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The Most Popular Hotel in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most-visited cities in Europe, popular for both business and leisure travel. It’s not surprising, really. The city has some stunning architecture from world famous artists and some fantastic squares. Barcelona is the gateway to southern Spain and many Mediterranean cruises depart from the port here. There are hundreds of hotels here of all sizes and classes. The best hotels in Barcelona are located close to the promenade, offering very good views of the sea. Rightly so, as the view is indeed spectacular, night or day! But which one is the most popular hotel in Barcelona? That’s a difficult decision, as there are indeed some very good ones out there.

Here are three fantastic hotels in the city. You can choose from any one of them. They are all very popular among both leisure and business travelers.

Hotel Majestic

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If there is one Barcelona hotel that stands tall among all others, it’s Hotel Majestic. It sits majestically in two very famous buildings – Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. The history of this property goes back to more than 90 years. A chandelier and grand columns will lead you to its bar, lobby lounge, and piano room. The guest rooms showcase the history of the place, though they have been renovated recently to suit the modern-day traveler. Stand on the balcony and you can see the Barcelona promenade while the rooftop lounge and pool offer stunning views of Passeig de Gràcia and La Sagrada Familia.

Casa Camper

CasaCamper9 001The location of this hotel in Barcelona is so popular. It is a hotel in Raval, where there are many fine restaurants and bars. Casa Camper is very close to Las Ramblas, the Centre of Contemporary Culture, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is the perfect place to see some of the main attractions of Barcelona. There is a private mini lounge with each room and the walls are painted in blood red. This one is certainly a fun and quirky place.

Mandarin Oriental

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Those who want a nice and unhurried vacation in Barcelona often pick the Mandarin Oriental. The service is impeccable and the vibe remains tranquil and relaxed always. It has become a popular Barcelona hotel among many city visitors also because of its exceptional breakfast spread. The rooftop pool offers very good views, as do the rooms overlooking the Passeig de Gràcia.

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Travel Tips for Exploring Barcelona

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Barcelona is a city of magnificence and beauty and it should be on every traveler’s must-see list. To make your travel to Barcelona enjoyable and memorable you should follow certain travel tips that will guide you in a better way and inform you about touring in Barcelona. First, you should come prepared with the information about the places you want to visit. If you don’t come prepared you may lose your way half-way through the trip, or may find yourself stranded and spoiled with too many options but not enough time. So, it is imperative to have an overview and a plan about the places you intend to visit.

The routes that lead to the tourist attractions are all motorable or traversable. The options of travel are bus, taxi, hired transport or Metro Lines. You should opt for the Metro lines as they cut across most of the Catalonia and you will quickly reach your destinations. Tour buses are also an option, but they may get boring and monotonous after a while, and you may not be able to let loose and fully enjoy the surroundings while on a tour bus.

But above all, the biggest challenge while touring Barcelona is steering yourself safe of pickpockets and scams. Barcelona has an infamous reputation for tourists getting robbed and swindled. So, it’s important that you don’t keep much cash with you and that you never leave your luggage or belongings out of sight while travelling. Moreover, don’t fall for the con-men who may try to deceive you into “magic tricks.” Visit the city equipped with enough information that can make your journey smooth and successful. The last thing you need is you being stranded in the middle of a square with a map in hand and asking for directions from unknown people.

Food and traditions in Madrid

MadridThe Spanish cuisine was acquired from various cultural influences that include the Roman, Jewish and Arab traditions.  At the same time every region, town and city adapted their unique spin, like it happens in most countries.  Something is added, something taken away from and so on.  You can be sure that most foods will at one point or another include potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans and ham.  In Madrid one traditional and favored food includes the “jamon”, ham from the Iberian pig.  This type of ham is darker and with a more distinct flavour than usual ham.  The second food to try that is typical of this area is the bull’s tail.  In addition to these you will have the chance to taste local dishes when you go out for drinks.  In Madrid when you order drinks at a bar they will bring you “tapas” too.  “Tapas” are snack foods that will include local preferred dishes.  Something sweet that is also unique to Madrid is churros with hot chocolate.  This is a must try and the oldest and most renowned place to go for this is the Chocolaterìa San Ginés.

For fashion lovers in Madrid

Attention to all fashion lovers! That’s a fair that you can’t miss when you visit Madrid!

Madrid International Fashion Fair is being held in Madrid during the month of July, this year it will be held between July16th to 18th at Feria de Madrid.

Madrid International Fashion Fair is where quality and variety go hand-in-hand on the runway! It’s one of those fairs where business mixes with pleasure. It will be held at Feria de Madrid from 16 to 18 July 2009.

There you could enjoy the outcome of the participation of many international companies on each edition of the fair.Such yearly participation confirmed the event as one of the leading centers for business within the world of fashion.

Of course there’s a strong presence of neighboring European brands. Many European countries like Portugal, France & Italy come to speak one language in Spain which happened to be not Spanish or English, it’s fahsionish!

World-wide brands also participate heavily with their latest trends. Designers from Latin American countries like Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico compete with their European colleagues to reach the goal of leading the world fashion trends.

Breakfast in Madrid

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Enjoy the “Desayuno” in your travel to Madrid. The typical breakfast in Madrid consists of white coffee and buttered or oiled toast (Spanish Breakfast Foods) . Any traveler will surely see that the “madrileño” or the people of Madrid has a passion for the slender, curly fingers called “churros” or the larger “porras”. Also, there’s a typical midmorning snack! It is usually a slice of omlet, but the Spanish way!

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