Posts tagged: Barcelona

Aug 27 2009

Free Wifi in Barcelona – a new council sponsored scheme

Look for the Barcelona wifi signs to log on

Look for the Barcelona wifi signs to log on

Free Wi-fi is not difficult to get hold of in Barcelona – your hotel here might offer it or, if not, there are many cafés that do (click here for our reviews of some of the best).  But things just got a whole lot easier with the introduction of the Barcelona Wifi scheme, a council initiative which places free wifi points in public buildings and areas around the city.

The council web site is handily translated to English and has a clickable map of the wifi points.

Unfortunately, as with just about everything to do with Barcelona Council, it’s not quite as easy as it first seems:  there can be significant restrictions on the use of the internet, which differ by location. For most locations access is limited to the council’s web site plus one hour of internet access a day – an hour which you can dip in and out of for the whole day.  There are a few points where the access time is unlimited, but they are not identified on the council site, so it’s slightly pot luck. Read more »

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Aug 18 2009

Five fabulous Barcelona roof terrace bars

Terrace showing Sagrada Familia

The Terrace at the Condes de Barcelona Hotel

It’s how many of us see our ideal city holiday – kicking back with cocktail in hand, enjoying fabulous views as the sun sets over the classic city skyline.

Until recently in Barcelona this may have been the reserve of the few who were happy to shell out on a room at one of the city’s top five star hotels.  No longer.  Increasing numbers of hotels are giving their roof terraces luxury make-overs and opening them to non-guests – so now you can chill out and take in Barcelona from on high, without having to break the bank.

Here’s our guide to the top five luxury roof terraces in Barcelona (check out the map here). Read more »

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Aug 14 2009

Crime in Barcelona

Good advice from a Barcelona cafe

Good advice from a Barcelona cafe

There has been an enormous amount of discussion on the internet over the last couple of years about crime and safety in Barcelona, much of it negative in the extreme, and I thought it about time to set a few things straight.

Barcelona (and Spain in general) is generally a very safe place – the locals will tell you that violent crime is virtually non-existent and this is backed up by the stats showing that Spain rates a lowly 28th in the list of World crime, way below UK and US.  A holiday in Barcelona is much safer in terms of violent crime than most major cities in the world. Read more »

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Aug 09 2009

Gracia festival – events update

The timetable for the August 2009 Gracia festival has now been published.  You can download it at the official site here, although it is in catalan only.

As promised, however, the key events (in English) are:

  • Castellers – the human castle competitions:  Tuesday 18th at 10.30am and (the main event) 8.30pm on Thursday 20th August. The Castellers will be in the Placa de la Vila de Gracia, which until very recently was called Placa Rius i Taulet (it still appears on most maps that way).  Map here.
  • Parade of giants and other participants – from 12.45 pm onwards, Saturday 15th August. The parade weaves through various streets, but also at least touches on Placa de la Vila de Gracia too.
  • Carrefoc – a fireworks inspired march through the streets, headed by a flaming dragon.  From 10pm on Friday 21st August.  The Carrefoc starts at Placa Trilla, near Fontana metro, then goes via Placa del Nord, Placa del Diamant, Placa del Sol and ends up at the Placa de la Vila de Gracia.

These are just the highlights – there are hundreds of other, more local, street events going on over the week. Download the guide or pick one up from any of the squares during the festival.

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