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Barcelona,Spain,travel guide by THOMAS LORENZO

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I Like Barcelona and it´s people and the day trips

WE have quite a few suggestions that you might like to explore whether it might by seeing other Gaudi buildings, cycling, sailing, fishing, special spanish fiestas, winter skiing, exploring some volcanoes, monasteries of the kings, mountain climbing. Yes you can do these activities in a day trip. Here I suggest two trips that will get you to see some other small fishing towns their folks and food SITGES (3O min) PALAFURGELL GIRONA ( 1 hour


How about a day trip up the coast towards France to Palafurgell; a very pretty beach town located at 135 km north of Barcelona
How to get there from Barcelona ?
Buses Sarfa right next door to our hostal.


A mouth watering event:Until the 11th of March you may savour at 7 restaurants of this beautiful town the local cuisine special called Garoinada and Catxoflino. The Garoinada is a dish is made up of 12 sea urchins served with a special sauce of this region. The sea urchin is especially tasty during the cold winter months.
Now for the other special called the Catxoflino. Each restaurant has its special recipe but basically its a mixture of sea food and food from the mountains as they say. For example a plate made up of prawns, squid , meatballs and mushrooms and artichokes. Deeeelicious.

Restaurants La Casona, Simbol, Pa i Raïm, La Xicra, Hotel Llevant, Hotel Llafranch y el restaurante Xadó.Price from: 35-45 euros.




sitges iglesia

I have been living in Sitges for the past 10 years. I would like to invite you to discover this small town 30 km south of Barcelona. The natural park el Garraf lies between Sitges and Barcelona. There is a small mountain range that you have to cross under or over on the coast before you are able to get a glimpse of this town.

costa garraf
tren costa sitges The park has green areas and unfortunately a lot of very dry areas due to fires that have destroyed its beauty.
How to get there from Barcelona ? Take the train, It is a pretty ride along the coast.You have 4 trains an hour from Barcelona Sants or Passeig de Gracia
Sitges used to be a small town and now it is very big. Due to the mountain range behind this town the colors of the sky and water are different than that of Barcelona. That is why so many artists come to paint this town every year. Please explore the old part of this town and every time you see a building that looks sort of modernist please consider that money that helped construct these type of buildings came also from slave trade.
The beaches are ok and can be very crowded. My favorite is called Sausalito, it is also the name of the bar on the beach with good music, ok food. This beach is about 1 km south of the city center, away from BARCELONA following the beach walkway.

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After a few minutes in the sun I feel that my body needs to be well taken care of offering my inside a quick recovery to satisfaction.So now comes the food. I will give you three options.

Can Gregorio. A big lunch with the hungry working class at Can Gregorio. Address P. Vilanova, 41. Tel: 938947933. No need to reserve just show up and grab a table . In order to find it ask for the area of the Oasis, next to the tourist office, next to the taxi stop and 150 meters away from the train station.
At lunch time you will not spend more than 12 euros. Great great home cooking.

La Salseta. My favorite restaurant for good innovative, modern and traditional catalan cuisine. Albert the chef recommends this summer to try his "Bonito fresco mediterraneo con vinagreta de verdures y mongetes del ganxet". More or less it is a plate of mediterranean tuna fish with a special catalan sauce made of of beans and veggies.
He also recommends the local wine calla Malvasia, orginally a sweet wine now also a excellent white wine. They serve the limited edition of this wine.
Restaurant La Salseta, C/ Sant Pau, 35 Sitges Barcelona Tel. 93 811 04 19- A mouth watering experience

Tapas My favorite tapas bar is on Calle Barcelona 1 BAR EL CABLE Tel. 93 894 04 70

Where to sleep?
Economical: Pension Contal. Doubles from ¤ 39 . C/Vidal i Barraquer, 15 , 08870 Sitges ( Barcelona )
Tel 34 938941547 . Located next to the train station.

Budget: Hotel Madison Bahía, Parellades, 31-33, 08870, Sitges ( Barcelona )938940012

Where do I have fun? Thursday night at the Retiro. They have a nice jam session. Just ask for directions for La Cava del Jazz . On Fridays the have concerts also.

Where do locals go running away form the tourists? The Hotel Madison has nice bar underneath it. Check it out


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