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10 reasons to visit Barcelona in autumn and winter

11 Nov

Barcelona

Barcelona

1. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate and dry seasons during the autumn and winter period. Barcelona is a coastal city, that´s why it does not snow and the temperatures are quite mild: in the coldest month, January, it does not drop below 10 degrees Celsius (50F). The chances of precipitation are greater than during the summer, but still scarce. You can go around with a sweater and a jacket without having to be wrapped in thousands of layers of clothes or with an umbrella in the bag.

2. Visiting museums and art centres during the autumn-winter is a treat, because the volume of people is much lower than in spring or summer. Of course if you plan to visit any of the Gaudi buildings, either Sagrada Familia or La Pedrera, the Parc Güell or Casa Batlló, you should buy your tickets online to avoid queuing, that does not change throughout the year.

Barceloneta in autum / winter

Barceloneta in autum / winter

3. Did we mention that it hardly rains and it does not snow? 😉 The terraces and beach walks are still desirable in autumn and winter.

4. The price of accommodation in Barcelona between the months of November and January is much cheaper than from March to October. Find our great deals!

5. You will not need to check the fashion magazines to see what the latest trends are, as Barcelona is a showcase of modern fashion itself. You can go shopping in the elegant Paseo de Gracia, the Portal del Angel, to Girona street outlets or any of the shopping centres located throughout the city.

Parc de Collserola

Parc de Collserola

6. Temperatures during these months are ideal for hiking trails in the natural park of Collserola. This is one of the largest parks in the world and has lots of archaeological sites (especially Iberian villages like La Peña del Moro at the border point between the towns of Sant Just Desvern, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Esplugues de Llobregat) . To get there you can go by train from Plaza Catalunya with the S1.

sales

sales

7. January the 7th is the beginning of the sales period! Bring empty suitcases, here you can fill them with clothes.

8. Barcelona in autumn and winter is full of events, concerts and exhibitions. From October to January there are events such as the Festival In-Edit, the Voll Damm Jazz Festival, the World Press Photo, and different markets like Smart City Expo, BcnRail, Living Expominer, Auto Retro, Children’s Festival or EXPOHOGAR.

9. Barcelona is the city of architecture and design, modernism and culture, with many art centres, galleries and buildings that take your breath away. Autumn and winter are great seasons to visit them all, without the competition from the summer sun.

To eat in Barcelona

To eat in Barcelona

10. If you are someone who does not want to follow timetables on holidays in Barcelona there will be no problem. You can eat almost any time of the day what you want, from the most sophisticated tapas to seafood paella on Passeig Joan de Borbón. Menus are very economical and of good quality throughout the centre. During the winter you will have less competition to find a table, but you will be surprised to see that the city centre is always full of atmosphere.

Do you want to know where to go to take the vermouth in Gracia? At Sol Soler!

9 Apr

Sol Soler, Gracia

Sol Soler

Last week we went for a walk to the neighborhood of Gracia. We stopped by theSol Soler, a restaurant located in a corner of Plaza del Sol, to drink avermouth and eat some tapas.

Sol Soler, menu

We were three people and asked for: a piece vegetable lasagna (the best I’ve ever tasted), spinach pie, one peppers “del padron”, brave potatoes and caramelized chicken wings. Everything was great, the portions were generous and we paid less than 30 € for food and drinks, isn´t it wonderfull?

Sol Soler, Gracia

The decor is pretty retro and nice. The room has natural light because it has windows on two sides. There is also a terrace very well attended in the square.
So if you go to Gracia and do not know where to go to eat we totally recommend you Sol Soler

Plaça del Sol, 21 Barcelona, 08012
Time: L-D de 12:00 a 02:30
Metro: L3 Fontana

If you look for accommodation in Barcelona, check availability at The Urban Suites.

Are you missing grandma’s food? Come by Xandri Restaurant

5 Mar

A few days ago we were passing by Blai street and Paralel Av and we stopped at what looked like one of those bars that have been run by the same people over 30 years. Menu is 7,5€, but that wasn’t what encourage us in, nor even our stomachs demanding us food. We decided to go in after reading the menu, we saw the clients: the place was full of old people. We all know how demanding they can be.

For the first dish we asked for escudella (chickpea soup, chard and pasta), mi partner asked for cannelloni and I for fried vegetables (cabbage with potatoes and garlic rehash – It was great!) as second. As a third dish he asked for a grilled beef with artichoke and, I, sausage with fried eggs, served also with grilled artichoke.

Since we didn’t have enough time to ask for a desert, the waiter kindle offered us to take some tangerine and when we accepted he gave us a bag full of them.

Decoration is sober, you can tell their main concern is giving a good service and food quality. Everything is said. We recommend it for all those who really miss food the way it use to be before. Also to those who pass from the trend, or tapas and from creative cooking that is what everyone talks today when going out eating (and that we really like).

Overall to our clients, our suites and apartments are just two stations away!

Adress: Carrer de Blai 65

Metro: Poble Sec

Things to have in consideration: The waiter (probably the owner) told us everybody comes by two/three in the afternoon, so if you stop by those hours you will have to wait outside or just come back some other day, since he prepares just enough food so as being able to offer his products fresh every day. So if you can pass by around one or half past one, much better!

Full and healthy breakfast at Buenas Migas

27 Sep

Buenas Migas is a chain of Focaccerias strategically placed in different points of Barcelona. His “patisserie” is done by themselves, with Italian and English influences, is worth proving it.

Breakfast at Buenas MIgas

 

In addition, they do batters of natural fruit, tarts, salads and focaccias.

 

If you like to cook tarts, don´t miss their section of Recipes

 

Do you want to eat some good “Tapas”? Go to Paco Meralgo

1 Apr

If you come to Barcelona and you are looking forward to eating well, we recomend you Alta Taberna Paco Meralgo, where they do real good tapas. The elaboration is simple, but the flavor is excellent.

The menu is priced from 2 to 10€ of half or entire portions and individual items. If you don´t drink too much wine, the price per person could be around 20€.

The decoration is minimalist, warm and casual. The service is not bad at all, but when the restaurant is crowded… mmmm 🙂

Address: Muntaner 171 (cuts with Córsega St)

We deeply recommend to all our customers the Paco Meralgo, because the quality is very good.

If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona for these dates, check the availability in The Urban Suites.