Best shopping streets in Catalonia

Spain has established itself as a powerhouse in the world of fashion and fashion designers, from Manolo Blahnik to Paco Rabanne, and from Cristobal Balenciaga to Adolfo Dominguez. The popular high-end clothing brands of Zara and Mango are also both of Spanish origin. With this in mind, Spain becomes a great shopping haven for style hunters. The clothes have little or no import duty so they tend to be a little cheaper in Spain, which is great news for fans of these brands and designers. The key question is: Where are the best shopping streets in Catalonia and where you can find these stores? Step outside your Barcelona accommodation and we will take you on a magical tour of the best shopping areas in three Catalan cities.

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Barcelona

Central Barcelona is abundant with shops and designers, the best known of which is Passeig de Gracia. Avinguda Diagonal and Portal de l’Angel are two places for International fashion and designer boutiques including the aforementioned Spanish designers plus the likes of Armani, Gucci, and Calvin Klein.

Tarragona

A walk down the Rambla Nova will bring you to a few designer stores, and the Parc Central Shopping Mall has outlets such as H&M, Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, and Body Shop. This complex is close to the main bus station so if you are visiting from your villa in the Costa Dorada it is a quick day trip.

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Girona

There are many independent shops and boutiques in Girona, including Massimo Dutti and Mango plus a myriad of shoe shops and accessory stores. You will find these in Carrer Nou and Carrer de Santa Clara, or delve into the old city and discover your bargains on the Rambla de la Libertat.

Whatever shopping experience you desire during your visit to Catalonia, one of these three cities will be able to fulfill your needs. Most towns are also home to Spain’s largest department store El Corte Ingles. Here you will find many of the Spanish designers, a wonderful shoe department, perfumeries, and much more. One thing is for sure, with completely different cities within reach of your vacation rental in Spain you will be spoiled for choice.

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Catalonia’s top World Heritage Sites

Catalonia´s list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites has been growing tremendously as of late. The sites are protected as areas and events of cultural interest. From concert halls to sculptures to festivals and monasteries, here are a few of the most popular sites to visit as day trips from your Barcelona holiday rental.

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

This Gaudí masterpiece on Passeig de Gracia in the centre of Barcelona speaks for itself. The event space, museum, and architecture make this one very special World Heritage Site to visit in the city.

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Amfiteatre Roma de Tarragona

Close to your Costa Dorada holiday rental lies the glorious and well preserved Roman Amphitheatre in Tarragona, showcasing outdoor events and with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Aqueducte de les Ferreres – Pont del Diable

Devils Bridge and Aqueduct is an unspoiled structure close to Tarragona on the Costa Dorada. Walk across and glance into the valley below and imagine what it was like to live in the time when this aqueduct and bridge was fully functional.

Casa Milà – La Pedrera, Barcelona

Just up the street from Casa Batllo lies another well-known Catalan modernisme piece designed by Antoni Gaudí between 1905 and 1911. The undulating curves, use of experimental materials, and unique design make this one of Barcelona’s most popular and most photographed World Heritage Sites.

Parc Natural del Montseny

Montseny Natural Park has one of the most beautiful landscapes in Catalonia that has inspired poets, writers, and artists for centuries. The park attracts in access of 2 million visitors every year.

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Park Güell, Barcelona

This beautiful park is filled with curved structures, colourful glazed ceramic tiles, and monuments and offers incredible views of the park and the city.

Castells

The 10-level human towers are a big part of Catalan culture; the festival is held each year in town squares throughout the region where groups of men and women stand on each others´ shoulders creating a human tower as high as 10 people.

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Whether you wish to see festivals, Roman settlements, architecture, or natural parks there is always something incredible to see close to your Barcelona apartment or your family villa on the Costa Dorada.

 

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Our Team

Catalunya Casas would not be what it is without a hard-working team dedicated to providing the best vacation villas in Spain!  Allow us to introduce our heads of departments whose only job is to ensure your holiday is the best yet!


Advice for traveling to Barcelona for the disabled

It’s important to know the where and how to visit if you are traveling with a person with disability. Some cities are notorious for being ill-equipped to cope with wheelchairs, blindness and the elderly. Fortunately, Barcelona is not one of those cities and during recent years the local councils have made huge improvements to ensure that every visitor feels safe and secure in the city. Not only is the city equipped to welcome such passengers, the city is also extremely well connected by public transportation. Here are a few tips to help you along.

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Passeig de Gracia

There are wheelchair-accessible facilities in the airports, museums and metro stations in Barcelona. In the older buildings, ramps and elevators are available to use and disabled parking spaces are available.

The following metro stations in Barcelona have access for wheelchairs, plus they have a metro guide in Braille at the customer service stations. Out of 156 metro stations in Barcelona, there are only 15 that don’t have wheelchair access.

There is an interactive map available where you can check if the metro station you wish to use is wheelchair accessible: https://www.tmb.cat/en/transport-accessible

The entire bus fleet has been adapted, as well, and there are designated areas and visual warnings and listening devices that tell you when the stop is approaching. The buses also have devices for the blind and visually impaired.

The tourist buses that take you around to view the sights of the city are all equipped on the lower deck and they also have devices for people who rely on hearing aids. The Montjuïc cable car facility wis also fully adapted and accessible for all users.

It’s great to know that you can travel throughout one of the most fascinating cities in the world without restrictions; you no longer have to feel stuck in your Barcelona villa if you have a disability. In addition to the outfit of the city, Catalunya Casas also has a handful of vacation villas that are equipped for guests with disabilities. Contact us today for more information!

 

 

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Patricia – Operations Manager

PatricaName: Patricia Gómez
From: Spain
Speaks: Spanish, English

What is your role at Catalunya Casas?  Operations Manager

How long have you worked at Catalunya Casas? Since 2015.

What do you like best about working at Catalunya Casas? Every day is a challenge. There are multiple objectives to accomplish each day to ensure the satisfaction of our customers.

Where is your favorite place to visit on holiday? It depends on the time of year; when it’s summer, I like the coast and towns where I can buy and try different cuisines.

What is your favorite thing to do in Barcelona/Catalonia? Walk. I marvel at landscapes and rich cuisine. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Catalonia is the friendliness of its people.


Visiting Zaragoza by train from Barcelona

Upon arriving at your vacation villa in Spain, you may be curious to travel a little further outside Barcelona as the surrounding towns and cities are just as picturesque and eventful. Consider taking a journey by train to the fascinating city of Zaragoza. The AVE high speed train operates out of Barcelona Sants Station each hour and can have you sipping a café con leche in Zaragoza in just over 2 hours and 15 minutes. If you do fancy making the journey, here are a few of the wonderful sights you can expect to see in this historic and charming city.

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Zaragoza has more 2,000 years of history and is one of Spain’s most loved cities. Located on the banks of the Ebro River, it is also the capital of the Aragon region of Spain and has one of the greatest artistic and historical legacies in the country. However, due to its geographical location it is often overlooked.

Here you will find Baroque gems such as the Goya designed Pilar Basilica, which sits on the banks of the Ebro river, the Circus Roman ruins, Mudejar style churches, and the Aljaferia Palace, to name but a few. There are remnants of the Roman era, and many buildings of significance that reference the ancient Moors, Jewish, and Christian communities. If art, architecture, and history are high up on your holiday itinerary, this is the city for you.

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In addition to the city’s superb historical references, it also has a modern feel to it. Zaragoza has fabulous shopping with many bustling street markets and contemporary shopping malls. The regional dishes of the Aragonese can be found in the form of tapas and should be sampled in one of the many bars throughout the city. The local specialty is called longaniza, an herb-infused pork sausage that is traditional to the region. Alternatively try the locally caught trout stuffed with bacon and peppers or pan fried with lemon juice.

Zaragoza is a warm, inspiring, and inviting city that can be easily reached by train from Barcelona. Explore the ancient city walls, the museums, the cathedral, and the many tapas bars and terrace restaurants.

If you are thinking of booking your vacation rental in Spain, make sure a day trip to Zaragoza is on your itinerary.

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Maria – Reservations and Customer Service Manager

Name: María Fernanda Panza
From:  Barranquilla (Colombia)
Speaks: Spanish, English, little French and little Catalan 😉

What is your role at Catalunya Casas? – Reservations manager.

How long have you worked at Catalunya Casas? – since May 2013

What do you like best about working at Catalunya Casas? Our work team is the best… but I also have to say that being in contact with all the guests and different cultures is great.

Where is your favorite place to visit on holiday? That’s Barranquilla… sorry.

What is your favorite thing to do in Barcelona/Catalonia? Discovering the gastronomy of the area and the local festivities: wherever there are “castellers” (human castles) I want to be and if there is cava & fuet I’m the happiest woman on earth!


Eva – Sales Manager


Name:
Eva López-Atalaya
From: Sabadell
Speaks: Catalan and Spanish

What is your job at Catalunya Casas? Sales Manager.

How long have you worked at Catalunya Casas? Since 2013.

What do you like most about working at Catalunya Casas? Dealing with people from all over.

What is your favourite place for a holiday? Any European country and the Costa Brava (Catalunya).

What do you like to do most in Barcelona/Catalunya? Going to the beach, skiing, shopping in Barcelona and enjoying our cuisine.

 

 


Mary – Administration

Mary

Name: Mary Martos
From: Sabadell
Speaks: Spanish, Catalan, English

What is your job at Catalunya Casas?  Administration/Office Manager

How long have you worked at Catalunya Casas? Since 2012.

What do you like most about working at Catalunya Casas? What I like the most is that there are always so many different topics/issues/subjects during the day, that it makes it impossible to be monotonous or boring. Also, I get to meet lots of people and practice languages.

What is your favourite place for a holiday?  Any place on the beach where I can sunbathe and relax…

What do you like to do most in Barcelona/Catalunya? Shopping


Rosa – Head of Housekeeping

 


RosaName
: Rosa Mulero
From: Spain
Speaks: Catalan, Spanish, French, English

What is your job at Catalunya Casas? Head Housekeeper. I supervise every detail of cleaning and property presentation so our clients feel comfortable in our villa during their stay.

How long have you worked at Catalunya Casas? Since March 2016

What do you like most about working at Catalunya Casas? I love working with our Catalunya Casas team and to have contact with the guests who visit from different countries and cultures. I also travel throughout Catalonia to all our different villas and while sometimes it gets stressful, it’s very rewarding.

What is your favourite place for a holiday? I never go to the same place on vacation. I love travelling and visiting different countries and learning about different cultures. Asia is a continent that is calling my name and I hope to travel there soon.

What do you like to do most in Barcelona/Catalunya? Window shop in the neighbourhoods, walking through the parks and various plazas. There are so many streets with so much history . I love Sagrada Familia and everytime I go there I discover something new and purely to stand in front of it makes me emotional.

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