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This stunning apartment is located in the beautiful El Born district of Barcelona’s Historic Centre known as Ciutat Vella.
It is on the doorstep of the Chocolate Museum, the City Park and the magnificent Picasso Museum. It is a 5-minute walk from the beautiful palm-fringed marina and the cathedral, a 10 minute walk from the Ramblas, and just 15 minutes on foot from the beaches that led to Barcelona being crowned Nº1 Beach City in the World 2013 - 2014 by National Geographic Magazine.
The apartment has a floor area of 90m2 and provides real home from home comfort and every luxury to make your holiday accommodation extra special with high speed fibre optic internet at 100mbps, duck down duvets in winter, a Nespresso coffee machine and a home cinema system.
It is spacious with open plan areas in the living room & kitchen/dining room. It has high vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams and French windows leading out onto little wrought iron balconies.
It has a telephone, an IPOD docking station, a breakfast bar, a split-level bathroom with glass wall partitions and a separate walk-in shower. It even has a secret door!
The apartment was recently featured on a Spanish TV documentary series about Barcelona interiors. Flick through the photographs to the end and click on play to watch the full 6-minute report.
'We selected the apartment based on the description and reviews and everything exceeded expectation'. Lorraine R. 2013.
Wonderful location for children. You are steps away from the Chocolate Museum (don't miss their hot chocolate with sponge fingers to dip in - yummy!), the Aquarium, the City Park and the zoo are a 5 minute walk away. Also 5 minutes from cable car rides across the marinas up to the top of the Montjuic Hill with its wonderful views over the city. Boat trips round the port. Wonderful ice cream shops, don't miss Papa Bubble where you can watch sweets being made. Bicycles for hire and the beach is a 15 walk away. We can provide a cot and a high chair at no extra cost if needed as well as some soft toys, children's films, books - including a children's book for learning Spanish! A few other mystery treats on arrival! ...moreless
We provide Nescafé and freshly ground coffee free of charge. Alternatively, you can opt to use our Nespresso Coffee Machine for fresh expresso coffee for a cover charge of 50 euro cents per pod....moreless
Apart from all the usual things you would expect to find we provide Spanish cookerey books (in English!), a toasted sandwich maker, and there's a breakfast bar for informal leisurely hreakfasts....moreless
We provide you with the basics such as salt, pepper, sugar, tea, coffee and many more basic items so that you won't waste money stocking up on items you will probably only use a small amount of....moreless
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Standard rate 2015
Mar 9 - Dec 20, 2015
3 night min stay
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Car: Not Necessary
The entire area surrounding the apartment building is encased in enchanting medieval streets and alleyways. Bustling with life, these little streets house cafés, speciality food shops, small commercial and public galleries, design boutiques and a wide selection of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
Buy your fresh food at the Santa Catarina food market with its famous undulating multi-coloured roof designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles. A 2-minute walk away. Open Mon - Sat from 8.00am to 15.00pm.
Wander down to the marina and enjoy a cool drink in the sun as you watch the sail boats come and go. A 5-minute walk away.
The front door of the Picasso Museum is less than a minute's walk away. Go early to avoid the long queues but without having to get up early!
Walk round to the Chocolate Museum to watch the confectioners at work, see the chocolate sculptures and have 'merienda' of sponge fingers (melindros) dipped in hot chocolate in the museum café. A 2-minute walk away.
A 30-second walk down Calle Flassaders will take you to the Hoffman Café which is located in what was built as the City Mint in medieval times. Breakfast outside listening to gentle jazz.
Have a wander through the Ciutadella park - it's just a few minutes walk away or hire one of their canopied cycles for families, or a paddle boat or visit the city zoo which is accessed through the park.
The City Aquarium is a 5-minute walk away and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon - not that we get many of these.
Just beyond the Aquarium you can take a cable car ride across the marinas and up to the top of the Montjuic Hill where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city. Before you come back down you might like to visit the Joan Miró Museum or the Pueblo Español.
A 15-minute walk will take you to Barcelona's award-winning beaches. You might want to hire a beach recliner for the day, enjoy the 5 kilometre-long beachfront promenade - perfect for cycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding or just about anything else on wheels (!) - or sit in one of the 'chiringuitos' (open beach café bars) down on the sands and watch the people go by.
While you're at the beach, you might like to have paella for lunch in Pez Vela. Why? Well, because it's excellent! The restaurant is open to the beach so I suggest you book a table out on the decked terrace where you can gaze up the beaches and wonder whether this was the view that made National Geographic Magazine vote Barcelona 'Best Beach City in the World' in 2013.
Sign up to use the private Nova Icària Sports Club during your stay. Gym, Swimming Pool etc.
Don't miss the Santa Catarina Church - 50 meters from your front door. It's considered to be the best example of Gothic Architecture in Catalonia.
Take a leisurely 10-minute stroll along Carrer Jaume I, past the seat of the Catalan government (the Palau de la Generalitat) in San Jaume Square to the famous Ramblas and the Boqueria Food Market - the largest food market in Europe.
Have a good old rake around the Vila Viniteca - a specialist wine shop a couple of minutes' walk from the apartment - where you can find all the best Riojas, Ribera del Dueros as well as Priorat and Montsant wines (great value for money). Their sister shop next door has a wonderful selection of cheeses and they supply many of Barcelona's best restaurants. Don't miss La Botifarra on your way there or back - the sausage specialist's.
Book a tour of Barcelona's Modernist Palau de la Música - the most beautiful music hall I have ever seen. Even better - go to a concert. A 15 minute walk away.
You can walk to most of the sights but public transport is excellent and the San Jaume and Barceloneta metro stops are about 300 metres away. It's also well connected to the city bus network.
Step back in time by taking the lift down through the ages at the MUHBA Museum in the Plaza del Rei to visit the streets and alleyways of Roman times hidden away beneath the existing city. A fascinating visit for anyone interested in history and learning about life in Roman times. About a 5 minute walk from the apartment.
Visit the recently completed 'Born Cultural Centre' which tells the more recent historical event of how Catalonia was defeated by the Spanish army in 1714. A story sensitively told just a minute's walk away.
There are bicycles for hire in the area, Segway tours of the Historic Centre, walking tours or you can hire go-cars.
Sign up for a cookery course. Go shopping to the Santa Catarina food market with your guide and then go back to the kitchen to cook some Spanish food before sitting down to enjoy your efforts. Less than a minute's walk from the apartment.
Don't miss the Arabian Baths in the Paseo Picasso - a minute's walk away. You can have a massage here too.
Oh - or the Mammoth Museum!
Many scenes from Woody Allen's film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' were filmed in the streets around the apartment.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: Hello there! The first thing I should probably tell you is that I came here on holiday for 2 weeks in 1988 and stayed! I guess the sun, the cuisine, the cultural variety and outdoor lifestyle all had something to do with it. The fact is I’ve never stopped savouring the things I love here. I moved from Valencia to Barcelona in 2000 and have worked throughout that time as a teacher and translator as well as a property manager now too of course! My life is busy and diverse and also involves making regular trips back to Scotland, where I was born. I think I’m really lucky to live between two such beautiful places and I guess I love the contrast and diversity of my lifestyle. Nevertheless, be warned! If my own experience is anything to go by and you do decide to come here on holiday, you may end up staying longer than you bargained for!!
Why the Owner Chose Ciutat Vella:
Quite simply – it was love at first sight and the first and last apartment I looked at. I often walk through the gorgeous winding alleyways of the Born with their myriad boutiques and terrace cafés bathed in sunlight before heading back to the apartment and sitting in the peace and quiet of the living room, soaking up the beauty of it all and thinking - yes - this is the essence of what I love here! The Born has become even more charming and beautiful since I bought the apartment in 2003 and if I could come back to Barcelona now and see it all again as if it were the first time, I think it's exactly this apartment in this part of town that I would hope to find.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Firstly I would say it's the location. It’s right in the middle of the most historic, beautiful and happening area of the city with the benefit of being nestled in a quiet pedestrian-only side street, which is a 15 minute walk from the beach. Then, the apartment itself has the perfect contrast that’s so distinctive to Barcelona of seamlessly blending the old with the new; design without compromising on comfort. Having the award-winning Hoffman bakery and café (best croissants I have ever tasted) just around the corner may also have something to do with it though! Or it might be the proximity to Cal Pep (delicious seafood) or Bar Pla (delicious everything)! Most likely though it's a combination of all of these things but the best thing of all is coming in through the front door after a day out, closing it behind you and experiencing the exquisite dichotomy of feeling at home in a foreign land.
2 balconies and free high-speed fibre optic internet (WIFI + cable) at 100mbps.
The Red Apple Bedroom with mattress topper and duck down duvet. Heavenly!
The promise of dinner at the end of a long day.....
Comfortable seating for everyone and a high chair is available if you need one.
Two single beds to push together or apart. Touch sensitive lighting.
Wardrobes and wall mirror leading back through to the Green Apple Bedroom
The apartment's square-shaped layout means there is no wasted space.
Just a 5 minute taxi ride from the cruise terminal
Tapas at midnight in Luz de Gas - the floating bar in the marina.
The Paseo del Born where jousting tournaments were held in medieval times - just round the corner from the apartment
An aperitif before lunch or dinner opposite the Santa María church.
The famous Ramblas - a 10 minute walk away
Write your postcards at the writing bureau to the sound of Jordi Savall on cello
Work station - if needs must.
Leisurely 'tertulias' after dinner in the Menorcan style dining room.
The Green Apple Bedroom with mattress toppers, duck down duvets, TV and DVD.
The Bathroom is built on 3 levels with bath/hot tub and separate walk-in shower.
White fluffy towels with hair dryer and hair straighteners in the baskets below.
Calle Cirera and the Picasso Museum's patio café beyond as depicted in the lovely book 'A Day in the Born'.
A 5-minute walk from the marina with its seafood restaurants and a floating bar.
Barcelona - voted best beach city in the world in 2013 by National Geographic. This one is a 15 minute walk away
The Paseo del Born - one of the nearby café terraces for Sunday brunch perhaps?
The Ciutadella Park - a few minutes' walk away for lazing on a sunny afternoon.
Hoffman's bakery and cake shop is just a few metres away from your front door. Don't miss their croissants for breakfast or you may never forgive yourself! It's that simple.
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