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Vacation apartments in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the largest tourist destinations not only in Europe, but in the world. For a comfortable alternative to hotels, consider choosing short-term apartment rentals in Barcelona that constitute a successful and secure market in Europe.
Rental apartments in Barcelona cost less than hotel rooms of comparable sizes, and yet offer you a real home where you would love to come back after a day out in Barcelona.
You get all the advantages of independent living and working in a rental apartment: you may choose to cook in a fully-equipped kitchen, you may entertain guests in the living room, you have the privacy of your own bedroom. Would you have all that in a hotel? More and more travellers prefer to rent an apartment in Barcelona for these reasons.
If you frequently travel with family or friends, you know how difficult it may be to book adjacent spacious rooms in a hotel. 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments in Barcelona are easy to find. What is more, you pay per apartment, not per guest, which allows you to cut rental costs considerably, and spend quality time together.
Barcelona is a city you would not want to leave and where you would love to come back, but if you are set on more exploring, we also offer apartment, cottage and villa short-term and long-term rentals all over Europe and North America!
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Restaurants in Ciutat Vella

7 Portes

Passeig Isabel II, 14
Tel. 933 193 033

7 Portes ("Seven Doors") has everything in its arsenal to become a grand finale to the culinary exploration of Barcelona. It is a winner in the category of best of the best. While the restaurant deservedly appears on top of the list of most guidebooks, it means that many diligent travellers start their culinary journey across Barcelona at 7 Portes, which consistently sets the bar way too high for any other establishment in town.

7 Portes opened its doors (yes, all seven of them) in 1838, two years after the construction of Porxos d´En Xifré, the building in which the restaurant is found, began. The owner of the building and the restaurant, Josep Xifré, was a rich indiano and a member of the masonic lodge, who invested heavily into the Catalan economy, gave to charity, sponsored cultural projects in Barcelona. His restaurant initially was a café with no name that served as a meeting place for Xifré, his colleagues, friends and partners. In 1929 7 Portes was officially declared a restaurant. In 1942, the ownership was transferred to an esteemed restaurateur Paco Parellada, whose family has been skillfully managing 7 Portes ever since.

History is not the only thing rich at 7 Portes. The food here is simply astounding. Labelled as Catalan cuisine, the menu offers meat, paella, seafood platters, cold and hot starters, devoting a separate section to cannelloni, Catalonia's favourite appetizer originally from Italy and a hit at 7 Portes. The most famous one on the menu, the Fiesta Mayor cannelloni, comes with truffles, chicken and veal. The signature meat entree is a roasted goatling shoulder and it is to die for. There are two dozen dessert choices not counting sorbets and an impressive wine list with bottles from Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat. It is impossible not to eat well at 7 Portes.

The restaurant's fame is international, and as such 7 Portes has no shortage of celebrities, politicians, royal figures, actors, musicians and football players dropping by for dinner. Each table in the establishment is named after a public figure who once dined here, be it Ava Gardner, Pablo Picasso, Che Guevara, Woody Allen, or Principe de Asturias. The bill you receive at the end of the meal is personalized with the table's name, so many visitors keep the cheques as souvenirs, and rightfully so.

An average amount spent at 7 Portes per person, wine included, is 60-65€. Reservations are highly recommended. The menu is available in 11 languages and all staff speak excellent English .

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Menu of 7 Portes Checks (bills) from 7 Portes: Chavela Vargas and Che Guevara.
Cold starters in 7 Portes: escalivada and salad 7 Portes signature dish, roasted goatling shoulder
One of many desserts at 7 Portes 7 Porters waiting staff
7 Portes exterior Porxos d´En Xifré exterior
Orio

Carrer de Ferran 38
Tel. 933 179 407
Orio is a cozy afternoon hangout for Barri Gòtico visitors, offering Basque tapas, or pinchos (pintxos), long communal tables, mostly attentive waiters, and a mussels bar. On arrival, visitors are given a large plate and freedom to pick out pinchos from the bar. Waiters also occasionally bring out warm Basque tapas, usually containing meat or fish. The favourite pinchos of the crowd is chilled crab salad. Pinchos are uniformly priced at €1,95. Beverage prices are standard (2€ beer, €3 wine, about €1,85 for coffee with milk).

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Orio Euskal Taberna Orio mussels bar
Milk Bar & Bistro

Carrer d'En Gignàs, 21
Tel. 932 680 922
This small air-conditioned establishment serves Western-size portions of fusion fare, but is probably best known in Barri Gòtic for its "Recovery Brunches", served daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Milk Bar & Bistro dubs as a bar as well, and due to its small space and high quality of service and drinks can get busy.

Milk clearly caters to tourists as much as to locals, which can be deduced from the portion sizes (they are generous even by American standards), above-average prices, and the existence of the purely Western phenomenon of brunch. Eggs-based dishes served relatively early are not common in Barcelona, hence Milk's popularity in the morning and early afternoon.

The interior is decorated with slightly faded wallpaper, large windows, and cozy pillows. The tables are few, only ten, seating maybe 35 people at the time. Plus, make sure you are not late for brunch: kitchen closes at approximately 3:45 pm until dinner time.

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Milk Bar & Bistro Milk Bar & Bistro
Elisabets

Carrer d'Elisabets 2
Tel. 933 175 826
Elisabets offers no-frills service and no-frills food. If it were not for the general politeness of its stern experienced waiters and rich home-style Catalan food, the place could be qualified as rather unwelcoming; the type of cool welcome you could receive in an old-fashioned restaurant in Paris... However, the food is cheap and mostly consists of famous Catalan dishes like botifarra, fava beans, chicken, all cooked with an exceptionally generous amount of grease and oil – not for the faint of stomach. Menú del día (lunch menu of the day) is also offered for €10.75, along with a selection of tapas. The assortment of varied starters is €15 per person, but the minimum order is for two guests (tough luck if you are by yourself). A nice addition to the meal is fresh-baked bread. Another advantage of Elisabets is its proximity to Las Ramblas, yet tourist crowds and the concomitant price markups are practically absent here.

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Bar and restaurant Elisabets Bar and restaurant Elisabets
Euskal Etxea

Placeta Montcada, 1-3
Tel. 933 102 185
Euskal Etxea is a Basque-style tapas bar not far from the Picasso museum with a great selection of meat, fish, and vegetarian tapas made from raw or fried foods. The cost of each is €1.98. Unlike in traditional tapas establishments, in basque bars tapas are referred to as pintxos (pinchos). Pintxos are small meat, seafood or vegetable starters on a piece of white bread, held together by cocktail sticks. You choose pintxos you like and eat as much as you can and as many as you like. The cost of lunch or dinner depends only on the quantity of pintxos you had, which can be determined by the number of sticks left on your plate. All pintxos cost the same. The quality of food in Euskal Etxea in particular is superb. The place is very popular and gets crowded easily, but its pintxos are well worth the effort of getting in.

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Tapas bar Euskal Etxea Tapas bar Euskal Etxea
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