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Move Around Barcelona Like a Local

Destinations, Guest Posts - Ross French - May 26, 2011


By: Maria Climent Huguet
Maria Climent is a 26-year-old Catalan lady. After studying translation, she decided her life was odd enough to became a humor scriptwriter and by default, a blogger. This is how she’s now a mother of no one and a better person. She also likes to cook!


Since I’m an inhabitant of this city, I can show you the best things you can do in Barcelona, which, of course, will not be the typical ones all the tourists do when they visit it (or guiris, as we call them, no offence!).

Before I get started, the first thing you need to know is that flip-flops plus socks are not allowed. The second one is that Barcelona is not in Mexico, so please do not buy one of those Mexican hats they sell in Les Rambles. Now that we have cleared that up, we can proceed with useful tips:

Fresh fish tapas in Barcelona – as long as you don’t want to spend $100 on a meal- can be found in the district of La Barceloneta. There you’ll find a typical fishermen neighbourhood, plenty of traditional fishermen bars where you can have good fresh fish tapas and cold beers at an affordable price. Use your common sense to detect the more glamorous bars and steer clear if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Also, remember: The less glamorous, the most authentic.

Then, if you happen to rent one of the apartments in Barcelona, check if it has a terrace so that you can have a barbecue on it. There’s nothing cooler than watching the sunset with a view of Barcelona in the background with friends and a Moritz (a beer made in Barcelona) in your hand.


When the night falls, Plaça Reial is the place. (There are also cool bars in Gracia, but I’ll tell you about those charms later.) If you want to stay out late, listening to the best alternative music and meet fancy locals, try Sidecar. There are jam sessions, two in the same square at the Jamboree. But also Sala Apolo is one of the best places for good music and nice atmosphere in the city; it’s in the Paralel Avenue. Anywhere, as long as you don’t go to Pachá.

Let’s move to the Gracia district: that’s where I live and I must say I am love my neighbourhood. It’s ok to go out at night if you accept that the bars here close at 3am and discos here aren’t really worth it. So, I recommend you to visit this district in the morning. At vermouth time, before lunch, it’s lively and charming especially on sunny days. All the squares are crowded and there’s usually some performances in the Plaça de la Virreina like twist dancing, or live concerts (last performance I saw there was an amazing concert by the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, one of the youngest swing big bands in the world, whose components range from 8 to 20 years old.

Also in Gracia, there’s a mythical bar, the Heliogàbal where you can enjoy a Vermouth concert on Sundays, which I highly recommend. But please, don’t leave the district without entering one of the traditional bodegas (wine shop – bars) that will take you back to an era from thirty years ago.


And finally, I can tell you that one of the best places to get your Barcelona accommodation is the Borne district. This medieval neighbourhood is full of restaurants and bars and cool people, very close to the city centre and the sea. And remember the terrace thing I told you earlier…Move Arou

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A Guide to the Savory Tastes of Mallorca, Spain

Travel Tips - Ross French - March 1, 2011


wineFrom Chorizo to Sangria, the Best Tastes of Mallorca

If you’re tired of slaving over the stove, and eating the same old things, then a little trip to Mallorca may be what you need. The island boasts a wide variety of savory cuisines. There are many excellent restaurants in Mallorca, and some of the best are in the west coast town of Santa Ponsa.

While Santa Ponsa’s sandy beach melts delicately into the sea, its palm tree fringe makes for a gorgeous backdrop to any meal. In high season, the town’s many restaurants welcome an international crowd. Big eaters like the British, Irish and Germans have been flocking here for years, for tapas, paella, fresh seafood dishes, and cups of sweet sangria.

For a family-friendly meal, the Scottish Corner serves a genuine taste of Edinburgh. Located right beside the beach, and with a variety of entertainment for children (including go-karts and a bouncy castle), this is a perfect place to sit and bask in Mallorca’s relaxing sunshine. And for the price of €7.50, you can choose a 2 course meal, such as chicken breast in pepper sauce and one of their a la mode desserts.

Or, if romance is in order, then Il Carpaccio may be best to set the amorous mood. With a beautiful Italian menu including white truffles, swordfish, and rack of lamb, you can dine outside by moonlight, just minutes from the sea. After dinner, finish with their specialty Tiramisu, and end the perfect evening with a doting beachfront stroll.

For the hardy appetite, there is a seemingly endless menu at the steakhouse El Ceibo. This place has a reputation as one of the best restaurants on Mallorca. Fashioned as a South American grill, El Ceibo specializes in Argentinean meats such as beef ribs, chorizo, marinated chicken breast, and tender steak fillets. With its mouth-watering menu, El Ceibo averages €40 per head for a meal and choice of wine. Due to the restaurant’s popularity, pre-booking is advised.

In summer the temperature in Mallorca can reach 31?C. In the heat you may need to cool off with a cocktail or a beer. To quench your thirst, visit Santana Beach, which offers iced-coffee, teas, beers and spirits, tapas and BBQ. At night, this bar on the main street is a hot-spot for party-goers, where the resident DJ will keep you moving with his thumping beats. And you can dance until the morning sun comes up over the Mediterranean.

So, whether you want a lazy lunch, a romantic meal, or a cocktail on the beach, Santa Ponsa can satisfy your uninspired palate. To be sure, Mallorca is the perfect place for culinary escape.

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