Friday, March 22, 2013

BARCELONA: CASTLE OF CARDONA


The castle of Cardona is made up of a series of structures which are the result of 2,500 years of human occupation of the hill. From its summit, 585 metres high, there is a fantastic view over the basin of the river Cardener and of the salt outcrop of Cardona, a fact which made it uniquely well situated to defend the salt mine of Súria and the salt trade through the Cardener valley.



Castle of Cardona



Cardona Castle in Catalonia
As it's easily imagined, the views from Cardona Castle are wonderful thanks to its privileged location on the top of a hill


Castle of Cardona
The Castle of Cardona was the residence of the Lords of Cardona during the middle ages. On the right appears the Sant Vicenç collegiate church, a jewel of Catalan Lombard Romanesque




Cardona Castle in Catalonia
An overview of the external walls of Cardona Castle, where you can see the Tower of La Minyona


Arcade inside the Castle of Cardona in Catalonia
Arcade inside the castle of Cardona in Catalonia


Cloister inside the Castle of Cardona
In this picture you can see the previous Arcade behind the cloister of the House of Canons inside the Castle of Cardona



Cloister inside the Castle of Cardona
Gothic archs of the cloister of the House of Canons inside the Castle of Cardona



Castle of Cardona in Catalonia
Beautiful corner beside the cloister of the House of Canons inside the Castle of Cardona



Castle of Cardona in Catalonia
Overview of the cloister of the House of Canons inside the Castle of Cardona. On the right, the Atrium precedes the entrance to the church



Castle of Cardona in Catalonia
A really well conseved bastion of Cardona Castle in Catalonia



Salt mine of Súria


Salt mines of Súria in Catalonia
A view of the well-know salt mines of Suria from Cardona Castle



Views from the Castle of Cardona




View from the Castle of Cardona
A fantastic view of Cardona and surroundings from the Castle



Panoramic view from the Castle of Cardona
Finally, a panoramic view from the Castle of Cardona




Besides, if you like medieval architecture, clicking on the next links you will find more beautiful castles, villages and fantastic medieval monasteries in Catalonia:



- Medieval castles

Saturday, March 16, 2013

BARCELONA: GREAT RESTAURANTS

Next I would like to recommend you some nice restaurants where you will enjoy your meal. These restaurants are located next to the most interesting places in Barcelona I have suggested you in previous posts. In all of theses restaurants either I of friends of mine had lunch.


Sagrada Familía


- El Xuletó


Restaurant - Brasserie specializing in grilled meat, paella and fish.


  • Address: C/ Sicilia 263
  • Phone: 93 457 52 66

Gothic Quarter and La Rambla


- Els Quatre Gats


A high quality restaurant in a modernist building. Here literary gathering took place where the members were modernist writers at the beginning of the 20th century.


Els Quatre Gats restaurant in BarcelonaEls Quatre Gats restaurant is located in this modernist building next to El Portal del Angel, in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona


  • Address: C/ Montsió 3
  • Phone: 933 024 140
  • Opening time: from 10am to 1am.
  • www.4gats.com

- Merce i Vins


Fantastic restaurant of typical catalan and spanish cuisine, although often there are dishes of other cuisines of the world. There is only menu. It's a small restaurant and very often is full, so it's advisable to book before.

  • Address: C/ Amargós 1
  • Phone: 93 302 60 56
  • Opening time: from 9am to 16pm

- Les Quinze Nits

  • Address: Plaza Real, 6
  • Phone: 93 317 30 75
  • Opening time: 13h - 15:45h and 20:30h a 23:30h (opens every day of the year)


- El Consulado

Typical mediterranean cuisine with a cozy and warm decoration.


El Consulado Restaurant in BarcelonaWarm look of El Consulado Restaurant


  • Address: C/ Nou de la Rambla 95 (Metro L3 Paral·lel)
  • Phone: 934 419 828
  • Opening time: until 24h (friday and saturday until 1am)


Borne


- Pla de la Garza


Great restaurant specialized in catalan cuisine with a wide variety products of the country (cheese, wine, sausages, and so on) located in an old but restored small palace.




  • Address: C/ Assaonadors 13
  • Phone: 93 315 24 13
  • Fax: 93 268 13 20
  • Opening time: from 20h to 1h.
  • www.pladelagarsa.com

- La Llar del Filador


Good restaurant specialized in fondues.




  • Address: C/ Cortines 13 (Metro L1 Arc de Triomf, Renfe Arc de Triomf)
  • Phone: 93 315 24 13 / 676 376 046

- Sikkim


High quality restaurant with a beutiful oriental decoration located next to Born Boulevard
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  • Address: C/ Plaza Comercial 1 (Metro L1 Arc de Triomf, Renfe Arc de Triomf)
  • Phone: 93 268 43 13
  • Opening time: from 20:30h to 01:00 (opens every day of the year)




Les Corts


- Quaranta

Fantastic and cozy italian restaurant where you can enjoy delicious dishes



Restaurant Quaranta in Barcelona
Restaurant Quaranta in Barcelona


  • Address: C/Nicaragua, 141 Local 2 (Pasaje Batista i Roca) (Metro L5 Estació de Sants and L3 Les Corts)
  • Phone93 419 16 10
  • Opening time: 13:00 - 16:00 and 20:30 - 23:00h (closed on sunday)
  • Website: www.quaranta.es

Hospitalet de Llobregat


- De Angelis


Large and delicious Pizzas and Pasta dishes.


Restaurant De Angelis in Barcelona
Restaurant De Angelis in Barcelona


  • Address: Carretera de Collblanc, 48 - 08903 - L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Metro L5 Collblanc)
  • Phone: 934480676
  • Email: info@restaurantedeangelis.es
  • Website:www.restaurantedeangelis.es/



Friday, March 1, 2013

SHOPPING STREETS IN BARCELONA


Barcelona is really a shopping city, a paradise for those who love shopping. In Barcelona you will be able to go shopping walking along fantastic boulevards like Passeig de Gràcia or La Rambla. Apart from fashion stores or exclusive  boutiques, you will enjoy beautiful modernist buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí and a lively atmosphere.

These are the most important shopping streets in Barcelona:



Passeig de Gràcia


If you are searching for exclusive boutiques, then you should go shopping along Passeig de Gràcia, which starts in Plaça Catalunya and ends at Avinguda Diagonal. In addition to buying, you will enjoy the fabulous façades of some of the most impressive modernist buildings in Barcelona, like La Casa Milà or Casa Batlló (designed by Antoni Gaudí).



Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona
Passeig de Gràcia Shopping Street in Barcelona


El Portal de l'Angel


Around Portal de l’Àngel, Portaferrisa and Cucurulla streets you can find a lot of fashion stores. I recommend walking through this area, especially around its narrow streets belonging to the Gothic Quarter, where there are small shops with their own designs.


Portal del Angel shopping street in Barcelona
Portal de l’Àngel is one of the favorite shopping streets of the citizens of Barcelona

Portaferrissa Street


Portaferrissa shopping street in Barcelona
Portaferrissa street, near the end of El Portal de l'Angel, is a popular shopping street in Barcelona


La Rambla and Rambla Catalunya


La Rambla is not only the most lively street in Barcelona, but also one of the most important shopping streets you can find in this fantastic city, especially near Plaça Catalunya.


La Rambla in Barcelona
La Rambla in Barcelona


Carrer Pelai



Also in the city center, but now next to Plaça Universitat, you can find more shops to buy clothes, especially along Pelai Street.


Pelayo Street, one of the most interesting shopping streets in BarcelonaOn the right you can see Pelayo Street, one of the most interesting shopping streets in Barcelona. Walking along this street you will arrive at Plaça Catalunya and La Rambla




Avinguda Diagonal



Besides, from the top of Passeig de Gràcia, where it crosses Avinguda Diagonal (Plaça de Joan Carles I), to Plaça de la Reina Maria Cristina in this avenue, you will find another large shopping area where you will find department stores, shopping arcades, many designer fashion shops and shopping malls like L'Illa Diagonal, El Corte Inglés or Pedralbes Centre.



Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona
Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona near El Corte Inglés and Pedralbes Centre shopping malls



Carrer de Sants


If you prefer to visit another neighbourhood of Barcelona, it would be interesting walking through La Carretera de Sants and Badal. This area is plenty of shops where you can buy shoes and clothes. Besides, La Carretera de Sants begins in Plaça Espanya, next to Montjuïc, where Las Arenas Mall has recently opened its doors.



Carrer de Sants shopping street in Barcelona
Carrer de Sants is a really long shopping street in Barcelona



Finally, in addition to the previous Shopping Streets, you can enjoy shopping in one of the several Shopping malls and Outlets in Barcelona like Las Arenas Shopping Mall.