Our bars suggestions

We know that is important when you are visiting a city to know the best bars to drink a glass. We have so think in 3 categories of bar that you will love.
These 3 categories are concepts, rooftops and typical.

We have chosen this 3 categories because it is as 3 symbols of the city. The rooftops because is one very important places in Barcelona, the concepts are very interesting bars in the city that you’ll discover! And the typical have become symbol of the city by themselves.

1- Rooftop

  • Hotel arts Barcelona, neighborhood Eixample, Fronted by the iconic fish sculpture known as Peix, this luxe hotel occupies a high-rise building marked by a glass and exposed steel facade.
  • Mandarin Oriental, neighborhood Eixample, It is one of the most beautiful place in Barcelona. And it’s also a very old hotel in the city.
  • Skybar,  neighborhood Gothic. It is a wonderful place to enjoy with friends and have a great view on the city.
  • Terraza 360°, neighborhood Raval. This place have also a very beautiful view on Barcelona.

2- Concepts

  •  Bobby’s Free, neighborhood Urquinaona, this place is like a barber shop, you have to say the password “bourbon” and the hairdresser will press a button to open the wall and let you go inside the bar. The cocktails there are wonderful and there are sometimes some rock band very pleasant!
  • Paradiso, neighborhood Verdaguer
  • Barcelona Pipa club, neighborhood Barceloneta

3- Typical

  • Sor Rita Bar, neighborhood Barceloneta
  • Guzzo bar, neighborhood El Born
  • Bar Marsella,  neighborhood Raval
  • Antic Teatre, Urquinaona

 

Free Parking in Barcelona

The price of parking in a parking lot in Barcelona is expensive but it is the most convenient option because they are secured and close from the center of the city.

There are also free options in Barcelona but they are not being watched.

  • The first one is in Montjuïc, the mountain which can be accessed from Plaça Espanya.  There is no time limitation.
  •  Two other ones are in  Zona Universitaria, close to the metro “Zona Universitaria” and “Palau Real”L3, green line. There is a good option to park your car and reach your apartment by metro. These are the safest ones  because it is in a residential area.  The first is in the “Carrer de Martí i Franquès” and the other one is in “Carrer de John Maynard Keynes, 1
  • If  you want to leave your car close to the beach in Barcelona we have the solution. You can go to “Av. del Litoral, 98″ but during the summer it is very difficult to find a place there.
  • You can also park your car close to the big market La Maquinista. But it is a little outside of Barcelona.

You can also find a parking lot for around 7 euros per day, a little far from the center of the city but these are going to be secured. You can find this parking lot on “Parkimeter.com

Do not hesitate to comment on this article if you know about any other parking lots in Barcelona. Or write a review about any of the ones above cited!

Tibidabo

Tibidabo is a little far from the city center but it’s not to be missed. It could be interesting to spend a day there. There are many things to do and to see!

The view of Barcelona is incredible because it is the tallest mountain close to the city!

The Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus  is the church that you can see when you look at the mountain.  And it is even more beautiful and impressive when you are there!

The Torre de Collserola, the tenth floor of the tower is open to the public. It is a great viewpoint of the city.

Tibidabo amusement park ,the park is among the oldest in the world still functioning, it is Spain’s longest running amusement park and Europe’s third-oldest. It was build in 1899. But don’t worry it has been renovated by the city of Barcelona!

It is 1 hour from Plaza Catalunya, so to get there you can take the S1 train and stop at Peu el Funicular, then take the Funicular FV until Vallvidera Superior and the 111 bus  until Pl Tibidabo.

Another option is to take the S1 train until Baixador de Vallvidera, then the 118 bus until Pl de Vallvidera and the 111 bus until Pl Tibidabo.

Another option is to go by taxi (about 25-30 euros).

 

Shopping

Barcelona is a great city for shopping! There are lots of malls, street stores, department stores…

The most famous department store in Barcelona and in Spain is El Corte Ingles. The biggest one is on Plaza Catalunya and on Diagonal avenue. It is a very nice place with lots of different brands and both have restaurants upstairs.

There is also a great mall called Maremagnum which is close to the port down the Ramblas and to the beach.

The Diagonal Mar mall is very big too, with 3 floors and more choices of brands!

La Maquinista, metro Sant Andreu (Line Red) is very big mall, it is a little far from the center of the city but it can be a good option to go there for the day or just an afternoon to do your shopping !

L’illa is also a big mall and very pleasant! It’s easy to get there by metro,  green line then stop at Les Corts and walk a little.

Arena plaza España, metro stop plaza España on the green and red line. It’s very close to the metro. The mall is beautiful because it’s built in an arena. You have also a great view from the top!

  • Passeig de Gracia is a great option to go shopping, you are going to find the most recognizable brands, also you can find across from Plaza Catalunya more stores (Avinguda del Portal de l’Angel)!
  • By bus you can also go to La Roca Village 

Just 30 minutes by train, the closest station to La Roca Village is Granollers Centre. The RENFE train service leaves from Barcelona Sants at regular intervals. When you get to Granollers you will find taxis and direct buses to La Roca Village.

The Shopping Express® is a daily sleek and chic bus service that runs direct from central Barcelona to La Roca Village. (departure : Passeig de Gracia, 6, from 9am to 7pm)

Adult price: €20 (round trip) Children aged 3 to 12: €10 Children under 3: FREE

But you will be get a 10% discount on your shopping in the Village!

  • In Cataluña you can find the best deal from the 7 of January to the 6 of March and from the 1th of July to the 31 of August.

 

The beaches in Barcelona and around

Barcelona is a city with lots of beaches, but there are also a lots of tourists. So we think be helpful with this article for help you to find the perfect beach! Your choice can be done for the easy access to the beach or the population and tranquility.

The beach the most populated is “La Barceloneta”  and the further you get away from this the less the beach will be populated. To begin on the cost of Barcelona the first beach  is Sant Sebastiá close to the W hotel and the last is Nova Mar Bella.  For each of this beaches you need to take the metro L4 (Line yellow)

  • Sant Sebastiá (metro stop Barceloneta)
  • La Barceloneta (metro stop  Barceloneta)
  • Nova Icária (metro stop Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica or Bogatell)
  • Bogatell (metro stop Llacuna)
  • Mar Bella (metro stop Poblenou)
  • Nova Mar Bella (metro stop Selva del Mar)

If you want to find a beach for be quieter and do not have difficulty to find a place for your towel you should go this beaches :

  • Badalona (R1 stop Sant Adriá de Bosos, on the Maçanet- Massanes direction or L2 metro stop Pompeu Fabra)
  • Montgat Nord (R1 stop Montage Nord, on the Maçanet- Massanes direction)
  • Sitges (R2S stop Sitges), this city have a very nice beach, with san or on the rock, it’s very nice to tan in this city. Sitges it’s also very beautiful to visit!
  • Garraf (R2S stop Garaf) it is a nice small town with a beach and some very good restaurants! I advices you the paella and seafood in “La Cupula Garraf”
  • Castelldelfels (R2S or R2 stop Castelldelfels) a very large beach where it will be more easy to find a place for your towels!
  • Tarragona (1h in train for Sants Estacio, with the R. EXPRES) but the city is wonderful, the beach are not so busy and  many ancient ruins remain that you need to visit! This city is very pleasant ! 

To go to this places, you need to use the train R1, R2S or R2, the R1 start from Plaza Catalunya, the R2S and R2 start from Passeig de Gracia or Sants Espacio. 

We think that the best compromise to tan during your holiday with quietness and do not lost hours in metro are Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella!

AkiraFlats is pet-friendly, so we have search some beach for go with your dog! The first is outside Barcelona, it is huge and you’ll have space for play with your dog! The second is inside Barcelona, it is small and the capacity is to 100 dogs, so if lots of persons want to go at the same time it is possible that you need to wait to have an access! But the good point is that your dog meet a lots of friends! Also your pet need to has a microchip or be tattooed!

  • Sant Pol de Mar (R1 stop Sant Pol de Mar)
  • Platja de Llevant (L4 metro stop Selva de Mar)

The Ramblas, Boqueria marcket y plaza Reial

This article talk about the center of Barcelona, it’s a place very touristic but you need to see it during a trip in Barcelona. Our advices is to walk from one of the ends of the Ramblas to the other and stop to see the two others places.
  • The Ramblas or Ramblas is an emblematic avenue of Barcelona that connects the Plaza de Catalunya, the nerve center of the city, Port Vell where stands the column of Christopher Columbus. Port Cell is also one of the ports of Barcelona and which is very close to the Barceloneta beach!
  • We will find if you walk next to the Ramblas close to the Plaza de Catalunya the market of Boqueria, where you will find a wide variety of fresh produce like fruits, juice, fish, meat or cooked dishes. It is very pleasant to walk in this market, smell the perfume of the different meal in addition to consumed products.
  • Plaça Reial or Plaza Royale is a square next to La Rambla close to the Port Vell, in Barcelona’s old town. It is the only arcaded square in the city, which gives it its exceptional character. On the square is installed a central iron fountain named the three Graces. The two luminaries that surround it are signed by Antoni Gaudí and are among the first works of the architect. Besides the historical part the plaza Reial is also very pleasant for a drink or for eat in one of the surrounding restaurants.

Tapas Guide

As many of you ask where asking for the best tapas in Barcelona, ​​this guide will help you !!

There is a great variety of tapas, some gastronomic and others to attract tourists; It is good to know the places before going to a restaurant and more in a tourist district so these are one of the best restaurant near the most visited places in Barcelona, ​​since the tapas are a symbol of Barcelona, ​​they are very good reputation among citizens, tourists and especially when there is good weather ideal to be in a terrace.

One of my favorites is in the Barrio de Gracia; It is perfect to eat something after visiting the Park Güell, it is called “La Pollería Fontana” is a small and typical restaurant that offers quality products but not at an excessive price since the tapas are at prices between 3 and 7 euros and also they have very good wine.

To visit Barcelona you need to walk and try the different flavors of “La Boqueria”, but in this market it is very difficult to choose a restaurant and I will help you. My favorite is “El quim de la boqueria“, the tapas are prepared with fresh products, such as fish or seafood; the prices here are a little more expensive, between 5 and 7 euros, the only problem is that it is difficult to find a seat. If this is the case there is another bar called the “Pinotxo Bar“.

Very close to the boquería is the Plaza Reial, a tourist plaza with lots of atmosphere, bars and restaurants. Close this place is a restaurant “la bodega de Biarritz 1881“, tapas are very good products, people are very kind, And the prices are not excessive for example 20 euros for a person with a glass of wine.

In the Barceloneta neighborhood I really like the “Meson Barceloneta” to eat it is very good, it is opposite the port so you can see the boats, the prices are accessible and going to this place is better to order a Paella, typical food of Spain.  Also and here they sell a lot of variety of this, the prices go between 7 euros the tapas and 16 euros a paella per person.

Finally, in the neighborhood of Paseo de Gracia, it is difficult to find a tapas restaurant with good tapas quality and with a good price, there is one called “La cuina d’en Garriga“, it is a bit expensive but it is very good because offers quality products, they are simple and traditional tapas that everyone likes.

Paella Guide

Like tapas, the paella is a very popular dish that can be excellent, made with real expertise and very good products or a tourist trap.

That’s why AkiraFlats had prepare for you this articles with the best place for eat the bests in Barcelona. Take care for some of this place it would be necessary to book a table before go.

Xiringuito Escriba close Bogatell beach (Avinguda Litoral, 62, 08005 Barcelona)

Terraza Martinez area Poble Sec (Carretera Miramar, 38, 08038 Barcelona)

La Dentelliere area Barrio Gótico (Carrer Ample, 26, 08002 Barcelona)

Can Solé area Barceloneta (Carrer de Sant Carles, 4, 08003 Barcelona)

Paella Bar Boqueria in the Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria, Pòrtics de la Boqueria, Locals 6-7, 08001 Barcelona)

Restaurante Salamanca area Barceloneta (Carrer de Sant Elm, 48, 08003 Barcelona) close to the beach, you will be able to eat ouside or inside, there a lots of variety like black, seafood, mix sea food and meat! Everyone is very tasty!

This Paella ‘s restaurants are for us the bests in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to comments if you know an other place for eat a good paella! And follow us for more advices!

Football World Cup (Bar)

Want to support your team in a bar in Barcelona? In this article you will find the bests bars to see the matches in different areas of Barcelona!

For the French Paris Taxi, it is certainly the best known bar of the French community, there are many televisions to see the game. This bar is close to the Diagonal Metro Station.

Close to the metro Urgel, the Belchicais also a great place for see the match. There are a big screen and other TV in the bar!

BLUSH’S is also a great option with a big screen and also pool and other game if your friends are not fan of Football. Between Plaza Catalunya and Universitat Metro Station.

La Frescain la Barcelonetais a great option there are a large choice of beers and are really good. There are also a great big screen.

In the neighbourhood of Diagonal Mar, there are also the “El Racó de Taulat” which a great place!

We had done this articles for the world cub but these places are going to continu show you the matchs! So you can continu support tour team there with friends!

If you know an other bar, do not hesitate to comment!