Top tips for cycling in Barcelona

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  Cycling around Barcelona is an excellent way to soak up the sights, breathe in the Mediterranean air and beat the traffic. The city’s numerous biking lanes and relaxed vibe make it perfect for both beginners and seasoned cyclists. If you’re about to embark on some biking in Barcelona, here are some handy tips. Rent a bike in Barcelona If you want to rent a bike in Barcelona, you will be spoilt for choice. There are dozens of bike rental shops dotted around the city, from La Raval to El Born and La Barceloneta. It’s a wise move to check out a few of them in advance, to compare things like bike rental fees (per hour and per day) and the type of bikes on offer. The kind of bikes you’ll be offered can vary greatly between shops – for example, one place might offer Dutch bikes, another might do More here

Best markets to visit in Barcelona

Best markets in Barcelona

  What are the best markets to visit in Barcelona? Whether you’re into fashion, food, books or antiques, you can be sure this cosmopolitan city has something up it’s sleeve for you. In fact, there are so many markets in Barcelona that you could probably visit a different one every day of the week. You really are spoilt for choice! Here are the best ones you should see. Best market for food: La Boqueria La Boqueria, Rambla, 85-89   It may be sitting right on the edge of the tourist-laden Rambla, but La Boqueria has been called a “gastronomic temple” and is an absolute must for anyone who loves their food. The market is one of the city’s most bustling and with good reason – it’s been there since 1200AD. Spend some time exploring the stalls there and you’ll find everything from freshly made smoothies to pastries, paella and More here

Top 3 central Barcelona hostels: reviews

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Before moving to Barcelona for good, and during the two weeks before finding an apartment, James Roberts stayed in three different central Barcelona hostels. Today, James shares with A Spanish Perspective his personal opinion on these 3 central Barcelona hostels. A Spanish Perspective would like to thank James for his input and for his enthusiasm in sharing with all of us his recent experience in 3 of the most well-known and centrally located Barcelona hostels. Hostel Urbany BCN GO I was on a tight budget when I first visited the city last November, so was pleased to find a bed for 7€ per night at Urbany BCN GO (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 563). I arrived into Sants Estacio on the bus from Santander at 6.30am, realising at that moment that I’d naively forgotten to see if there was 24hr check-in. Unfortunately I was was out of luck, check in at More here

Top 10 events in Barcelona you shouldn’t miss in 2015

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Barcelona is a vibrant capital with one of the richest cultural offers in Europe. For instance, Barcelona hosts countless international concerts, festivals, art exhibitions and everything in between. So if you are planning a trip to Barcelona or if you are simply looking for a great plan, make sure you don’t miss these top 10 events in Barcelona this 2015. Write them down on your calendar or you might regret it! These events are indeed very popular among Barcelona residents but also extremely popular abroad! Here we go: 1. 080 Barcelona Fashion 080 Barcelona Fashion is an event featuring local designers only. This is a beautiful initiative to promote the highly talented local designers giving them international exposure. This is the 15th edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion and it is only becoming more and more popular within the fashion industry. The show runs in Barcelona from the 2nd to the More here

L’Estruch: a great and typical tapas bar by the cathedral of Barcelona

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If you are visiting Barcelona or just heading to the cathedral of Barcelona, one of the most emblematic squares in town, make sure you stop by Estruch for a nice tapa, coffee and so much more! Avoid touristy traps and enjoy proper yummy food! By the way, we are talking about the main cathedral: Catedral de la Santa Creu i de Santa Eulalia. The Estruch exists since the 19th century and it is a café and restaurant located in front of the Cathedral in the Gothic neighborhood: Avenida de la Catedral, 3, 08002 Barcelona. I am from central Barcelona myself so believe me when I say that you are going to have a good time there, I eat in the Estruch regulary and I simply love it.  It is a small but really nice and cosy restaurant where you can have lunch with your friends, partner or family. However, it also More here