ChocoLovers

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:

Museum entrance
Internal door

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

For more details, visit the official website: http://www.museuxocolata.cat/?lang=es

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…

Chocolate articles
Chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Caffetteria
Chocolates with different flavours

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!

Chocolat bear

Valeria Puca – Hotel Ginebra

H&M, ZARA, DESIGUAL

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:

  • La Rambla
  • 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?

Main entrance of H&M – Passeig de Gracia

H&M

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.

H&M’s shoes

ZARA

Since 1975 Zara, one of the most influencial Spanish  brands, is conquering everyone.

Zara – Passeig de Gracia 16

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.

ZARA’s building
ZARA Home

DESIGUAL

“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!!!.

Plaça de Catalunya, 9

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.

Desigual’s clothes

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 ).

Desigual in Plaça de Catalunya 9

Valeria – Hotel Ginebra

Citadel Park

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.

Jardins Fontserè i Mestre
Fountain

 

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).

A caption of a ordinary sunny afternoon

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!

Playground

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:

https://www.barcelonasegwaytour.com/

Segways

Walking in the park you will certainly notice the famous Parliament, a huge historical palace.

Catalonia’s Parliament

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!

Mammoth

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.

Fountain

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:

https://www.zoobarcelona.cat/en/home

Zoo de Barcelona

Valeria – Hotel Ginebra

Passeig de Gràcia – Shopping paradise of Barcelona

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.

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.

An impressive monument in Passeig de Gràcia

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.

D&G – Italian brand

For those whoe are looking for some sportive clothes we would advice Nike, well- known as a main sponsor of the major football teams.

Entrance of Nike Store – Passeig de Gràcia, 29

There is a special section featuring the famous players that are sponsored by Nike: for example Ronaldo, Dembelé or Lewandowsky.

Nike4football

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.

One of the monument you will bump into alongside the Passeig de Gràcia

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:

La Pedrera from the bottom

La Pedrera is really close to the next point of the list: Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Casa Battló by Gaudí

La Pedrera from the other side of the street
  • Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and  Casa Battló by Gaudí
Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (left) Casa Battló by Gaudí (right)

The  building on the right side is Casa Battló : a masterpiece of Gaudí’s works.

(For the specific details have a quick look to the article: http://www.hotelginebra.com.es/welcome/casa-batllo/ ‎)

 

Passeig de Gràcia and the artistic houses
  • Casa Lleó  Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner
Casa Lleó Morera and its particular balcony

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.

Game of mirrors of Casa Lleó Morera

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!

Fuente – Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 638

 

Valeria Puca – Hotel Ginebra

La Barceloneta

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!

Plaça Reial, ”the royal plaza”

Plaça Reial (In Castellano Plaza Real, meaning “Royal Plaza”) is a square in the Barri Gòtic, situated next to La Rambla. Around 19th century designed by Francesc Molina this Plaça was imagined to be one of the most luxurious with the purpose of exalting the monarchy. But, Gaudi also had his impact in the construction of Plaça. Namely, the laterns on Plaça were designed by Antoni himself.

Nowdays, it is very popular tourist attraction/destination especially during nights because it is filled with bars, restaurants and the most visited clubs here in Barcelona.

The fountain with its statue in the center of the square represents three Graces. On both sides of the fountain there are two lampposts also made by Antoni Gaudí, which are culminated by a winged helmet and a dragon. The surrounding palm trees give the plaça a cozy Mediterranean atmosphere.

Also, it is very popular outdoor venue where lots of concerts, celebrations and gatherings are being held.

Enjoy your stay in Barcelona and don’t forget when booking with us on our site hotelginebra.com.es, use your code PROMO2017 for a 7,50 euro discount!

Unrealized idea: Park Güell

Firstly imagined as an estate for high-quality homes and well-off families this property became a public park popular amongst both tourists and local people. Good friends Antoni Gaudi and Eusebi Güell started with enthusiasm in the beginning of 1900 but managed to build only two of the sixty houses.

 

Gaudí respected the vegetation that was already growing on the property and also developed various systems for collecting and storing water. In 1926 the park was opened to the public and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

You can visit most of the sites free of charge while the porter’s lodging pavilions, the Hypostyle Room and the Greek Theatre or Nature Square (the main terrace of the park with the best view over Barcelona) cost only 7 euros.

You can explore the park on your own or you can take a guided tour and find out the many secrets that the history of this park is hiding.

From Hotel Ginebra (www.hotelginebra.com.es) the easiest way to arrive to the park is by taking bus number 24.  the bus stop is directly in front of El Corte Ingles, the famouse warehouse we have written about in a previous blogs article . (https://www.hotelginebra.com.es/welcome/el-corte-ingles-shopping-paradise-near-hotel-ginebra/)

Also, don’t forget to use your promo code PROMO2017 for a 7,50 euro discount.

 

Take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of the park!

 

 

El Corte Ingles – shopping paradise near Hotel Ginebra

So far we have informed you about important tourist sites in the direct vicinity of Hotel Ginebra. Today we would like to make an exception and talk about something perhaps equally important, where to go shopping!

Our guests often present themselves at the hotel recepcion with the question “where can i buy……..??”

And our reply is 99.99% of the time “At El Corte Ingles!”

For those of you not familiar with the name, “El Corte Ingles” is the largest warehouse chain of Spain and Portugal and they sell pretty much everything, useful, from stamps to airplane parts.
Well actually they don’t sell either of those, but otherwise it is hard to imagine something you can not purchase here.

Since Plaza Catalunya, the square that Hotel Ginebra is situated on, is the most central location of Barcelona, there is not one, not two, but three different “El Corte Ingles” nearby.  Two directly on the square and one in “Puerta dell’Angel” , a famous shopping street and entrance into the old city, which runs directly off Plaza Catalunya.

 

The largest one offers a huge delicatessen supermarket on the lower level and a restaurtant on the 8th floor with magnificant views of Barcelona.


(the view from one of our rooms)

All in all another fantastic reason to choose Hotel GInebra for your stay in Barcelona! We wish you happy shopping!

 

PS. It is now possible to pay for your stay in ADA cryptocurrency! Please read all about this exiting new development in our other articles

Plaza de España

Plaza de España is one of the most emblematic areas of the catalan city of Barcelona, full of tourists and locals alike, each  enjoying the various activities that the area offers.

From here you can take just a short walk to Montjüic castle, an ancient military base converted into an observatory. From this grand structure you will be able to take in the amazing view of the city below.

Feel like doing some shopping? Then visit the Arenas commercial centre, a bullfighting ring that has been converted into a sprawling mall.

 

If you are so inclined you may visit the National Art Museum of Catalonia or participate in other events organized by the barcelona trade fair, which includes more than 120 conventions and corporate events year round.

For additional information on your visit you can visit the following sites.

http://www.firabarcelona.com/

http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/castelldemontjuic/en/visit/planning-your-visit

http://www.museunacional.cat/es

When booking with us on our site hotelginebra.com.es, remember to use the code PROMO2017 for a 7,50 euro discount.

Launch of ADA – Timeline

Our previous article was about the introduction of ADA, the third generation crypto coin, as payment for your stay in Hotel Ginebra.

Immediately we have received many inquieries and also our tweet has been re-tweeted many times, clearly showing great public interest in this initiative.

Currently the payment platform to pay with ADA (named after the brilliant   mathematician Ada Lovelace,  ( https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace )  is under development.

We are doing our best to launch our platform some time in December 2017.  Obviously the system needs to be tested and deemed reliable and safe.

Here at Hotel Ginebra we are as enthusiastic as you are, so we promise you that the project is going ahead full speed.

We will post updates regularly and also tweet our progress.

Thank you very much for your kind interest and enthusiasm, and see you soon at Hotel Ginebra in Barcelona with ADA.

 

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