At walking distance
Hotel Peninsular is situated in the heart of Barcelona, a few metres away from Las Ramblas and the Liceu Theatre and very close to Plaça Catalunya. It is less than ten minutes walking distance from:
- Barcelona's Harbour
- The Gothic Quarter. The quarter that houses the core of the city's history: Medieval alleyways, Jewish quarter and Roman remains, as well as museums and institutions situated in historical buildings.
- "Ravalejar". This word, not included in any dictionary, is the word used by Barcelona's locals to mean going out and about in the Raval quarter at night —and the whole of the Ancient quarter— and have fun in the terraces, the numerous bars and pubs of all kinds and atmospheres, discos and concert halls. To 'ravalejar', you only need to step out the hotel.
- La Boqueria food market with countless kinds of food
- Shopping. Commercial streets where you can buy all kind of goods and souvenirs.
- Gaudí and Modernism. Close to Casa Batlló building and La Pedrera building, in the Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, and the Palau Güell palace in Nou de la Rambla street. Also close to the Modernism route in general.
By local transport:
- Beaches. Not many cities in the world are blessed with beaches suitable for bathing which can be used by both locals and visitors. However, Barcelona is. All beaches are well maintained and looked after and they are suited to all the family, ideal for bathing and sunbathing. Additionally, there is also a naturist beach. When the night comes, the numerous beach bars become perfect places to have a cool drink. The nearest is La Barceloneta's beach, connected by bus and tube.
- Exhibition Site (Fair). Barcelona's Exhibition Site is not far away from Barcelona's centre. In a few minutes, taking line 3 of the tube, you can get to Plaça España and Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, where the Exhibition's pavilions are situated. From here a shuttle is available which can be taken to Exhibition Site 2 (further away). Even when there are no scheduled exhibitions, it is still worth going to see the musical choreography of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.
- La Sagrada Família. By tube, you can visit the on-going construction of La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, fruit of Antoni Gaudí's imagination. The construction works for the completion of this Cathedral continue thanks to visitor's donations.
- Montjuïc. One can get to one of the most beautiful urban parks, Montjuïc, by either bus or cable railway, which leaves from the harbour. There, one can visit the castle-fortress which dominates the city and the harbour of Barcelona; the botanic parks, with species from all over the world; the viewpoints over the city and the harbour; charismatic fountains, such as "Font del Gat"; museums, such as 'Fundació Miró' and the Olympic complex that comprises constructions such us the 1929 Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi and the Telefónica tower, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
- El Tibidabo. Situated at the top of a mountain range that surrounds Barcelona. Accessible by either a bus direct from Plaça Catalunya or by tram and funicular, departing from Avinguda Tibidabo. At the top of the mountain there is a centenarian funfair called "Tibidabo" and the Sagrat Cor temple, visible from nearly any point of the city. But should you not wish to visit the funfair, the restaurant and the viewpoints, you might still wish to walk around the Mediterranean wooded surroundings of Collserola.
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Outside Barcelona city, Catalunya offers a rich environment full of tourist attractions, all little more than an hour away. To the North, the Maresme beaches stretch along the coastline right up to the Costa Brava: with its picturesque towns, small fishing ports, beaches and night-life.
South along the coastline are the predominantly tourist towns, like Sitges, Vilanova i la Geltrú, and the Costa Daurada, which has a rather more familiar feel to it. Salou, in Tarragona, is one of the cities with a major night life and 'Port Aventura' theme park is located near by.
Els amants de la muntanya trobaran d’especial interès el massís del Montseny, reserva de la biosfera, amb una barreja de bosc mediterrani i paisatge centreuropeu; o el massís rocós de Montserrat, cor espiritual de Catalunya i paradís dels amants de l’escalada.
Mountain lovers will find the Montseny massif a place of interest, being a biosphere reserve with a mixture of Mediterranean forest and Central European landscape; also, the Montserrat rocky massif which, situated in the heart of spiritual Catalunya, is a paradise for climbing enthusiasts.
There are also several other routes of interest through the areas surrounding Barcelona: Romanic art routes, Gothic art routes, Modernism in Vallès Oriental, Maresme and la Selva, or gastronomic routes. The rich Catalan gastronomy is well reflected not only in the numerous restaurants boasting Michelin stars, but also in more modest restaurants, with market cuisine, offering the most exquisite seasonal products. At the coast, it is unforgivable not to taste "calderetas" (seafood soup), "paellas", "suquets" (fish casserole) or any of the seasonal fish and seafood available. In the mountain: meats and "embutidos" (variety of cured pork meat products) —such as butifarra—, snails, and seasonal vegetables, such as green beans and peas. Not forgetting the traditional "pantomaca" (bread rubbed with tomato and topped with olive oil), or the 'allioli' (strong and creamy sauce made with garlic and olive oil), especially to accompany "fideuás" (seafood or fish noodles).
Additionally, if you wish to take the wine route, inevitably you will have to start in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, a premier cava production centre, where you will be able to have lunch in the cellars and get to know about the production process. Having sampled the Cava, you may wish to proceed and enjoy other original and quality names such as: Pla de Bages, Alella, Penedès, Empordà or Priorat.