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All Places Spain

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

The Pavilion is one of the emblematic works of Mies van der Rohe and key reference architecture of the twentieth century. The famous German Pavilion was designed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and reconstructed in 1986 on its original site. Its innovative architectural structure marked a radical change in the layout of space and greatly influenced the development of modern architecture. Furthermore, the Pavilion exhibits the '''''Barcelona Chair''''', also designed by Mies van der Rohe, along with a bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe’s sculpture '''''Morning'''''. The Fundació Mies van der Rohe veils for the conservation of the Pavilion.

El Poble Espanyol

A fake village built in 1929, with replicas of characteristic buildings in Spain (like the Avila walls, the Vall-de-roures town hall, etc.). The village hosts the Fondation Fran Daurel, where you can enjoy an interesting Modern Art collection boasting Miró, Picasso, Tapiès and other, mostly Spanish and Catalan, contemporary artists. The audio tour is very worthwhile there. Also worth seeing - the flamenco show at Tablo de Carmen. You can also step into several of the workshops to see craftsmen at work such as glassblowers and leather workers.

Alberguinn - Sants Youth Hostel

Clean, secure and trendy hostel with a team of receptionists that will strive to help you with anything that you may need. The beds are comfortable and a continental breakfast is included. Free computers to use and WIFI. Lockers and bed linen included. Main train station is a few blocks away, as well as 3 metro lines (L1 L3 L5) and an international bus station. Luggage room is also free to use before check-in and after check-out.

AC Hotel Sants by Marriott

AC does the trick by wrapping quite small rooms and limited facilities in modern design in very toned-down hues. Don't expect anything fancy, this is Marriott's lowest-tier brand in Spain. Some of the rooms begin to show dents and cracks after guests failed to properly navigate the narrow bits. The location next to the Sants station is convenient even if a bit sombre.

Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc

In the summer months July and August the outdoor swimming pool is open for public. This pool offers spectacular views over the whole city. The pool is close to the exit from the funicular that departs from metro station Parallel; metro ticket is valid for the funicular.

DO   —  +34 934430046 —  Av Miramar 31

Plaça d'Espanya

Once used for public hangings, Placa d'Espanya was created for the 1929 World Exhibition. The fountain in the center of the square is a great attraction and plays music during the summer. Plaça Espanya is located at the base of Montjuic hill.

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Taberna Blai Tonight

A big variety of tapas including cheese, tortillas, seafood and meat options are offered by friendly staff. First one has to choose a plate and a drink. At the end one pays for the number of toothpicks. Cheap drinks attracts a young public.

Tickets Bar

Avinguda Paral·lel, 164. Tickets is tapas as democracy, world-class cooking for travellers and Barcelona families who never made it on the winding road to Roses and now never will. Run by Ferran Adriá and his brother Albert.

Tryp Barcelona Apolo Hotel

This has to be one of the world's oldest Tryps, and it is so old that it is literally falling apart. The reason why it is still in business is the unparalleled location next to MEtro (pardon the pun) Parallel.


Has the single best collection of Romanesque art in the world, and a fine Gothic collection as well. Includes the ''Pantocrator'' from the Taüll Romanesque church. The building itself is also very beautiful.

The Montjuïc Castle

Provides a beautiful panorama view over the rest of the city. The Montjuic Castle is in the Montjuic hill. From the ''Montjuïc Castle'', take the harbor cable car to Barceloneta for more splendid views.

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Catalan Ethnographical Museum

Passeig Santa Madrona, 16*22 (Montjuic). This museum mainly exhibits exponents, which were imported by Catalan sailors as they explored the new world. Free on the first Sunday each month (11AM to 3PM)

SEE   —  +34 934 246 807 —  Map


A chilled out lounge bar with groovy tunes that uses its space to host short film nights, installations and concerts. Their webpage is worth a look for upcoming events and shows in Barcelona.

Catalan Archaeological Museum

Situated on the Montjuic, it exhibits archaeological findings from Catalunia from different periods. Under 16 and 65+ free. €3 for others. Special discounts for other groups.

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Miramar viewpoint

This is where you arrive by a harbour cable car. Marvelous place in the spring, full of roses and fountains. Entrance to the cactus garden is nearby.

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Celler Cal Marino

Wine bar with lots of local choices plus a great selection of cheeses. They have great suggestions according to personal taste.

Sala Apolo

It is one of the best clubs in town, and the place to be on Monday nights. Concerts every weekend and also during the week.

hotel medium city 4*

Hotel fully renovated, just two minutes walking from the Sants Station. 80 rooms, restaurant, meeting rooms, free WIFI.

SLEEP   —  +34 933 63 74 74 —  Nicaragua, 47

La tasqueta de Blai

The tapas bar is very popular and hence allways packed. It offers interesting varieties including sweet dessert ones.

EAT   —  +34 931 730 561 —  Blai 17

Telefèric de Montjuïc

Runs between ''Parc Montjuïc'' station (the terminal of Montjuic Funicular) and ''Castell'' (Montjuic Castle).

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Fondacio Joan Miró

Treasured museum dedicated to Joan Miró and always has interesting temporary expositions on display.


Avda. Marquès de Comillas 6-8 (Plaça Espanya). This place hosts great exhibitions. Admission free.

SEE   —  +34 934768600 —  Map

Funicular de Montjuïc

Runs from metro ''Parallel'' to ''Parc de Montjuic'' station (not far from Joan Miró Museum).

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El Sortidor

Going back to 1908 the restaurant is known for its anchovies accompagned with good vermouth.

hotel medium prisma 2*

Between Sants Station and Plaza Francesc Maciá. Recently refurbished, 50 rooms, free WIFI.

Quimet & Quimet

Lively little bar that serves excellent sandviches and has a good selection of wines.

Gran Bodega Saltó

Bar that seems out of the eigthies. It is very popular and plays regular concerts.

Koska Taverna

The tapas bar has great drink choices and serves original non traditional food.

Botanical Garden

past the football stadium

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Hotel Grums Barcelona

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Hotel Nuevo Triunfo

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Silken Concordia

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Expo Hotel Barcelona

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Ayre Hotel Gran Vía

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Hotel Azul Barcelona

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Abba Sants

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Hotel Coronado

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Fira Palace

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Barcelona Sants

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