"Summer In Winter" Barcelona by doodybee

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We were in Barcelona 14th - 18th January and it was like summertime for us as we left the UK in downpour that apparently lasted all week - it was still raining when we arrived back into Doncaster Airport and for two pins i would have gladly turned around and gone back to Barcelona

Aw well - back to reality

Hotel Accommodation & Eating

Barcelona was great - we stayed at the hotel Comercio just off La Ramblas - which was really handy for everything - we got a good rate from Alpharooms for the hotel. It was functional to say the least but as we didn't spend much time there it served its purpose

On the first night - because of the lateness of our arrival we ate at the Kentucky Fried Chicken place just up the road - as we knew what we would get and it would be edible - after that i refused to eat there as i like to try different things

We found a lovely little cafe doing very cheap sandwiches and plates of salad with such things as tuna, chicken etc - we paid 13euros for 2 x meals and drinks - cannot for the life of me think of the name of the place but we think it was a student haunt because of the prices and the clientele in there - it was up a side street nearly opposite where the lobsteri s on the beachfront ( if thats any help) - we also ate at an indian restuarant ( little on the dear side compard to other places we ate) on the front near the lobster and at an all you can eat salad bar which we found on the back street near the hotel

All in all it was much cheaper to eat and drink here than in Paris- we paid 4.50euros for a large San Miguel in the international bar in La Ramblas as opposed to 14.5euros for a large Kronenburg in Paris last year


We walked across to the Marina area and spent time in the Aquarium and the shopping centre there and walked to the zoo.

We got the tourist bus around the City and spent time at the Sagada Familia and the Nou Camp and at Placa Cataluyna

We both agree it is a place we could live and will be heading back although probably not at the same time of year

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely clean sunny environment
  • Cons:its a major tourist spot ( funny coming from a tourist - i know)
  • In a nutshell:Suunier Side of the Street
  • Last visit to Barcelona: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Feb 13, 2008
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Looking forward to visiting here after the big Paris meet next year. Hey you should join us Julie!! Thanks for the bd wishes :o) Did David have a good day? Hugs xx

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Glad to know that you have been to Barcelona, one of our favourite cities to visit in Europe! Hotel Comercio certainly sounds ok to stay with its price range. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Helpful tips on Barcelona. SL :)

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2009 at 3:58 AM

    Thanks for Barcelona tips...they are forum replies???

  • mustertal's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    I had my photo taken at the Nou Camo wearing my Livepool shirt :)

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2008 at 3:44 AM

    Hi Julie -enjoyed my 2nd visit to Barcelona in June-added a few more sights to an already great place - but anyone flying via Girona I would say a must see to visit when there! (but no luggage storage for passing through).nice to see you the other day!

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2008 at 7:14 AM

    Would you say that the location is good for a mature woman travelling solo? Give Diaz a kiss on the nose - such a gooood girl!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:57 AM

    The hotel looks pretty cheap, but I guess you can't beat the location!


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