Do you need Apple support for your electronic devices? Or were you just wondering what the last model of IPhone looks like?
The biggest Apple Store of Barcelona is situated on another corner of the same square as where you can find Hotel Ginebra, Plaza Catalunya, the central square of Barcelona.
When you exit the hotel all you have to do is go straight across to the next corner of the square and Passeig De Gracia, the most elegant shopping street of Barcelona, a one minute walk.
On the picture below you an see the entrance of Apple Store. It is a huge and very inviting space which allows you to look around and try their devices, which are exposed in two different levels of the shop.
You can find the whole collection of Apple items: they are on display but you can also try them out.
You can have your devices repaired in the shop if any problem occurs during your stay. In addition you can try the sound quality of the Iphone thanks to the collaboration with Beats by Dr.Dre, for sale in this shop as well.
If you need internet connection, the Apple Store is open for anyone who needs to surf the net… For free!
As mentioned in previous blog articles Hotel Ginebra has quickly become famous in the cryptocurrency world for accepting ADA as a form of payment as the first business in the world. That compares perhaps with being the first business that ever accepted payment by credit card in the world, so obviously we are very pleased to be the first!
For those of you who are not familiar with cryptocurrencies, the most famous “coin” is called Bitcoin. Now around for nearly a decade, Bitcoin was designed to faciliate peer to peer payment without having to rely on the services of a third party middleman such as a bank or a credit card company for example.
But as much as Bitcoin was revolutionary, it was also quite rudimentary. Meanwhile many years have passed and there are other cryptocurrencies that can do the same as Bitcoin, but do it better, faster and offer other completely new features as well.
Here at Hotel Ginebra we are always interested in new tecnologies, especially when they seem to offer new exciting scenarios in the hotel industry.
As mentioned, after due eloborate investigation we have chosen ADA as the cryptocurrency to accept payments with. So…is ADA the new Bitcoin?
The answer is yes……….and no.
Because yes, just like Bitcoin also ADA can transfer value (money) by means of an encrypted message between people without the help of a middleman.
But no, because ADA can do a lot more then just that. It would go to far to explain all it’s features and capabilities here but if you are curious please visit www.cardanohub.org, the website of the Cardano Foundation, or https://iohk.io, the website of the company that is in charge of the tecnical development of the project and finally the Emurgo website https://emurgo.io.
We have been fortunate enough to meet up with the core team of Cardano in Lisbon recently who have explained us where the development is going.
For those of you interested in “tasting” Barcelona , this article will talk about our typical Spanish (and Catalan) food.
First of all, you should try TAPAS: For example, if you are a group of four, take five/six tapas. Essentially those are little typical spanish dishes that have to be shared: everyone can try different recepies and your lunch or dinner turns in a warm and happy moment of reunion !
Later on, specifically, the most known tapas is “Patatas Bravas”: basically fried potatoes with a spycy kind of sauce. Really delicious!!
As you can see, I usually combine spanish food with a glass of wine (“vino tinto”, red wine or “vino blanco” , white wine); you can also ask for a local “Cerveza”, the beer.
As you can see from our pictures, usually tapas are: either little portions of fried pasta with tomatoes, tuna, or fried potatoes with the famous Jamón Ibérico and fried eggs.
Inevitably during your stay here in Barcelona you are going to taste the “Tortillas de patatas”, a hot and soft omelet with potatoes. Simply delicious and easy to reproduce at home!!!!
If you are not sure about what to drink when you are on a night out in Barcelona, try a fresh Mojito or a light and frothy Piña colada!
Barcelona has had a big influx over people from South- and Latin America over the years and there has been a great cultural exchange. In Barcelona you really find the best of both worlds!
Would you like to have more information about public transport here in Barcelona?
Today, in this article, we will talk about one of the the train stations: Estación de Francia, located in the Avenue del Marquès de l’Argentera.
As soon you enter the train station, you will see on your right side the “caffetteria”, an old-style bar, quiet place to relax and take a drink or something to eat before catching your train. The very stylish design might be more suited to a museum than a hotel, but this is typical of Barcelona…beauty can be found in the most unexpected places.
The Estación de Francia is situated in the heart of Barcelona, in the ancient part of the town called “Ciutat Vella” (the old city). From here you are directly connected to “La Barceloneta”, an old part of town that runs along the seaside and after which the artificial beach of Barcelona is named that was created in occasion of the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992.
From the right part to the entrance/exit of the station you will find the Park de la Ciudadela, the biggest park in the whole city. Here you can certainly enjoy the hot weather while having a walk or admiring the beautiful buildings inside the park. At the end of the park you will find the Zoo of Barcelona.
(Have a look at the must-see buildings and attraction in our specific article:
Eventually, next to “La Barceloneta” you will find “Villa Olimpica del Poblenou”, now a fancy and rich quarter which was originally constructed as the residence that hosted the competing athletes during the Olympic Games’ 1992.
Finally it is worth mentioning that there are two more stations in Barcelona, the Sants station for long distance travel, and the Renfe Station at Plaza Catalunya which is mainly for travel within the borders of Catalunya.
Do you think that Barcelona’s Arc de Triomphe is the same as the one in Paris? Or as the one in Milan? It isn’t!
The Arc, situated in the intersection between Passeig de Lluìs Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, was built for the Great Exhibition in Barcelona in 1888, as a figurative enourmous gate for the whole Exhibition. Therefore the government’s aim was to celebrate the human artistic, scientific and economic progress instead of the military victories as the Arc of Peace in Milan, or the Arc the Triomphe in Paris.
I loved looking at the delicate details of the Arc, for example all the 49 spanish province’s shields on top.
I took a walk from the boulevard that goes from the Arc de Triomphe to one of the entrances of the Citadel Park.
Are you a chocolate-addict? Have you ever thought about the real taste of chocolate?
In the “Museu de la xocolata”, the Chocolate Museum, situated in the street Carrer del Comerç, 36, Barcelona, you can make a sweet and long tour that makes you more aware about the history of the chocolate in Europe until now.
This is the main entrance:
One ticket costs €6, if you are a group (+15 people) €5. There are special discounts too:
> Disability Card: 15%
> Students (with acreditation): 15%
> Seniors (with ID): 15%
And it is for free for children under 7 years, ICOM members and BCN cardholders.
At the end of the tour you will be welcomed at the museum shop, full of every type of items: cups, t-shirts, chocolate with different types of shapes and aromas…
You can have access to this shop even if you will not enter the museum itself because this place is a caffetteria too!
Locals of Barcelona usally goes to have a cup of hot chocolate, to have a rest, and to enjoy the warm atmosphere.
In addition the museum organizes particular activities for families, kids, and teenagers. For example the sensory activities for small kids are really simple but it helps them to distinguish different flavours. Instead bigger children can see the manufacturing process and thevarious ingredients of chocolate and….learn the basic techniques for handling chocolate!!!
If you have ever been in Barcelona, you will certainly know about the famous and international spanish clothing brands. You can find these shops just in front of the Hotel Ginebra, in Plaça Catalunya, and in the main streets such as:
Passeig de Gracia
European and world capitals like Rome, London, Paris, Stockholm, and others cities host them in the most crowded street.
But which shops are we talking about?
Hennes & Mauritz, or better known as H&M, is a low cost and fashion brand for female, male and kids as well. It is a great shop if you want to combine fashion and a limited budget.
Since 1975 Zara, one of the most influencial Spanish brands, is conquering everyone.
From clothes and accessories for kids, to the female world (accessories, clothing for work, party, casual, sport), from formal wear for men to accessories for the home. In particular now, in the period just before and after Christmas, Zara shows it’s best ideas for this important day: a Christmas table set, Christmas bodysuits for kids, items for the bathroom to the livingroom and moreover! Zara has everything. It is a little bit more expensive than the brand mentioned before but the price-quality is a guarantee.
“La vida es chula” – “The life is beautiful”
This is the Desigual motto, the fashion house based in Barcelona with several stores all over the world (72 countries!). You can immediatly recognize this brand for its colours and particular patterns. One of those is situatd just in front of the Hotel Ginebra!!!.
This brand offers a medium-high price level but the quality is excellent.
If you want to combine lively colours and different fantasy, it is the right place for you.
There are Desigual shops all over Barcelona but if you would like to see it’s glass headquarters too, I will advise you to go to Passeig del Mare Nostrum, 15 in Barcelona, just 22 minutes from Plaça de Catalunya.
If you don’t want to walk, you can use public transportation: the bus you need to take is the V15
(Pl. Catalunya – Portal de l’ÀngeL—–> 7 stops ——> Pg Joan de Borbó – Pl. del Mar ).
Good morning from the “Citadel Park”, the biggest park in Barcelona’s city center!
From the Arc de Triomphe I walked straight on the big boulevard until one of the ten entrances of the park. The first thing that I saw was this big fountain on my right side with these nice chameleons. Just in front of the fountain there is this huge greenhouse with a big plant variety.
Initially the park was constructed by decision of Felipe V , in the 1714, in order to build a fortification for their army. At a later time, for the Great Exposition on the 1888, the park was entrusted to the town planner Josep Fonteseré, who with the collaboration of the little Antoni Gaudí, created an astonishing park.
The park has a free access and it is open from 8:00 to 20:00 (October-March) and from 8:00 to 21:00 (April-September).
Visitors of the park usually go for a run, have a pic-nic or just a walk with the family. It was really nice see how many kids can enjoy this safe park under the hot sun of Barcelona!
I would advice to the tourists to rent a bike if you are in Barcelona for a short period of time: the good weather and the little incline of the street let you visit everything faster in a eco-friendly way. Everywhere in the city you can find cheap red bikes.
Some tourists use segways too, with a personal guide. Open the link above if you need further information:
Walking in the park you will certainly notice the famous Parliament, a huge historical palace.
Another interesting sculpture inside the park is the enormous rock mammoth 3.5m long and 5.5m wide. The first time I saw it I felt so small in front of this prehistoric giant! It is a must-see attraction for everybody!
The last important attraction in the park, is the wine-stone fountain: it is a huge construction made of an Arc de Triomphe with two canopies in the both sides. Some of the decorations were designed by Antonio Gaudì, who helped Josep Fonteseré in the fountain’s fulfillment. The fountain’s theme is the birth of Venere’s birth and the most famous sculpture is situated on the highest point of the monument, Cuádriga de la Aurora.
I will recommend the last attraction of the park, although you have to pay for the entrance: the big Barcelona Zoo.
Here below you can find the link of Zoo Barcelona’s official page if you desire to book tickets in advance:
If you are thinking of coming to Barcelona for some quality shopping, a stay at Hotel Ginebra would be an excellent choice!”
Walk just 5 minutes from Hotel Ginebra and you will arrive on an avenue surrounded by the most expensive shops of Barcelona and the whole of Spain: Passeig de Gràcia.
It’s a 1,3 km-street, a real open-air museum with Modernist and Art Nouveau buildings that makes the entire atmosphere elegant and unique.
The avenue runs through the Eixample district, up from Plaza Catalunya, where we find the “Ciudad Vella”, the most ancient part of the city, situated at the “sea side” of the square.
Here are most of the luxury brands and upmarket shops located, such as Adolfo Rodriguez, Tommy Hilfilger, Tiffany, Rolex, Cartier, Dolce&Gabbana, Hèrmes, Gucci, Nike….
Below you can see a picture of the Dolce&Gabbana shop on Passeig de Gracia: truly a luxury shop but with 100% satisfaction and guarantee of quality, and an icon of fashion.
For those whoe are looking for some sportive clothes we would advice Nike, well- known as a main sponsor of the major football teams.
There is a special section featuring the famous players that are sponsored by Nike: for example Ronaldo, Dembelé or Lewandowsky.
It is wonderful to walk alongside this street and look up to the top of the big and amazing buildings on eiher side of the street that seems to appear at the same moment you are looking at them.
Most of these building are residential houses but the groundfloors usually host luxury shops or chic restaurants and cafetterie.
The “must see” buildings , because of their architectural characteristics and their relevance for the city are:
This residence was designed in the 1902 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and after, in the 80’s, the architect Oscar Tusquets had renovated it because of the Spanish Civil Was (1936).
It is possible to visit only the first floor because it is a private residence.
It was beautiful to admire the game of the window pane: The cloudy sky seems to enter this marvellous building through the windows.
We would like to end this article with our favourite sunset picture from the intersection between Passeig de Gràcia and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes: winter colours, a quiet evening and amazing views!
One of the most charming and popular neighborhoods here in Barcelona is definitely La Barceloneta. For sure it is most famous because of its sandy beaches but it is much more than just that. To get the incredible view the best way is to take a cable car ride which connects La Barceloneta with Montjuïc across Port Vell.
First ones who settled this area in the 18 century were fishermen so that’s why here you can try the best seafood in the most authentic environment and enjoy in sangria while catching the last sun reys. This neighborhood is always packed with both locals and tourists no matter which season is because there are always plenty of bars and restaurants opened during all year playing good music, serving nice coctails.
Also, if you are interested in history there is the Catalunya History Museum in which you can find out a lot about the history of Barcelona but also about the history of whole province of Catalunya. For the young ones there is Aquarium, considered to be the biggest in Europe, where you can find all the species of Mediterranean Sea.
From Hotel Ginebra (www.hotelginebra.com.es) the easiest way to arrive to La Barceloneta is to go to the Paseo de Gracia and take the metro yellow line L4 or take a bus V15 in front of El Corte Ingles and take off at the station Pg Joan de Borbó.
Also, don’t forget to use your promo code PROMO2017 for a 7,50 euro discount.
While you are there look up at the houses because there is a big chance that you will see one come across balconies with clothes hanging to dry. Relax and enjoy!