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Hello!

We are a couple, first time visiting Barcelona from 1-13.8. I've found this apartment, pretty close to the beach ( it is important to us, that we dont have to drive to the beach), but we also want to explore the city. I would be gratefull for any comment. Thank you. Tina

http://www.apartmentbarcelona.com/en/rambla-poble-nou-68/408/details/arrival~01-08-2014~departure~13-08-2014~adults~2~children~0~babies~0/eur

Edited: 24 April 2014, 09:51
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Hi Tinah, welcome to the board -and soon to my city too :)

Note that Barcelona is not small per se, but is quite compact and has an excellent public transport network (bus/metro) so you don't "need" to be near the beach to easily reach the beach. I myself live in the upper side of town and it barely takes me 30' to get there by bus or metro. Also notice is not a good idea to rent a car while in Barcelona unless you intend to travel elsewhere because parking is very expensive and normally difficult to find, even at street level -which is not free either! Some off-the-city escapades (ie. Girona, Sitges, Montserrat...) can probably be made by train/bus or, if not, you can rent a car just for that particular day.

The Poble Nou, where your apt is located, is a district which used to be a separate town until barely 130 years ago so it keeps the flair of a small town -so to speak- being the Rambla del Poblenou the main artery of the area. Actually "poble nou" means 'new village' in Catalan, the local language of this region. While it's a charming area, note that it's not really at walking distance from the centre, considered to be Plaça Catalunya, which is at 3.5km. But do not worry, there are plenty of buses and two metro stations nearby (at 3 blocks or so) In case you're interested: mapametrobarcelona.net/mapas-metro/mapa-metr… and your metro stops would be either Llacuna or Poblenou.

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Tinah, you found an apartment right in my area - in Poblenou, that is! While Enric is right, it is not really walking distance to the centre (I can walk from my apartment to Plaça Catalunya in about 50 mins at a leisurely pace), not to worry, the metro station (yellow line) is very close and there is also a bus, #6, that can take you Eixample and Gracia. Poblenou is a lovely neighbourhood, the beaches are less crowded than in Barceloneta, and I am sure you will have a wonderful time. Don't rent a car, you will be fine without it.

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Indeed Katya, Poble Nou (my mom is from there :) is a delightful cozy district and I love walking its lively streets especially as I said earlier La Rambla del Poblenou as well as the area by the food market. A visit to this neighbourhood should also include a stop at Casino l'Aliança, sort of 'the' centre of its social life (has been for 100 years) where one has plays (theatre), ballroom dancing... and a restaurant.

This is an article featured some years ago in the NY Times about this part of the city: nytimes.com/2009/06/14/travel/14surface.html…

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Thank you for the link, Enric! Great photo right there :)

I haven't had a chance to go to an event at Casino Aliança yet, but visited the restaurant (quite alright). It might be a silly question, but there is no actual casino inside, is there?

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hahaha... the word 'casino' in Catalonia doesn't necessarily means casino as in an establishment where James Bond-type fellas place bets to the Russian roulette. In the old times (talking about early 1900s here), all across Catalonia, a 'casino' was referred to the main establishment of the town (what you'd call a "bar", in the local sense) and was normally a nickname not the actual name of the establishment. Most of the social life of the town happened in these places, you know, the place to be seen and the lot. In these 'casinos', aside of having a drink, many played impromptu games of domino and cards, sometimes with some betting included, hence the reason of the nickname. Over time, some included the word casino into their names. Having said that, some where indeed proper -although modest- casinos in the James Bond sense. Unfortunately I am not sure about the origins of the one in Poble Nou, but these days there's certainly not any casino games there.

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Enric, thanks a lot again, that's good to know! I am not a gambler at all, was just curious!

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Thank you, Enric and Katya! Reading your answers made my choice easier. :) And thank you Enric for your link and metro map.

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My pleasure, feel free to ask as much as you like

Dober izlet v Barcelono! :)

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