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Walkaround (Gaudi walks)

Walkaround (Gaudi walks)

We wanted to dedicate a complete “walkaround” post based on the works of Antoni Gaudi, but not only aregaudi there so many to cover in one day’s walk but they all deserve more than a mere walk-by. Most require a couple of hours to visit and one or two are located a fair walk from the city centre. So, here are a few walks which take in the Gaudi attractions and incorporate other interesting parts of the city….

Walk 1 – Sagrada Familia

Perhaps the most famous and controversial of the Gaudi landmarks, it remains a work-in-progress

sagrada-familia-1 since 1882 and was estimated to be only 15 – 25% completed when Gaudi died in 1926. This Roman Catholic basilica began life as Antoni Gaudi’s modernisme interpretation of a gothic church. It was consecrated for religious services in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Due for completion in 2026, it will have a total of 18 spires and reflect as much of Gaudi’s original plans as has been possible to piece together. Want to read more?….

If you want to enter Sagrada we would advise booking in advance online as the queue can take hours, timed entry tickets are available which allow you to bypass the long queue ;)


Start at Metro Verdaguer and head north-east along Carrer de Provenca.….Sagrada Familia is no more than 5 blocks away.

MonumentalOnce you’ve taken in the magnificence of Sagrada make your way to the north-east face (the Nativity – the more worn looking side), this should be Carrer Marina. Head south-east along Marina, after 4 or 5 blocks you will arrive at the Arenas Monumental. This is the site of one of Barcelona’s bullfighting rings, thankfully now a museum and exhibition centre.

Continue south-east along Carrer Marina (the more eagle-eyed might spot the Torre Agbar off to the left – although better viewed at night) and after Carrer de Casp head south along Carrer Ribes, which is more of a cycle path than a street or road.

This will take you past Estacio del Nord bus station, behind which sits a arc-de-triomflittle park and green space. Continuing along Carrer Ribes brings you to Arc del Triomf Metro station and monument. Designed by Josep Vilaseca, it was created as the entrance to the first Universal Exposition of 1888.

gaudi fountainPass through the Arc and head south-east along Paseo de Lluís Companys and into Parc de la Ciutadella….oh wow!! what a place! Want to see some life? Want to see how a park should be used? Here you’ll find so much….museums, the city zoo, a tropical plant house, the Catalan parliament building, monuments, sculptures, a church, children’s playareas, a boating lake, a stone mammoth and the stunning Gaudi cascade fountain topped with the golden horse drawn chariot of Aurora and featuring the birth of Venus. It’s our favourite spot in the city to relax, meet family and friends, picnic and pass a beautiful sunny day, come join us!!

Had enough?!? or do you want some more?…..well, “you do have to make your way back to your RentBCN Mercat_del_Bornapartment.….exit the park by the south corner, close to the zoo entrance. Head south-west along Marques de l’Argentera with Montjuic mountain in view, then take the first right into Carrer del Comerç. Here you will come across the Mercat del Born,  originally built in the 1870s. It fell into disuse in the 1970s and 80s. In 2002 work began to install a library within the building only for workers to discover archaeological remains of medieval times dating back to the 14th century. Since then the Catalan government have declared the site as a cultural asset of national interest and it is now fully restored as a cultural centre where the exposed medieval ruins can be experienced. A must see!

Exit Mercat del Born back into Carrer Comerç heading north-west, this will bring you to the Chocolate museum, you might be tempted to treat yourself here after such a long walk ;)

Continuing along Carrer de Comerç brings you back to Passeig de Lluis Companys and the Arc de Triomf. Passing under the Arc again, head north-west along Passeig de Sant Joan. After 4 blocks pass through Plaça de Tetuan and then after another 6 blocks you arrive where you began, at Metro Verdaguer.

Exhausted?! You should be! You are now back in the Gràcia district and close to your apartment. We suggest you freshen-up, eat well and take fully advantage of your relaxing and comfortable RentBCN apartment.


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Miniture Catalunya(Torrelles de Llobregat)

A great day out for all the family!

Enjoy a day to remember at the largest miniature village in the world containing scaled-down versions of all the famous Catalan cataluña en miniaturalandmarks and Gaudi attractions.This a great place to take the kids whilst visiting Barcelona. There is also an Enchanted Wood aerial forest park with activities to suit all ages including a thrilling zip-line.

Located just 12mls from Barcelona, Catalunya en Miniatura also features model train rides, playground, a restaurant, a large picnic area and gift shop.

Make a rentBCN apartment your perfect base in Catalunya(check out our prices for Easter 2015: 2 adults + 2 children)

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We recommend travelling by train, departing from Placa  España with a combined price  (train, bus and entrance fee) of:  16€ / adult, 12€ / child


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A walk around the city

We have chosen this time our Fontana Deluxe Apartment, the ideal apartment to stay in Barcelona if you are visiting with your family. Located in a quiet street of the distinctive and artistic neighbourhood of Gracia, described as a little village within a big city, you may want to take the opportunity to enjoy a good breakfast in one of the countless and pleasant squares, full of terraces and children’s safety playgrounds.

Get a 50% discount for children between 3-10 years old and babies free of charge !!!

Taking Passeig Sant Joan, which is a wide and pleasant avenue to walk, you will find the emblematic Arc de Triomf and the historic Ciutadella Park. Both are the perfect place to enjoy the sun and make the most of the day, mixing with local Catalans and their families. The park also hosts the Parliament, the Barcelona Zoo, the Gaudi Cascada fountain, a boating lake, museums and many other attractions.

Next to the park, you have the chance to discover the picturesque Born neighbourhood, filled with family-friendly restaurants and cafes, as well as the most distinguished Barcelona monuments and sights, such as the gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar, the Barcelona Cathedral, the Picasso Museum, Palau de la Música, Santa Catarina market, the Chocolate museum and many others.

Once you have finished your walk through the Born area, you will find yourself close to Plaça Catalunya, the main square in Barcelona. Passeig de Gracia begins here and along here you will find the Gaudi houses, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. You can enjoy a pleasant walk back to your apartment along this wide and famous avenue, while discovering the most fashionable and chic shops of beautiful Barcelona.


Barcelona Shopping: January and February sales, …. Bargains !!!

In 2015, the Sales in Barcelona begin on January 7 until February 28th, so you have almost two months to hunt out that special deal or find a treat at a bargain price across all types of purchases.

Book an apartment at a bargain price, up to 30% discount. Your apartment is waiting for you !!!

Keep an eye out for tradition Catalan fares and artisan markets offering mouth-watering treats and hand-made products.


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