Barcelona Card. For €16.53, €19.53, or €22.54, you get unlimited travel on all public transport as well as discounts at 27 museums, 10 restaurants, 14 leisure spots, and 20 stores. Other services include walking tours of the Gothic Quarter, an airport shuttle, a bus to Tibidabo, and the Tombbus, which connects key shopping areas.

By Bus

City buses run daily from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM. The fare is €0.87 to €0.93 Sunday and holidays; for multiple journeys purchase a Targeta T1, which buys you 10 rides for €5 (like the metro’s T2, plus buses).
Route maps are displayed at bus stops. Note that those with a red band always stop at a central square – Catalunya, Universitat, or Urquinaona – and blue indicates a night bus. From June 12 to October 12 the Bus Turistic (9:30-7:30 every 30 minutes) runs on a circuit that passes all the important sights.
A day’s ticket, which you can buy on the bus, costs €8.41 (€5.56 half day) and also covers the fare for the Tramvía Blau, funicular, and Montjuïc cable car across the port. The ride starts at the Plaça de Catalunya.

By Cable Car and Funicular

The Montjuïc Funicular is a cog railroad that runs from the junction of Avinguda Paral.lel and Nou de
la Rambla to the Miramar station on Montjuïc (metro: Paral.lel). It operates weekends and holidays 11 AM-8 PM in winter, and daily 11 AM-9:30 PM in summer; the fare is €1.20.
A telefèric then takes you from the amusement park up to
Montjuïc Castle. In winter the telefèric runs weekends and holidays 11-2:45 and 4-7:30; in summer, daily 11:30-9. The fare is €2.70.
A Transbordador Aeri Harbor Cable Car runs between Miramar and Montjuïc across the harbor to Torre de Jaume I, on
Barcelona’s moll (quay), and on to Torre de Sant Sebastià, at the end of Passeig Joan de Borbó in Barceloneta. You can board at either stage. The fare is €5.11 (€6.01 round-trip), and the car runs October-June, weekdays noon-5:45, weekends noon-6:15, and July-September, daily 11-9.
To reach the summit of Tibidabo, take the metro to Avinguda de Tibidabo, then the Tramvía Blau (€2.10 one-way) to Peu del Funicular, and finally the Tibidabo Funicular (€2.70 one-way) from there to the Tibidabo fairground. It runs every 30 minutes, 7:05 AM-9:35 PM ascending, 7:25 AM-9:55 PM descending.

By Car

Most Spanish cities have notoriously long morning and evening rush hours.
Barcelona is no exception: if possible, avoid peak rush hours, which are between 7:30 and 9:30 in the morning, 1:30-2:30 in the afternoon, and 7-9 in the evening.
Parking can be very difficult in Spanish cities, especially Barcelona. Parking tickets (for fines) range between €30 and €90.
Barcelona’s street parking system runs from 9 AM to 2 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM Monday to Friday and all day Saturday. Park in the specially marked blue spaces (about €1.80 per hour), with tickets valid for two hours, but renewable. There are also underground garages (called “Parking” and symbolized by a white P on a blue background).
On the streets, do not park where the pavement edge is yellow or where there is a private entry (gual or vado). No-parking signs, “1-15” or “15-30,” signify you can park on those dates in the month on the side of the street where indicated. Towing is common.
If your car is towed in Barcelona call a special number (93/428-4595); you will have to pay €90 to get your car back. On top of that you will be presented with a fine, which you can pay at any police station at your convenience.

By Metro

The subway is the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to get around Barcelona. You pay a flat fare of €1 no matter how far you travel, but it’s more economical to buy a Targeta T1 (valid for metro and FFCC Generalitat trains, Tramvía Blau [blue tram], and the Montjuïc Funicular), which costs €6 for 10 rides.The system runs 5 AM-11 PM (until 1 AM on weekends and holidays).

If what you look is for accommodation in Barcelona, you can try this site where you will find nice

 Bed and Breakfast in Barcelona

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FC Barcelona at Camp Nou, much more than a game

Posted by edux127 on November 6, 2006

Even if you’re just a little bit interested in soccer than you should take the trip to the Nou Camp stadium and visCamp Nouit the museum of the FC Barcelona! You see a lot of their cups and medals and photos of victory, history of the club (with all the sports they do, not only soccer but also basketball, rugby etc), the famous players, the boots and jersey of the legendary Bernd Schuster and Diego Maradona for example. What I really liked was the old soccer memorabilia – an old ticket booth, the dressing room, a sports pub, old soccer magazines, board games, balls and other equipment etc. The best of all is of course the view from the president’s seat in the stadium. It is huge (I mean the stadium!) and has an exciting atmosphere even with nobody but a few visitors around. It gives you the shivers thinking about 100,000 supports singing and cheering and just 22 guys fighting on the pitch. You get back to reality in the huge shop with everything from soccer boots, pens, cups, ashtrays, mouse pads and Barca crisps…

Visit to the Museum is 5 Euro, you can do a guided tour with the dressing rooms, press room and a lot more for 10 Euro.

Address: Aristides Maillol
Directions: Entrance 7 for the museum, signs are not that great so look for the 7!! Metro L5 to Collblanc
FC Barcelona Tickets

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Holiday apartments vs Hotels

Posted by edux127 on October 26, 2006

If you’re considering a city break, renting an apartment is usually an affordable and good-value option. For a mid-range apartment in most cities, you will pay about the same per night as for a standard double room in a three or four star hotel, even though the added benefits of privacy, self-catering facilities and more space. A holiday apartment is a flat in which you tend to your own needs in your own way. It offers you all the modern conveniences of home and kitchen provides you with the leisure to cook or prepare snacks at any time. You can wake up in the morning at your leisure, make your own coffee or tea and lounge around. You are living in a neighborhood in a foreign country as a part of the local life. You are experiencing the life, culture and economy of the country and people. Barcelona Apartment rental vs Barcelona Hotel – You save money renting an apartment. Not many other tourists think of staying in a holiday apartment while the high demand for hotel rooms has pushed up its rates. – It can be easier to find available accommodation in an apartment during the peak holiday seasons when most of the hotel rooms are booked up. – You will also be able to find apartments in Barcelona locations that are difficult or too expensive to find a hotel e.g. the beach area. – When there are more than 2 people in your group you will save even more as the average apartment will cost less than the price of a double room in a hotel. – Staying in an apartment can work particularly well for families. Instead of all being holed up in one bedroom, as is normally the case in a hotel, adults and children can sleep in separate rooms. Having a sitting-room means that the children have somewhere to play during the day if they get tired of sightseeing. It also means that you have somewhere to relax in the evenings after they have gone to bed. – You have a landlord to contact if you need assistance. What’s the downside? I guess the downside of staying in an apartment is that you have to be your own concierge, ticket agent and cook. How to find your apartment – The internet is full of agencies with detailed information on reserving properties.Guidebooks contain the names and addresses of agencies booking hliday apartments. The government tourist offices also use to have that information. – Study the area you want to visit and decide where you do not want to stay, e.g. if there is a high-crime area or an expensive area. Check maps to see if the area has ready access to the subway, buses, and train stations. If you plan to rent a car be sure there is parking nearby. – Make a list of what you need to make yourself comfortable: internet, washing machine, diswasher, dryer.. Remember: The more appliances you need, the more you will have to pay for the apartment. – Get information on several apartments before making your final decision If you try it, a stay in a holiday apartment will surely prove to be the best vacation you ever have.

If you are considering  renting an apartment in Barcelona, here is the best list of holidays apartments in Barcelona

Holiday apartments in Barcelona

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Finding a job in Barcelona

Posted by edux127 on October 18, 2006

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When you arrive to Barcelona and try to find a job you will have to know some little things about the law, about your rights and about your obligations.

Here in this article I would like to explain the different steps you need to follow once you decide to come to work to Barcelona.

 First of all you will need to find ads to arrange interviews. There are several ways to find companies looking for staff, but obviously I will recommend you to use the internet. The best websites where to find a job in Barcelona are:

There is a lot of job offers in Barcelona and you won’t have any problem to do interviews. The main problem are the salaries. Compared to other countries, a job in Spain is really bad paid. Therefore, the main problem will be to find a well paid job.

 Some laws you need to know when getting hired:

  • You must have to sign a contract. This is a mediterranean country, and many companies, even big ones, will try to hire you without signing any contract. This is dangerous for you! To have a correct signed contract will allow you to go the hospital if you are sick, will allow you to get the “paro” (some money when you are not working), and what it is more important, you will have your rights as a worker.(see next point)
  • When you sign the contract, you must ask for the “Convenio Colectivo” for your specific job. This is a previous agreements between the contractors and the employers where are written all the rights for that specific job. For example, if you work as a waiter, you will find all the general rights you will have a waiter in BArcelona, as how much do you get for working on Sundays, how many free days do you have per week, etc. Be careful when you ask for the “Convenio Colectivo” to your boss because it is something he will not like very much. Therefore, find it on Internet or ask to other collegues…
  • About your obligations, you must know something important about the taxes. In your contract, the contractor must pay your work insurance (Seguridad Social). This is not included in your salary, and it must be payed by the company.
  • In the other hand, you must pay the taxes for your salary. Normally the company will deduct a portion of your salary to pay the taxes, and you dont have to care about it. What
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